Old Asociación Borinqueña Building for Sale Again

Compatriotas, we’re about to go another round with the former Asociación Borinqueña building, now Acacia Banquet Hall. In mid-June building owner Acacia Network announced through its Orlando representative Carlos Nazario that it was putting the building up for sale. “The coronavirus has made it a very challenging environment to continue […]

Seeing Red Over Coronavirus 1 comment

Everybody is going broke due to the coronavirus pandemic – people, institutions, organizations. To that growing list add states and cities also in the red.  Maryland has a $1 billion shortfall for the fiscal year ending this month due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. New York state […]

The Politics of Wearing a Mask

Wearing a mask is a small ask to keep yourself and others healthy in these times of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Most people agree, according to Pew Research Center, which reported a poll this week indicating that 65 percent of people say they wear a mask all […]

Who’s Doing the Real Looting and Rioting?

What’s in a word? Now’s a good time to examine some of the words being thrown around in connection with the nationwide protests, most of which have been peaceful. Words like looting and riot and thugs, weighted code words usually applied to public unrest. Words usually reserved for people of […]

Existing While Black

When the white, female Central Park dog walker recently called the police on the African American birdwatcher, she was enforcing her “white space,” a perceptual realm that often works to keep people of color (POC) in their place.  White spaces are all around us, public and private places where white […]

Eviction Notice

This week I saw something I hadn’t seen in a while: household furnishings and belongings piled on a sidewalk. At first I didn’t know what it was. Then it dawned on me – this is an eviction. Somebody couldn’t pay rent and now a family is on the street. A […]

Taking a Knee Is Looking Better and Better

In substance and style, Colin Kaepernick is the heir to Martin Luther King Jr. It was an elegant and eloquent gesture for him to take a knee during the national anthem in 2016, and thereafter, for social injustices against blacks. It was at once a powerful and submissive pose, for […]