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The [Puerto Rico] pro-statehood folks have an vested interest in keeping the island as economically dependent and culturally bound to the U.S. as possible… The same is for the pro-colony folks who occasionally appropriate nationalist, independentista rhetoric to appeal to progressive (and cynically patriotic) electoral elements (e.g., the new municipal slogan of San Juan is “Ciudad, Patria” - City, Motherland - but the mayor is a member of the pro-colony party!).
March 8th is International Women’s Day and this is Women’s History Month. La Respuesta magazine proudly celebrates and honors the immense contributions of Boricua women in Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.
*The poster features a painting by Rafael Tufiño of his mother, called “La Goyita.” The quote and background text is from “A Julia de Burgos” by nuestra poeta nacional Julia de Burgos.
Our LAST poster of the #livingdiaspora series. We are honored to have received the wedding photo of Soraida Arocho and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, two important figures in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. This picture was taken in #PuertoRico on Nov. 19, 1977, demonstrating that the island has a special place in the hearts and memories of the Boricua Diaspora.
I feel a tremendous sense of social responsibility to make sure that we don’t pigeon-hole ourselves into a stereotype. Part of being of the Puerto Rican Diaspora is always [showing] the multidimensionality of our people because we are a people that are caught in between two worlds. Part of our distinct characteristics is our ability to be so fluid within those two worlds. We can identify in this Americanized culture, but we bring with it our Puerto Rican culture, which is very distinct.
We have such a strong sense of cultural identity, yet we’ve been colonized and we’ve been conquered into this submission… I wasn’t born on the island, I’m a ChiRican. [But] I pride myself in knowing my history, my culture, my language. My bustelo in the morning, rezar a los santos at night.