The 10029, COVID-19 and Me

I had been watching the 10029 zip code in New York City for COVID-19 cases and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary … in the beginning. That is no longer the case. According to a story published in El Diario-La Prensa and translated into English here, the 10029 zip […]

Caring for ‘the Beloved Community’ during Coronavirus

Nine years ago the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Undeserved published an article about how to protect vulnerable communities in the event of a pandemic. Yes, a pandemic. That was in 2011, way before a pandemic reared its ugly and life-threatening head in the United States, infecting nearly […]

Latinos Are 37 percent of Tri-County COVID-19 Cases

And One-Third of COVID-19 Cases in Central Florida It’s been said that the COVID-19 pandemic is a great equalizer, but that’s not exactly true. COVID-19 is opportunistic, targeting people wherever and whenever it can. However, the virus does not strike everyone alike. It does discriminate based on age and health […]

Comparing COVID-19 and Hurricane María Disaster Responses

The eery similarities between the disastrous federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane María in Puerto Rico in 2017 keep on coming. You can find my thoughts and comparisons of the two on the Facebook page for the new book, Tossed to the Wind: Stories of Hurricane María Survivors, […]

COVID-19 Federal Response Proves Puerto Ricans Were Right

Puerto Ricans were not crazy after Hurricane María. It’s the federal government that’s crazy. The crisis over COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has proven it beyond a doubt. The thread tying the two disasters together is the horrendous response of the federal government in the face of a catastrophe. […]

Bernie Sanders Waves Goodbye to Florida

In Spanish we would say that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders metió la pata or put his foot in it. There he was on 60 Minutes praising Fidel Castro for his literacy program. Next thing you know he’ll be wearing a Ché Guevara tee shirt. But it would be best […]

Exploring What it Means to Be Afro-Puerto Rican

For Gloriann Sacha Antonetty Lebrón, race consciousness began at 4 years old. That’s when her mother began treating her hair with a chemical relaxer to straighten it. Not until she was 12 years old did Antonetty Lebrón stop the straightening, opting instead to braid her hair. “Hair is the strongest […]