Jenniffer González Is More of the Same — and Probably Worse (OPINION)
González and Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, both of the ruling PNP, seemed united at a recent rally in San Juan, even as she schemes to replace him in 2024. If González is willing to stab her party’s president in the back to take his job, how far would she go to keep it?
Puerto Rico Senators Slam Governor After Court Rejects Labor Reform
Last week a federal judge nullified Puerto Rico’s Labor Reform Law approved only months ago, saying that Gov. Pedro Pierluisi did not provide evidence that the law would not impact the oversight board’s fiscal plan.
Puerto Rico Activists Tear Down Wall Built Illegally on Beach
On Saturday, hundreds of activists flooded Playa Almendros in Rincón, Puerto Rico to complete the demolition of a wall that was illegally built too close to the beach by a condo developer.
Puerto Rico Activists Sue to Stop Construction; Govt Agency Orders Land Restoration
On Wednesday, Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources ordered a developer that built illegally built on top of Cueva Las Golondrinas in Aguadilla must restore the area impacted by the construction.
On American Citizenship Day, Puerto Ricans Still Denied Federal Disability Benefits
In Puerto Rico, March 2 marks the anniversary of when, in 1917, the U.S. Congress granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in the islands. But for some Puerto Ricans, American Citizenship Day is a grim reminder of their unequal citizenship rights.
69 Years After Puerto Ricans Attacked Congress, Colonialism Remains the Most Violent Conspiracy
Two years ago, U.S. citizens attacked the Capitol, committing a crime against their own government. Sixty-seven years before, Puerto Rican nationalists attacked the same building to denounce a crime —colonialism— committed by a government in which they had no meaningful rights or representation.
Months From Independence: What Would Albizu Do?
The third in a three-part series looking at the attempts made by Pedro Albizu Campos and other local leaders in Puerto Rico to hold a constitutional convention in 1936—the closest the archipelago has come to breaking free of U.S. colonial rule.
Puerto Rico to Close Lone Zoo After Years of Complaints
Puerto Rico’s government is closing the U.S. territory’s only zoo following years of suspected negligence, a lack of resources, and deaths of animals that were highlighted by activists.
Eco-Anxiety Motivates Puerto Rico Activists to Defend Environment
With miles of beaches and lush rainforest, Puerto Rico is often touted as a paradise for vacationers. But for the people who live there, rampant development and the worsening effects of climate change have bred a sense of ecological anxiety that drives many to fight for the environment.
Why Puerto Ricans for Statehood Remain Hostile Toward the Free Association Option (OPINION)
While experts and others do know that it is possible, desirable, and mutually beneficial to maintain U.S. citizenship in any sovereignty option, statehooders keep trying to misinform Puerto Ricans and policymakers in Washington.
Report: How Wall Street Relies on ‘Power Players’ for Vulture Fund Feeding Frenzy
A new report from progressive organizations reveals the web of lawyers, lobbyists, trade groups, and cultural institutions that vulture funds use to prey on debt-addled countries like Puerto Rico.
After Five Days, University of Puerto Rico Workers’ Strike Ends With Minimum Wage Raise
After a short five-day strike that closed access to most campuses, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Workers’ Union reached an agreement with the administration that should see workers’ salaries match the archipelago’s minimum wage of $8.50 per hour, rising to $9.50 on July 1.
Puerto Rico Judge Finds Golfer Guilty in Fatal Dog Shooting
A Puerto Rico judge on Thursday found a businessman guilty of animal abuse for fatally shooting a stray dog on a golf course nearly two years ago, noting the defendant did so not out of fear but because the animal was interrupting the game.
Puerto Rico’s Land Defenders
On this episode of Latino Rebels Radio, host Julio Ricardo Varela speaks with Latino Rebels’ Caribbean correspondent Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco about the challenges environmentalists face in their fight against land privatization in Puerto Rico.
Months From Independence: Colonialism Crushes the Nationalist Movement in Puerto Rico
Fearing the increasing displays of nationalistic pride sweeping across Puerto Rico in 1936, colonial authorities derailed that year’s constitutional convention movement to establish the Republic of Puerto Rico, thus ensuring U.S. colonialism would endure.
Congress Should Not Abandon Transformative Economic Measures for Puerto Rico (OPINION)
The expanded Child Tax Credit in 2021 was transformative, but it was short-lived. There is still time to make the necessary adjustments to the CTC so that we can continue transforming the lives of Puerto Rican families with children, promoting their mobility, and securing their economic future.
1st Openly LGBT Judge Confirmed to Federal Court in Puerto Rico
On Tuesday the U.S. Senate officially confirmed Judge Gina Méndez-Miró to U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico, making her the first openly LGBT judge in the court’s history.
Judge Orders Demolition of Illegal Construction on Cave in Puerto Rico
A judge in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico has ordered the demolition of two illegal structures built on top of Cueva Las Golondrinas after ruling that the lawsuit filed by the municipality against Aguadilla Pier Corporation has merit.
Months From Independence: Pedro Albizu Campos and the 1936 Constitutional Convention Movement in Puerto Rico
The first in a three-part series looking at the attempts made by Pedro Albizu Campos and other local leaders in Puerto Rico to hold a constitutional convention in 1936—the closest the archipelago has come to breaking free of U.S. colonial rule.
New ‘Hybrid Charge’ Could Raise Puerto Rico Electricity Bills for 35 Years
Puerto Rico could experience a spike in its electricity bills for the next 35 years if a debt restructuring proposal is accepted by a federal bankruptcy judge in New York.
Will Biden Feel the Bad Bunny Effect and Mention Puerto Rico in SOTU? (OPINION)
First Lady Jill Biden appeared as a presenter at the Grammys on Sunday, just minutes after Bad Bunny gave an unapologetically Puerto Rican performance to open the show. Will her husband face the music and say something about Puerto Rico in his State of the Union address Tuesday night?