This week's interview is very exciting because I got to talk to Melissa M Viverito who was Speaker of the New York City council and now is working on many exciting projects for Puerto Rico and Latinos. Born and raised in Puerto Rico and a fierce defender of the island, she talks about using her… Continue reading Melissa M Viverito on why Boricua Votes Matter
My American friends are shocked that the status of Puerto Rico is a controversial topic among the residents of Puerto Rico. "But of course Puerto Rico should be a state - they should join our American Family" and "It's an injustice that Puerto Rico is treated differently, they should have the same rights as every… Continue reading What Does It Mean to be Free in Puerto Rico?
This story was not easy to recount, so I have to thank my guest Noris for sharing a difficult conversation about her mom's application to FEMA. It all began with a search bar, where Noris typed out but could not find her mother's property on FEMA's map. Reeling from the aftermath of the Hurricane and… Continue reading Shocking story: FEMA denies existence of property
This week we follow up on the Mental Health conversation with Dr. Vanessa Torres Llenza from George Washington University who is a psychiatrist with an organization called "Crear Con Salud" that she helped start. They lead mental health workshops in Puerto Rico and our discussion uncovers some interesting insights into what helps people cope with… Continue reading Crear Con Salud: Mental Health from La Diaspora
This week's episode, we cover three notable Puerto Rican Community Leaders, that were panelists in an event in Boston, MA on June 28. The Community Leaders talk about their work after Maria, the call to Audit the Debt, and the revolution that Puerto Rico needs to fight the injustice of colonialism. Their thought-provoking discussion is… Continue reading Stories from the Diaspora: Estelas De Maria