Puerto Rico Voices #5

12 Aug

“I believe I would I be a bad American if I didn’t support independence for Puerto Rico,” said Robert Rabin (a Boston native who has lived in Vieques for the past 35 years and played a major role in the movement to kick the U.S. Navy out of Vieques)...

Puerto Rico Voices #4

11 Aug

This beautiful little Boricua told me today on the ferry to Vieques that “Puerto Rico has to change…by meeting God.”

Puerto Rico Voices #3

9 Aug

Carlos is a Puerto Rican who returned to the island after a successful career in New York City. He used every dime he had to launch his tour business which is doing really well. There are success stories here in Puerto Rico. Don’t let the American media mislead you…

Puerto Rico Voices #2

8 Aug

He says he’s got a good job on the island and that there are plenty of jobs out there. He wants you to know that the water crisis in Puerto Rico is the biggest problem they have right now…

Puerto Rico’s Voices #1 –

8 Aug

She is a single mother in a small town in Puerto Rico. She can’t find a job and she’s scared. She puts on a brave face but is also very worried about the severe drought on her island; resulting in mandatory days when the water is shut off…

Weary times in Puerto Rico

4 Aug

I’m in Puerto Rico right now (8/4/15) and my island seems sad, frustrated and tired. From the moment I landed at the airport, I could see and feel a sense of despondency. Between the economic collapse and the current water crisis, our fellow Boricuas are suffering here in Borinquen and it shows in the infrastructure and on their faces.

I chose to travel here during these traumatic times because I want to help my people. I will be traveling around the island for the next 10 days asking them to share their stories – their pleas and pride. Follow my journey on my Facebook page, Newyoricangirl News & Views where I will share video clips of our conversations daily.

In the meantime, please hope for rain here and say a prayer for Puerto Rico. NEWYORICANGIRL

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NEWYORICANGIRL interviewed for WIPR in Puerto Rico…

13 Jun

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NEWYORICANGIRL on WIPR (PBS, Puerto Rico) courtesy of Center fo Puerto Rican Studies Hunter College

Hola mi gente. My apologies for not having posted in awhile. My page on Facebook (Newyoricangirl News & Views) has thousands of followers and it’s where I spend most of my blogging time. Please consider hanging out with us over there where we are constantly talking about all things Puerto Rican.

These are VERY challenging times for our island and for many American citizens living there. I’m so concerned that I’m traveling to Puerto Rico in August. I intend to do A LOT of investigative reporting while there. I’ll be posting live-time reports on my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter (@newyoricangirl) and I hope you’ll sign up for alerts.

In the mean time, I’m humbled and honored to have been interviewed for a collaborative program sponsored by WIPR (the PBS station in Puerto Rico) and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Many thanks to the awesome production team (led by Executive Producer, Eduardo Aguiar) for dedicating so much time in interviewing me (above). What an honor it is to be featured as a Boricua Author, Journalist and passionate advocate for Puerto Rico.

These difficult times demand that we are especially loud and proud in demanding that Congress step up to assist Puerto Rico. It is clearly evident that the colonial and archaic rule over Borinquen must end – lest our American democracy be further tarnished on their watch.  NEWYORICANGIRL

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