Tag: Puerto Rico

Food Justice and Cultural Appropriation: How do Place and Nostalgia Fit?

foodanthro , December 20th, 2021

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of postings by students in a graduate seminar on food justice at the University of New Orleans. You can read…


The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right 2021 Award Winner!

foodanthro , November 3rd, 2021

Ileana I. Diaz, 2021 Thomas Marchione Award Winner SAFN is pleased to announce that the 2021 Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award winner is Ileana Diaz, of the University…


The Protective Dualism: Maternal Knowledge Practices of the Zika Crisis in Puerto Rico by Holly Horan

Holly Horan , February 3rd, 2020

For Spanish click here. “So, we have had other mosquito-borne illnesses for a long time, like dengue and chikungunya, and now all of a sudden we should delay…


Witnessing Puerto Rico, Recognition, and Feeling in the Wake of Hurricane Maria

Michelle Munyikwa , October 3rd, 2019

As the plane descended to land in San Juan’s Airport in August 2018, almost a year after Hurricane Maria jolted Puerto Ricans on the island and elsewhere, I…

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William Suárez-Gómez and Ismael García-Colón: Puerto Rico: Resistance in the world’s oldest colony

Focaal Web Editor , September 11th, 2019

In July 2019, Puerto Rico was in turmoil. An organic movement asking for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló emerged throughout this US colonial territory. After 12 days…


Our Governor Resigned via Facebook: #RickyRenuncia, Puerto Rico’s Summer of Protest

Patricia Alvarez Astacio , July 31st, 2019

Disponible en español aquí. On July 13th, the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Center for Investigative Journalism) leaked 889 pages of a Telegram App chat between the governor of…


Hurricane Bomb

colinhoag , February 6th, 2018

By Rosa E. Ficek, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey § Nobody went outside. The outside world did not exist. There was no internet or television. The power had gone…


Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

Margaret Dorsey , November 27th, 2017

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and…

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The Storm After Maria

Anna Babel , November 7th, 2017

Puerto Rican Aftermath Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Puerto Rico is a colony. The tensions encompassed by these two facts were extremely clear in the federal response to…

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Open Borders, Global Citizenship, and the Working Class

Maximilian C. Forte , December 27th, 2016

In this and the next article I will discuss some of the politically contentious issues surrounding what some of us call “illegal immigration,” with reference to the works…


Healing “the Break”: A DiaspoRican Project of Return

Decolonizing Anthropology , May 9th, 2016

By: Melissa Rosario Decolonization has always been a fraught term for me. As a third generation Puerto Rican from the burbs of NYC who has studied anthropology and…

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Public Statement on Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

Elyse Bailey , March 18th, 2016

This call to action was written by Adriana Garriga-López (Kalamazoo C) and Shir Lerman (U Connecticut), with Jessica Mulligan (Providence C), Alexa Dietrich (Wagner C), Carlos E Rodríguez-Díaz…

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Public Statement on Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

Carole McGranahan , March 15th, 2016

This call to action was written by Adriana Garriga-López, Ph.D. (Kalamazoo College), and Shir Lerman, M.A., M.P.H., PhD Candidate (University of Connecticut), with Jessica Mulligan, Ph.D. (Providence …

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Carlos E. Chardón: Masking Puerto Rican state failure

Focaal Web Editor , December 3rd, 2015

With the recent default on debt payment (see Franqui Rivera and Colón-Garcia 2015), Puerto Rico became a failed state. State failure is the inability or incapacity of a…


Lisa Jahn & Sarah Molinari: New developments in Puerto Rican economic readjustment?

Focaal Web Editor , December 1st, 2015

This commentary comes from a discussion panel hosted on Tuesday, September 8, by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, featuring…


Perpetual War

Katherine T. McCaffrey and Bonnie Donohue , November 30th, 2015

Perpetual War Text by Katherine T. McCaffrey. Photos by Bonnie Donohue. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, is home to 107 abandoned military bunkers, a legacy of the U.S. naval…

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FocaalBlog Event: CUNY Panel Discussion on Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

Focaal Web Editor , September 4th, 2015

On Tuesday, September 8, the City University of New York (CUNY) Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies is hosting a free panel discussion and presentation based…


NEW! — Ismael García Colón & Harry Franqui-Rivera: Puerto Rico Is NOT Greece

Focaal Web Editor , August 26th, 2015

Notes on the Role of Debt in US Colonialism Early July 2015, at an event discussing the Greek debt crisis hosted by the German Federal Bank in Frankfurt,…