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Harvest of Empire
A History of Latinos in America

Juan González
Viking Press; 2000, 352 pages; $27.95

Within a decade, Latinos will be the largest minority group in the US, and by 2050, will form one quarter of the US population. In Harvest of Empire, NY Daily News columnist Juan González presents an integrated look at both Latin America and Latinos in the US. He explores the "long and tortuous" relationship between the US and Latin America that is the context for Latino immigration to the US; each of the six major Latino groups (Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, and Central Americans); and major contemporary issues such as politics, immigration, language, and culture. In the chapter on Puerto Rico, which González calls "the last major American colonial possession," the author argues for the decolonization of Puerto Rico as a necessary completion of the American democracy.

The Altar of My Soul
The Living Traditions of Santería

Marta Moreno Vega
Ballentine Books; 2000; 292 pages; $25.95

A spiritual memoir, The Altar of My Soul reveals the long-hidden roots and traditions of Santería, a faith that originated on the shores of West Africa and was imported to the Caribbean via the trans-Atlantic slave trade that started in the 15th century. This memoir recounts Moreno Vega’s journey from ignorance and skepticism to her initiation as a Yoruba priestess in the Santería religion. She traces the trials she faced as a minority student and teacher and as a divorced mother to her discovery in Cuba of the "Way of the Saints." Marta Moreno Vega is an assistant professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, and founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Amigos del Museo del Barrio.

Changing Race: Latinos, The Census
And The History Of Ethnicity In The United States

Clara E. Rodríguez
New York University Press; 2000; 282 pages

Weaving historical, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, Changing Race: Latinos, the Census and the History of Ethnicity in the United States shows how the concept of "race" can be constructed in a variety of ways and how Latino/Hispanic experiences in the United States provide unique and dramatic illustrations of this. The book also shows this is not a unique process, and it examines how other racial and ethnic groups have come to be defined racially by the state. The book also includes Appendices on data limitations and the undercount; critiques of the biological concept of race in the United States; a focused examination of early census categories; and a discussion of free people of color. Clara E. Rodríguez is professor of Sociology at Fordham University.

From Bomba To Hip Hop
Puerto Rican Culture And Identity

Juan Flores
Colombia University Press; 2000; 265 pages; $17.50

Juan Flores maintains that neither immigrants nor ethnics, Puerto Ricans in New York have created a distinct identity both on the island of Puerto Rico and in the cultural landscape of the United States. In From Bomba to Hip Hop, Flores considers the uniqueness of Puerto Rican culture and identity in relation to that of other Latino groups in the US, as well as to other minority groups, especially African Americans. Architecture and urban space, literary traditions, musical styles and cultural movements provide some of the sites and moments of a cultural world defined by the interplay of continuity and transformations, heritage and innovation, roots and fusion. Exploring this wide range of cultural experiences, both in the diaspora and in Puerto Rico, Flores highlights the rich complexities and fertile contradictions of Latino identity.

Las Carpetas: The Book

Las Carpetas
by Ramón Bosque-Pérez and José Javier Colón-Morera


A detailed analysis of the Carpetas case can be found in Las Carpetas: persecución política y derechos civiles en Puerto Rico, ensayos y documentos. The book, co-edited by Ramón Bosque-Pérez, Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College, CUNY) and José Javier Colón-Morera, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, contains a collection of essays and documents on human rights and political persecution in Puerto Rico.

The essays offer background information on the Carpetas scandal and cover issues such as: consensus, political repression and de-colonization; the role of federal agencies in political persecution; the case of the Puerto Rican political prisoners; and political intolerance in Puerto Rico. The book received an Honorable Mention in the category of best essay book from the Puerto Rico Chapter of PEN International Writers Association. An English version is currently in the works.

Table Of Contents

Message On Behalf Of Comité Noviembre 2000
Comité Noviembre - Fifth Annual Gala
Gala Foto Album (PuertoRicans.Com)
History And Mission
About The Poster
About The Artist

Comité Noviembre 2000 Spokesperson Dave Valentín
Celebrities Come Out For Comité Noviembre

Celebrando Lo Mejor De Nuestra Comunidad
ASPIRA Of New York, Inc
Exceptional Puerto Rican Youth
Comité Noviembre Scholarship Program
Eugenio María De Hostos Community College
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

Taíno: Ancient Voyagers Of The Caribbean
El Museo Del Barrio
New Boricua Books

National Congress For Puerto Rican Rights
History Revealed: FBI Releases Files On Independence Movement
Las Carpetas: The Book
Institute For The Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly
Day Of Community Service And Social Responsibility

Vieques And The U.S. Military: The Struggle Continues
Intergenerational Message From Vieques

In Memoriam Adelfa - Vera Puerto Rican Nacionalista
In Memoriam - Paul Ramos Health Care Advocate

Comité Noviembre De New Jersey, Inc
New Jersey 2000 Honorees

Poster 2000
Poster 1992
Comité Noviembre - 1999

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