Posts Categorized: People

Letter to President-Elect Joe Biden from Puerto Rican Organizations

Joe Biden has been officially certified as the next president and will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. In an effort to keep Puerto Rico on his radar and that of Congress, a group of Puerto Rican organizations joined together to send a letter to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  A separate, identical… Read more »

Feliz Navidad

2020 is the 50th anniversary of “Feliz Navidad,” a bilingual Christmas song written by Puerto Rican musician Jose Feliciano. It was the first Spanish language Christmas song to become popular in the United States, and is still one of the most popular holiday tunes, hitting the top 10 on Billboard this year. Jose Feliciano José… Read more »

Deborah González Makes History in Georgia

Deborah González made history on December first when she prevailed in the election for Georgia District Attorney in a run-off against James Chafin by a vote of 53.1% to 46.9%. Gonzalez’s win creates several milestones. Gonzalez will be the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected district attorney in the United States. She will be… Read more »

Grijalva Urges Quick Action on Biden-Harris Plan for Puerto Rico

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ),chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has written to President-Elect Biden asking him to take action on the Biden-Harris Plan for Puerto Rico. After expressing congratulations on Biden and Harris’s victory, the letter begins, “The Committee on Natural Resources is the lead committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on… Read more »

Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2020

Benito Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, is Spotify’s most-streamed artist for 2020 with 8.3 billion streams. His album YHLQMDLG is also Spotify’s most-streamed album of the year, with over 3.3 billion streams. This is the first time that an artist who doesn’t sing in English has ever achieved this honor. The album’s title stands… Read more »

Grijalva to DOJ: Puerto Ricans Have Rejected Current Territory Status

Grijalva letter to DOJ

U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and a group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen last month objecting to the Department of Justice’s characterization of the 2012 plebiscite vote. “I am deeply concerned by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) contentions that the… Read more »

José Andrés Supports Puerto Rico Statehood

José Andrés, an award-winning chef, became one of the heroes of Hurricane Maria when he and his crew fed 100,000 people a day in more than a dozen kitchens across the Island. In his book about that adventure, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, Andrés… Read more »

Commonwealth Status: A History of Rejection by the U.S.

Puerto Rico’s pro-“commonwealth” political party is pushing to include a “commonwealth” option on the ballot of a plebiscite scheduled for November 3, 2020. The United States government has repeatedly rejected many reiterations of “commonwealth” over the years, and some elements of rejected “commonwealth” – such as ongoing U.S. citizenship while achieving separate sovereignty – are… Read more »

Michelle de la Isla Could Be First Kansas Puerto Rican in Congress

Michelle de la Isla, mayor of Topeka, Kansas, is running for Congress, hoping to represent District 2 in her Midwestern state. If she wins, she’ll be the first member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent from her state. De la Isla has lived in Kansas since 2000, when she became a student at Wichita State… Read more »