Obama Grants Clemency to Oscar López Rivera






Oscar López Rivera will go free after 35 years in prison, thanks to President Barack Obama’s order granting clemency to the 74-year old imprisoned on charges related to violent activities in support of Puerto Rico independence. Community activists in Florida, New York and Puerto Rico had stepped up pressure on Obama – […]


Puerto Ricans in Congress to Boycott Inauguration






Three of four Puerto Ricans – all Democrats – in Congress plan to boycott the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, and Nydia Velázquez and José Serrano of New York have stated publicly they won’t be at the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. Central Florida’s […]


Obama Ends Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot for Cubans






No more wet-foot, dry-foot for Cubans. In a surprise move, President Barack Obama ended the policy that gave favored status to Cuban immigrants, including permanent residence after one year. The presidential decision, effective immediately and issued just one week before Obama leaves office, orders that Cuban immigrants be treated the same as other immigrants […]


Soto to Push for Presidential Vote for Puerto Rico






Newly sworn Central Florida Congressman Darren Soto (D) plans to push for the presidential vote for Puerto Rico. It’s the second Puerto Rico-related measure in as many days, as newly elected Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González today filed a fill to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state. There is no doubt […]


Status: The Elixir of Puerto Ricans






Political status is the elixir of the Puerto Rican people – to paraphrase Karl Marx. I’ve said this before and it bears repeating, because the newly installed island Gov. Ricky Rosselló and newly sworn Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González expect to file a bill in Congress on Wednesday for Puerto Rico to be […]


2016 Comes to an End with a Bang






The year 2016 is coming to an end with a bang on many fronts. Let’s turn to a few less obvious but newsy items that merit attention for their importance. Pulse From the first news of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, a tug of war erupted between the LGBTQ […]


Will Oscar López Rivera Go Home?






Will President Barack Obama grant clemency to Oscar López Rivera? That is the question on the minds of many Puerto Ricans as the clock runs out on the Obama presidency. López Rivera, soon to turn 74, has spent 35 years in jail after a conviction on charges of seditious conspiracy in […]


Bad Economic Tidings from Puerto Rico






Puerto Rico is back in the spotlight again with bad economic tidings and little holiday cheer. The island is expected to run out of money for its government payroll possibly in February, meaning Puerto Rico is broke for all intents and purposes. The annual budget deficit is expected to be more than $67 […]