letter #12: the anti-status quo edition
all eyes on Puerto Rico
this letter is coming to you straight from viejo San Juan in Puerto Rico.
as I reflect on the transformational experience this island nurtured for me over the past week, I can’t help but want to dedicate this letter to raise awareness around the ways the island is currently suffering. living in mainland USA makes it difficult to really take in the lingering impacts of hurricane Maria, government corruption, poverty, and strife.
boricuas here are remaining true to their resilient and revolutionary spirit so change is inevitably coming. that I know for sure! as a way to show solidarity and amplify the voices/concerns of the people, i’ve outlined a mix of educational and philanthropic resources for y’all to dive into, in addition to some of the best spots i have visited while here.
borinquen (the name native taino’s called the island) gifted me more than I could have ever expected and I’ll be taking my time to honor it all.
desde la isla del encanto con admiración y agradecimiento,
Cat, a gal tryin’ her best
a perspective that explains why act 20 & 22 is harmful to Puerto Ricans
how Puerto Ricans are fighting back against the crypto bros
this is why Puerto Rico doesn’t have consistent electricity
a non-partisan non-profit organization feeding folks on the island
the only art museum I visited where decolonized curation was intentional
a cozy beach off the beaten path
my fave restaurant in old san juan
the best breakfast spot in viejo san juan (ask for Ramon, he’s great!)