Summit planned as Puerto Rican activists in Connecticut form new group

The El Capitolio de Puerto Rico, the Legislative House, is pictured on May 16, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the former Spanish colony of 3.5 million, now a US territory, struggles under a mountain of debt. The governor of Puerto Rico announced that the US territory would seek a form of bankruptcy protection to restructure its $70 billion debt, the largest municipal restructuring in US history. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN — Puerto Ricans from across Connecticut will be gathering in New Haven to organize a new advocacy group to support Puerto Rico during the unincorporated U.S. territory’s economic crisis.

A daylong summit is planned Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy to create the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda, in alliance with efforts by the National Puerto Rican Agenda.

Organizers say the group’s mission is to “unite, educate, and create solutions for the Puerto Rican people in the United States and Puerto Rico.” They also say the new Connecticut group will develop programs designed to preserve Puerto Rican heritage and culture.

The island territory is struggling to emerge from a 10-year recession that has prompted more than a half million Puerto Ricans to flee to the U.S. mainland.