Yearly Archives: 2017


Hurricanes Creating Opportunities for Public Policies

The twin hurricanes of Irma and María are creating opportunities for public policies that were once objectionable or non priorities in Florida. As more hurricane evacuees arrive in Florida, state elected officials are scrambling to respond to the sudden influx of Puerto Ricans. Here are a few examples: Game changer […]


Puerto Rican Diaspora: Think Local 1 comment

The Puerto Rican diaspora of Orlando needs to think local to help the survivors of Hurricane María who are pouring into Florida from Puerto Rico. As  hurricane aid continues to lag in Puerto Rico, more migrants are heading to the Orlando area, desperate to escape a lack of food, water […]


The Great Debate: How Many Puerto Ricans May Migrate to Florida

The great debate is on: How many Puerto Ricans will  migrate from the island to Florida over the next year? That is much on the minds of everyone from Central Florida to Puerto Rico, from everyday people to politicians. “More are coming?” remarked a non Hispanic white stranger to a […]


It’s 1898 All Over Again in Puerto Rico

It’s 1898 all over again in Puerto Rico. The island has not witnessed such scenes of poverty, devastation and heavy U.S. military presence since the early years of the 20th century, when General Nelson Miles came ashore in Guánica in the American invasion during the Spanish-Cuban-American War. For a second […]


Trump Politicizes Hurricane Tragedy in Puerto Rico 1 comment

In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has politicized the hurricane tragedy in Puerto Rico, where 3.4 million Puerto Ricans are desperately coping without water, electricity, work, cash, low food supplies and much more. When Harvey flooded Houston, Trump didn’t tweet about the city’s lack of zoning codes and […]


Reinventing Puerto Rico after Hurricane María

Reinventing Puerto Rico after Hurricane María won’t be a quick fix. Puerto Rico is flattened – no water, electricity and communications with the outside world. It faces billions of dollars in uninsured damages from two hurricanes. The people are exhausted, possibly depressed, by the lack of resources. The governor and […]


Hurricane María Galvanizes Puerto Ricans in Central Florida 3 comments

The devastation caused by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico has galvanized the diaspora in Central Florida to  help the island. About 14 local and other groups have formed a coalition called CASA – Coordinadora de Apoya, Solidaridad y Ayuda – to collect basic supplies: water, batteries, disposable diapers, canned and […]