Last week, former member of the Young Lords Party Iris Morales came to talk about her life experiences, especially those surrounding her activist life and the creation of her documentary ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! I found myself very inspired by Morales’s career, or rather, multiple careers. She was very warm and honest in her discussions with […]Read more "The Path Towards Independence"
In our class session with activist and former Young Lord, Iris Morales, she spoke of current lobbying and proposed legislation towards Puerto Rican independence. This piqued my interest as to the specifics of the on-going debate over Puerto Rico’s status. The island’s current status is as a commonwealth of the United States. Though Puerto Rican […]Read more "Where Do We Stand? – Puerto Rican Self-Determination"
“America” from West Side Story is one of my favorite Broadway show tunes. I love the catchy rhythm, sharp choreography, and clever exchanges about immigrant life in the United States. For example: Girls: Industry boom in America Boys: Twelve in a room in America Anita: Lots of new housing with more space Bernardo: Lots of […]Read more "Life is All Right in America…If You’re All White in America"
On a visit to New York City recently, I went to see “Nueva York,” the new exhibition that was developed collaboratively by the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition traces the history of Spanish and Latin American peoples in New York City from 1613 to 1945 and explores the important social, […]Read more "Nueva York: A Personal Connection"
I wanted to find a resource that dealt with issues of immigration, nationalism, and Latino identity. US-PuertoRicans.org provided an interesting perspective on those themes within the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. The web site bills itself as “a multimedia community dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora — a place for discussion and learning, […]Read more "A nation of emigrants within the nation of immigrants"