People of Puerto Rico

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Even though Puerto Ricans don’t have a defined race, they are proud of their identity. Boricuas are the result of a multicultural tradition that began more than 500 years ago when the Spaniards arrived on the Island, inhabited at the time by the Taínos — an indigenous group with a significant presence throughout the Caribbean. African influences were added to the melting pot years later when Spaniards brought slaves to the Island to work sugar and coffee plantations. The fusion of those three races leads to the modern-day Puerto Ricans — good people…

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe New Members join Board of Directors

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe Executive Director  accepts offer to lead new non-profit; Caridad de la Luz, Ishmael Reed, John Howard-Algarín and Amy Sultan to join Nuyorican Poets Cafe Board of Directors The Nuyorican Poets Cafe will soon welcome four new board members to guide the organization through a time of transition, as our longtime Executive Director announces his departure. After 13 years with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Daniel Gallant has accepted an offer to serve as founding Executive Director of a new organization supporting the arts, environmental sustainability, and social justice,…

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Puerto Rico Government Launches Incentive For First Responders

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi recently announced that first responders will be eligible to receive a $2,000 bonus for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. $200 million has been set aside for first responders and health care workers for this particular incentive. In total, the Puerto Rican Government will receive $2.47 billion to allocate to various initiatives and measures in order to aid economic recovery after the pandemic. The federal government allocated these funds under the American Rescue Plan Act. Not everyone will be eligible  According to Pierluisi, first responders need to…

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Luis Muñoz Marín

Luis Muñoz Marín (1898 – 1980) was a Puerto Rican journalist, politician, and prominent figure in creating ties between the United States and Puerto Rico. He was the founder of the Popular Democratic Party, president of the Puerto Rican Senate, and the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico. During his regime, Puerto Rico saw political and economic reform, mass migration, and suppression of independence ideals. José Luis Alberto Muñoz Marín was born February 18, 1898 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A few months after his birth, Puerto Rico was…

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Luquillo Puerto Rico

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The city of Luquillo, also called the Sun Capital of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Riviera, is a popular vacation travel spot due to its location between the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the only official tropical rainforest in the Caribbean. This seaside destination is perfect for watersports and beach hopping with more than 12 miles (19 kilometers) of coastline featuring soft golden sand, gentle waves, and serene bays. There are also many interesting activities available throughout the area. Located roughly 33 miles (53 kilometers) from San…

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The Sato Project

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico Our Mission The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. There are currently an estimated 500,000 stray dogs roaming the island’s streets and beaches. With no access to food, fresh water, or veterinary care, many of these dogs are living daily lives of severe suffering. The municipal shelter system is drastically overwhelmed, with only five shelters across all 78 of the island’s municipalities. These shelters have a combined euthanasia rate…

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Pedro Albizu Campos

Pedro Albizu Campos (1891 – 1965) was a Puerto Rican attorney, social activist, and politician known for his work in the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico. He was the first Puerto Rican Harvard graduate, where much of his nationalist and independence ideals developed. Albizu Campos is a symbol of Puerto Rican liberation from colonialism and inspired many to fight for independence. Pedro Albizu Campos was born September 12, 1891 in Barrio Tenerías, a rural sector in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He had a difficult upbringing as his mother was a daughter of slaves…

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Scholars study why so many died after Puerto Rico hurricane

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Researchers said Thursday they are launching a survey of the causes of deaths in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria to clear up questions about why the toll of the 2017 Category 4 storm was so high. Studies by George Washington University found an estimated 2,975 excess deaths in the six months in Puerto Rico following Maria — far above the initial official death counts reported by a government that struggled to keep track of those dying, including many elderly in nursing homes without power.…

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Caguas Puerto Rico

In the Central Mountain Range 20 miles south of San Juan lies Caguas Puerto Rico. Known as the “Center and Heart of Puerto Rico,” it is one of the most modern cities on the island and is a major hub of commerce, arts, and entertainment. The city, founded in 1775, is strategically located at the crossroads of the main highways connecting the different regions of the island and is approximately 30 minutes by car from both the east and north coastlines. Caguas offers an amazing variety of modern activities while…

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