Blog 14: Two years after María

I spent the entire semester writing about how Puerto Rico is covered in the news and how our stories get told. So I thought I would try to tell part of our story. I asked my sister some questions about what the Hurricane and its aftermath were like.

Blog 13: Femicide and Infrastructure, again

In September, I wrote about the new governor declaring a state of national alert for Puerto Rico due to violence toward women. Now, The Intercept reported that an investigation found that dozens of murdered women’s cases are missing or misclassified on police records. The way the report is described in the article, it seems like […]

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 The Civil Code is the second most important document to Puerto Rican government, only superseded by the Constitution.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 […]

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