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El GRITO DE CARMEN–San Juan’s Mayor Grabs Mantle Of Leadership In Wake Of A Killer Hurricane

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Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: Andrea Crossan/PRI


David-Medina-2David Medina

If the election for governor of Puerto Rico were to be held right now, or even in November of 2020, assuming the Financial Control Board hasn’t outlawed elections by then, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto would win by an overwhelming landslide for the way she stood up to Donald Trump in the aftermath of a killer hurricane that devastated the island.

In fact, as the first elected official from Puerto Rico EVER to publicly stick it to the President of the United States for his country’s typical indifference to the island’s concerns, ...

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SO WHAT ARE YOU? BORICUA OR YANKEE? Oscar Lopez Rivera and PROMESA Are Forcing Puerto Ricans to Take A Stand




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            So what are you?

            A Boricua or a Yankee?

            Those of you whove been double-dipping all this time should start thinking seriously about becoming one or the other, because after Sunday, June 11, it will become increasingly difficult to hide in the buffer zone between statehood and sovereignty.

            In case you havent noticed, that fence youve been sitting on your whole life crumbled last year when Puerto Rico declared itself incapable of paying $70 billion that its government allegedly borrowed to keep the island on life support, so that the United States can continue extracting $58.1 billion a year from the ...

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Op-Ed: Am I Latino Enough?

Photo credit: ourtiempo.com

Photo credit: ourtiempo.com

Alex Centeno for Al Dìa

My words sound choppy and unnatural. My grandmother nods her head in understanding because for over the two decades of my life she has learned to understand my Spanish. It is forced, unappealing, and sometimes ugly. She responds in complete Spanish; hers is nothing short of beautiful. Dripping from a voice crafted in Carolina, Puerto Rico with vocal cords stretched and bathed in Puerto Rican rum and Coquito, “the good stuff”. Her Spanish is native and natural. I’ve learned to let go of the resentment, but when first generation Latinos hear the gringo or blanquito in my voice, they ask me


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