The current, hotly contested debate on immigration is moving more into the realm of the extreme. And it is going to get hotter and ever more dangerous!
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on January 3, 2011
Many in the media and friends and associates of mine understandably applauded the repeal of DADT for its human rights contribution and the potential momentum it could offer to a national LGBTQ movement. However, another message was also sent that day: if LGBTQ people want any sort of recognition or civil rights, it is done by including ourselves into this society, not by challenging it.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on August 26, 2010
So often violence that is in your face, covered in blood, sensationalized on TV, and done by our young people is spoken about. One form of extreme violence that is often ignored is that of people being kicked out of their homes, slowly. In Humboldt Park, with rising rent and property taxes and the greed of city inspectors and real estate developers, thousands of Puerto Ricans have been forced to leave our historic home. Still, many remain despite the obstacles they face.
Growing up, my grandmother would tell me that if she could be reborn she would be Puerto Rican all over again. Ironically, in conversations on the island’s future political status, she would also say, “Los boricuas son bien vagos,” and cannot survive as an independent nation. How could a woman with so much national pride and dignity at the same time limit our own collective potential? Are Puerto Ricans really lazy?
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on August 11, 2010
Puerto Rican history is full of women who were afraid of neither death nor prison. And no other Boricua woman, living or dead, exemplifies that undeniable reality than Dolores “Lolita” Lebrón Sotomayor, a revolutionary who was supposed to be erased by history, but would not allow it.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on August 6, 2010
The celebratory release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on May 13, 2010
The ¡Humboldt Park NO SE VENDE! campaign collects 451 signatures for Bickerdike’s Zapata Apartments
The Farce of the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009
A Massive Student Strike Paralyzes the University of Puerto Rico
“I’m going to put Black as my race,” says Andrew Torres, 16, a student of the Barrio, Arts, Culture, and Communications Academy after school program in Humboldt Park. “But you look white and got red hair!” I exclaimed, with a smile of interest. “Yeah, but don’t Puerto Ricans got Black in us?” he responded with […]
A mock cell in Humboldt Park brings attention to the plight of the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners
Gozamos gets inspired by Particia Perez, an emerging Latina artist with roots in three countries and two Chicago neighborhoods.