Puerto Rico

Reports in Puerto Rico Say LGBTQ Activist Pedro Julio Serrano Detained on Domestic Violence Allegations

Reports by both Puerto Rico’s Noticentro and El Nuevo Día published on Monday afternoon said that LGBTQ activist Pedro Julio Serrano was detained on allegations of domestic violence.

  • Jul 6, 2020
  • 5:52 PM

Worsening Drought Forces State of Emergency in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid a coronavirus pandemic.

  • Jun 29, 2020
  • 3:33 PM

Puerto Ricans in the US Live in Counties With the Highest Possibility of COVID-19 Infection and Death

The trend is strongest in the state of New York. Urban poverty and social vulnerability factors increase the possibility of becoming infected or dying from the virus in places where most Puerto Ricans live.

  • Jun 26, 2020
  • 2:30 PM

Los puertorriqueños en EE UU viven en condados con más posibilidad de contagios y muertes por COVID-19

El patrón se observa de manera más fuerte en el estado de Nueva York. La pobreza urbana y factores de vulnerabilidad social hacen que la posibilidad de infectarse o morir a causa del virus aumente en los lugares donde viven más boricuas.

  • Jun 25, 2020
  • 10:31 AM

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

Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy of Imperial Adventurism and Colonialism

He was an ardent believer of the racial tenets of the moment and in particular, that “civilized nations” should act as protectors of “barbarous” ones.

  • Jun 23, 2020
  • 12:34 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

Yulín Cruz on China COVID-19 Joke: ‘If I Hurt Anybody by That, I Apologize’

“It was said without wanting to harm anybody but one needs to say that it can be offensive. If I hurt anybody by that, I apologize. My track record is clear,” Yulín Cruz told David Begnaud of CBS News.

  • Jun 20, 2020
  • 6:11 PM

Letter From Former Puerto Rico Senator Says Election Fraud Would Occur in Florida If PR Voting Bill Becomes Law

The letter was also sent to several members of Congress, the National Association of Secretaries of State and the head of the Federal Election Commission.

  • Jun 19, 2020
  • 3:43 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

Puerto Rico Gov Unveils Budget Critics Say Is Unrealistic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Thursday promised wage increases for teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public workers, unveiling a government budget higher than the one submitted by a federal control board that oversees the island’s finances.

  • Jun 19, 2020
  • 8:41 AM

UPDATE: Univision Cancels El Azote Program and Terminates Contract With Dávila Colón

“Upon investigating his broadcast, Univision has immediately terminated its contract with Mr. Colon and canceled his program. We deeply regret the utterance of this slur on our air in Puerto Rico,” a Univision Communications statement said.

  • Jun 17, 2020
  • 11:10 PM

Cuando las vidas negras no importan: How Puerto Ricans Can Change Conversations on Race and Racism

Race in Puerto Rico has always been associated with phenotype and ancestry. The false discourse of “we’re all mixed” has led to systemic racism being dismissed or reduced to phenotype.

  • Jun 17, 2020
  • 2:19 PM

Human Rights Campaign Calls for Cancellation of Puerto Rico TV Show ‘La Comay’ 

‘La Comay’ has a long history of spreading racist, homophobic and transphobic propaganda, the HRC statement said.

  • Jun 17, 2020
  • 11:48 AM

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

US Officials Visit Puerto Rico, Oversee Hurricane Prep

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal officials on Monday praised Puerto Rico’s hurricane preparedness and pledged additional help as they reviewed disaster recovery efforts during the start of a weeklong visit to the U.S. territory.

  • Jun 15, 2020
  • 9:53 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

Racial Double Standards in Puerto Rico’s Alexandra Lúgaro Phenomenon

When Lúgaro commented on the ongoing George Floyd protests, she highlighted her own privilege as a white person in Puerto Rico.

  • Jun 12, 2020
  • 5:27 PM

Puerto Rico to Reopen Beaches, Gyms After 3-Month Lockdown

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that she will lift nearly all restrictions aimed at curbing coronavirus cases, which means beaches, churches and businesses including movie theaters and gyms across the U.S. territory will reopen after three months.

  • Jun 11, 2020
  • 8:09 PM

Más muertes en Puerto Rico que las anunciadas durante la pandemia

Las muertes en Puerto Rico han aumentado durante los pasados tres meses pese a los pocos fallecimientos por COVID-19 reportados en la isla y a la reducción en las fatalidades por accidentes y crímenes debido al encierro por la cuarentena, en comparación con el 2019, encontró el Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI).

  • Jun 11, 2020
  • 6:15 PM

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