Puerto Rico

‘Heroes of Another Flag’ or How Nationalist Propaganda Villainizes Puerto Ricans for Serving in US Armed Forces (OPINION)

As for heroes, they may not be Hernández’s heroes, but they are exactly that to their relatives, friends, and the people in their communities. And they are Puerto Rico.

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • 12:58 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

Heroes of Another Flag: The Use of Puerto Ricans as Colonial Troops (OPINION)

As with anything regarding Puerto Rico, the recent PRNG deployment became political.

  • Feb 17, 2021
  • 6:20 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

LUMA Attorneys Charge More Than $1,000 an Hour and Consultants Get Paid Nearly $5M to Write Plans

The outsourcing of companies that come mainly from the US has been the norm in the first six months of billing after the agreement to privatize Puerto Rico’s electricity grid.

  • Feb 12, 2021
  • 2:02 PM

Puerto Rico Prepares to Reopen Schools 1 Year After Pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials announced Monday that five grades will return to in-person classes next month as the U.S. territory prepares to reopen public schools for the first time in a year, causing some parents to worry about a potential increase in coronavirus cases.

  • Feb 9, 2021
  • 5:20 PM

This Is the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Panel That Wasn’t Part of Diaspora Summit With Smithsonian

According to Boricuas Unidos en la Diáspora (BUDPR), three statehood advocates were invited to speak at the panel. BUDPR told Latino Rebels last week that two of the advocates declined the invitation, with the other individual not responding.

  • Feb 8, 2021
  • 5:35 PM

Puerto Rico’s Governor Unveils Budget Priorities Amid Crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s new governor said Wednesday that modernizing government services, repairing roads and increasing the salaries of certain public workers are among the priorities in the U.S. territory’s proposed $10.7 billion budget.

  • Feb 3, 2021
  • 8:15 PM

The Prospects of Independence for Puerto Rico? Don’t Get Your Hopes Up (OPINION)

Wanting to be independent (as an individual, nation, or country) is the most natural thing in the world. But is it economically or politically viable?

  • Feb 3, 2021
  • 2:49 PM

Puerto Rico to Get Billions for Storm Aid, Reconstruction

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is slated to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds to help prepare the U.S. territory for future hurricanes and other disasters, officials said Tuesday.

  • Feb 2, 2021
  • 5:49 PM

Consensus, Statehood, and Self-Determination (OPINION)

Statehood won. We must proceed from that fact. To insinuate the contrary or support other votes for options consistently rejected by Puerto Ricans is to disgrace democracy.

  • Feb 1, 2021
  • 1:17 PM

The Prospect of Statehood for Puerto Rico? Light Years Away (OPINION)

I offer the following as a historian and political analyst and not seeking to promote whatever solution to the Puerto Rican status issue.

  • Jan 30, 2021
  • 1:15 PM

FBI Arrests Puerto Rico Producer in Government Chat Scandal

Sixto Jorge Díaz Colón, 52, who once worked for the Spanish Broadcasting System, faces federal charges including attempted extortion and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, according to a grand jury indictment.

  • Jan 27, 2021
  • 12:57 PM

University of Puerto Rico to Create New Afro-Diasporic and Racial Studies Program

According to a January 11 release, the grant period will span three years from January 2021 to December 2023.

  • Jan 25, 2021
  • 11:24 AM

Goya In Three Boycotts (A Latino USA Podcast)

We dive into the history of Goya Foods to understand how this company became a symbol of identity for Latinos and Latinas and how it aimed to profit from the deep bonds we have with food and culture.

  • Jan 22, 2021
  • 11:10 AM

For Puerto Rican Statehood, It’s Now or Never: So It’s Never? (OPINION)

Puerto Rican statehood is having its most promising political moment, and it’s still a non-starter for the United States.

  • Jan 21, 2021
  • 2:38 PM

Remembering Don Pedro: A Latinish Podcast With Andre Lee Muñiz

Hector chats with Andre Lee Muñiz, editor of Remembering Don Pedro, a site dedicated to the life and legacy of the Puerto Rican independence leader, Pedro Albizu Campos.

  • Jan 19, 2021
  • 12:39 PM

GLAAD and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s Call Out ‘Dangerous Trend of Anti-Trans Violence in Puerto Rico’

This is a “state of emergency for gender violence and hate crimes,” a Friday statement said.

  • Jan 15, 2021
  • 1:49 PM

Puerto Rico Statehood Violates International Law (OPINION)

There is nothing progressive about that.

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • 5:42 PM

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