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LULAC Virtual Summit 2020

Puerto Rico

Friday, August 14

4:00 PM ET

Puerto Rico Unidos Con Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is experiencing a thirteen-year recession, largely driven by Washington’s federal policies and territorial debt created by laws that historically treat the island as a colony. Adding to man-made factors have been natural disasters including a cataclysmic Hurricane Maria in September 2017 followed by still more hurricanes and earthquakes. These have further weakened Puerto Rico’s economy and health infrastructure, and now its residents are facing the coronavirus pandemic. However, Puerto Ricans have met these tragedies with courage and are leading local efforts to support each other and build community resilience. This panel will focus on how the island of Puerto Rico has been impacted by the novel coronavirus and the inspiring lessons learned from the people of Puerto Rico in their quest to survive and rebuild.

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