Chapter 14 – PARO/HUELGA

Chapter 14 – PARO/HUELGA

“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 necessary because it is dangerous, and it has been dangerous because it is necessary” (Picó 2005:2.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alessandra Rosa

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in 1.14 - Huelga, Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Alessandra Rosa

“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...

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Emmanuel Colón Toledo

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in 1.14 - Huelga, Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Emmanuel Colón Toledo

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...

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Mariony E. Medina Serrano

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 0 comments

Mariony E. Medina Serrano

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...

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Karib Mar González Rivera

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 0 comments

Karib Mar González Rivera

¡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...

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Omar A. De La Rosa Oliveras

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 0 comments

Omar A. De La Rosa Oliveras

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...

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Keishla Cotto Maisonet

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 0 comments

Keishla Cotto Maisonet

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...

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Juanita Cruz Torres

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 1 comment

Juanita Cruz Torres

PARO MEMOIR –   At 9:00am I received an email that was sent to me by a friend. She had attached a link to the internet news paper and the article clarified an academic recess for the UPR system for a complete week. I was exited but on the other hand I realized that they did that to prevent students of speaking up for what they believe in and have more control over the security system since this week is bound to be of civil chaos.  October 13, 2009  I woke up early today to go to the west area to get my books but suddenly I felt weird...

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Luis R. Perez Lasalle

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 0 comments

Luis R. Perez Lasalle

LET MOB MENTALITY REIGN SUPREME! – Disclaimer: The following rant contains some “foul language” and some anti political expressions. If you are offended by this, if you are against foul language or if your belief in your political party is so great that you can’t allow other points of view then do me a favor and look elsewhere. If you aren’t bothered by a bit of harsh language or from views other than your own then feel free to read on. “Let Mob Mentality reign supreme!” That’s what I...

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Carla Y. Aviles Crespo

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 1 comment

Carla Y. Aviles Crespo

THE BEST DECISION? –  Puerto Rico is passing by the worst economic situation in a long time. This is the result of irresponsible governments that caused and aggravated the economic downturn. This economic downturn is now in the fourth year and about to become a depression, the first since the Great Depression of 1930. This is not a current problem, it is a problem that several governments administrations have been dragging along. This economic crisis has been reflected in this past year and in the last months we have suffered the...

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Mathew A. Morales Vargas

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 1 comment

Mathew A. Morales Vargas

SITUATIONS…SITUATIONS –  Being in college is a very exciting experience; studying, losing time and studying and, well you know, but the fact is that in these moments in this year of 2009 has been a pretty bad and sad experience. Last year was pretty good, everybody behaved, classes were great, everybody happy. This year is the exception. I began very optimistically. I wanted to take my classes and give the best of me to each of them, but as the semester continued, through the months of September and October, because of the...

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Luis Nieves Malavé

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1.14 - Huelga | 0 comments

Luis Nieves Malavé

HUELGA/PARO MOSAICO –   

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Brenda I. Mendez Guzman

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 7 comments

Brenda I. Mendez Guzman

DEAR GOVERNMENT: –  Puerto Rico is going through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 30’s. All actions which have been taken by the past government administrations through the present one were to improve Puerto Rico’s economy. When the IVU was implemented, the first to yell out was you, the statehood men, the ones who want Puerto Rico to become a state. You don’t even notice that practically every state of the Union has a sales tax? Your government’s campaign slogan was to eliminate the IVU because it wasn’t...

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Luis R. Reyes Agosto

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 3 comments

Luis R. Reyes Agosto

ODE TO MY BROTHERS –  I When 17,000 were laid off, I didn’t protest, because I wasn’t one of them. When our rights were threatened, I didn’t protest, because words were not actions. When they came for me… there was no one left to protest. II We see it every day, year after year, fewer sections, a longer stay, no reason to cheer. As costs ascend, the rich get richer, our rights descend, the poor get poorer. A cost reduction policy, Law #7 is tough, not a trace of democracy, enough is enough. The present looks bleak, the future unknown,...

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Joan M Adorno Mercado

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 1 comment

Joan M Adorno Mercado

SOMETHING I’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE –  Never, in my four years that I have been in “El Colegio” has something resembling this event has ever happened. On Thursday, October 8, 2009 the university had an assembly to discuss issues of the law called “Ley 7”, which had affected our country a few days earlier.  I personally have never been to an assembly at the university, so from the start this was a whole new experience. It was 10:15 am and I was heading from the Stefani building to the Coliseum; it looked like everyone was going to the...

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Catherine R. Cuevas Nieves

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 2 comments

Catherine R. Cuevas Nieves

MY REACTION TO THE STRIKE At first, I was okay with the strike since it was only going to last 2 days.  I was pretty happy about it since I had a really hard organic chemistry test on Wednesday.  Yet, I was very upset when I found out that the students wanted to keep the strike going until Thursday.  I feel as if many students just wanted us not to have class for their own benefit.  I am not saying we shouldn’t fight for our rights, it’s just that we need to proceed in a different way such as trying to talk.  Yet this has become the less...

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Carlos N. Andreu Martínez

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 2 comments

Carlos N. Andreu Martínez

MY LAWYER MADE ME CHANGE THE NAME OF THIS ESSAY SO I WOULDN’T GET SUED –   I’ve recently added visiting ‘endi.com’ to my online routine, It’s a website for a Puertorican newspaper called ‘El Nuevo Dia’ with various articles on current events. There has been a lot of coverage of various ‘strikes’ and manifestations in Puerto Rico due to the application of a law called ‘ley 7’ that allowed the governor to fire more than 20,000 government employees based on the fact that we...

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Michelle M. Ortiz Burgos

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 2 comments

Michelle M. Ortiz Burgos

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE –  I felt it in my pocket, Vibrating furiously, “ New text message!” “URGENT ASSEMBLY AT THE OLD TRACK FIELD!” Panic, anxiety, fear, running through my veins… Desperately running towards the crowded field, Voices all around, whispers, shouts, talking through megaphones… Blood pumping vigorously through my veins… My heart going a thousand miles per hour What is going on? This can’t be, this is not possible… The crowd flares up, screaming in agreement, Fists pumped up in the air, What’s happening? The angry mob...

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Karitza Velázquez Proenza

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in 1.14 - Huelga | 3 comments

Karitza Velázquez Proenza

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS STRIKE –  Since that half-day off because of the storm Erika, my housemates have been asking about strikes “Will there be a strike? Is there a strike coming soon?” and what I have been saying all along has been “Well, maybe other universities will consider going on strikes, but Colegio? Never!” So they made fun of me that Tuesday afternoon when they announced the 48-hour strike, and I only could nod and say “Oh, well…Nothing can be changed now.” So that Tuesday and Wednesday I partied with my housemates. I was...

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