Past Events Highlights:
Pa’lante, Sin Miedo, Somos Más
Puerto Rico is a subject that goes way beyond that beautiful archipelago on the northeast edge of the Caribbean Sea (not in the middle of the ocean), which includes the Puerto Rico Main Island, Vieques, Culebra, Mona, and smaller islands. Puerto Rican cultural heritage is a story of colonized people that have survived, prevailed, and expanded throughout the world, despite great adversity through human and natural disasters. Although “Puerto Rican people constitute a Latin American and Caribbean nation that has its own and unequivocal national identity”, according to the United Nations on numerous occasions, Puerto Ricans on the islands continue to bear the weight of more than a century of political and strategic ambiguity and economic calamity under US colonial rule. While interest in Puerto Rico has also created wealth and prosperity for some, the 2nd class citizenship status has kept much of the populous struggling in stagnation. However, the tangible and prospective value of the human, cultural, industrial and economic force of The Shining Star of the Caribbean, and its global diaspora, while still tied down by external forces, is still growing.