Puerto Rico


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 – […]


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 […]