Saturday, May 19, 2012

La Hipocresia Independentista de Gutierrez


 Adios cará ! En qué quedamos? O se peinan, o se hacen rolos? Allá dicen una cosa y acá en Puerto Rico otra? MJ

Luis Gutierrez
 "This Nation (USA) belongs to all of us, and to the extent, that we collaborate, and need to work together, not only are we going to forge a better opportunity for ourselves as people of color, but for all Americans – and I really think we have a wonderful opportunity to do exactly that.”  GUTIERREZ ? Sera de verdad Independentista o.... buscón?

“We could not have anything like this on the island, it is an honor for me to be here,” Martorell told the audience how racism in Puerto Rico is still a strong factor, as is migration. MARTORELL ???

Que Ondee Sola – Trailblazers, Trendsetters, and True to the Communidad!

By Janean L. Watkins – Editor in Chief & Jacklyn Nowotnik – Arts & Life Editor
(Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012)
Michael Rodriguez, NEIU Alumni and PhD student at Brown University, explained to the audience that they were being graced by two maestros – Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and Professor AntonioMartorell of the University of Puerto Rico. The two gentlemen discussed conditions, experiences, and the ramifications of both during 1972 to 1976 in Chicago and Puerto Rico. The two described travels between Chicago and Puerto Rico, as Martorell created a live charcoal drawing of Congressman Gutierrez. The charcoal drawing was later auctioned to the highest bidder in a silent auction.

Gutierrez spoke about having to move to Puerto Rico, and learn Spanish fluently as the crowd laughed at his anecdotes. “Everywhere I went, people back in the states were talking about ‘Tengo Puerto Rico mi Corazon,’ I wanted to see for myself what this was all about,” said Gutierrez, “there was a great deal I learned from being on the island,” he said.

Martorell discussed being born and raised in Puerto Rico, but became increasingly aware that Puerto Ricans were not alone in the struggle. The fight for human rights, the recognition of marginalized people in higher education courses, and freedom in Puerto Rico were just some of the struggles of the people para libertad. Both guests spoke highly of the work of Chicago Puerto Ricans, and Que Ondee Sola in particular. We could not have anything like this on the island, it is an honor for me to be here,” he said. Martorell told the audience how racism in Puerto Rico is still a strong factor, as is migration.

Gutierrez also spoke highly of the students who run Que Ondee Sola, and of NEIU in general, “I found my center here among all of the wonderful professors,” Gutierrez said. He touted the promise of a good education for all students at NEIU and said “the future of the United States is already being reflected at NEIU. Gutierrez continued by telling students, “you have a responsibility to expand and build onto your mission.” Gutierrez also advised students to realize that, this nation belongs to all of us, and to the extent, that we collaborate, and need to work together, not only are we going to forge a better opportunity for ourselves as people of color, but for all Americans – and I really think we have a wonderful opportunity to do exactly that.”