Puerto Rican Artists Show Jones Act’s ‘Complicated Identity Struggle’


One hundred years of the Jones Act … the case for a Puerto Rican citizenship as USA citizens!

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Curated by Puerto Rican artist Adrián Viajero Román, DEFEND PUERTO RICO’s CITICIEN traveling exhibition is on view at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center (located at 107 Suffolk Street, New York, New York). The exhibition features 100 artworks highlighting the historical and present-day impact of the Jones Act. See excerpts of an article by Nicole Acevedo (Latino USA) below:

This month, Puerto Ricans commemorated the centennial of the Jones Act, the first piece of legislation that gave Puerto Ricans a pathway to U.S. citizenship. Starting in 1917, people born in Puerto Rico, a territory of the U.S, were able to become American citizens through naturalization, and they did so for about 20 years.

“It’s a complicated identity struggle with our people,” said Adrián Viajero Roman, co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico. Viajero Roman curated a show called “CitiCien: 100 Artists 100 Years of the Jones Act,” an…

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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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