Lisa Morrow

  • The Puerto Rican Status Archives Project:
    A History of Federal Status Legislation for Puerto Rico, 1898 to the present

     


    Between the 56th (1898) and 117th (2021) Congresses, federal lawmakers debated more than 140 bills providing for the resolution of Puerto Rico’s territorial status. The Puerto Rico Status Archives Project (PRSAP) is an initiative to create a public repository of documents addressing the history of the political status legislation for Puerto Rico. This webinar provides an overview of some of the preliminary findings of our initial effort to analyze all the federal status legislation debated in Congress. This webinar is meant to introduce the public to the PRSAP and its potential uses.

    Author: Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Associate Professor with a Joint Appointment, Department of Political Science & El Instituto, University of Connecticut

    Commentator: José Javier Colón Morera, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico

     

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    Charles R. Venator-Santiago is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and El Instituto at the University of Connecticut. He works on questions of U.S. territorial law and policy. He is the coordinator of the Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project (https://scholarscollaborative.org/PuertoRico/).

    Books

    • Hostages of Empire: A Short History of the Extension of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Rico, 1898 to the Present/Rehenes del imperio: Breve historia de la extension de la ciudadanía estadounidense a Puerto Rico, 1898 al presente (Editorial Universidad del Este, forthcoming 2018).
    • Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade (Routledge, 2015) (Reviewed and Recommended by CHOICE: http://bit.ly/1Qh9frH)

    Articles of Note

    • Are Puerto Ricans Really American Citizens?” The Conversation (hyperlink: https://theconversation.com/are-puerto-ricans-really-american-citizens-73723)
    • Territorial Citizenship Today: Four Interpretations” PS: Political Science and Politics 50 (2) (April 2017): 515-519. (U.S.) (Political Science)
    • “A Note on Jesús T. Piñero and the Polemics of U.S. Citizenship for Puerto Ricans During the Decade of 1940,” Ámbito de Encuentros 9 (2) (2016): 7-22. (Puerto Rico) (Interdisciplinary)
    • “Extending Citizenship to Puerto Rico, The Three Traditions of Inclusive Exclusion,” CENTRO: Journal of Puerto Rican Studies 25 (1) (2013): 50-75. (U.S.) (Puerto Rican Studies)
    • “Marriage and the Expatriation of Puerto Rican Women: A Note on the Extension of the Cable Act of 1922 to Puerto Rico,” Latino(a) Research Review 8 (1-2) (2012): 231-246. (U.S.) (Latino Studies)

    Contact: [email protected]

     


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    Javier Colon Morera is a Puerto Rican Political Scientist who has extensively researched the political status question and human rights issues regarding Puerto Rico’s territorial status. He was Chairman of the Political Science Department at the UPR-Río Piedras Campus and teaches courses and seminars on Puerto Rico-United States political relations, Human Rights, and international relations. His book, Puerto Rico y los derechos humanos: Una intersección plural, Ediciones Callejón, 2012, 2016, co-edited with Idsa Alegría Ortega, was recognized by the PEN Club of Puerto Rico as the best collective non-fiction book of the year. 

    Colon Morera has published extensively on US-PR relations in journals such as PS, Caribbean Studies, Latin American Perspectives, Nueva Sociedad, among others. At the present time Colón Morera is involved in a research initiative of the University of Puerto Rico about the implications of the one hundred anniversary of Balzac v. Porto Rico, one of the most relevant insular cases of the US Supreme Court.  Contact: [email protected]

     

    Virtual Event

    5:00 to 6:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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  • rsvped +1 for Discussion Series: Music 2021-05-04 08:37:51 -0400

    Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program Discussion Series : Music

    May 4, 2021
    12pm

    The Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program Presents:

    Screening of Puerto Rican Voices film shorts and discussion with folklorist Elena Martine

     


    Join us for a conversation with Elena Martinez, folklorist for CityLore. Elena will discuss the vast contributions of Puerto Ricans to the musical landscape of the United States and beyond. She will discuss the role of music in the migration experience, including evolving identities, and the ways in which musical traditions, like bomba, have been maintained in diaspora communities. Three segments from Centro’s award-winning Puerto Rican Voices television series will be screened:

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    Semilla Cultural is a non-profit organization developing and cultivating a community that embraces Puerto Rican culture and arts in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region.

    Eguie Castrillo, Celebrated Percussionist and Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA – Runtime: 8:42
    Eguie Castrillo performed with Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Michael Brecker, Ruben Blades, United Nation Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, KC and the Sunshine Band, Dave Valentin, and Giovanni Hidalgo. He toured with the Arturo Sandoval Band; recordings include Hot House with Arturo Sandoval, The Latin Train with Arturo Sandoval, soundtrack for The Perez Family for MGM, Get Down Live! with KC and the Sunshine Band, and A GRP Celebration of the Songs of the Beatles.

    Miguel Zenón, Multiple Grammy Nominee - Runtime: 9:01
    Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.


    Speaker:

    Elena Martinez

     

    About Elena Martinez

    Elena Martínez is the Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center and a Folklorist at City Lore. Her work at City Lore has included getting Casa Amadeo (the longest continually-run Latin music store in NYC) nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (the first nomination relating to the Puerto Rican experience on the mainland); and nominated master Puerto Rican lacemaker (the art of mundillo) Rosa Elena Egipciaco for a NEA National Heritage Award. <More>

     

     

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  • Webinar
    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.

     

    Presenters

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    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/research   
     
    Professional Bios
     
    Carlos 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


     

    Join the Zoom webinar at :
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83392117798?pwd=K3Z4ZUNBNkQ3dDZRdDJmVXIzenpaUT09

     



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    Redistricting 2020: Challenges to Hispanic Congressional Representation in New York State
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