Historic Photo of the Day: Vito Marcantonio, the Champion of El Barrio


Vito Marcantonio …. I’m so glad for people like him. I learned about him through “War Against All Puerto Ricans: book ….. “He was a great friend to Pedro Albizu Campos, and a supporter of the independence of Puerto Rico.

WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

Vito Marcantonio only lived 52 years. But he spent eight of those years in the US Congress, representing the people of El Barrio, NYC.

He was a great friend to Pedro Albizu Campos, and a supporter of the independence of Puerto Rico.

During a time when Puerto Ricans were facing harsh discrimination in housing, employment, and the public schools, Marcantonio stood up for them – firmly and constantly.

He also traveled to Puerto Rico, to testify in court on behalf of Albizu Campos.

One day in New York, he found out that Don Pedro’s hospital room had been bugged by the FBI. Vito rushed to the hospital, ripped out the electronic bugs, and started cursing at J. Edgar Hoover…through his own bugs.

Here is a photo of a young Vito Marcantonio (the figure at center), the champion of El Barrio.

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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