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Former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, sojourns to Cleveland

CLEVELAND: The dynamic and inspiring former Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz—who took former President Donald J. Trump to task for his mishandling of Hurricane María in 2017—was in Cleveland this past Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Civic leader José C. Feliciano Sr. hosted a forum for Hispanic leadership so they could learn about former State Senator Nina Turner, who is a candidate in the 11th congressional district race. Carmen Yulin Cruz was accompanied by another woman of history, Melissa Mark-Viverito, the former Speaker of the New York City Council and the first Puerto Rican woman to hold that position. Both women, are avid supporters of Ms. Turner—as is Mr. Feliciano Sr.—and were present to answer policy questions.

The leadership forum was held at Sazón Domirriqueño, the new Dominican/Puerto Rican fusion Restaurant (located in La Tienditas del Mercado) in the heart of the Hispanic Community of Cleveland.

Those present included: Lorraine Vega, retired Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge José Villanueva, Juan Molina Crespo, Mariely Luengo, Rosa Morales Cruz, Claudia Longo, Nancy Mercado, Cadia and Lina Wiley, and Juan Collado.

Lorraine Vega, who started the Latinx NEO Fund PAC, announced that it is endorsing Nina Turner for Congress. Her announcement was received with enthusiastic approbation.

After the meeting, Mayor Cruz and Ms. Mark-Viverito were given a tour of the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center by the president of the organization, Ms. Luengo. Julia de Burgos, born in Puerto Rico [February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953], is widely recognized as one of the accomplished Latin American poets.

The evening was capped off by attending a dance at the Alma Yaucana Social Club on West 25th St., Cleveland. Ms. Cruz was treated like a rockstar with numerous people throughout the evening wanting to shake her hand and take “selfies.”  Her remarks at the Club were enthusiastically received. Puerto Ricans remember, and the whole world saw, how then President Donald Trump demeaned Puerto Ricans by going to Puerto Rico and flippantly throwing paper towels into the audience at a press conference—a memory that is seared in their minds.

Ms. Cruz described how—totally unsolicited—Nina Turner reached out to her and helped Puerto Rico in her time of need. The former mayor did not then even know Nina Turner, but the former mayor wanted to illustrate the character of Nina Turner.

EDITOR’S NOTE: La Prensa wishes to thank the Hispanic Roundtable, and others, for their many contributions and cover-photo, showing José C. Feliciano Sr. in the center, with Ms. Cruz on his right and former Judge José Villanueva to his left. Note that to Mr. Feliciano’s left is Ms. Mark-Viverito.




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