Puerto Rican New Yorkers:
Workers, Unions and Politics in the Struggle for a Better Life, 1910s-1960s
Puerto Ricans who migrated to New York joined one of the largest concentrations of urban wage workers in the world. Most migrants were already familiar with the routines and conditions of wage work while others had to adjust to the challenges of a highly developed industrial city where both exploitation as well as opportunities for better wages abounded. Work, leisure, family life and politics consumed most of their energies, but in New York the complexity of urban, class, racial and ethnic contexts could be daunting and required a myriad of adjustments. The city offered opportunities for solidarity and new forms of organization and improvement as well as unpredictable risks and new problems. This exhibit reunites a series of blogs that will introduce many of the rich contexts in which Puerto Rican New Yorkers engaged with larger movements and struggles from the 1910s to the 1970s. The mosaic represented here includes only some of the stories.
Author: Aldo Lauria Santiago, Professor, Latino and Caribbean Studies and History Departments, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
Commentator: Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, Professor Emerita, Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY
Aldo A. Lauria Santiago, Professor of Caribbean, Latin American and US Latino History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Aldo A. Lauria Santiago was born in Chicago and grew up in Puerto Rico. His mother was one of the first women from Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia and the University of Chicago. His dad came from the Italian American Bronx in the 1950s and discovered Puerto Rico; also became an anthropologist. Dr. Lauria Santiago works as a Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. At Rutgers University, Lauria Santiago had a joint appointment between the Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and the Department of History, where he spent seven years as chair where he led the reconstruction of the department of what is now the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies. He is a historian of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latinos in the US. He specializes in peasant and working class history, revolution, ethnicity and race. He went to college at Princeton University and received his MA at NYU and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He trained as a Mexicanist at The University of Chicago but began his career as a historian of El Salvador. He has published books and articles on El Salvador and formed part of a group of historians that helped develop Central American historiography during the conflicted but revolutionary decade of the 1980s. Since 2008 he turned to do research on the Puerto Rican community in New York. With Lorrin Thomas, he published Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights in 2018. His research, on which the Centro essays are based, will be published in two or three books, the first of which is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press and should be published in 2022. Contact: [email protected]
Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol Professor Emerita, Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY
Virginia is Professor Emerita at the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY. Dr. Sanchez Korrol writes about the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Among her extensive publications, she authored From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, and co-edited Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Recipient of the Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Contributions to New York History, 2020, she serves as historical consultant to media projects, government and cultural institutions. She is the co-editor of Puerto Rican Studies in CUNY: The First 50 Years (forthcoming 2021). Contact: [email protected], [email protected]
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Meet the Author:
Marilisa Jiménez García: “Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico, and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture”
In Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico, and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture, author Marilisa Jiménez García focuses on the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to American youth, approaching Latinx literature as a transnational space that provides a critical lens for examining the lingering consequences of US and Spanish colonialism for US communities of color.
Through analysis of texts typically outside traditional Latinx or literary studies such as young adult literature, textbooks, television programming, comics, music, curriculum, and youth movements, Side by Side represents the only comprehensive study of the contributions of Puerto Ricans to American youth literature and culture, as well as the only comprehensive study into the role of youth literature and culture in Puerto Rican literature and thought.
Considering recent debates over diversity in children’s and young adult literature and media and the strained relationship between Puerto Rico and the US, Jiménez García's timely work encourages us to question who constitutes the expert and to resist the homogenization of Latinxs, as well as other marginalized communities, that has led to the erasure of writers, scholars, and artists.
Author: Marilisa Jiménez García, assistant professor of English and Latino Studies at Lehigh University
Commentator: Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Marilisa Jiménez García is an assistant professor of English and Latino Studies at Lehigh University. She is also the founding director and principle investigator at the Institute of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (https://wordpress.lehigh.edu/cres/). Jiménez García’s research on Latinx literature have appeared in Latino Studies, CENTRO: A Journal of Puerto Rican Studies, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Children’s Literature. Her new book, Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture (University Press of Mississippi, March 2021) examines the history of colonialism in Puerto Rico through an analysis of youth literature and culture both in the archipelago and the diaspora. Jiménez Garcia has worked on projects with Teaching for Change, The Children’s Defense Fund, and Sesame Street.
Contact: [email protected]
Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sonia Nieto’s research has focused on multicultural education and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on [email protected] students. She has written or edited 13 books and has received dozens of awards for her scholarly work, teaching, activism, and advocacy, including 9 honorary doctorates.
Contact: [email protected] Webpage: sonianieto.com
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El webinar " Fondos CARES Act para iniciativas en respuesta a COVID-19: CDBG-CV y USDA " presentará las pautas de flexibilización para el uso de los fondos de subvención en bloque de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG) de la Ley CARES utilizados para respaldar la respuesta al coronavirus. Además se discutirán los fondos de respuesta al coronavirus asignados al USDA-Rural Development ante la crisis de salubridad y económica causada por la pandemia. La agencia de servicios de alimentación y nutrición (FNS) ha emitido una serie de exenciones para permitirle a los gobiernos estatal y locales incentivar las cadenas locales de suministros para continuar el abastecimiento de alimentos.
Lic. Luis Carlos Fernández Trinchet, Secretario Departamento de la Vivienda de Puerto Rico
Josué E. Rivera, State Director of Rural Development (RD) in Puerto Rico United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Caja de herramientas (documentos):
Información ofrecida por el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (en inglés, United States Department of Agriculture, USDA)
Nosotros en Desarrollo rural (RD) somos el componente de financiamiento comercial, vivienda asequible, e infraestructura para potenciar el desarrollo económico en las comunidades rurales, como usted conoce. La agencia recientemente abrió una ventana para nuestro programas de subvenciones de telemedicina y educación a distancia, programas vitales en momentos como este.
La agencia de servicios de alimentación y nutrición (FNS) ha emitido una serie de exenciones para permitirle al gobierno estatal y local continuar proveyendo alimentos.
En Rural hemos provisto una serie de medidas para ayudar a los prestatarios, flexibilizando las reglas, estableciendo moratorias, y extendiendo fechas de las subvenciones. Puedes leer las medidas aquí: https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus
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- RURAL DEVELOPMENT COVID-19 Measures for Rural Communities PPP.pdf
- Guía de programas federales: https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf
- “Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc” guía enfocada en las ayudas para agricultores ante el COVID-19 (Abril 2020): http://www.flaginc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Updated-Farmers-Guide-to-COVID-19-Relief-April-27-2020.pdf
- Programas del Departamento en la cadenas locales de suministros: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FoodSupplyChainFactSheet.pdf ‘
- AMS: https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-purchase-3-billion-agricultural-commodities-issue-solicitations-interested-participants
- AMS- Farmers Food Box: https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/farmers-to-families-food-box
- RURAL DEVELOPMENT COVID-19 Measures for Rural Communities PPP.pdf