Puerto Rico Needs Public Electric Utilities, Not More Privatization
by Alex Standen
Worker protest movements created the public utilities that used to provide electricity to Puerto Rico. In the face of the disastrous failure of the privatized utility system highlighted by Hurricanes Fiona and Maria, a similar movement is needed now.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
US Neglect of Puerto Rico is in the News, but the Main Historical Relationship has been Abuse
by Jaquira Diaz
From forced disruption of native industry through mass sterilization and forced austerity, one writer argues that the only escape from mainland abuse is full Puerto Rican independence.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Ongoing US Territorial Possessions Perpetuate Colonialism and Racism
by Anders Bo Rasmussen
While much has changed over a century, the basic question of equal treatment for citizens in American territories has essentially remained the same.
SOURCE: Boston Review
West Side Story and the Tragedy of Progressive Hollywood
by Éric Morales-Franceschini
Critical debates about the "West Side Story" remake focus on representation, but ignore the politics of Puerto Rico.
The End of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
by Pedro Cában
Puerto Rico's status as Estado Libre Asociado (Free Associated State) arose in response to American desires to control the island as a colony while nodding to the island's autonomy during the Cold War. It is not up to the challenges Puerto Ricans face today, but Congress appears unwilling to move on from a colonial relationship.
Colony of Cobblestone
by Carlos Santiago
San Juan's cobblestones are an illusion, aesthetic flourishes of "old world charm" intended to boost the tourism economy and conceal the island's status as a U.S. territory.
A New Photo Exhibit Looks At Decades Of FBI Surveillance On American Citizens
Christopher Gregory-Rivera's new exhibit documents the FBI's surveillance, in concert with Puerto Rican authorities, of private citizens suspected of involvement in the island's independence movement.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (Review)
by Don S. Polite, Jr.
A review of Marisol LeBrón's "Policing Life and Death" which connects the turn to austerity governance in Puerto Rico with increasingly punitive and racially discriminatory policing practices.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Remembering Roberto Clemente as a Black Man who Fought Against Racial Injustice
Roberto Clemente is often remembered as a pioneering Puerto Rican star in baseball, but as an Afro-Carribean player, he fought for Black civil rights as well.
SOURCE: NPR Codeswitch
The Classist History Behind Bad Bunny's 'Bichiyal'
The introduction of the term opened the floodgates for a debate about class, womanhood, and Puerto Rico's long history of reggaeton production.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Puerto Rico earthquakes imperil island’s indigenous heritage
by Jorge L. Chinea
Many indigenous ruins lie along the shore, where ancient settlements thrived. A relatively new wave of researchers are only beginning to explore these endangered places, rediscovering the ancient relics, statues, stone engravings and paintings created and used by the Taíno people.
SOURCE: The Activist Historian Review
The Colonization of Puerto Rico and the Limits of Impeachment
by DJ Polite
It is misleading to call impeachment "justice" when it reflects the priorities of empire.
SOURCE: Washington Post
How music took down Puerto Rico’s governor
by Verónica Dávila and Marisol LeBrón
Underground music overcame censors to gain popularity and political power.
Breaking the Grip of Militarism: The Story of Vieques
by Lawrence Wittner
The successful struggle by the Viequenses to liberate their island from the burdens of militarism also provides a source of hope for people around the world.
Are Puerto Ricans White?
by Jonathan Harrison
That’s what Tucker Carlson claimed when defending Trump from charges he neglected the island because he’s racist. Here’s the backstory.
Puerto Rico's power outages are the largest in US history, report says
In terms of the total number of lost hours of electricity, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are in the midst of the largest blackout in US history, according to a report from an economic research company.
One Has to Wonder After Hurricane Maria How Trump Would Treat Hawaii and Guam
by Ronald L. Feinman
Would he go all out to help if they were attacked in a war with North Korea?
Trump Tells Puerto Ricans to be “Proud” that They Aren’t Dead
by Lillian Guerra
History calls on us to act.
Puerto Rico’s Hurricane María Proves Once Again that Natural Disasters Are Never Natural
by Stuart B. Schwartz
The island’s political and financial crisis and its problematic political status makes coping with disaster very difficult.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens?
by Charles R. Venator-Santiago
In a recent poll, 41 percent of respondents said they did not believe that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens, and 15 percent were not sure.
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