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GRUPO 21 honors Miriam Cruz, others in spirit of Clemente’s legacy of service



The event brought together representatives of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic leadership who reside and work in the U.S. capital, as well as representatives of numerous state governments.

By The Star Staff


With the participation of personalities from political, civic and sports life, the Hispanic organization GRUPO 21, based in Washington, D.C. celebrated its third anniversary since its creation with an awards ceremony.


The event brought together representatives of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic leadership who reside and work in the U.S. capital, as well as representatives of numerous state governments.


“On this occasion, we have managed to bring together people who make daily life in politics, entertainment and civic leadership such as the congressman of Puerto Rican origin in the 15th District of the Bronx, Ritchie Torres; the president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Antonio Tijerino; and the young doctor Pedro Juan Vázquez Bragan known as the rapper “PJ Sin Suela,” who was born in the Bronx County, but grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he still resides,” said Javier S. Cuebas, chairman of the board of directors of GRUPO 21. “The night of recognition culminated with a posthumous tribute to the well-known civil rights leader Miriam Cruz, who was an adviser and aide to President Jimmy Carter.”


The organization GRUPO 21 is dedicated to encouraging the participation of qualified Puerto Ricans who are interested in public service in the federal sphere.


To this end, activities are organized to provide the necessary tools and resources to help such individuals apply for positions in the executive branch as political appointees, career members of the civil service or foreign service, including serving on commissions or boards of corporations and government entities.


“The assembly held at the headquarters of the Hispanic organization UNIDOS-US, located a few steps from the White House, was the culmination of a work program that discussed the contribution of Roberto Clemente and Vera Clemente in the development of voluntarism and public service.”


It was made up of Roberto Clemente Jr. (president of RCJ Global Impact LLC), Tijerino, Mónica Negrón (a member of GRUPO 21) and Rafael Collazo (executive director of Unidos-US).


Puerto Rico has an obligation to keep alive the legacy of baseball player Roberto Clemente, who distinguished himself in public service and whose positive work impacted millions of human beings,” said Javier S. Cuebas, president of GRUPO 21. “The Puerto Rican diaspora and Hispanic leaders attending our third anniversary celebration were surprised with the opportunity to enjoy the traditional piña colada that was offered by the people of the native Campofresco industry that makes the national drink of Puerto Rico, the well-known 100-year-old Lotus juice.”


The members of GRUPO 21 and Hispanic leaders in the mainland U.S. announced that they will travel to Puerto Rico for the celebration of “Junte Boricua” an event that will take place on Aug. 29 at the University of Puerto Rico.

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