This segment of the Oral History with Luis Garden Acosta is about the various murals El Puente is associated with. They have a mission of using art as education and resistance to advocating for the community in Williamsburg. It also serves as importance for and of Latino Youth knowing their history and the leaders within their own history. Luis Garden Acosta talks about being the first community organization, in the history of the American general public health field to publish epidemiological research about the Asthma rates in NYC. He discusses Joe Matunis and also talks about three different murals: asthma mural; tobacco mural; two foot long mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn about the history of Brooklyn. He also discusses the mural created with young people, at the Jose de Diego school, which featured a large image of Jose de Diego. Garden Acosta says that El Puente aims to do what ASPIRA use to do, which was to bring people to Puerto Rico so they could reclaim their Puerto Rican souls and begin to understand who they are. He makes it clear that Puerto Ricans in Florida have an important role in the election for the next President of the United States. Lastly, Garden Acosta discusses three major crisis' in Puerto Rico: economic; violence; and climate change (he elaborates Climate Change). He tells us that there is a current dry spell on the island and that this was revealed in research published in 2013. He also elaborates on the looming reality that hurricanes worse that Katrina would put Puerto Rican towns under water. He addresses the need to plan for this natural disaster. He ends the segment by telling us that Puerto Ricans on the island need our support because we can vote and put pressure on the white house to do what it has to do. He ends with the message that the island can not do it themselves because they are considered a "territory" or "colony". He also says that the U.S. Congress is reluctant to be a responsible congress with regard to the welfare of Puerto Rico.
El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY