PART II-Daughters and Sons
(A Sea of Tears and a Revolution | Part One: Citizen) | Dedicated to artists, asylum seekers all across the globe, and Puerto Rico
Daughters and sons of la diaspora come in all forms. It is perhaps reason number one I love New York City. The place where we, “the others,” from all corners of the world and types of backgrounds, have a chance to meet as equals. I really appreciate that, the essence of the lesson.
On June 4, 2019 | Democracy Now! featured Damning Canadian Inquiry Calls the Murder and Disappearance of Indigenous Women & Girls Genocide. The words of First Nations jurist in British Columbia, serving as Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Marion Buller apply also to the entire Northern, Central, Southern, American Continent.
“…The genocide that has occurred in Canada has been over generations of people—generations of human rights and indigenous rights violations; deliberate underfunding of services and programs to indigenous people; forcibly removing children from their families, children being removed and never being seen again by their own families, by their own communities; forced sterilization of women and girls. The list goes on. But from our perspective and from the legal definition, genocide can be over a long period of time of deliberate state action, that looks different from what we commonly think of as genocide. But it is genocide, legally, nonetheless.”
The admittance of genocide and the call-to-action for reparations for women and girls by the Canadian government resonated with me.
Lately, a lot has been written about violence against women in Puerto Rico and the women leading the fight. Since the chat, the people now know the aftermath of Hurricane María is a certifiable matter of crimes against humanity of holocaust proportions.
I thought about Edwin Miranda’s words, I saw the future it’s so wonderful, there are no Puerto Ricans.
If it's true for Canada, then same awful truths and precepts as in the United States of conquest, genocide, rape, slavery, empire building, torture, subjugation, building upon sadness the road ahead for more by exploitation apply to us, la (s) diaspora (s).
“And so it has come to pass, it is indeed where we hang, this very premise falls on all of us to look at. It reflects the worst type of shine, the one we have never wanted to look at and the one that might just bring us down, the one where brother to brother kills himself and the one where the mighty nation kills us all out of fear from being disappeared.”
I've been reading a lot, listening to a lot of radio, and watching a lot of videos from and about Puerto Rico. I picked up some stuff for your reference:
Alvin R Couto de Jesus | FB
Apoyemos a que se los 78 municipios de Puerto Rico logren convocar asambleas de pueblo. | Let's support Puerto Rico and in achieving town assemblies in all 78 municipalities.
This guy is something and posting really interesting commentary. You can follow his feed if you are on FB.
AUGUST 9, 2019 | WNYC On the Media
In Puerto Rico, What Comes Next?
By Alana Casanova-Burgess
This is a great piece that captures the past month beautifully-really beautifully.
AUGUST 9, 2019 | Shondaland
Meet the Women Leading Puerto Rico's Feminist Revolution
By Sandra Guzmán
I'm biased about Sandra because she's one of my closest sisters. She's fierce, a truthteller, and she's been busy writing some really important pieces. They are all included in this list.
9 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 | El País
La trama feminista y queer en Puerto Rico
Por Luci Cavallero y Verónica Gago
Watch all three of Karla Claudio Betancourt’s shorts. Tremendo artículo.
8 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 | WALO HD
La Kakistocracia PNP vs. #WanditaLaMala
Very good and important show to listen. In Spanish. Walo is brilliant. He has the dark humor truthteller shtick down in true Puerto Rican slang-Class A. This particular show is a must-listen. You can follow him on FB, YouTube, iHeartRadio.
AUGUST 7, 2019 | Dissent Magazine
Puerto Rico Remade
By Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Frances is another fierce mind and a sister. She is amazing. Balanced, tempered, a soul of profound understanding.
AUGUST 6, 2019 | NBC THINK
Toni Morrison was America's conscience, one that's needed more than ever
By Sandra Guzman
6 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 | CNN Español
Este Otro Puerto Rico Parte I
Por Silverio Pérez
6 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 | CNN Español
Este otro Puerto Rico (Segunda Parte)
Por Silverio Pérez
Silverio Peréz is a genius and a national glory-a Class-A wordsmith. Follow him on FB. These two stories are important.
