1.14 – Huelga

Alessandra Rosa

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“NUNCA OLIVIDAR”:A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO STUDENT MOVEMENT “¿Necesita Puerto Rico una Universidad del estado? ¿No esacaso una instituciónpeligrosa, donde se insinúan ideas subversivas, las imaginaciones crepitan, laduda religiosa se cultiva, el estudiante se politiza, y se pone en riesgo la saludmoral del país? Alguno pudiera argüir que la Universidad ha sido necesariaporque es peligrosa, y ha sido peligrosa porque es necesaria”(Picó 2005:2). [Does Puerto Rico need a State University? Is it not a dangerous institution where subversive ideas are insinuated, imaginations crackle, religious doubts are cultivated, and the student becomes politicized jeopardizing the moral health of the country? Some might argue that the University has been...

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Emmanuel Colón Toledo

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THE 5 W’S OF THE UPR STRIKE (2010) – The school year 2009-2010 was a very proactive year for University students all around PR. There were some new adjustments being made to the UPR (University of Puerto Rico) system that made students stand up and fight for their education. The Administration at the time was experiencing a rough batch of economic problems and needed to make some adjustments in order to survive. Some of these adjustments caused a very big impact that led to the island wide strike in the UPR colleges, when 10 out of 11 precincts where locked down by students for nearly two whole months. These adjustments were under the title “Certificación 98” which made registration exemptions for students, whether for talented students or students...

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Mariony E. Medina Serrano

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A DAY WHERE PUERTO RICO CAME TOGETHER AS ONE-  Today I woke up to the sound of “plena”. It was six in the morning when loudspeakers announced the school buses departure to the highly anticipated “Paro Nacional”. There were fourteen buses lined up, all of them full of people. Everyone sang and danced to the rhythm of the “plena” which was just the start of a long day ahead. I was in my home awake, because I could not sleep. My mind was full of worries about different things that are going on in my life. Nothing is certain. I don’t know if the semester will be lost, and I’m afraid of my family getting hurt by the repercussions of this situation. We have all fought too hard to lose everything that we stand for, everything that has cost us so much. As the day...

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Karib Mar González Rivera

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¡UPR EN PARO!- I remember it clearly. It was 6:00 AM of a cold Friday morning. As alive as I could be I stood at the gates of La Vita. The night before was a night well-spent at Barcelona, and I was proud, tired, but proud. It was the time of fighting for my rights, for my mother’s and for my grandchildren’s.  It was the time when you sensed youth’s purpose: energy, a heart, and a million reasons all together. The time for having a voice to be heard, to put your heart on something you feel you belong to. That is it. For many people it was senseless, for me it was a way of pressuring our government, one that has forgotten about the middle working class and who’s interest leans towards the rich.  Many may not accept it, but it is the ugly truth. To many it may seem...

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Omar A. De La Rosa Oliveras

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FIGHTING AGAINST A FAKE GIANT – I am one that supports the fight for our rights because I have always believed that no matter who you are you have the same rights as every other human being, and no matter if you are the governor of Puerto Rico you have the same rights we have; not more, not less. The power that a man has in society is given to him by human beings, not by god therefore he has no more rights than we do even though a lot of people believe he does. I sometimes do start to feel that we do nothing by doing strikes because there is a man up on top of the mountain that has more power than we do and I feel like he can just kick us off the mountain with the flick of a switch or something. But think it like this; are you less than “the man”? No you’re...

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Keishla Cotto Maisonet

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LAW 7 AND SOME OF ITS EFFECTS –   Last week, on Tuesday October 6th, there was a student assembly; it had been called to decide where the University was standing in terms with everything that was happening in the government, Law 7.  After three long hours, a decision had been made; a strike was in order for the next two days, Wednesday and Thursday.  I have to admit that the news made me pretty happy because I was going to have an extra long weekend and I had a Chemistry quiz that Thursday, for which I felt unprepared because I knew I had not studied enough.  My sister and I decided to go back to our home town Quebradillas and go back to Mayaguez on Friday morning because she had class.  We spent those two days at home doing some chores and reviewing for...

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