Opinion

Chaos in Cuba After Hotel Explosion (OPINION)

The cleanup from last Friday’s blast, which killed 44 and injured nearly 100 more, is continuing. The Cuban people deserve our compassion and empathy, not more lies and deceit by outsiders and interventionists about what they see happening in real-time.

  • May 13, 2022
  • 3:41 PM

Denver Students Plan Walkout in Support of Outspoken Chicano Teacher (OPINION)

The removal of a beloved and outspoken Chicano teacher at Denver’s North High School has the community, already beset by gentrification, upset. Students have planned a walkout for Friday, May 13.

  • May 11, 2022
  • 11:47 AM

The Boricua Handmaid’s Tale (OPINION)

If ‘Roe v. Wade’ is overturned, the fear is that the religious right in Puerto Rico and the two main parties will be emboldened to further limit women’s rights. The hope is that young women, part of the increasingly powerful Boricua female voting bloc, will go to the polls in large numbers.

  • May 10, 2022
  • 4:54 PM

Discovering a New Identity: The Journey of an International Adoptee (OPINION)

A name contains so much. But what if one person has two sets of names — two first names and two surnames? How do that shape one identity?

  • May 4, 2022
  • 3:13 PM

Dystopian Puerto Rico: Macondo Is Changing (OPINION)

Puerto Rico is undergoing a fundamental shift in its social and political architecture, and for the first time since I can remember, strong winds are blowing in favor of self-determination and possibly, eventually, independence.

  • May 4, 2022
  • 12:46 PM

Self-Determination for Puerto Rico Must Start in Puerto Rico, Not Congress (OPINION)

Words mean things, and in the debate around Puerto Rico’s political status, it is especially important to know what is being said. For many mainland observers becoming increasingly aware of Puerto Rico’s territorial status, terms like “self-determination” tickle the ears. 3.2 million people living under an outdated, unjust political status? Of course, this merits resolution! […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 3:57 PM

How Important Is the Spanish Language to Latine Identity? (OPINION)

When the United States government and Latine organizations first began using the term “Hispanic” in the 1970s, they attempted to bring together people from disparate Latin American countries living in different parts of the U.S. To do this, they created a general identity, and central to that identity was the language that united Latin America. […]

  • Apr 27, 2022
  • 12:38 PM

Puerto Rico Leaders in Denial About Solving Faulty Energy System (OPINION)

As they say, “denial is not a river in Egypt.” Someone needs to share this with Puerto Rico House Speaker Rafael “Tatito” Hernández of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD, in Spanish). After 400,000 of the main island’s residents lost electrical power on April 6, Hernández said that the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority (PREPA) should […]

  • Apr 26, 2022
  • 3:16 PM

Brazilian Latinoness and the Pursuit of Cultural Identity in the US (OPINION)

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In my high-school English language class in São Paulo, our teacher Agnaldo once raised the question of whether Brazilians saw themselves as “Latino” or not. After some lively discussion, Agnaldo informed us that, in the U.S., we would be seen as Latinos. This came as a surprise to many of my […]

  • Apr 25, 2022
  • 2:20 PM

Rep. García: Biden, Democrats Must End Title 42 Now (OPINION)

The Biden administration should honor its commitment to immediately end Title 42 restrictions, which were imposed by former President Donald Trump to deny asylum seekers their basic, protected rights. It would be a mistake for Democrats to shy away from dismantling this cruel plank of Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. By the end of 2019, the Trump […]

  • Apr 25, 2022
  • 7:06 AM

Time for All Americans to Rally Behind Puerto Rican Self-Determination (OPINION)

With an informed perspective and measured approach, Americans can play an important role in supporting Puerto Ricans fighting for their self-determination and help bring justice to the island.

  • Apr 22, 2022
  • 12:37 PM

Reasons Why My Primos Didn’t Vote (OPINION)

Every 30 seconds, a Latinx person turns 18. It is time to identify and dispel some of the most pervasive lies told to Latinx voters that impede participation. It is time to challenge mainstream narratives and tell our truth.

  • Apr 21, 2022
  • 2:31 PM

How Early Childhood Care, Education and Poverty Intersect (OPINION)

Reforming the childcare system in this country can impact the overall poverty rate of the early childhood workforce as well as the children they serve by allowing their parents to return to work.

  • Apr 21, 2022
  • 12:09 PM

One in 20 Latinos Not Counted in Census: Why It Matters (OPINION)

The census takes place every 10 years to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to distribute federal funds based on the population count, so an undercount means our Latino community will be underrepresented politically and lose significant amounts of federal funds over the next 10 years.

  • Apr 20, 2022
  • 4:31 PM

Puerto Rico Should Pay Attention to French Elections (OPINION)

Voters in both countries are increasingly dissatisfied with national politics and looking to emergent parties for solutions, but they are not ready to ditch the traditional parties in local races. How the emergent parties engage in local politics will determine if the parties can effectively create a new political order.

  • Apr 19, 2022
  • 3:26 PM

Cubans Seek Broad Reforms, Not Another Revolution (OPINION)

While many in the United States use social media information to justify a regime change, the reality is, that’s not what every Cuban wants.

  • Apr 18, 2022
  • 4:49 PM

Reinstate Teacher Bryan Chu and Defend Free Speech in Public Schools (OPINION)

In Portland’s public schools, an unprecedented blueprint for silencing dissenting voices is currently under construction. But the fight for freedom of speech in public education now has a new champion—Bryan Chu.

  • Apr 14, 2022
  • 3:03 PM

Methane Emissions Harm Already Vulnerable Communities the Most (OPINION)

Methane traps 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Its production pollutes the air we breathe, and more than 1.81 million Latinos live within half a mile of oil and gas facilities that release methane and other toxic emissions.

  • Apr 14, 2022
  • 11:53 AM

End of Title 42 Sees Renewed Hate Towards Migrants of Color (OPINION)

As predictable as Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric, the decades-old language of anti-Latino hate has resurfaced like a festering boil in the wake of Biden’s plans to end Title 42 restrictions on immigration.

  • Apr 13, 2022
  • 1:17 PM

Why Is Marco López the Only Latino Gubernatorial Candidate in Arizona Race? (OPINION)

Democrat Marco A. López Jr., who spoke with Latino Rebels shortly after announcing his candidacy last May, is the only Latino running in Arizona’s governor race, even though nearly a third of all residents are Latino.

  • Apr 13, 2022
  • 11:42 AM

The Enigma of Daddy Yankee (OPINION)

While it still remains to be seen if ‘LEGENDADDY’ will cement his legacy as a symbol of cultural nationalism, it’s undeniable that the world will forever associate Daddy Yankee with la bandera monoestrellada that’s ubiquitous throughout the islands, across the diaspora, and in reggaetón clubs worldwide.

  • Apr 5, 2022
  • 2:32 PM

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