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The Response

May 5, 2020

Shareable and FSTV recently co-hosted a panel discussion after the television premiere of the documentary film, “The Response: How Puerto Ricans Are Restoring Power to the People.” Panelists Susan Silber, Tré Vasquez, Juan C. Dávila, and Christine Nieves explored a wide range of topics including mutual aid, community resilience, and the impact of colonialism on Puerto Rico’s response to COVID-19.

Designed to provide a deeper context for the ongoing impact of disasters on Puerto Ricans and other communities in the U.S., panelists explored how people are working together to increase their collective resilience.

The entire discussion is available in several formats. In addition to this podcast, the video recording and written transcript are available on

The Response film is available for free virtual community or educational screenings and is an effective tool for convening local, regional, and national organizing meetings aimed at launching and strengthening mutual aid and resilience work. Sign up to host a screening at or find out more information by sending an email to