Thursday, May 05, 2005

Finally..the strike is over

Los estudiantes del Recinto de Río Piedras aprobaron hoy levantar el voto de huelga que mantuvo paralizado el campus más grande de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) por un mes. Tras conocerse la votación con 481 estudiantes a favor y 80 en contra, los universitarios se pusieron de pie, comenzaron a aplaudir y algunos se abrazaron.

Phew! The month long strike is over. Hopefully normality can return to the university. Though I am happy for this outcome, I am a bit concerned about the tuition hikes. Under the agreement signed b/w CUCA and the administration, a junta will be formed to see if there are other ways to raise funds and shrink the defecit. But, what if after all effort and anlayzing, tuition hikes seem necessary? I mean, the prez of the UPR already said that the hikes were needed. If this is the case, will the UPR go on strike again?

Anyways, I think what the UPR students need to do next is organize themselves and go protest President Bush and his policies. He's the man cutting programs and shrinking funds to education.

The Presidential Vote for Puerto Rico

Boston - El abogado puertorriqueño Gregorio Igartúa pidió ayer al Tribunal Federal de Apelaciones de Boston que otorgue a los boricuas residentes en la Isla el derecho a votar en las elecciones presidenciales de Estado Unidos.

Igartúa señaló que dejar a los ciudadanos de la Isla sin derecho a voto viola varios tratados internacionales y condena a los puertorriqueños a “un estado de servitud”.

. . . Igartúa presentó una primera demanda en 1994 en el Tribunal de EE.UU. en Puerto Rico, que fue denegada, así como el año 2000 en el Primer Circuito de Apelaciones de Boston.

El año pasado, Igartúa volvió a presentar otro recurso que también fue rechazado.

- ENDI.com

This guy Igartua just doesn't seem to get it. How many times must his petition be rejected to realize that Puerto Ricans won't get the vote under the current status or through the courts. I too feel that it is unfair that Puerto Ricans are obligated to serve in the military and pay taxes but arent allowed to vote or have representation. But the courts are not the way to go.

Igartua's approach is wrong. You can't sue for the vote. And you can't ask the courts to exert a power that they don't have - namely by giving Puerto Ricans the vote, they would be legislating, a clear violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.

There are only two ways that Puerto Rico can get the vote - through a Constitutional amendment or if Puerto Rico becomes a state. The latter may not happen, but the former probably could. I believe that those who support the vote need to organize themselves and massively lobby for it in Congress. At least they can work hard to get the vote for the thousands of military veterans residing on the island and those currently serving. But the courts can't legislate, they can only interpret laws. And the laws say that voting is a state right, and thus Puerto Ricans residing in (the colony of) Puerto Rico can't vote.

That's the sad truth.

Response to Vicky

This was a comment sent by one of my readers.
POR GENTE TAN EGOISTA COMO TU ES QUE LA UPR ESTA COMO ESTA.COMO VAS A DECIR QUE CUANDO RECIBAS TU CARTA DE ACEPTACION, NO TE IMPORTA CUANDO TIEMPO DURE LA HUELGA. QUE CLASE DE ACTITUD A LO ROSELLO! EGOISMO PENEPEISTA. DEBERIA IMPORTARLE EL BIENESTAR DE TODOS Y NO SOLO TUS INTERESES, PERO YA VEO PORQUE QUIERES SER ABOGADO. DEJAME DECIRTE ME DESILUCIONASTES, PENSABA QUE ERAS UN SER JUSTO. PERO SI VIENES CON ESAS ACTITUDES PARA ACA MEJOR QUEDATE POR ALLA, YA TENEMOS BASTANTE GENTE EGOCENTRICA EN ESTE PAIS PA' QUE LLEGUE OTRO COMO TU, DIGO SI ES QUE TE ACEPTAN EN LA FACULTAD DE DERECHO. AH, POR ULTIMO, DEJAME INFORMARTE QUE LA MAYORIA EN EL CUCA SON DE LA ESCUELA DE DERECHO Y OTRAS ESCUELAS GRADUADAS, BREGA CON ESO..

Ouch! Vicky, wassup with the attitude? And the ridiculous comments? Take a breather chica. First, let me make it clear that I am no PNP. Obviously, if you would have read other posts on my site, you will notice that I distaste Rossello and all those right wing motha fuckers. Second, I DO care about each and every one of those 4 million Puerto Ricans on the island. That's why I have this site, and that's why I want to go to the island - to work for them.

Egoista? me? Before throwing the first stone, you should sit back and analyze those members of the CUCA who have prolonged the strike. I know a couple of people in CUCA. But, shit, where the hell does the CUCA come from assuming powers of the CGE? Also, if I am egoista, so too must be the leaders of the CUCA. I mean, I don't know Chevere personally, but for some reason he was removed as president of the CGE. Dont you think?

