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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Felix Cardona rsvped for 50th Anniversary of the Struggle for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY 2021-03-25 16:51:37 -0400
Q and A Tami Gold, Pam Sporn and Ricardo Gabriel
María Elizabeth Pérez y González and Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol
Q and A María Elizabeth Pérez y González, Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol and Ricardo Gabriel
Making the Impossible Possible, chronicles the story of the student-led struggle to win Puerto Rican Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, in the late 1960s. The documentary is a mosaic of voices, film footage, and photographs taken by student activists. This important intergenerational story highlights how students and faculty seized the moment to build upon an alliance of Puerto Rican, African American, and other progressive students forged in their communities and the civil rights movement. Together they changed the face of higher education, transforming the curriculum and expanding who gets educated. The film sheds light on the 50-year history of struggle that started with the founding of one of the first Puerto Rican Studies departments in the nation, and documents the continued movement to maintain their gains.
Speakers will also talk about their research on the 50 years of Puerto Rican studies for the City University of NY book project, as well as a current overview of Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY.
50 Years of Puerto Rican Studies at the City University of New York
Editors: María E. Pérez y González and Virginia E. Sánchez-Korrol
This book project will focus on the creation of Puerto Rican Studies and its founding leaders; its birthing of academic journals, the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (Centro)/Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the Puerto Rican Studies Association; it’s often misunderstood mission to study the stateside Puerto Rican diasporic experience as connected to Puerto Rico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Latin America; the forging of a space within the “Ivory Tower” academy; its survival tactics in the face of austerity and elimination; its current status; and its future in the 21st century.
The editors seek the submission of photos, brochures, events flyers, relevant links/resources, and faculty and student reflections (written and audiovisual) from each of the PRS departments, programs, and institutes noted herein; they will be linked to the book project on the Centro website, resulting in an online archive of PRS in CUNY.
For more information contact María Pérez y González or Virginia Sánchez-Korrol at [email protected]
Tami Gold Professor at Hunter College CUNY https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu/facultystaff/full-time-faculty/tami-gold/, https://tamigold.co/
Tami is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Her films have been at the forefront of social justice, focusing on issues of race, gender, sexual identity, labor and police brutality and have screened at the MOMA, Whitney, Chicago Arts Institute, Sundance, Tribeca and The New York Film Festival and have been screened on television worldwide. She is recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. [email protected]
Pam Sporn Director/Producer at Grito Productions https://www.gritoproductions.com/about
Pam is an award winning filmmaker and who taught in NYC high schools for 28 years. Her films have screened on PBS and at US and International film festivals. Some of her films include Detroit 48202, Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories, and With a Stroke of the Chaveta. Pam is a member of New Day Films and the Bronx Filmmakers Collective and New York Women in Film and Televisions. [email protected]
María Elizabeth Pérez y González, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY, https://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/faculty/faculty_profile.jsp?faculty=294
María is an Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she has served as faculty for 29 years with 17 of those years as Chairperson. Her research includes the Puerto Rican diaspora, Latinxs, women in ministry, and Pentecostals. She has published Puerto Ricans in the United States (2000) and scholarly pieces on Latinas in ministry. She is the co-editor of Puerto Rican Studies in CUNY: The First 50 Years (forthcoming 2021). Contact info and to submit to the digital archives: [email protected] [email protected]
Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol Professor Emerita, Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY http://virginiasanchezkorrol-author.com/about
Virginia is Professor Emerita at 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]
Ricardo Gabriel Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center CUNY, https://macaulay.cuny.edu/directory/ricardo-gabriel/
Ricardo is a scholar-organizer and a PhD candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests include social movements, decolonial education, and climate justice. Ricardo’s dissertation uses oral histories and other qualitative research methods to analyze the movement for Puerto Rican studies at The City University of New York, from 1969 to the mid-1970s. He has written for NACLA: Report on the Americas and other publications. Contact: [email protected] [email protected]
Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department at Brooklyn College
Third World Newsreel
Making the Impossible Possible is a production of the Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment and was directed by Pam Sporn and Tami Gold and co-produced by Gisely Colón López. It is available from Third World Newsreel,www.twn.org.
