Hector Luis Alamo
If the United States wants Russia to keep its hands off Ukraine, or wants any nation to respect its neighbors, it must first practice what it commands.
On Saturday, Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez, speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, sent a letter to Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chair of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, asking him to endorse the self-determination bill currently before the committee.
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a change to the “public charge” rule that would increase the number of government benefits immigrants can receive without affecting their green card applications.
Calle de la Resistencia, written and composed by Mayagüez native Milton Carrero, is a docu-drama musical that mixes real-life footage from the protests along San Juan’s Calle de la Fortaleza in the summer of 2019, when it was renamed “Calle de la Resistencia” (Resistance Street).
“The Insular Cases, as you know, are a line of Supreme Court cases that held that the ‘alien races’ and ‘savage tribes’ in Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories acquired as a result of the Spanish-American War were not entitled to the same constitutional rights and protections afforded to residents of the states, nor were they on a path to full political participation,” reads the letter from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Brennan Center for Justice, Dēmos, Hispanic Federation, Human Rights Campaign, and others.
Spanish actor Javier Bardem (‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘Dune’) is receiving criticism for comments he made after being nominated for an Oscar for his role as Desi Arnaz in the 2021 biopic ‘Being the Ricardos.’
On Wednesday, the Harvard Kennedy School announced that its webinar on Puerto Rico’s economic outlook was rescheduled for Thursday, February 17, and added another panelist to the list of speakers, which initially featured only two presenters, both non-Puerto Ricans in favor of austerity.
On Monday, Billboard announced that “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s animated movie Encanto, has reached No. 1 on its “Hot 100” list, knocking out Adele’s “Easy on Me.”
On Monday, nonprofit public-interest environmental group Earthjustice released a statement condemning energy company AES-Puerto Rico for seeking to transfer ownership of its notorious coal plant in Guayama to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).
Many see Vice President Harris’ trip to Honduras as a sign that Washington intends to work closely with Honduras and other Central American countries to stem the flow of migration northward. But many Honduran immigrants living in the United States are hoping Washington does something more for their homeland.
Brothers Alejandro and Christian Trevino are charged with aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity. Christian and friend Juan Eduardo Melendez are also charged with capital murder. A petition on Change.org calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to release the boys has already received over 46,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
“Ahead of the supposed visit of the King of Spain, Felipe VI to Puerto Rico and the escalation of gringo invaders siezing our lands, we want to send a clear message: Niether Kings Nor Gringo Invaders; Borikén is ours,” the group said in a statement.
Thursday, January 20, marked one year since President Joe Biden’s inauguration. To mark the occasion, immigration advocates aired their criticism of the President for failing to deliver on promises he made to immigrant communities during the 2020 campaign.
Most Latinos say the United States is generally better than their Latin American homelands, according to the results of a survey published by Pew Research Center on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Power 4 Puerto Rico, a group comprised of diaspora leaders and allies advocating for Puerto Ricans on the island and abroad, released a statement condemning U.S. Judge Laura Taylor-Swain’s approval of a plan to cut Puerto Rico’s public debt by 80 percent and commence debt service payments through 2034
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” the hit song —well, one of them, anyway— from Disney’s 2021 hit movie ‘Encanto,’ is now the highest-charting Disney’s song in over 26 years, according to tracking data released by Billboard.
Praised for its authentic depiction of Latinos, the second season, which aired on November 10 of last year, never broke into Netflix’s Top 10 list. But the show’s creators, Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, as well as executive producer America Ferrera, all have projects in the works.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is receiving criticism on social media for a press release on Friday aimed at North Korea’s state-run media, which last week made the outrageous claim that the late Kim Jong-il, father of current dictator Kim Jong-un, invented the burrito shortly before his death.
The Extended Congressional Delegation for Puerto Rico, a group of Puerto Rican lobbyists organized by the Puerto Rico Statehood Council, has announced its plans to make a second effort to pressure Congress to grant statehood to the U.S. colony.
The students at Southwest Middle School in Orlando, Florida were making fun of how Leonela Caballero spoke, and when she answered back and told them her nationality, they rushed her and started beating her.
On Monday Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, a 26-year-old Cuban truck driver, was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a fiery crash in April 2019 that killed four people. Since then, over 2,800,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to see him granted clemency or have his sentence commuted as time served.