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Comunidades: Extended Roots From Hawaii to New York, 1984

Comunidades: Extended Roots From Hawaii to New York, 1984

The Comunidades conference Extended Roots: From Hawaii to New York took place March 23 through March 25, 1984. Bringing together researchers and community activists from around the country, the conference provided a forum to discuss historical research on Puerto Rican migration, with the hopes of furthering contemporary understanding of contemporary Puerto Rican communities.

The first two days of the conference featured speakers from six states, with the final day set aside for a workshop on community history projects, oral history projects and archival research. The six speakers delivered lectures that discussed migrant communities across the country—spanning from Hawaii to New York—with an emphasis on social justice and labor rights issues. Personal family stories and accounts of historical research led to dialog about ways Puerto Ricans migrants could approach social services, worker’s rights, and the evolution of the Puerto Rican community in the United States.

Two years after the conference took place, the Oral History Task Force, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueñas published a book Extended Roots: From Hawaii to New York (Migraciones Puertoriqueñas a los Estados Unidos) summarizing the proceedings.

Items in this audio collection

Comunidades Conference

Presentation in Spanish by Martin Perez on Puerto Rican agricultural workers and migration in Vineland, New Jersey. 

Comunidades Conference: Workshop Tape 1

First in a series of three tapes documenting workshops held following the comunidades Conference. The discussions relate to oral and community histories and were lead and moderated by Centro staff and other participants. The contents of this tape are entirely in English.

Comunidades Conference: Workshop Tape 2

Second of three tapes documenting workshops held following the Comunidades Conference. The discussions relate to oral and community histories and were lead and moderated by Centro staff and other participants. Consists of Spanish midway of Side A, rest in English.

Comunidades Conference: Jorge Piñiero & Félix Ojeda Reyes

Speakers at the Comunidades conference in 1984. Jorge Piñiero discusses the current Puerto Rican population in California and efforts gain political and social influence to benefit the community. Félix Ojeda Reyes provides a history of early Puerto Rican migration to New York, including efforts for free circulation for migrants, political activism for workers rights, and the establishement of…

Martin Perez on Vineland, NJ and Felix M. Padilla.

Tape 4 of recordings of the precedings of the Comunidades event/conference "Extended Roots from Hawaii to New York" put on by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) in 1984. Side A is a presentation in Spanish given on March 23, 1984 by Martin Perez on Puerto Rican agricultural workers and migration in Vineland, New Jersey. Perez's presentation continues onto side B and is then followed by a…

Blase Camacho Souza

Comunidades Conference: Extended Roots on Puerto Rican Migration organized by El Centro of Puerto Rican Studies. Speakers: Blasé Camacho Souza, Jorge Piñiero, Félix Ojeda Reyes. Blasé Camacho Souza, a direct descendent of Puerto Ricans brought to Hawaii for agricultural work, recounts personal memories and family histories. She also discusses the efforts of the Puerto Rican Heritage Society…

Comunidades Conference

Comunidades Conference: Extended Roots on Puerto Rican Migration organized by The Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Tape 1 is all in English and includes brief presentation by guest speakers: Blase Camacho Souza, Felix Padilla, Félix Ojeda Reyes, Frank Bonilla.



Comunidades Conference: Tape 3

Third of three tapes documenting workshops held following the Comunidades Conference. The discussions relate to oral and community histories and were lead and moderated by Centro staff and other participants. Side A is in English. Unsure who early presenters and speakers are (probably continuation from second tape). Final presenter is William Arroyo, a student counselor at Oberlin College. Side B:…