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Las Playas Son Del Pueblo
VIEQUES NO SE VENDE
generations of Viequenses continue to fight colonialism and gentrification - this is a love story to those still surviving, hurricane after hurricane, earthquakes, a pandemic + a removed government
NO HAY HOSPITAL
a decorated U.S. soldier loses his 13 year old daughter because there is no hospital in Vieques. Hurricane Maria destroyed the only hospital in 2017, 4 years later, Vieques is still waiting
SE FUE LA LUZ
Power outages happen on the regular. Especially in areas outside of the metro area. Families have become creative on how to survive and how to keep their lives going. Others can't take it anymore and have fled the island to be with family in the diaspora.
LAS PLAYAS SON DEL PUEBLO
CAMPAMENTO CAREY, RINCON
A camp is born, as Puerto Ricans fight to save whats left of public beaches in Rincon. The Department of Natural Resources has not stepped in, as 11 Carey Sea Turtle nest are in danger against the construction of a pool for a private condominium.
Playuela has been fighting real estate vultures off for years. The community hopes to save it for eternity, by establishing it as a natural reserve in Puerto Rico. Monthly there is a call to action - as construction advances try to sneak in during odd hours and block entrances to this sacred area.
Dominicans are known to migrate into Puerto Rico from this beach. Their wooden boats can be found crashed along the coast. This is my favorite beach of all la isla. For all that is promises and all that it fights for.
Earthquakes are felt recurrently on the island. Since the 6.4 quake in Jan 2020, the island has experienced major aftershocks and temblors. Families are traumatized and afraid to live in their homes. While others have lost everything and wait for rebuilding assistance. Makeshift camps can be found throughout the South of the Island.
The ever fleeting identity crisis. Whether you lived in PR for two days or all your life, and now live in other parts of the world, Puerto Rico is home. The Bori's on the island will disagree, and call you a Gringx for ever - but no matter what, we defend la isla.
UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK
RINCON, PUERTO RICO
Plena + Bomba
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