James Baratta

Fighting Displacement: Machete House and the Park Slope Riot of 1973

What do gentrification and a shootout in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in June 1973 have to do with the struggle for Puerto Rican independence?

  • Jun 28, 2022
  • 6:15 PM

UN Committee Recognizes Puerto Rico’s Right to Self-Determination, Independence

On Monday afternoon, the United Nations (UN) Special Committee on Decolonization —by consensus and for the 40th time— adopted Draft Resolution L7, which formally recognizes Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination and independence.

  • Jun 22, 2022
  • 10:43 AM

In Puerto Rico, Privatization Jeopardizes Already Weak Ferry System in Vieques and Culebra

Following years of disrepair and unreliable service, Puerto Rico’s Public-Private Partnerships Authority chose U.S.-based company HMS Ferries to assume control of the local maritime transportation company. Residents are now demanding the cancelation of the 23-year contract, citing numerous issues.

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • 4:29 PM

Pro-Independence Puerto Ricans in New York Protest Against Debt Plan

Protestors gathered outside the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on December 17 to confront Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board at its 31st open-to-the-public meeting.

  • Jan 10, 2022
  • 1:41 PM

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