Defend Puerto Rico

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Address: 2574 21st
Sacramento, CA  95818


Defend PR is a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. Recognizing the complex and dynamic landscapes that comprise Puerto Rican daily life and struggle, Defend PR seeks to deepen connections between Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora, in the hopes of nurturing greater solidarity, collaboration, and kinship.


Defend PR was founded in 2016 with the goal of using an interactive, multimedia platform to amplify the voices of everyday Puerto Ricans working to build a new Puerto Rico where its land, people, and culture flourish. By using a people-centered approach to storytelling and the dissemination of personal and community narratives, Defend PR has and will continue to capture the remarkable resilience and creativity of the Puerto Rican people as they navigate the current humanitarian and fiscal crisis.

The Issues:

Our focus is on sharing stories of resistance and renewal in all areas of Puerto Rican society and cultural life, highlighting everything from agriculture and cultural production, to grassroots political mobilization and global solidarity networks. Post Hurricane Maria we need more voices of the people experiencing the hardships to make it onto the platforms that can get them heard.

Our Constituency and Leadership:

The diaspora and the people living in Puerto Rico.  Our team member Eli, filmmaker, is also on the ground organizing Cine Solar, an outdoor and movie theater experience using solar power, to spending entire days rebuilding roofs, organizing food drives and canvassing neighborhoods to finds ways he can support.

Tackling Oppressive Structures:

Movement Building:


Long-term Vision for Change:

Puerto Rico’s on-going struggle for greater autonomy, representation, and sustainability is the struggle of everyday people to dream and create freely. Defend PR hopes to continue to use its platform to create content of, by, and for the Puerto Rican people, in hopes that these dreams will prosper.

Organization Budget:  $25,000
Request: $1,000