• The San Juan Daily Star

Public housing residents to rally for peace today

By John McPhaul

With the purpose of making a public call for peace, residents of public housing communities will hold a “Together for Peace” event today at Luis Muñoz Marín Park in San Juan.

“For the Public Housing Administration it is with pride that from our residential areas a call is made for social transformation that is so necessary in Puerto Rico,” said Public Housing Administrator Alejandro Salgado Colón. “For us, it is important to have these residents who for years have raised their voices to demand peace to make this activity a social movement, not only for their communities, but for all Puerto Ricans.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Orlando Rosario and all the leaders who join this great movement in which we advocate for healthy coexistence, for the right to live in peace and for the repudiation of any criminal and violent act in our community and society,” the public housing chief added. “This is a message that comes out from our residential and public housing communities and we need it to be replicated throughout Puerto Rico.”

Together for Peace is an activity organized by a group of community leaders from the Public Housing Administration who for 16 years have been carrying out efforts aimed at peace, hope and security for Puerto Rico.

In previous years, the event has been held as a mass march; however, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic it has been redefined and this year, public housing residents will be performing a human representation of the dove of peace. The event’s slogan promotes an awareness message on issues such as mistreatment, abuse, control of the use of firearms and prevention of cancer, HIV and suicide.

The event, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., will emphasize the fight to end violence against women. Several artistic presentations will be followed by the formation of the “human dove.”

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