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