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Felix Cardona rsvped for Legislative Redistricting: Challenges to Hispanic Congressional Representation in New York State, 2021 2021-03-15 11:39:53 -0400
Legislative Redistricting: Challenges to Hispanic Congressional Representation in New York State, 2021
Congressional Redistricting in New York State (Full Webinar)
This webinar will introduce participants to the process and challenges New Yorkers, particularly Hispanics, will face in the upcoming redistricting of congressional districts that takes place every ten years. Centro: the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the leading academic research institute dedicated to the study of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States, and the largest and oldest Latino Studies research institute on the East Coast, along with LatinoJustice-PRLDEF, the premier Latino public interest law practice and leading legal advocacy and human and civil right Hispanic organization on the East Coast, will describe what Hispanics can expect from the reapportionment and redistricting process taking place in 2021, discuss the findings of a new research brief from Centro on the subject, and learn how Hispanics can become actively involved in the process of redrawing political boundaries in New York State.
Joining this discussion will be the Honorable Robert Rodríguez, member of the New York State Assembly and co-chair of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, and Dr. Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina, Assistant Professor at Fordham University and member of the New York Independent Redistricting Commission, charged with redrawing legislative districts in the state.
Carlos Vagas Ramos Presentation
Juan Cartagena Presentation
Fulvia Vargas-De Leon Presentation
Discussion with the Honorable Robert Rodríguez, and Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina
Redistricting 2020: Challenges to Hispanic Congressional Representation in New York State
by Carlos Vargas-Ramos
The process of apportioning political power in the United is about to begin. New York Latino U.S. representatives, and specifically Puerto Rican representatives, are vulnerable to losing their congressional seats in the upcoming process of congressional reapportionment and redistricting. This brief presents an analysis of population change at the state, county and congressional district levels to illustrate the changes to come in the process of congressional reapportionment and redistricting as it affects federal political representation in New York State. New York gained population between decades, but at a very low rate. New York gained population because of the sustained growth of the state’s Hispanic population, which countered the declining population of the state, particularly the decreasing non-Hispanic white population.
Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Director of Public Policy and Development at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College (CUNY), centropr.hunter.cuny.edu;
Lucia Gomez, Political Director at NYC Central Labor Council - AFL-CIO; and Executive Director of LA Fuente A Tri-State Worker & Community Fund Inc, www.nycclc.org; [email protected] 201-988-8824
Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, www.latinojustice.org/en; https://www.latinojustice.org/en/form/contact-us
Fulvia Vargas-De Leon, Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, https://www.latinojustice.org/en; https://www.latinojustice.org/en/form/contact-us
New York State Assembly member Robert J. Rodriguez, Co-Chair of the NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, latfor.state.ny.us; [email protected]
Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina, New York Independent Redistricting Commission, www.ivelissecuevas.com/researchProfessional BiosCarlos Vargas-Ramos is the Center for Puerto Rican Studies’s Director for Public Policy, External and Media Relations, and Development. As social scientist, he has worked on the impact of migration on Puerto Rican political behavior, political attitudes and orientations, as well as on issues of racial identity. A political scientist by training, Dr. Vargas-Ramos is editor of Race, Front and Center: Puerto Rican Perspectives on Race, and co-editor, along with Edwin Meléndez, of Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millennium. Carlos is also author, among others of “Political Crisis, Migration and Electoral Behavior” CENTRO: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 30(3): 279-312 (2018) and “The role of state actors in Puerto Rico’s long century of migration,” in Anke Birkenmaier, editor Caribbean Migrations: The Legacies of Colonialism (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press) 2020.Lucia Gómez is the Political Director of the NYC Central Labor Council – AFL-CIO. Prior to joining the NYC CLC, Lucia was the Director of Organizing and Strategic Partnerships for LiUNA Local 78. Lucia has been engaged in census and redistricting work since 1999. She first served as LatinoJustice PRLDEF's East Coast Latino Voting Rights Project Director, and later as a Policy Fellow with the National Institute for Latino Policy.Juan Cartagena is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who is the President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, one of the nation’s leading civil rights public interest legal organizations that