Huascar Robles

Puerto Rico para Cristo / Puerto Rico for Christ

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In 1899 ambassadors from protestant churches knelt over the map of Puerto Rico, divided the territory among them and prayed that locals met their influence without hostility. This vignette from Donald T Moore’s book Puerto Rico for Christ and pulled apart by Puerto Rican sociologist Emilio Pantojas García sets the wheels in motion that allowed religion to steer the future of our political and cultural system. In this episode, journalist and producer Alejandra Rosa and author and photographer Huáscar Robles review how this religious influence fuels today’s anti-LGBTQ agenda. This is part 2 of 3. 

Statehood in Anecdotes: Puerto Rico and the 51st State

Let the Statehood games begin.  Art by Joaquín Cardozo.

Let the Statehood games begin.  Art by Joaquín Cardozo.

The funeral of a military man. A young man escapes homophobia. We all recall memories associated with our contentious relationship with our political identity. What is your anecdote of the concept of Puerto Rico Statehood?



Silences: A Funeral and a National Strike

On May 1, 2018 Puerto Rico's National Strike brought workers, families and students from all sectors to manifest against the austerity measures imposed by the Fiscal Board. I went to Puerto Rico to bury my grandmother. There I found the national strike. This episode is about pausing, thinking and the silences we face during trauma. It also about images and surveillance, and how social and traditional media might evolve to become Puerto Rico's next "carpeteo" or surveillance program.

Abuela María by Omar Z. Robles