Law 53 of 1948 better known as the Gag Law, (Spanish: Ley de La Mordaza) was an act enacted by the Puerto Rico legislature of 1948, with the purpose of suppressing the independence movement in Puerto Rico.
On June 10th, 1948 Law 53 was approved. Enacted to surprise the Independence movement on the island, La Ley de la Mordaza made it illegal to display or own a Puerto Rican flag; even in one’s own home. It came to be known as the Gag Law; and this flag provision to the law allowed police and national guardsmen to enter anyone’s home without a warrant and search and seize all property, regardless of probable cause.
There was a Puerto Rico committee that formed part of the Cuban Revolutionary Party. Meeting in New York in 1895, they decided to adopt the same design of the Cuban flag, but inverting the colors. The Puerto Rican flag has red and white stripes and a white star on a blue triangle.
The first Puerto Rican Day Parade was held on Sunday, April 13, 1958, in Manhattan, replacing the former Hispanic Day Parade. … In addition to the parade in New York City, there are currently over fifty smaller parades that take place throughout the United States.
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is the largest demonstration of cultural pride in the nation. The parade takes place from 44th Street to 79th Street along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, in honor of the 3.5 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and over 5 million people residing in the United States.
Because of COVID-19 it will be a ‘virtual one’ this year.
“The National Puerto Rican Day Parade might not be able to march up Fifth Avenue in New York City as usual this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean a celebration won’t happen.”
He seems to be stuck in the past … and ain’t moving forward at all; he;s hell-bent in taking the nation back in time! … “Trump defends Confederate statues, monuments to hatred. I’m certain he envisions statues dedicated to him someday. He’s already talked about being on Mount Rushmore. And after some dickwater town in the deep south erects a monument to Trump’s hatred, I’m sure there will be more than birds waiting to shit on it.”
I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a little city built on history. George Washington grew up here. His sister and her husband built a home here. George bought his mother a home here where she lived until her death. But Fredericksburg may be more famous for the two battles staged here during the Civil War (unless you’re an antique shopper. Then it’s probably better known to you for antiques).
This town is old and it takes the Civil War seriously, or at least the tourism part of it does. There are buildings with marks from bullets in them from the two battles. There are buildings with cannonballs stuck in the outside walls. Battle reenactments are staged here. My former editor of The Free Lance-Star had one joke and he told it at every function where he was required to speak. It went something like, “Whenever you bring up the Civil War…
Many thanks to Richard Price for sending us this poem by Nancy Morejón, “Príncipe negro para George Floyd” [Black Prince for George Floyd]. Nancy Morejón, Cuba’s award-winning poet laureate (2001), essayist, critic, and former director of Caribbean Studies Center at Casa de las Américas, in Havana, has allowed us to post her new poem “Black Prince for George Floyd.” We are honored to share it with you today (9 June 2020) as George Floyd’s funeral is taking place in Houston. (Translated by Ivette Romero; see the original poem below.)
Nancy Morejón / “Black Prince for George Floyd” *
Although his dream was to throw you into the Mississippi,
that cannibal in opaque uniform
has silently burned his knee
into your inert neck.
The smoke from your flesh rises to the wet sky.
Skipping among the flowers, the air from your bronchi
Yess!! … the show must go on!! … “The New York Puerto Rican Day Parade is still alive! … A group of young and passionate Boricuas, who know the sanctity of tradition, refused to forget our parade. Not for a year, not for a minute. They donated their talent and labor for months … to create a new, virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade.”
The New York Puerto Rican Day Parade is still alive!
A group of young and passionate Boricuas, who know the sanctity of tradition, refused to forget our parade. Not for a year, not for a minute. They donated their talent and labor for months…to create a new, virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade.
In fact, that ‘s the name of it:
THEVIRTUAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE…
On Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is not affiliated with the traditional Fifth Avenue parade…but it is keeping the tradition alive for all of us.
Over the past few months, the virtual parade just kept growing…and growing…
And tomorrow (June 13) we can see Tito Rojas, Frankie Negron, Tito Puente Jr, IVY Queen, Luis Guzman, and countless others…all of whom will be part of the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade!
Daybreak. Mallard & her ducklings, in formation. 5:53 am. June 12, 2020. 67° F. Wind: 4 mph. Gusts: 8 mph. Cloud Cover: 73%. Special Weather Watch: Areas of dense fog locally early this morning. Weed Ave, Stamford, CT.