Note: I’m re-posting this piece from a couple of years ago about Eddie Figueroa, founder of New Rican Village, an arts space that thrived on Avenue A in the East Village in the 1970s. Because of all the recent attention being given to the Young Lords era as a result of three excellent art exhibits […]Read more "Eddie Figueroa’s Spirit Republic Alternative to the Young Lords"
Full disclosure: I’m the type of dude who likes to go out into the street, smell the fragrant odor drifting from a nearby waste transfer station, watch as the wind blows fragments of dust and paper refuse into my face, and scan the streets for a cab. That is, when I can afford a cab, […]Read more "UBER Über Alles"
For this island teetering on bankruptcy, debt renegotiation is imminent—but on whose terms? By Ed Morales New York–born Puerto Rican activist David Galarza spent this sultry summer Monday picketing a meeting of bondholders by day and meeting with professionals, students, and working people in the evening concerned about the increasingly scary crisis over the island’s […]Read more "How Hedge and Vulture Funds Have Exploited Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis"
Last week I interviewed Li Samuet, lead vocalist of Bomba Estereo, and we got to talking about the band’s song “To’ My Love,” from their new album Amanecer. First she schooled me on the fact that the song title meant “To’” as in “Todo My Love,” since I’d pronounced it “To.” Then she explained that the song […]Read more "Li Samuet Loves Speaking Spanglish"
Last Sunday, backstage at the Afro-Latino Festival at Restoration Plaza in Bed Stuy, I spoke with Cultura Profética bassist Eliut González and drummer Boris Bilbraut about the Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Cultura has long espoused out of the box ways to deal with US colonialism, including, in songs like “No Me Interesa,” critiquing overconsumption and […]Read more "Cultura Profética Sound Off About Puerto Rico Debt Crisis"
The Roots of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis and Why Austerity Won’t Work The US government is at least partially responsible for the emergency, which is affecting millions of what are effectively second-class citizens By Ed Morales Riding through the hills of Canóvanas with Prima, a vacationing 65-year-old Brooklynite who was born and raised in the […]Read more "The Roots of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis, and Why Austerity Won’t Solve It"
It’s a bittersweet moment in San Juan this summer as the pressure mounts on the island to pay a debt that was near impossible to avoid, on the backs of the poor and working class, since the middle-class mirage of the ’60s and ’70s has all but ended. There is a depopulation and disinvestment syndrome […]Read more "Hard Times, Silver Linings and Intersections in San Juan"