Urban/Global Politics

A Driving Force: The Past and Future of Latinx Voters

[Originally published in The Nation June 30, 2020 When considering debates about political formulations as nebulous yet as desperately crucial as “the Latinx vote,” it can be vexing to consider those Latinx who vote Republican. In the age of Covid-19, Black Lives Matter protests, and radical right Trumpism, how could they exist? What common ground […]

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Urban/Global Politics

America has to reckon with its original sins

Originally posted on cnn.com on June 15, 2020 During one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent American history, massive demonstrations against the brutal actions of Minneapolis police in the death of George Floyd spread across the country in over 700 cities and towns. In response, President Donald Trump called for more police violence against protesters, […]

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Urban/Global Politics

Understanding why Latinos are so hard hit by Covid-19

Originally published on CNN.com on May 18, 2020 Two months into the coronavirus crisis, with many Americans clamoring for a return to business as usual, Latinos are still mourning the terrible toll on their communities. An Ecuadorean bus driver in the Bronx died at 66, months before retirement; an undocumented Guatemalan in Oregon lost his life; and a […]

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America and Race, Latinos and Race, Latinos in Media, New York City Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, US Intervention in Latin America

The Young Lords’ Revolution

The legacy of the Young Lords is something that has followed me throughout my adult life as a New York–born-and-bred child of Puerto Rican immigrants. The Young Lords’ unrelenting calls for Puerto Rican independence, their various interventions in local politics, their unyielding solidarity with colonized and working-class people everywhere, their stunning presence (often augmented by […]

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Latinos and Race, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

Caught between two governments, Puerto Ricans show their resilience

The island recently withstood several earthquakes, hundreds of aftershocks, and governmental turmoil. It needs progressive change in policy from the U.S. [Originally published in The Hill February 18, 2020]  It’s been such a rocky start to the year 2020 in Puerto Rico that hundreds of locals decided to tear it all up and start from […]

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Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Republican Party politics, US Intervention in Latin America

Hurricane Dorian missed Puerto Rico, but thanks to Trump and others its future remains stormy

Originally published on NBC Think Sept. 5, 2019, 6:14 PM As Hurricane Dorian spun erratically past Puerto Rico’s northeast corner last week, most of the island breathed a deep sense of relief. The storm did batter St. Thomas, a U.S. Virgin Island, and the offshore island-municipalities of Culebra and Vieques, and has wreaked havoc on the Bahamas, where […]

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