Communities have waited for a decade for CDBG-DR funds projects

It was raining almost non-stop for 11 days over Puerto Rico’s southern and southwestern towns. A surge of water flooded near 50 residences in the Parcelas Pole Ojea in Llanos Costa neighborhood, in Cabo Rojo. This was in 2008. But the flood mitigation project for which the U.S. Department of Housing allocated $3,093,000 through the CDBG-DR funds, has not yet been completed in 2019. Elba Ledesma, a dressmaker whose house is next to the baseball park, still keeps the pictures that show that the water reached her waist and covered her car up to the windows.

Historical heritage threatened by post-María recovery process

She was sitting on the stairs of what had been her residence for almost four decades holding a photo album of the impressive historic mansion built in 1910 on the grounds of the Central Aguirre Sugar Mill in Salinas. Now there is only debris and some walls. There is no roof, no trace of the kitchen nor the living room. Some windows protect the main corridor. There is no furniture either.

Cuestionan la inclusión de religiosos fundamentalistas en las noticias sobre comunidad LGBTTIQ

La integración de diversas voces en el desarrollo de una noticia que trata sobre la ampliación de derechos a grupos puede ser visto como un principio básico en el ejercicio del periodismo. Sin embargo, ¿cuán necesaria es la inclusión de opiniones de sectores que se oponen a que poblaciones históricamente discriminadas sean reivindicadas con el reconocimiento de derechos por los cuales han luchado por décadas? ¿Cuánto aportan esas voces de opositores a la calidad de la nota de prensa o el reportaje? A juicio de algunos periodistas y activistas, no existe justificación en incluir voces de religiosos fundamentalistas en la cobertura mediática sobre la ampliación de las protecciones civiles hacia personas de la comunidad LGBTTIQ. “En el asunto de derechos civiles y derechos humanos, y la decisión que hubo del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos diciendo que es inconstitucional que dos personas del mismo sexo no se puedan casar, los religiosos no tienen nada que opinar.

The lobbyists who promoted Opportunity Zones for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Washington, Jenniffer González, is like the godmother of the Opportunity Zones in U.S. Congress. She claims as her achievement that the island was included in said investors’ exemption program, which is part of President Donald Trump’s tax reform. While states can only designate 25% of their census areas below the poverty level as an Opportunity Zone, “almost 94%” of Puerto Rico was designated as that category, according to the Commissioner. González was not alone in her endeavor. There were other players in Congress promoting the Opportunity Zones for the island.