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Latino Rebels Celebrates 10 Years

Ten years later, Latino Rebels has become a foundational tenet of the Latino digital journalism space.

  • May 5, 2021
  • 9:57 AM

A 63-Page Detailed Analysis of 2020 Latino Voters Is Exactly What Everyone Needs to Read Right Now

The simplest answer for Democrats is to treat Latino voters like the persuadable voters they are,” Carlos Odio of Equis told Latino Rebels.

  • Apr 2, 2021
  • 11:37 AM

Led by Velázquez, Ocasio-Cortez and Menendez, 83 Congressional Sponsors Submit Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act

“While many may disagree about the future of Puerto Rico’s status, we must recognize that the decision should come from those who will be impacted most: the people of Puerto Rico,” Velázquez said.

  • Mar 18, 2021
  • 9:11 PM

Is Ranked-Choice Voting the Way to Solve Puerto Rico’s Statehood Debate?

“We find that statehood starts off at a lower level of support when other options are present, though ultimately it wins in each case,” the authors wrote.

  • Mar 11, 2021
  • 9:27 PM

Velázquez and Ocasio-Cortez Respond to Pierluisi’s Puerto Rico Statehood Push, and (as Expected) They’re Not Supporting It

“The principled position, especially for the head of that colonizing power, is to say that people should have a process of self-determination and to not put your thumb on the scale of one direction or another,” Ocasio-Cortez told Axios.

  • Mar 5, 2021
  • 8:17 AM

More Than 80 Progressive Groups, Including National Urban League and Indivisible, Send Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act Letter to Schumer and Pelosi

The letter was dated the day after Puerto Rico statehood advocates formally introduced a bipartisan Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act of 2021 to the House.

  • Mar 4, 2021
  • 8:00 AM

The Day a Bipartisan Statehood Bill With 52 Co-Sponsors Is Introduced to the House, Pierluisi Says Fight in Senate Will Be ‘Tougher’

“I have no doubt this bill get a vote on the floor of the House when the time comes. In the case of the Senate, I do admit that the going will be tougher, but we’ll fight, we’ll fight the fight,” Pierluisi said.

  • Mar 2, 2021
  • 10:01 PM

Puerto Rico Senate President Says Statehood Vote Was Valid, But Still Merits Direct Response From Congress and Insists That Public Funds Can’t Be Used

“I have the firm conviction that the vote in favor of statehood must receive a direct and honest response from the U.S. Congress and from all who have a responsibility for their consequences,” Dalmau said in Spanish. “Yet, what was never consulted with the people of Puerto Rico was the use of public funds that would pay for the exorbitant salaries of six people who will pretend to go to Washington and do the same functions that three past Resident Commissioner of the statehood party have been doing for the last 17 years. That would be to lobby in favor of the election. That spending item was never part of the ballot.”

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • 9:24 AM

Senate Majority Leader Schumer Says He Won’t Support Statehood Bill for Puerto Rico

“I don’t agree with them. I am not going to support their statehood bill until we straighten Puerto Rico out,” Schumer said.

  • Feb 19, 2021
  • 12:48 PM

Puerto Rico Governor Says Statehood Bills Will Be Introduced in Congress by Mid-March

“I believe you will see bills being introduced in the House at the latest by mid-March of this year, so within a month,” Pierluisi told Axios’ Alexi McCammond during an Axios on HBO interview that aired on Sunday.

  • Feb 14, 2021
  • 6:28 PM

UCLA Study: A Record 16.6 Million US Latinos Voted in 2020 Election, Leading to Key State Victories for Biden-Harris

The 30.9% increase “was the single largest 4-year increase in Latino vote ever,” and “was nearly double the nationwide 15.9% growth in ballots cast between the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections,” the study noted.

  • Jan 19, 2021
  • 12:01 AM

The Biden Campaign Still Has ‘Work to Do’ With Latinos: Will It Happen? (OPINION)

The reality is that the Biden campaign has been struggling to connect with Latino voters ever since he announced his intent to run.

  • Sep 21, 2020
  • 8:37 AM

New Pre-Convention Poll of US Latino Voters Says Biden Has 66% Support to Trump’s 24%

“This poll is a roadmap to victory, and shows that the community sees Biden/Harris as having our backs on the issues that keep us up at night,” said Henry R. Muñoz, III, a former DNC official who is SOMOS US co-founder and founder of Momento Latino.

  • Aug 17, 2020
  • 4:43 PM

New Telemundo/BuzzFeed News Poll Says 60% of Young Latino Voters Would Vote for Biden

That finding is one of many that provide a look into one of the country’s fastest-growing electorates.

  • Aug 5, 2020
  • 3:55 PM

Candidate for Puerto Rico Governor Says He Will File FCC Complaint Against ‘La Comay’ Puppet for Comments Against His Lineage

“There’s Pakistani or Indian blood running through the veins of Eduardo Bhatia,” Kobbo Santarrosa said behind the mask of a puppet.

  • Jul 28, 2020
  • 3:27 PM

Pro-Statehood Gubernatorial Candidate Defends Legislator Who Uttered N-Word on Puerto Rico’s House Floor

At no point in the statement did Pedro Pierluisi ever make reference to Junior Pérez Otriz’s specific use of the N-word, which the legislator had later offered a half-apology for.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • 5:06 PM

Puerto Rican Legislator Utters N-Word During Floor Speech on Resolution Praising Former Talk Show Host Who Also Uttered N-Word

During Monday’s legislative session on the floor Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives —and in the midst of a global movement for Black Lives— a Puerto Rican legislature uttered the N-word, in defense of a former talk show host who lost his job for uttering the N-word last week on air.

  • Jun 22, 2020
  • 10:41 PM

More Than a Week After ‘La Comay’ Mocks Black Puerto Rican Woman With Racist Segment, SBS and MEGA TV Cannot Take Questions Right Now

“SBS or Mega TV does not have a statement to share at this time, since it is being discussed with our legal team. Once we have the official statement I’ll respond to your email immediately,” Vladimir Gómez, VP of Corporate Communications & SBS Talent Relations for Miami-based SBS, wrote to Latino Rebels on Friday.

  • Jun 21, 2020
  • 4:14 PM

Video Resurfaces of Puerto Rican TV Host Saying the N-Word on WAPA-TV Show

Latino Rebels has contacted both WAPA-TV and “Lo sé todo” about the clip in question. As of this posting, nobody from the network or the show has returned messages for comments. 

  • Jun 19, 2020
  • 12:47 PM

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