We were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Hiram Maristany. We had the great pleasure of hosting Maristany at UnionDocs for a screening of Takeover, a film by Emma Francis-Snyder about the historic Puerto Rican activist group, the Young Lords Party, of which Maristany was a member and official photographer. We gained so much wisdom from him as he spoke about the importance of who is behind the camera and documenting a narrative and the kind of change that comes with action rooted in community.
Friends of Maristany are collecting signatures to rename the block where Hiram grew up – 111th & Madison – in his honor. Please help them honor his memory by signing the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/hiram-maristany-street-co-renaming-organized-by-the-friends-of-hiram-maristany