represents Latinas and Latinos throughout the country and works to increase their entry into the legal profession. Mr. Cartagena is particularly recognized for his work on the political representation of poor and marginalized communities – especially Puerto Rican and Latino communities. His publications focus on protecting the voting strength of Latinx voters and his voting rights litigation has taken him to courts in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Florida and New Hampshire.Fulvia Vargas-De Leon is an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Her practice focuses on voting rights issues including enfranchisement of individuals formerly incarcerated and language access as well as redistricting. Prior to joining LatinoJustice, she was a Staff Attorney at Bronx Legal Services and the New York Legal Assistance Group where her practice focused on housing, labor and employment and public benefits. Fulvia is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and Lehigh University.Robert J. Rodriguez was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2010. He represent the 68th Assembly district. As an Assemblyman, Robert focuses on protecting and creating affordable housing, bringing good jobs into our community and ensuring our children get the quality education they deserve. He is co-chair of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment.Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina is an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University Rose Hill College in the Bronx, where she teaches courses on American politics, political participation, racial and ethnic politics, and Latino Politics. She grew up in Lares, Puerto Rico and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. She currently serves as a non-partisan member of the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission
This event is cosponsored by LatinoJustice PRLDEF
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Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM EST/4:00 AST
Puerto Rico has suffered the compounded effects of multiple disasters since the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. At the end of 2019, the island was impacted with recurrent seismic activity in the southwest region, including a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on January 7, 2020. In early 2020, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting health crises induced yet another economic contraction. All these disasters are underscored by a crushing debt crisis and a federally mandated austerity regime since 2016. Multiple natural disasters have exacerbated vulnerability and poverty; and public energy, telecommunications, water, health, and transportation systems have deteriorated and become even more vulnerable, causing systematic failures in social safety nets.
Post-disaster federal funding for economic recovery offers Puerto Rico a unique window of opportunity to restore its economy and infrastructure in a more resilient fashion while strengthening the nonprofit sector capacity for community planning, housing development and neighborhood revitalization. However, such an opportunity is contingent on implementing a comprehensive strategy for reforming public policy to encourage and support nonprofit developers participation in reconstruction programs, building industry capacity by strengthening intermediaries and CDCs, encouraging intra-industry partnerships and collaborations, and providing professional development for economic recovery.
Join us Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM EST/4:00 AST for a webinar to discuss the collection of studies included in Fall 2020 special volume of the Centro Journal showing evidence of how post disaster recovery is progressing in Puerto Rico, and the challenges and opportunities for local participation in reconstruction programs.
This webinar is cosponsored by
The National Puerto Rican Agenda, National Puerto Rican Student Coalition, IdeaComún,
Puerto Rican Student Association at NYU, Despierta Boricua at Yale, and Urbana Planifica
Entrepreneurial Dynamics in Puerto Rico Before and After Hurricane María
Marinés Aponte, Professor, Business Administration Department at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras
Centros de Apoyo Mutuo: reconfigurando la asistencia en tiempos de desastre
Roberto Vélez-Vélez, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY at New Paltz
Impact of Hurricane María to the Civic Sector: A Profile of Non-Profits in Puerto Rico
Ivis García Zambrana, Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
Puerto Rico Community Development Industry’s Capacity for Disaster Recovery
Edwin Meléndez, Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College
What is Possible? Policy Options for Long-term Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico
Ariam L. Torres Cordero, Centro Researcher and doctoral student in Urban Planning (DSUP) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Presenter bios can be found at this link: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/instructores
A Profile of Non-Profits and Recovery PPP (PDF) by Ivis Garcia Zambrana
CENTRO: Journal Special Issue: Post-Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico and Local Participation is available here http://www.centropr-store.com/centro-journal-vol-xxxii-no-3-fall-2020/WHENLiquid error: undefined method `day' for nil:NilClass