President of the National Puerto Rican Coalition
The first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress
The Puerto Rican community is mobilizing for a National Puerto Rican March on Washington, DC. Manuel Mirabel, President of the National Puerto Rican Coalition, states that the goal of the march is to promote unity among Puerto Rican activists and bring key issues such as immigration reform into the political forefront. Nydia Velazquez, who is the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress, says that the march will be a historic event, sending a message that the Puerto Rican population is growing and cannot be ignored. The march will include a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, highlighting the contributions of Puerto Rican veterans in various wars. At least 15,000 people are expected to attend the march.