Interview with guest José Ramón Sánchez, Author
Show of February 27, 2010Boricua Power
A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the United States
José Ramón Sánchez, Author, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Urban Studies at Long Island University, Brooklyn. He is also the Chair of the National Institute for Latino Policy.
Where does power come from? Why does it sometimes disappear? How do groups, like the Puerto Rican community, become impoverished, lose social influence, and become marginal to the rest of society? How do they turn things around, increase their wealth, and become better able to successfully influence and defend themselves?
Boricua Power explains the creation and loss of power as a product of human efforts to enter, keep or end relationships with others in an attempt to satisfy passions and interests, using a theoretical and historical case study of one community–Puerto Ricans in the United States. Using archival, historical and empirical data, Boricua Power demonstrates that power rose and fell for this community with fluctuations in the passions and interests that defined the relationship between Puerto Ricans and the larger U.S. society.
We will also beBoricua Power
A políticos historia de puertorriqueños en los Estados Unidos
José Ramón Sánchez, autor, es profesor de ciencias políticas y de la Cátedra de urbanismo en la Universidad de Long Island, en Brooklyn. También es el Presidente del Instituto Nacional para la política de los latinos.
¿De dónde viene poder? ¿Por qué a veces se desaparece? ¿Cómo grupos, como la comunidad puertorriqueña, convertido en empobrecidos, perder influencia social y ser marginales para el resto de la sociedad? ¿Cómo vuelta a las cosas, aumentar su riqueza y mejor ser capaces de influir y defenderse correctamente?
Boricua Power explica la creación y la pérdida del poder como un producto de los esfuerzos humanos para entrar, mantener o poner fin a las relaciones con los demás en un intento para satisfacer las pasiones y los intereses, mediante un estudio de caso de teórico e histórico de una community–Puerto Rica en los Estados Unidos. Utilizando datos de archiving, históricos y empíricos, Boricua Power demuestra que poder rosa y cayó para esta comunidad con las fluctuaciones en las pasiones y los intereses que definen la relación entre puertorriqueños y de la sociedad más grande.We will also be having a conversation about the new law regarding Puerto Ricans needing new birth certificates.
If you were born in Puerto Rico, you may want to write this on your calendar.
Starting July 1, 2010, Puerto Ricans born on the island will need to apply for new birth certificates for any official transactions requiring that document, such as requesting drivers licenses or getting new passports.
The older birth certificates that have been issued in Puerto Rico will be invalidated as of that date, as the government moves to implement security measures to avoid identity theft and U.S. immigration fraud.
The birth certificates of Puerto Ricans are desirable to many from elsewhere in Latin America who seek to pass themselves off as Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens. Those birth certificates were selling for $5,000 to $10,000 and accounted for 40 percent of birth certificate fraud in the United States, said Puerto Rico Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock.
In addition to the new documents, which will have security markings to prevent fraud, Puerto Rico now bans for anyone other than the person named in the certificate from keeping an original certificate.
“We had a bad habit through the decades that people had to give their original birth certificates in order to register for day care, for elementary school, for middle school, for high school or college, even to enter little league or sign up to a ballet class or register in summer camp, and as a consequence we had thousands of student records containing birth certificates that remain valid,” said McClintock.
Many of those certificates were being stolen and sold in the black market, McClintock said.
“This change will benefit Puerto Ricans; first, because we are taking steps to protect their identity and, second, because instead of getting 20 copies of your birth certificates at $5 each, now they will be able to obtain one and, if it’s well-cared for, it could be good to show for any of those transactions.”
The changes were made, McClintock said, after the federal government approached island officials to tell them of growing fraud and identity theft with those documents. There had also been incidents of burglars breaking into island schools to steal birth certificates.
After July 1, Puerto Ricans will still be able to apply for new birth certificates by mail and the cost will remain at $5 each.
By Victor Manuel Ramos
Orlando Sentinel (February 1, 2010)