The Nuyorican Writer is my form of activism. This is my response to being Nuyorican and a classroom teacher in NYC and becoming frustrated with social injustice, especially in our education system. During my most difficult moments, many of which required me to personally or witness my students face social injustices, I often questioned the whereabouts of contemporary Nuyorican voices like mine. Here I am, decades after the migration of so many Puerto Ricans to NYC, many of us first, second, or even third generation, yet many our struggles as a culture, as a people remain the same.
The Nuyorican Writer is my form of activism to show that although our voices are constantly smothered by a present identity and cultural crisis here in New York and across the nation, we must stand up in solidarity and speak out against social injustice.