Congressional Gold Medal Campaign, Upcoming Events & More
BORINQUENEERS.COM WEBSITE UPGRADED
We have been working very hard to keep up with technology and upgrade our website at www.borinqueneers.com. In our Gallery, we continue to post photographs of 65th Infantry veterans in our growing Borinqueneer Photos section which has a search feature to find a veteran by their name, company served or dates of service. Some of the veterans have video or audio clips. We now have a NEW section in our Gallery for BORINQUENEER VIDEOS with never-before-seen archival clips, archival clips embedded from YouTube about the 65th Inf. and media press and El Pozo Productions events videos. Our Merchandise Page now has an improved appearance and we have revamped and simplified the ordering process. Our customers will be able to save money with our more accurate shipping options based on the weight of the order.
So if you haven’t visited our website recently, come check us out! We hope our visitors enjoy these improvements. www.borinqueneers.com
SEPT. 14, 2013 – ORLANDO, FL – BORINQUENEERS FLORIDA HONOR CEREMONY
We request the honor of your presence at the BORINQUENEERS’ FLORIDA HONOR CEREMONY (US 65th Infantry Regiment Heroes) & PATRIOTS’ GATHERING
Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 1:00 PM
at the Kissimmee Civic Center
201 E Dakin. Ave. Kissimmee, Florida 34741
*Keynote Speaker- Florida Governor Rick Scott
*Honorary Chairs: US REP Posey & US REP Grayson
*Hosts/Chairs: Com. Wanda Renta (Kissimmee); Com. John Quinones (Osceola)
*Dennis Freytes, V.P. NAUS SE-Borinqueneers’ National Support Partners
DRESS: Informal/ Casual/ Guayaberra
RSVP: Bethzaida.Garcia@osceola.org 407-742-0101
(Reserved Parking and Chairs- limited only for VIPs who RSVP)
PROGRAM: Free entertainment, Veterans Assistance Booths, Health Fair… and more)
(Borinqueneers’ Motorcycle Club ride in -30 minutes prior to start time.)
PURPOSE: To recognize and honor all American veterans and, in particular,
to support the Borinqueneers for a Congressional Gold Medal Award.
*Bring pictures of departed American Veteran loved ones; place at Honor Table.
OCT. 3, 2013 – NEW ROCHELLE, NY – KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION – CHAPTER 91
Producer Noemi Figueroa Soulet is the special invited guest at the Korean War Veterans Association – Chapter 91’s meeting which will take place on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00pm at the American Legion Post 8, 112 North Ave New Rochelle, NY 10801 (between Main Street & Shore Road). This event is private and by invitation only.
OCT. 5, 2013 – PERTH AMBOY, NJ - PUERTO RICAN ASSOC. FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
THE BORINQUENEERS will be presented on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 2:00pm by the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) at the Perth Amboy High School, 300 Eagle Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861. Live taping and interviews with Producer Noemí Figueroa Soulet, 65th Infantry Regiment Veterans, and military historian Col. Gilberto Villahermosa (USA, Ret.) will be broadcast on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, a public affairs television series. The screening host will be Steve Adubato, Jr., Emmy Award-winning Anchor, Thirteen/WNET (PBS). A question-and-answer session will follow and an archival photo exhibit will also be available. Click here to download the English PRAHD flyer or the Spanish PRAHD flyer.
THIS EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited so please RSVP by September 27th by calling (973) 345-9837 or emailing JRAcevedo@borinqueneers.com. Please allow ample time for on-street parking.
If you are a 65th Infantry veteran who plans to attend, please contact Noemi at (914) 739-3989. It promises to be a fabulous event and we hope to see you there!
NOV. 22, 2013 – BRONX, NY - BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER
The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) will be presenting THE BORINQUENEERS on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00pm at the BMHC Lab located at 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd, Bronx, New York. (To get there, take the 2 or 5 trains to, or the BX 19 bus). The series is curated by City Lore award-winning folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated Bronx musician Bobby Sanabria. Its programming includes Latin music & jazz, comedy, poetry and book readings, and film screenings with Q&As. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5. www.whedco.org/arts/bronxmusicheritagecenter (718) 839-1134. I will be attending, along with 65th veteran Eugenio Quevedo. We hope to see you there!
APRIL 17, 2014 – PEEKSKILL, NY - CENTER FOR THE DIGITAL ARTS
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm, the Center for the Digital Arts of Westchester Community College will present Producer Noemi Figueroa Soulet in their Meet the Filmmaker Series. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening of THE BORINQUENEERS. The Center is located at 27 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-606-7304.
UPDATE ON THE BORINQUENEERS CGM CAMPAIGN
The campaign to obtain the Congressional Gold Medal for the veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment continues to gain momentum. Many individuals and organizations have come on board to support it and have urged their local politicians to become co-sponsors of the two legislative bills. The House of Representatives Bill (H.R. 1726) requires 290 Co-Sponsors and currently has 94 Co-Sponsors. The Senate Bill (Sen. 1174) requires 67 Co-Sponsors in the U.S. Senate in order to be considered for approval; it currently has 17 Co-Sponsors.
Among the national organizations supporting this important initiative are the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), American GI Forum (AGIF), and the National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC).
El Pozo Productions has been contacting 65th Infantry veterans and their family members and helping them either write letters to their politicians or helping to schedule face-to-face meetings. We have had great success! We have also reached out to family, friends and our loyal customers in areas and states where co-sponsorship is still needed and helped them write letters to their politicians.
HAVE YOU DONE YOUR PART?
Check the Co-Sponsor list in the link below, if your Congress member or U.S. Senator is currently not listed, please contact them NOW by mail, email or phone call!
CURRENT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE CO-SPONSORS OF BILL #1726"
CURRENT SENATE CO-SPONSORS OF BILL #1174:
Our 65th Infantry veterans in particular (or their family members) should especially reach out to their politicians and let them know you are a 65th Infantry veteran (or a family member ) and that you are a constituent of that politician! Your politician’s support of the CGM affects you most of all and they need to know this! They need to know they have a 65th Infantry veteran living in their district.
RECENT VIDEO/ARTICLES ON THE CGM CAMPAIGN:
FLORIDA TODAY INTERVIEWS 65th vet MSG ARCADIO SANTIAGO (Ret.):
WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS INTERVIEWS 65th vet JUAN O'NEILL:
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON AND THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!
El Pozo Productions