Activists Take Aim at Orange County School Board 1 comment






If there is one public institution in the Orlando-area that Latinos have had trouble penetrating it is the Orange County School Board. There are Latino(s) on the Orlando City Council, the Orange County Commission, in the State House, the State Senate and last year a  Hispanic became a member of […]


Puerto Rican Parade Takes Over Downtown Orlando






  A newly revitalized Puerto Rican parade, led by Cong. Darren Soto (D) and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his black labradoodle, packed the heart of downtown Orlando Saturday with hundreds of Puerto Ricans waving their treasured flag. The parade, in its second year, ended at the public plaza at the […]


Feeling a Case of Puerto Rico ‘Bailout Blues’






I’m experiencing a case of the Puerto Rico “bailout blues” after a recent conversation with a friend went like this: “Well, you guys want a bailout but you don’t pay federal taxes and you can’t have it both ways.” Pause. After the rant dust settled down, I concluded: Must we always start […]


Puerto Rico Businesses Follow the Flock to Florida 2 comments






Puerto Rico businesses continue to follow their flock of customers to Florida as island economic conditions squeeze Puerto Ricans. Ana G. Mendez and Polytechnic universities established themselves in Orlando several years ago. Most recently, wholesale food distributor Titan, home decor retailer Casa Febus and El Mesón restaurant have opened for […]


Getting for Real about Fake News






  April Fools Day is a good time to get for real about the issue of fake news. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. But it’s not always easy to recognize – or even admit – it’s fake news, especially if it checks all the boxes that readers may want to believe. […]


Welcome Workshops for Puerto Rican Migrants






Welcome workshops for Puerto Rican migrants will return to Central Florida in a series of classes starting in May after a year-long hiatus in 2016. Samí Haiman-Marrero and others created the welcome workshops, known in Spanish as Talleres de Bienvenida, in 2014 to help Puerto Rican migrants learn the ropes of Central Florida. Puerto Rico’s economic […]


Another Strike Against Florida’s Death Penalty






In the matter of Florida’s death penalty whom do you trust? In a rare display of prosecutorial decency, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she would not pursue the death penalty in any case before the Ninth Judicial Circuit, including against Markeith Loyd, who is accused of the shooting death […]


Nationalism Is Hiding in Plain Sight 1 comment






Nationalism is hiding in plain sight today in almost every corner of the globe, coming at us fast as global economies and governments seek to protect “their own,” whatever that means. Since taking office, President Donald Trump‘s brand of nationalism has come into focus – economic nationalism. Companies and jobs stay in […]