2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Virtual Teach-In: Food and Water Justice

More than 250 teachers from across the U.S. and other countries attended 2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Virtual Teach-In: Food and Water Justice, hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change on September 12, 2020. The focus of the teach-in was Indigenous peoples’ histories and experiences around food and […]

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Important Dates in Puerto Rican History

Pre-1492: Island is a homeland of the Taínos, a native people with links to the southern Arawak peoples of South America. They call the island Borikén. 1493: November 19—Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Borikén on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, claiming the island for Spain. 1508: Spanish colonization begins. 1511: The […]

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Eric Velasquez: An Afro-Puerto Rican Illustrator of Our Times

By William Garcia-Medina Growing up as an Afro-Latino in Puerto Rico, I don’t have a childhood memory of having books by authors of color or with characters of color. I could not understand that Black Puerto Ricanness in Puerto Rico had meaning and its own unique experience. I was too young to have a lens […]

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Puerto Rican Children’s Literature and Environmental Literacy: Working with Children and Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

By Sujei Lugo Vázquez I remember a childhood of family weekends traveling around and across the island, visiting plazas, parks, natural reserves, going to festivals, and stopping at local businesses. Through our car windows, we could see the different ecological systems that filled Puerto Rico and were taught and reminded to love our land, our […]

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Introduction to Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico – Third Edition

By Dr. Marilisa Jiménez García En Julio del 2019—todo cambió. For 12 days, Puerto Ricans from every political party took to the streets through the archipelago calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Published by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, a series of chats between himself and major figures in his cabinet—riddled with abusive language about […]

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On the Importance of Puerto Rican Studies in Middle and High School, Post-Hurricane Maria

By Ricardo Gabriel This new edition to Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico could not come at a better or more urgent time. The year 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the student uprising which desegregated the City University of New York (CUNY)—the largest urban university system in the United States. In 1968, the student population at two […]

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Who Benefits from Islamophobia?

Investigating the Profit Motive Behind Bigotry and Discrimination This lesson gives participants an opportunity to investigate some of the individuals, organizations, and corporations that benefit from anti-Muslim hate through a role-play activity. They meet people like Marillyn Hewson, CEO of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation, and George Zoley, CEO of Geo Group, a private prison company. Participants also hear from people […]

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What is Islamophobia? Interpersonal vs. Structural Discrimination

This lesson asks participants to construct a definition of Islamophobia using a variety of evidence, including poetry, media images, news clips, and research data. The lesson also challenges a common pattern in representations of bigotry and discrimination that frames hate speech and hate attacks as nothing more than rogue individuals who lose their tempers after […]

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