I'm all for the strike. But, there comes a time when one must get his shit straight before worrying about others. What I said was that if I got the letter of acceptance, then i dont care how long the stike lasts. You try being an aspiring law student, whose spents hours of study, hours of filling out papers, tons of money on applications, tests, reports, and countless days awaiting word from law schools. That shit is stressful amiga. And this extended strike doesnt help ease the anxiety.

Anyways, the strike is over, CUCA got what it wanted and the students will get what they want eventually. And, shit girl, so many motha fuckers insult Borinquen bella, so many leave the island, and so many trash it here in the US. Its motha fuckers like me, Neo-Ricans, who are in the frontlines defending that beautiful island with words and punches against some of the most racist people in the world. So, do not tell me what I must do. True, I have a street attitude and dont take crap from anybody, but shit, last time I checked, PR needs motha fuckers like me. Motha fuckers who arent afraid to blow the whistle, who arent afraid to send nonsenscial people to carajo, and who are deeply in love with Borinquen, here people and cultue.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Latin America is moving left


MEXICO CITY, May 3 - He is mayor of the largest city in the hemisphere, and this country's latest political phenomenon.

He can summon tens of thousands into the streets at will. In a whirlwind three weeks he staged the biggest protest in Mexico's recent history and turned back a legal challenge from the Mexican president and Congress that threatened to end his political career.
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Now Andrés Manuel López Obrador is considered the favorite to be elected president next year.

New York Times

With the dawn of the new mellenium, it is becoming more apparent that Latin America is moving left. Venezuela has Chavez, Brazil has Lula da Silva, Argentina has Kirchner, Panama has Torrijos, Domincan Republic has Fernandez, Uruguay recently elected Tabare Vazquez, and of course, Cuba has Castro. Also, the growing populist movements in Bolivia and Peru will probably breed a leftist government as well. Ecuador, who just ousted a leftist-turned-moderate president, will probably put another leftist in power. One must also mention the leftist movement that has plagued Colombia with civil war for 40 years. And, although Puerto Rico does not admit it, it too has a left wing, social democracy. A few days ago, the Organization of American States elected a Chilean socialist, Jose Miguel Insulza, as head of that organization. This as evidence, the odds are that next year Mexico will move left by electing populist and front-runner Lopez Obrador as their president.

Of course, this is all occuring with Washington biting its nails. But is this really surprising? Latin America tried to move left during the 50s and 60s but US intervention stopped that attempt. Now, Latin America is doing it again, via democratic ways and with a tongue sticking out at the US. What is the US to do? Frankly, I am all for expressing the will of the people and believe that the US should sit back and allow those countries to act as they please. It's about time Latin American countries defy the US and affirm their own power and independence.

Sammy Gonzalez


SAMMY "EL ROLO" González es una de las voces más emblemáticas de la salsa.

Su trabajo artístico ha trascendido con su participación en las orquestas de Tommy Olivencia y Roberto Roena, junto a la que ha consignado éxitos como "La china", "La ramera", "El nacimiento de un guaguancó", "Viva la paz", "Cui cui", "Avísale a mi contrario", "El que se fue", "Traición", "Fea", "No lo corras" y "Apollo Zuky", entre otras.
Primera Hora
Sammy Gonzalez has probably one of the greatest voices in salsa music. Along with lending his voice to all the songs mentioned above, his vocals are associated with the memorabla and classic song, and one of my favorites, La Fiesta de Soneros. Read more about him and many other salseros at Primera Hora

Monday, May 02, 2005

La situación política y económica de Puerto Rico está “bastante mal” y “muy mal” como resultado de los aumentos de precios, la incapacidad de los “funcionarios electos” para afrontar adecuadamente los problemas del País y, particularmente durante estos primeros cuatro meses del año, la falta de efectividad del “gobierno compartido”.

- El Nuevo Dia

Duh! Are they just figuring that out now. Blah!

I think the strike is over

It better be over, sh*t. I've waited patiently for my letter of acceptance from the UPR Law School. Once I get that, I dont care how long the UPR goes on strike. Man, I promise that when I get to the UPR this fall, I'm going to change things around so that undergrads aren't representing grad/professional students. . .and I'm going to start a salsa band!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Hawaiians trying to eradicate the Coquis

Senate and House conferees agreed to appropriate $300,000 to the counties to try to eradicate the invasive, noisy coqui frog, but an official from the most heavily infested island says it's not enough.

The DLNR controlled the tiny coqui frogs in the East Ridge area of Schofield Barracks by spraying citric acid on their breeding grounds.
Advertiser library photo • Sept. 8, 2003

Under the compromise agreement reached yesterday, the Big Island and Maui each will get $100,000, and O'ahu and Kaua'i each will get $50,000. The largest concentrations of the frog are on the Big Island and Maui.

Honolulu Advertiser
The hawaiians cant seem to appreciate the beautiful sounds of nature. Of course, they will fail in their attempts to elimnate the frogs. The coquis are master of their domain, small, with the ability to throw their voices. Many Puerto Ricans have never even seen a coqui in their lives. But their sound is well known and pretty that it has become one of the representations of the Puerto Rican nation.