Julio Ricardo Varela

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

BOICOT A LA COMAY Says That 8 Out of 12 Sponsors Have Canceled Ad $ Because of La Comay’s Anti-Black Comments [UPDATE]

According to Michelle Torres, who heads up public relations for Mega TV Puerto Rico as an independent contractor, the network does not have a statement to share at this time, since it is being discussed with the network’s legal team.

  • Jun 16, 2020
  • 12:18 PM

After Mocking Prominent Black Puerto Rican Woman, Calls to Cancel ‘La Comay’ Return

The latest controversy came after the Comay puppet ridiculed Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, a Black Puerto Rican woman who was the head of Puerto Rico’s Bar Association from 2012-2014. Rivera Lassén is openly lesbian and a 2020 senatorial candidate for the Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana party.

  • Jun 14, 2020
  • 11:54 AM

Meet the New Wanda, Same as the Old Wanda: On Puerto Rico and Its Continued Political Mediocrity

Puerto Rico governor Wanda Vázquez is handling the coronavirus crisis in the most Trumpian of ways—don’t pay attention to science and worry about your political survival instead. Despite an aggressive plan to install an island-wide lockdown that continues to this day and shows no sign of ending, Vázquez has become the latest in the line […]

  • Apr 22, 2020
  • 5:25 PM

A Drive-Through Protest Demanding for More COVID-19 Tests Happened Wednesday Morning in Puerto Rico

“So, more tests and less corruption, because we don’t know how people are stealing money in the middle of a pandemic,” one masked protester said.

  • Apr 15, 2020
  • 10:11 AM

New White House and CDC Coronavirus Guidelines Still Don’t Exist in Spanish [UPDATE]

Latino Rebels contacted the White House on Monday night. The White House acknowledged receipt of the request, but did not say when the Spanish version will be made public, if indeed it will be made public.

  • Mar 17, 2020
  • 12:16 PM

UCLA Data Analysis Says That Bernie Sanders Overwhelmingly Won Support in Iowa’s High-Density Latino Caucus Locations

“Winning Latino voters will be a very important part of [the Sanders] primary strategy,” senior adviser Jeff Weaver said Friday night in Manchester, New Hampshire.

  • Feb 8, 2020
  • 11:45 AM

Buttigieg Releases ‘A New Era for Latinos’ Campaign White Paper

“El Pueblo Unido/A People United: A New Era for Latinos” was announced three days before the next Democratic debate is scheduled for this Thursday in Los Angeles.

  • Dec 16, 2019
  • 6:00 AM

More Than 200 Entertainers, Activists and Leaders Sign Letter of Support for Latino Community After El Paso Shooting and Mississippi ICE Raids

“Though real pain and fear are sweeping through our communities, we remain powerful,” the letter states.

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • 5:00 AM

Univision Noticias Apologizes for Use of ‘Inmigrantes Ilegales’ in Facebook Live Post

“In Univision we use the term ‘undocumented immigrant’ because we believe that any other term dehumanizes people, in addition to being linguistically wrong and inaccurate,” José Zamora, senior vice president of strategic communications for Univision Noticias, said in a statement to Latino Rebels.

  • Jul 3, 2019
  • 2:50 PM

Julián Castro Tells Seth Meyers That Democrats Should Have Acted on Immigration Reform in 2009–2010

“We’re not going to wait this time,” the presidential candidate said.

  • May 23, 2019
  • 8:20 AM

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