Puerto Ricans


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 […]


Nationalism Is Hiding in Plain Sight






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 […]


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 […]


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 […]