Last Friday, a crowd upwards of 100 people joined The Resistance Center at Springfield City Hall in sweltering heat to show solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico. The peaceful rally called for the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, the current governor of the island who has since announced he will be leaving the position effective August 2nd. Puerto Rico has recently seen the largest rallies by demonstrators in its history following a scandal that involved leaked private chats, corruption investigations, and arrests.
Springfield holds a substantial Puerto Rican community and has become the home of many migrants from the island over the past few decades. The Resistance Center coordinated the rally in collaboration with Pioneer Valley Project, Springfield Puerto Rican Parade, Western Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor, and Adam Gomez (Ward 1 Springfield City Councilor).
To build on this momentum, The Resistance Center is supporting the Boricua (Puerto Rican) Solidarity Movement in organizing a follow-up rally next Friday, August 2nd at Springfield’s Federal Building. The rally will begin at 5:30. Come to show your solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico!