WHAT: Press conference and vigil demanding
justice for Joaquin Rivera
WHEN: Sunday, December 6, 2009, 10 a.m.
WHERE: In front of Aria Health Center , 4900 Frankford Avenue
On Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 10 am , in front of Aria Health’s Frankford Campus
4900 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, members of the National Congress for Puerto
Rican Rights (NCPRR), a civil and human rights group, will join the family of
Joaquin Rivera , other local activists, politicians and organizations in demanding
justice while also calling for the systematic overhaul of a inept healthcare system
that would allow for such a tragedy.
Rivera, a beloved father, school counselor, musician and activist was left to die
in the Aria Health emergency room last Saturday. Adding to this indignity, Rivera
was also robbed while hospital staff continued to ignore his lifeless body. This
indignity has been fully captured on videotape that has been broadcast nationally,
to compound the pain and humiliation that Mr. Rivera’s family and friends will
endure through this loss.
Full disclosure : I credit my experience working within the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights in NYC as critical in my political development.