Washington – Puerto Rican Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (New York) canceled her participation this Saturday in a forum in San Juan, due to the funeral of Congressman Elijah Cummings.
Ocasio Cortez, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, was going to be one of the panelists at the forum “If the sea rises, we too: Just recovery from the climatic emergency”, which will take place in the amphitheater 1 of the Faculty of General Studies of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) from 3:00 pm.
Congress will pay tribute tomorrow to Cummings, who was chairman of the Government Research and Reform Committee, to which Ocasio Cortez belongs, who represents in the federal lower house a district that includes areas of Queens and the Bronx counties.RELATED
Juan Carlos Rivera, spokesman for the JunteGente group, confirmed that Ocasio Cortez notified that he will not be able to attend the event, which was originally scheduled for the Theater of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), given the interest generated by the first official event of the legislator Puerto Rican origin on the island.
“Due to the recent death of friend and fellow Congressman Cummings, Congresswoman Ocasio Cortez will reschedule her visit to Puerto Rico. During this time, she will attend the funeral and pay her respects to him and his family, ”said the federal legislator's office, according to event organizers.
Saturday's conversation aims to underline the importance of the climate emergency and that there is a fair recovery in Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria.
“There can be no fair recovery, not even a possible recovery, if the climatic emergency is not considered as a central element. We propose to integrate the concepts of climate crisis, climate justice, fair transition and fair recovery into the same dialogue. The measures to be taken by the societies of the planet, including ours, cannot be limited to the reduction of greenhouse gases. The emergency is climatic, economic, social and political. We have to articulate a joint work agenda that addresses the diverse dimensions of this crisis, ”said community psychologist Mariolga Reyes Cruz, one of the event's managers.
Saturday's conversation will bring together Ariadna Godreau Aubert, executive director of Legal Aid Puerto Rico; Adriana González, from the Puerto Rico chapter of the Sierra Club; Elda Guadalupe, municipal legislator for the Party of the Working People and member of La Colmena de Vieques; Mabette Colón, from the Guayamesa Community United For Your Health; and Isabel Valentín, from Youth Climate Strike PR.
The event is organized by JunteGente, Legal Aid Puerto Rico, the local chapters of Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, El Puente-Enlace Latino de Acción Climate, Youth Climate Strike PR, and the Puerto Rican Organic Agriculture Organization.