Last Saturday I attended the 25th Annual Somos El Futuro conference up in Albany, New York. This is the first time that I have attended the conference in years. I had gone to the first one twenty-five years ago and had attended them annually.
The lack of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the New York City mayor’s administration continues to come up as an issue. Unfortunately, it seems that no matter what mayor gets into office Latinos are always shortchanged when it comes to appointments and jobs. Perhaps many were expecting more because Latino’s voted overwhelmingly to elect progressive Bill de Blasio mayor.
As a New York raised Puerto Rican I began to appreciate Puerto Rico’s abundant land that gave so many fruits and food items that I only saw in supermarkets back in the Bronx when I first visited my home island at the age of 16.
Here is one interesting read for those that follow Bronx politics. This appeared in the NY Post on Feb. 9th, 2015 written by JOHN CRUDELE
I have been living here in the Bronx, particularly, the South Bronx since we came here from Puerto Rico in 1956. There was a short period that we were forced to move to Brooklyn when we were thrown out of our apartment on Cauldwell Avenue when my mother got into a fight with the landlords daughter and whipped her silly …
We hear a lot about the islands terrible economy and the mass exodus of islanders that are leaving the island for “Los Nuyores,” or now Florida (Florida has just surpassed New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans).
I normally would be writing something on what is presently happening in Ferguson, Missiouri at the heals of the Grand Jury’s decision. However, I am still numb from that decision (not that I was expecting anything different, but I’m an optimist) and I am presently overwhelmed with several of the actions taking place here in our own city and state.
My friend and neighbor, Dayramir Gonzalez will be performing two concerts just in time for the Xmas holidays. The few of you who have already had the pleasure of hearing this developing genius at the keyboards will undoubtedly be interested in attending one, or both of the following performances. For those of you who have yet to hear this incredible …
Last Friday, two South Bronx organizations teamed up for a Puerto Rican Heritage Month event to benefit all parties, but most important to bring some love to the community with a feel good film for all ages. Pregones Theater and Latino Sports, two organizations doing incredible work with both, culture and sports organized the Bronx premiere of the animation film, …
On Monday several hundred people from all ranks, majority Bronx residents packed a Hostos Community College auditorium to express their opinion at the Empire State Development’s Public Hearing on whether to grant Fresh Direct corporation a $9million dollar grant and $1 million dollar loan for their relocation to the South Bronx.