December 10, 2019

I’m fascinated by identity politics because of its misuse. Black Feminists theorized their identity as Black Women as a way to deconstruct empire, yet people keep using the term identity politics to make sure Black/Brown folks are at the helm of empire—without changing...

November 15, 2019

I've been reading on the Sanctuary Movement in preparation for a class lecture and I'm so profoundly moved. Between 1980 and 1990 around 450 churches, synagogues, and organizations opened their buildings to provide refuge for people fleeing war in Latin America.

Press c...

March 11, 2019

I often use the term “minoritized” in reference to B/I/POC/women/queer folk/people with disabilities/immigrants/religious minorities and other like social groups/intersections because I find it helpful in naming how *power* functions in *institutions.*

In the liberal im...

January 24, 2019

For weeks I've been studying the eugenics movement: a movement in which people considered "feebleminded" (the poor, Black/Indigenous/people of color, disabled folks, queer/trans/gnc folks, immigrants) were forcefully sterilized by the state while those considered "fit"...

January 21, 2019

We must remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said “darkness cannot drive out darkness” in 1957 *and* the one who declared in 1967 that the US made “peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges...that come from the immense profits of...

December 10, 2018

Not referring to anything in specific but I always wonder whether folks are allowed to change in our culture. If someone says something egregious years ago but grows and develops and changes their views, is it still “accountability” if they’re dragged for their former...

December 8, 2018

Photo Credit: Ashlie Michelle Busone  

I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of music on my writing and public speaking. Some folks don’t know this but I played trumpet for most of my life and now play cuatro and bass. And on the daily I’m bumping hip-hop/rap i...

September 12, 2018

The following is a speech I gave at the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy's 2018 Encuentro. It holds some of the lessons I've gained during my time in higher education. I share this in hopes that someone might find validation for their experience, and empowerment throu...

Recently I was in a Detention Center learning about deportations and I was struck that ICE always used “procedure” to justify their actions—even if actions were inhumane. It hit me that I’ve heard this rhetoric used about Puerto Rico and even Higher Education.

As I walk...

As I look on at my beautiful Puerto Rico and see the people rising against colonialism and economic tyranny only to be beaten and illegally searched and arrested by a militarized police, I keep thinking about the 1937 Ponce Massacre where 19 protestors and 2 police off...