Puerto Rico

Voters Weary as Puerto Rico Prepares for Historic Primaries

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections.

  • Aug 7, 2020
  • 1:05 PM

Never Forget Trump’s Outright Contempt of Puerto Ricans (OPINION)

Boricua Freedom Writer Norma Iris Lafé chronicles how Trump has failed Puerto Rico at every turn, beginning with September of 2017.

  • Aug 6, 2020
  • 12:11 PM

Ensuring Puerto Rico’s Long-Term Economic Development (OPINION)

A return to old and failed policies is not the option if Puerto Rico is to succeed in the world economy.

  • Aug 5, 2020
  • 11:58 AM

Judge: ‘Discriminatory’ to Deny Puerto Rico Access to US Aid

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many.

  • Aug 4, 2020
  • 10:45 AM

CEO of Puerto Rico’s Power Company to Resign Amid Outages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The CEO of Puerto Rico’s state-owned power company is resigning as thousands of clients remain without electricity since last week’s tropical storm that further weakened a grid still trying to recover from previous hurricanes and earthquakes, officials said Monday.

  • Aug 3, 2020
  • 2:15 PM

Storm Isaias Unleashes Flooding, Landslides in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaias battered Puerto Rico on Thursday as it continued on a forecast track toward the U.S. mainland, unleashing small landslides and causing widespread flooding and power outages on an island still recovering from previous hurricanes and earthquakes.

  • Jul 30, 2020
  • 10:38 AM

Elizabeth Warren: Puerto Ricans’ Choice for Vice President (OPINION)

She has demonstrated time and again an unshakable commitment to economic development, worker justice, and debt relief for the people of Puerto Rico—before it was fashionable.

  • Jul 28, 2020
  • 5:46 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

Thousands in Puerto Rico Still Without Housing Since María

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly three years after Hurricane María tore through Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of homes remain badly damaged, many people face a hurricane season under fading blue tarp roofs and the island’s first major program to repair and rebuild houses hasn’t completed a single one.

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • 9:42 AM

Puerto Rico to Offer Virtual Classes, Delay School Reopening

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials announced Wednesday that all public school students will start virtual classes August 17 as the U.S. territory battles an increase in coronavirus cases.

  • Jul 22, 2020
  • 5:01 PM

Puerto Rico Governor, Others Face Formal Corruption Probe

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor and other top officials on Monday became the formal targets of an in-depth government investigation into recent corruption allegations.

  • Jul 21, 2020
  • 11:55 AM

Latino Census Response Lags as Coronavirus Spikes, Especially in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With just over three months to go in the self-response period, the Latino response rate for the 2020 Census is dragging.

  • Jul 20, 2020
  • 4:18 PM

Talking Politics From the Island Colony of Puerto Rico

The latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio.

  • Jul 20, 2020
  • 10:57 AM

Puerto Rico Rolls Back Openings Amid Spike in COVID-19 Cases

By DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Thursday announced major rollbacks including the closure of bars, gyms, marinas, theaters and casinos and restricted the use of beaches as the U.S. territory is hit by a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Gov. Wanda Vázquez said the […]

  • Jul 16, 2020
  • 7:58 PM

El Gran Combo Says It Didn’t Authorize Trump Campaign to Use Band’s Music in Goya Foods Boycott Debate

“We have not authorized the use of that video. El Gran Combo never mixes politics and music, and we never have supported any party or candidate,” pianist and manager Willie Sotelo said.

  • Jul 14, 2020
  • 2:50 PM

First Latino President in Sierra Club’s History Calls on Young People to Get Engaged

Originally from Puerto Rico, Mr. Ramón Cruz has a long history of involvement within the environmental movement.

  • Jul 14, 2020
  • 12:04 PM

Mr. Pierluisi: Truth-Telling Is a Hard Thing (OPINION)

Puerto Rico, in order to progress as a people and a society, must choose leadership that understands the times we are living and works to divest police brutality, corruption and racism in our culture and advance the island towards its better self.

  • Jul 13, 2020
  • 5:48 PM

Seizing the Moment With Rosa Clemente

The latest episode of Latino Rebels Radio.

  • Jul 13, 2020
  • 11:04 AM

Puerto Rico Questions Spain’s Legacy as Statues Tumble in US

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate symbols of oppression.

  • Jul 12, 2020
  • 3:28 PM

This Week in Puerto Rico: Administration Rattled by Resignation, Primary Process Continues, Goya Gets Canceled and More

Protests in front of the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza, have been ongoing since Wednesday, though protestors have made sure to follow safety precautions and social distancing due to COVID-19.

  • Jul 10, 2020
  • 3:29 PM

Justice Secretary Resigns as Puerto Rico Turmoil Deepens

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s political turmoil deepened on Thursday as the island’s newest justice secretary resigned in the wake of an investigation targeting the U.S. territory’s governor, who remains under scrutiny.

  • Jul 9, 2020
  • 12:26 PM

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