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Blog 12: PR’s Civil Code

Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives is set to vote on amendments to the island’s Civil Code next week. The Civil Code is the second most important document to Puerto Rican government, only superseded by the Constitution. El Nuevo Día published an explainer on what the proposed changes to the civil code are and how they […]

Blog 11: The death of Walter Mercado

In Puerto Rico, Walter Mercado is a household name. There’s no way to grow up without hearing about him and Puerto Rican twitter often uses him as a meme. But, I did not expect his death to get the international attention it received. At first, it shocked me to discover that the New York Times published […]

Blog 10: Puerto Rico news round-up

Even before Hurricane María, Puerto Rico has been saddled with debt and struggling with a recession. This has meant a lot of public services have been struggling to meet people’s needs. I’ve written previously about the public school system in Puerto Rico and this week federal agents who manage the program Restart visited the island […]

Blog 9: Mass Shooting in PR

This past Tuesday, journalists reported a mass shooting in Puerto Rico. Videos like the one on this tweet made the rounds online. Puerto Rico’s Governor @wandavazquezg has called an “urgent meeting” for tomorrow with security officials on the island following tonight’s mass killing in San Juan. This video is shocking and frightening to listen to. […]

Blog 8: The Insular Cases

The Supreme Court of the Unites States will hear a case about the Insular Cases of Puerto Rico on October 15. But, back up, what are the insular cases? Although it’s a comedy show, John Oliver did a good job of laying out what the insular cases are in his show, Last Week Tonight — […]

Blog 7: Vieques and Culebra

Puerto Rico is an archipelago. This means it’s actually a collection of islands. You have the “big island” and others that surround it. The only two that are municipalities in Puerto Rico are Vieques and Culebra. These municipalities were hit hard during Hurricane María and have struggled to recover, maybe even more so than the […]

Blog 6: Let’s talk about bankruptcy

I want to start this blog post off by saying that I’m not an economist — I think I need that disclaimer. But, for years I have been interested in Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis. In 2016, I expressed my opinion on the new fiscal oversight board put in place by President Obama in a column for my […]

Blog 5: It’s been two years since María, now what?

Friday was the two-year anniversary of Hurricane María’s landfall in Puerto Rico. I can distinctly remember the videos and reports I saw that day and as much as they were a lifeline for me to know what was happening, they were also chilling and disturbing. They wouldn’t get better for a long time. Two years […]

Blog 4: The Miseducation of Puerto Ricans

As I scrolled through my facebook the other day, I came across a post from a high school acquaintance. She’s a designer for the NYT Magazine and she was sharing their post on The Disappearing Schools of Puerto Rico. She said she had pitched the idea for this story in February and was finally able to […]

Blog 3: Puerto Rico state of alert

For over a year, women in Puerto Rico have been fighting to get the government to declare a state of emergency in the wake of rising violence against women. This video from a year ago gives the highlights of what women and the Colectiva Feminista were trying to do: Almost a year later, in the wake […]