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Op-Ed: Oscar Lopez Rivera Brings Independence To the Forefront — And Puerto Ricans Take To It

Hartford Councilwoman Bermudez with to Oscar Lopez Rivera and her brother Pedro Bermudez and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.

Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez with Oscar Lopez Rivera (second  from right, her brother Pedro Bermudez (left) and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.  Councilwoman Bermudez invited Lopez Rivera to visit Hartford.

 

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            Edmundo Fernandez, the late patriarch of the family that produces Ron del Barrilito in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, told a story of having been a student at the exclusive Blair Academy boarding school in New Jersey during the Spring of 1917, when the Congress of the United States overrode the wishes of Puerto Ricos local legislature and imposed U.S. citizenship on the islands residents.

            Fernandez said he happened to be in the presence of ...

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Op-Ed: Should We Stop Calling People Of Color ‘Minorities”?

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Who identifies as a “minority” when it comes to race in America? Many Fusion writers and editors find the label misleading and misplaced—and we suspect we’re not alone. What makes the word “minorities” (and, similarly, “nonwhite”) so loaded with misdirection is that it defines American people of color by the negative: not white. Using the terms racial “minorities” and “nonwhite” center all of us around whiteness, as though whiteness were the default against which people are determined.

“People of color” is Fusion’s suggested alternative. It doesn’t rely on whiteness as a default in the way “minorities” and “nonwhite” do. Except when individuals prefer identifying as minorities, Fusion supports ...

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Op-Ed: Puerto Rico Rescue Effort: Incompetence, Negligence or Indifference?

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-OP-Ed -As published in The Hartford Courant

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At first it was heartbreaking, then after days of seeing the photos of the ongoing suffering and devastation caused in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, for many the sadness turned to anger.

It was known immediately the storm had wiped out most of Puerto Rico’s electric, water and communications infrastructures, as well as roads throughout the country. Complicating emergency relief efforts to the island even further were the local bureaucracy and that the entry points by air and sea were not fully functional.

It seems it would be clear to everyone; time was of the essence. The White House ...

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