Julio Ricardo Varela

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

The Status Sham of Puerto Rico

Calm down, all you new “experts.”

  • Nov 27, 2018
  • 11:16 AM

Puerto Rico Governor Announces 9/20 Committee for Hurricane-Related Deaths

The committee will consist of public health and officials from the administration of governor Ricardo Rosselló.

  • Nov 2, 2018
  • 2:04 PM

Day Before Trump Tweets About Death Count, Puerto Rican Govt Officials Met With White House to Discuss Hurricane María Messaging

PRFAA, the official Washington office for the governor of Puerto Rico, has declined to comment about whether or not the meeting took place.

  • Sep 13, 2018
  • 2:09 PM

After Government of Puerto Rico Confirms Much Higher Hurricane María Death Count Estimate, Says GW Study Will Be Made Public Last Week of August

“The official number will be updated once the GW study is out,” Pedro Cerame, a spokesperson for the Puerto Rico’s Federal Affairs Administration, said.

  • Aug 9, 2018
  • 10:07 AM

Researchers Estimate 1,139 Hurricane María Excess Deaths in Puerto Rico Through December 2017

“Based on death records following Hurricane Maria, the estimated hurricane-related mortality burden of 1,139 excess deaths through December 2017 was higher than the official death toll of 64.”

  • Aug 2, 2018
  • 8:52 PM

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