Puerto Rico

Eye of the storm: UO students reach out to hard-hit Puerto Rico

Alai Reyes-Santos

From Around the O

April 13, 2018—UO ethnic studies professor Alaí Reyes-Santos made a major revision to the curriculum for her “Race, Ethics, Justice” course last fall: She added a trip to Puerto Rico.

It was week three of the term and Reyes-Santos, a native Puerto Rican, was frustrated with the lack of federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It had been weeks since the storm devastated the island and there were still widespread power outages and severely limited access to potable water and medical care.   

She saw an opportunity to have her students consider how the overarching questions they were examining about race, ethics and justice were applicable to the crisis, and to use that analysis and knowledge to create resources to help educate the public and spur conversations about those issues. The resources the class created were just published on a new website, “The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath.” › Continue reading

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Ethnic Studies archival team releases digital archive on Puerto Rico

2/16/2018—Today our Ethnic Studies archival team releases our digital archive! https://blogs.uoregon.edu/theuopuertoricoproject/

Thanks to all of you who made it and keep making it possible! UO undergraduate students’ research shines here!

Over the next eleven months, visit us regularly for new interviews, bibliographies, stories, photographic journeys, and more educational materials pertinent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  Co-create knowledge with us! Share stories with us through our UO Puerto Rico Project Facebook Page [3], our UO Puerto Rico Project Twitter,  [4] our hashtag #uoprproject, and our UO Puerto Rico Project YouTube Channel. [5]

Join us on March 8th at CLLAS’ Justice Across Borders Symposium for more information about Caribbean migrants in the Pacific Northwest and recent arrivals from Puerto Rico!
http://cllas.uoregon.edu/2018-symposium

The UO Puerto Rico Project Team [6]
–Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Links:
[1] http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Our-Caribbean-Kin,5472.aspx
[2] https://twitter.com/alaireyessantos
[3] https://www.facebook.com/UOPRproject/
[4] https://twitter.com/UOPRProject
[5] https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE4czTL3gryUE76khB0amrg5dId_EmxqJ&disable_polymer=true
[6] https://blogs.uoregon.edu/theuopuertoricoproject/thecommunity/

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Monday, February 19th, 2018 Human Rights, Puerto Rico No Comments

Teach-In: “History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US”

November 21, 2017
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Condon Hall Rm 260
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Teach-In

“History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US”

PDF: Puerto Rico Teach In 2017Enjuto Rangel

CLLAS invites you to a Teach-In with professors Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel (Romance Languages), Rocío Zambrana (Philosophy), and Alaí Reyes-Santos (Ethnic Studies) to engage in conversation about Puerto Rico and its place in the contemporary colonial history of the United States.

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Boricuas and Allies in Action in Oregon!
#PuertoRicoStrong #PuertoRicoRelief › Continue reading

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Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

Alaí Reyes-Santos

CLLAS Editor’s Note: Alaí Reyes-Santos is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board and an associate professor in the University of Oregon’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Source: Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

By Alaí Reyes-Santos

For The Register-Guard

SEPT. 28, 2017—Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean and a U.S. territory since 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, serve in the U.S. military and have contributed to the economic growth and defense of the United States. Yet most Americans on the mainland ignore Puerto Rico’s existence and its significant place in U.S. history.

This is dangerous at a time when Category 4 Hurricane Maria has left the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated — without electricity or water; with limited access to food, water, medicines and transportation; with thousands of people displaced from their homes; and with floods and ruptured dams that threaten its most vulnerable populations. Public health and safety are compromised more by the minute. › Continue reading

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Recent Natural Disasters: CLLAS Message of Solidarity

CLLAS would like to express its solidarity with all those suffering the effects of recent natural disasters. Our thoughts are with the people of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Houston, and elsewhere who have been so severely affected by earthquakes and hurricanes. We would like to encourage our UO community, and others, to support the recovery efforts underway in the affected areas.

We list several grassroots organizations to which people can donate. There are, of course, many other organizations that are providing relief. Our suggestions are not meant as a specific endorsement.

Puerto Rico: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/newsletter/Puerto-Rico-Disaster-Relief.html

  • Fundraisers in Oregon, October
    Help is on the Way Puerto Rico,
         Sunday October 15th
    Crystal Ballroom, Portland
         12 to 5pm.
         Puerto Rican food, music. 
        
  •     PNW for Puerto Relief Donation Drive,
         Monday, October 16th, 4-8PM
         Newberg Round Table Pizza
         2512 Portland Rd.
         Newberg, OR 97132

Mexico: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mexico-earthquake-relief-fund/

Houston: http://www.larazaunited.org/hurricane-harvey

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 Human Rights, News No Comments



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