A lion is gone: Gilberto Gerena Valentín dies at age 98

May he rest in peace!! “A lion is gone: Gilberto Gerena Valentín … “. Thank you for all you’ve done!!


Over fifty years ago, Gilberto Gerena Valentín was our Latino Al Sharpton.

In 1964 he led demonstrations against the police killings of three Puerto Rican men. He was a New York City Councilman (just like Bernie Sanders, he served as a Socialist), a union organizer, and a civil rights leader. Now he is gone.

In the mid 1960s, Gerena Valentín organized a citywide rent strike to call attention to slum conditions, and to rat and roach infestation in El Barrio and the South Bronx.

He led prayer marches and school boycotts to protest school conditions, and the de facto segregation in NYC public schools. Just like Congressman Vito Marcantonio, he was the people’s champion.



Just like Johnny Appleseed, he spread seeds of hope throughout the Puerto Rican community. He helped to found the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the National Association for Puerto Rican Civil Rights, el Congreso de…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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