Somos Orlando, the ad hoc Latino group that popped up in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting to provide translation, mental health and other counseling services to survivors and victims’ families, is getting a boost from Broadway sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda and superstar Jennifer López.
“I have a treat for you at noon,” Miranda wrote on Facebook on the morning of July 4. “A taste of some new music you don’t need tickets to hear.”
On noon Tuesday the duo will release a behind-the-scenes video of the recording of the song, titled “Love Make the World Go Round.” Catch a preview here: https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/749996290847670272/video/1
“Sooo @JLo & yours truly went in on a tune that will benefit [Somos Orlando] here’s a taste!” Miranda added about three hours later Monday on Facebook. This is Miranda’s last week as part of the musical cast of the hit Hamilton, which broke Broadway show records with 16 Tony nominations, winning 11.
Nancy Rosado, a Somos Orlando founder, worries that Orlando leaders may be concerned only with the short-term effects of the shooting. As a retired New York City Police Department seargant who is also a social worker, Rosado provided counseling services to 1,200 police officers directly involved in the rescue efforts of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.
She thinks a year or two or seven from now will be just as crucial to helping Pulse families thrive after the shooting.
“There is no timetable for this,” Rosado said, referring to the psychological trauma.
Rosado is one of five Latinas who came together almost like a flock of birds on June 12, the day of the Pulse shooting, to find out how they could help. Other Latinas include Zoe Colón of the Hispanic Federation, a New York based nonprofit that has a Central Florida office; Denisse Centeno Lamas, founder and executive director of Hispanic Family Counseling; Sami Haimán Marrero of Urbander, a marketing firm; Christina Hernández, a political and communications consultant.
They have volunteered hundreds of hours of their time to the Pulse families. The Hispanic Federation donated $10,000 in seed money to Somos Orlando and is administrating the fund. The Hispanic Federation received a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator as of June 1, 2016.
Somos Orlando is holding a community meeting Tuesday, July 5, at 9:30 a.m. at Acacia Building (formerly Asociación Borinqueña) off Econlockhatchee Trail in east Orange County. The public is welcome.
˜˜Maria Padilla, Editor