America and Race, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, Latinos in Media, New York City Politics, Resistance in the Trump Era, Urban/Global Politics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the intersectional remix of Latino roots and socialist politics

“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” began the now-legendary campaign ad for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, released just four weeks ago. What followed was a powerful, viral video, called “The Courage to Change,” that addressed racial and gender identity and meshed seamlessly with one about her social class position. “I wasn’t born to a […]

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America and Race, Latinos and Race, New York City Politics, Resistance in the Trump Era, Urban/Global Politics

What “Sanctuary” Means in the Trump Era

The Trump administration’s stance toward immigration enforcement and its clashes with sanctuary cities is stirring action on college campuses. In New York City, a coalition of students and faculty at New York University want the institution to officially declare itself a sanctuary campus, saying universities have to be clear about standing by their community. “I’ve had […]

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America and Race, Artists in the hood, Gentrification of New York, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, Latinos in Hollywood, Latinos in Media, New York City Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Republican Party politics, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

The Fix Was In: Puerto Rico Re-Colonized by Senate Trying to Get Out of Town

The imposition of the Fiscal Oversight Board on Puerto Rico constitutes a wholly undemocratic re-colonization of what was once known as the Commonwealth, one that should immediately compel all Americans to take to the street to denounce this hideous betrayal of their country’s imagined role as the leader of the free world. But the most […]

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America and Race, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latin Music, Latinos and Race, Latinos in Media, New York City Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Republican Party politics, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

Living in Spanglish: Puerto Rican Pride Edition

The new Living in Spanglish radio episode is a special Puerto Rican Pride edition, in time for the Puerto Rican National Day Parade in New York. There’s plenty of salsa, bugalú and boleros, and special guests iLe, Calle 13 vocalist with a new solo album called Ilevitable, and David Galarza, Nuyorican activist, talk about life, love, […]

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Latinos in Media, New York City Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

Four Things Hillary Clinton Should Say To Get New York Puerto Rican Votes

“In 1984, bankruptcy protection was arbitrarily taken away from Puerto Rico by Congress.” “The Puerto Rico debt should be audited to reveal possible illegal transactions, as well as Wall Street abuses, not only in the sale of the debt but also debt swap underwriting.” “There should be no fiscal oversight board. Puerto Ricans alone should […]

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America and Race, Globalization, Hemispheric Identity, Latinos and Race, New York City Politics, New York Mayoral Politics, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Urban/Global Politics, US Intervention in Latin America

A Look Back on 2015

2015 was not an easy year to get through in many ways. A lot of troubling signs have appeared on the landscape: Continuing injustice toward people of color in the form of extra-judicial police killings of unarmed civilians, increasing wealth inequality, the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, the continued threat of gentrification, out of control gun […]

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