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Phiota helps sponsor SPEAK UP! in memory of Piri Thomas

Thursday, February 16, 2012   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Bernie Rebollar
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PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. - 9322 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, New York 11209


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Bernie "Influente" Rebollar

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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Phi Iota Alpha helps sponsor SPEAK UP! in memory of Piri Thomas

New York – February 2012

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has donated $1,000 to help sponsor a special presentation of SPEAK UP! in memory of Piri Thomas, author and poet who shed light on the struggles of nuestra gente with his book, Down These Mean Streets. Throughout his life, he soulfully delivered an array of awe-inspiring poetry. The evening will be hosted by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega and Felipe Luciano, and curated by Rich Villar. Poets include Martin Espada, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Junot Díaz, Willie Perdomo, Mayda del Valle, Emanuel Xavier, and others. The program is presented by GDS Arts in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio. 

"As a fraternity which believes in life-long commitment to the Latin American culture, intellectual development, cultural consciousness, personal growth, personal achievement and social awareness we felt a responsibility to help sponsor and be part of a tribute to a man that did so much for our Latino community.” said, the Executive Director Francisco Lugo.  The fraternity appreciates the opportunity to stand along side other sponsors to help celebrate the life of such a pillar of the New York Latino Community and man of the world. 

Below is a list of other sponsors:

  • Dominican Magic Luciano Brothers LLC. 
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda - La Unidad Latina
  • Camaradas Restaurant 
  • HBO Latino

The Producers are GDS Arts Inc.The New Audience Project In collaboration with El Museo Del Barrio.


Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. has set precedents for Latino Greek leadership in the global community. For over 80 years, Phi Iota Alpha has cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. -The Oldest Latino Fraternity in Existence


Rafael A. Martinez says...
Posted Thursday, February 16, 2012
This is great!

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