A Voice for Puerto Rico
Organized by: Claudia Mir
Through this project, we want to give a voice to all Puerto Ricans, both in the States and on the island, by sharing their stories of perseverance. Using photographs, captions, and video interviews, we want to change the conversation surrounding Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, and their relationship to the United States. We want to put a human face on what, for many individuals, is an abstract issue.
What’s the problem?
- Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US, that is currently defaulting on their $72 billion debt. As a result, the island is encountering the biggest exodus of working people to the U.S., and a back and forth between the government and congress to make a decision on what will happen with P.R.
- Puerto Rico’s issues are culturally foreign, as well as far away from the Mainland, so it makes it difficult for people from outside of the island to empathize with the situation.
- People in the US—including Puerto Rico—are uninformed about how PR’s economic structure is based upon old laws that have pushed the economic state to the brink of collapse. In other words, they are all oblivious to the real problem.
What’s our goal?
Create awareness in the American and Puerto Rican public of the real situation going on in P.R. and let them become advocates— same as all the Puerto Ricans who live in the states—to help us voice our problem here in the U.S. instead of only talking about it in Puerto Rico. We need to try to stop pinning who’s to blame; now is the time to look for solutions and the solution is within all of us.
Where's the money going?
In order to collect all of these stories, we're going to be driving through the lower 48 states over a 2-month period. Your money will go toward renting camera gear, hard drives and computer equipment, and hiring an editor to create compelling short videos of our subjects. Additionally, it will go toward supporting the team with basic living expenses like food, lodging, and gas money while we are on our travels.