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“Puerto Rico, Se Levanta!”
Presenter: Eva Hagenhofer, Congregation Sinai Social Justice Committee.
For the past 120 years, the actions and inactions of U.S. government and corporations have crippled the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico. Then, two years ago, Hurricane Maria hit causing massive destruction to homes, schools, and communities. The island is green again, but community self-help and people-to-people aid is rebuilding and restoring Puerto Rico.
Eva will touch on some of the history of colonialism and its effects as well as the statehood vs. independence movements that have directly affected the economy and imposed austerity. She will also talk about Washington’s response to the hurricane’s aftermath.
Eva earned a B.S. Ed and M.S. Ed: Rural Sociology at Cornell University, and Adult Literacy and Multicultural Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked at the Milwaukee Area Technical College for 27 years, serving as an instructor, curriculum and course writer, program coordinator and developer, faculty coordinator of the Teacher Education Program, and Community Partnership & Service-Learning practitioner. Eva is the mother of 5 children and the grandmother of 6 grandchildren, as well as an occasional poet and essayist.
For more information about the Congregation Sinai Social Justice Committee, visit http://www.congregationsinai.org/socialaction/.
Host: Terry Wiggins.
Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education and more. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. Coffee is served. Childcare is available.