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Reforesting Mangrove Trees Could Prove Key to Storm Defense in Puerto Rico
During the last few decades, illegal construction projects have encroached on Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches, leading to the destruction of mangrove forests that protect the coastline from storms and rising sea levels.
Top Court Ruling Unleashes Permit Upheaval in Puerto Rico
A ruling by Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court has thrown into limbo hundreds of thousands of business and construction permits issued by a U.S. territory already struggling to attract investors amid an economic crisis.
Privatized Power Grid Unlikely to Save Puerto Rico Customers From Disastrous Debt Restructuring Plan (OPINION)
It is time for the oversight board and the governor to give up the fantasy that the debt can be paid without harming Puerto Rico’s economy, pensioners, and electrical system recovery. Overly optimistic assumptions contributed to PREPA’s bankruptcy. More of the same will not solve its problems.
Puerto Rico Breaks World Record as Baseball Fans Go Blond
Puerto Rico on Friday broke the Guinness World record for the most hair dyed, with 192 men going blond to support the U.S. territory’s team vying to win the World Baseball Classic after finishing twice as runner-up.
Officials to Transfer Animals, Drop Probe on Puerto Rico Zoo
Federal authorities said Wednesday they are dropping all investigations into Puerto Rico’s lone zoo where various species have died, saying the decision came after reaching an agreement with local officials to transfer the animals to sanctuaries on the U.S. mainland.
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.
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.
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?
Human Rights, Diaspora Groups Demand Investigation of Activist Shooting in Puerto Rico
Human rights groups and activists are demanding that Puerto Rican and U.S. authorities launch an investigation into the shooting of an environmental activist by private security personnel in the coastal town of Aguadilla on Sunday.