AUGUST 5, 2019 | Bustle
Women & Femmes Leading The Puerto Rico Protests On Their "Permanent Revolution"
By Raquel Reichard
A MUST READ. A BEAUTY.
AUGUST 5, 2019 | LatinoUSA
Puerto Rico Is A Presidential Issue That Must Be Addressed
By SANDRA GUZMÁN
AUGUST 5, 2019 | NYT
The Puerto Rico Governor Started 3 Days Ago. But His Future Is Already in Doubt.
By Edmy Ayala and Patricia Mazzei
The New York Times has covered really nicely. This is one of them pieces I liked. Other follow down below.
AUGUST 5, 2019 | WNYC The Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega
The Political Future of Puerto Rico
with guests Michael Deibert and Yarimar Bonilla
AUGUST 3, 2019 | Truthout
Rejecting Politics of Fear, Marginalized Puerto Ricans Led the Uprising
By Oscar Oliver-Didier
AUGUST 3, 2019 | NYT
After Protests, Will Real Change Come to Puerto Rico?
By Frances Robles and Patricia Mazzei
AUGUST 2, 2019 | LatinoUSA - podcast
Why Ricky Resigned
AUGUST 2, 2019 | MTV
Meet the Women Who Toppled Puerto Rico’s Governor
By Yarimar Bonilla
AGOSTO 2, 2019 | 80Grados
Verano 2019: balances y perspectivas
Por Rafael Bernabe y Manuel Rodríguez Banchs
JULY 31, 2019 | WNYC The Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega
How the Political Crisis in Puerto Rico is Unifying the Puerto Rican Diaspora
with guests Caridad De La Luz, Andrew Padilla, and Samy Nemir Olivares
Thank you for Tanzina Vega, that's all I have to say.
JULY 30, 2019 | The Hill
After Rosselló, Puerto Rico needs democracy — not a 'recovery czar’
By Ariadna M. Godreau-Aubert
JULY 29, 2019 | Washington Post
What’s next for Puerto Rico? A reckoning with its colonial status.
By Julio Ricardo Varela
JULY 27, 2019 | NYT
Did Puerto Rican Police Go Too Far During Protests? What the Video Shows.
By Evan Hill and Ainara Tiefenthäler
JULY 26, 2019 | NYT
By Charo Henríquez
Cantar, bucear, perrear y rezar: las protestas creativas en Puerto Rico
JULY 25, 2019 | WNYC The Takeaway Host Tanzina Vega
'The People Have Spoken': Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Resigns
with guests David Begnaud, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Bianca Padró Ocasio
JULY 23, 2019 | BBC
Massive protests held in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to step down
(BCC’s full list of stories on the island)
JULY 20, 2019 | CNN
Women in Puerto Rico know all too well why Rossello must resign
By Sandra Guzman
JULY 19, 2019 | Counterpunch
It Was Never Just About the Chat: Ruminations on a Puerto Rican Revolution.
by MIGUEL A. CRUZ-DÍAZ
Miguel is super witty and nails the description of some very fine and important points.
JULY 18, 2019 | NYT
Puerto Ricans in Protests Say They’ve Had Enough
By Patricia Mazzei and Frances Robles
JULY 18, 2019 | Reuters
More Puerto Rico protests planned as governor resists calls to resign
JULY 13, 2019 | Mother Jones
As Puerto Rico’s Governor Steps Down, a Protest Organizer Is Determined to Not Let “The People’s Fire Burn Out.”
By Justine Agrelo
JULIO 28, 2019 | 80 Grados
Por José Nicolás Medina Fuentes
Congreso del pueblo y asamblea constitucional convocada desde la sociedad civil
80Grados is fierce. I love this piece so much. Una belleza. It captures some essential sentiments that should be talked about more. Some commentators point out they missed including the freedom fighters from el PIP and previous eras, but nonetheless, the piece offers some important anchors. And it is beautifully written in Spanish.