Puerto Rico looks like paradise - but all that glistens is not gold. 99 years after the Jones Act through which Puerto Ricans became citizens of the United States they are still very much underrepresented in Congress and can’t even vote in federal elections. The island faces a catastrophic debt crisis, not least because the Jones Act is full of injustice for Puerto Rico.
Image: Puerto Rico by Breezy Baldwin. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
“When tyranny is law revolution is order.” – Pedro Albizu Campos
Picket/Rally at 26 Federal Plaza (Take the 4,5,6, J or Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall) Bring your panderetas, placards, and flags!
Puerto Rico doesn’t have a debt crisis, it has a COLONIAL CRISIS!
Join us as we DENOUNCE the 118th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico! No to PROMESA! Free Oscar Lopez and Ana Belen Montes! Return the lands to the people of Vieques! U.S.A. out of Puerto Rico!
As Puerto Rican superhero makes debut, her writer brings ‘the power of our people’ to comics
connected with the Latino comics-reading community by doing what he always does: Acknowledging his roots and applying it to his work, no matter the medium. As a result, many Puerto Rican institutions began contacting him, including the organizers of National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York; they told Miranda-Rodriguez they’d be excited to collaborate with him.
“All these cultural, educational, political organizations [that represent Puerto Rico] are reaching out to me? This is insane,” Miranda-Rodriguez recounted thinking — as Grandma Estela connected with readers.
So Miranda-Rodriguez gave the Puerto Rican Day Parade organizers an idea: Build a presentation during the parade based on a new Puerto Rican superhero.
“I pitched it to the parade and said: ‘What if we did an original comic book, and it was a collaboration between my studio [Somos Arte] and the parade?’ And they loved it,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “It was something that had never been done before.”
So he set out to create a hero who would represent Puerto Rican culture and bring light to issues that weigh heavy on the minds of many in the Puerto Rican community…”