José in Hato Rey

While I was in PR, I met an amazing activist named José in Hato Rey. He was a part of the protest downtown against the Fiscal Control Board. He had been camping along with others in a tent for several days near the courthouse...tired but, determined to be heard. He told me of the privatization on the island and the ways in which Puerto Rico's colonial status has hurt generations of Boricuas. He said when they rally to have a voice, they are often suppressed from speaking. 

"I was born of a Puerto Rican mother, and they will have to physically remove me from this place if they want me to be silent."

 

José has a daughter who lives in the states named Tamara...