THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Community Board Office to support Taller Boricua Wednesday night.

At Wednesday night’s Executive Committee meeting, a motion was approved to send another letter to the Economic Development Corporation with stronger language requesting EDC to:
01. Rescind the RFEI;
02. Communicate directly with Taller Boricua concerning any grievances; and
03. To put up the money for soundproofing the Julia de Burgos Theatre.

THIS IS NOT A FINAL ACTION, but serves as a recomendation which will be considered by CB 11 at next Tuesday’s (October 19) Full Board meeting.

We know the fight is not over yet. The RFEI is still in motion. We need your community support more than ever. Please stand with Taller Boricua at the next Full Board meeting where the entire Community Board will take a final position on EDC’s RFEI.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30pm
WHERE: EHCCI Auditorium 413 East 120th Street (btwn 1st & Pleasant Avenues)

WE NEED TO KEEP SPEAKING OUT UNTIL WE ARE NOT JUST HEARD BUT LISTENED TO AND ACKNOWLEDGED.

If you have not signed already, please sign our petition:

If you would like to further support stopping the RFEI over the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, please contact EDC and our public officials. For contact information go to “GET INVOLVED” menu tab.

Joining Taller Boricua’s multicultural space with the theater and forcing us to participate in an RFEI for a space we already occupy and use is wrong. It is disrespectful and dismissive of our history and current cultural programming.

It is also disrespective and dismissive of all the current tenants of the Julia de Burgos who also have active, ongoing cultural programming: Los Pleneros de la 21 and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.

Activating the Julia de Burgos Theater requires funding and renovations by EDC and the City – NOT RFEI’s that put their responsibility on the community’s applicants

As Founders and current occupants of the Julia de Burgos we deserve inclusive dialogue and alternative solutions — not ultimatums and deadlines.

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