Section 8

Verano Boricua / #RickyRenunica

The summer of 2019 brought a plurality of Puerto Ricans into the streets, demanding Ricardo Rosselló to resign.

Supported by mobilizations

in the diaspora and beyond, the summer protests that ousted the governor were the largest in Puerto Rico’s modern history, marked by organic creativity, horizontalism, social media organization, and feminist and LGBTQ+ protagonism. This page provides bilingual resources as a starting point for understanding #RickyRenuncia beyond the leaked Telegram chat profanity. Units explore federal intervention leading up to the #Rickyleaks explosion and various strands of indignation that catalyzed the protests. Resources include nuanced perspectives on the mobilizations, from their artistic and embodied characteristics, to state violence and repression that protestors experienced, feminist and LGBTQ+ catalysts, and forms of diasporic solidarity. Provoking a reflection on “¿Y ahora qué?” or “now what?,” the page also provides resources on popular democracy practices currently shaping the afterlives of #RickyRenuncia.

Corruption and Federal Intervention

José Atiles. “The Anti-Corruption Code for the New Puerto Rico.” NACLA, May 7, 2019.

Bobby Allyn. “FBI Arrests Former Top Puerto Rico Officials In Government Corruption Scandal.” NPR, July 11, 2019.

Primary Source: Grand Jury Indicts Puerto Rican Functionaries

#Chatgate #Rickyleaks

The Full Telegram Chat (pdf), released by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

Yarimar Bonilla. “The Leaked Texts at the Heart of Puerto Rico’s Massive Protests.” The Nation, July 22, 2019.

Yarimar Bonilla. “El gobernador resiliente.” El Nuevo Día, July 15, 2019.

Omaya Sosa Pascual y Luis Valentín Ortiz. “El saqueo a los fondos públicos detrás del chat.” Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, July 17, 2019.

Yarimar Bonilla and José Caraballo Cueto. “Puerto Rico: Increased federal control is not the solution.” The Hill, July 27, 2019. Spanish Version.

Roots of Indignation

Ed Morales. “Why Half a Million Puerto Ricans Are Protesting in the Streets.” The Nation, July 19, 2019.

Marisol LeBrón. “The Protests in Puerto Rico Are About Life and Death.” NACLA, July 18, 2019.

Interview: Yarimar Bonilla. “Puerto Rican Politics Will Never Be the Same.” Jacobin.

Marysol Fernández. “Puerto Rico: A story of resistance.” The Brown Daily Herald, September 12, 2019.

Sandy Plácido, “How Puerto Ricans Overcame American Repression to Topple a Governor.” Washington Post, August 2, 2019.

Ungovernability: Artistic, Embodied, and Leaderless Protests

Interview: Ileana Cabra. “Sharpening the Knives”: iLe of Calle 13 on Recording the Anthem of the Puerto Rico Protests.” Democracy Now, July 23, 2019.

Victoria Leandra. “THREAD: All the original ways in which Puerto Ricans have said #RickyRenuncia.” Twitter, July 19, 2019.

Stephanie Stoddard Cortés. “#RickyRenuncia: The Powerful Symbols in Puerto Rico’s Historic Uprising.” Emperifollá, July 22, 2019.

Luis Othoniel Rosa. “Pensar en panal. Apuntes sobre las protestas masivas en Puerto Rico.” Mimesis, August 7, 2019.

Video: Karla Claudio Betancourt, “Perreo Combativo.” July 25, 2019.

Marina Reyes Franco. “Puerto Rico’s Arts Community Reacts to Protests: ‘The Country We Are Making Together Has to Be Forged in Equity.’ ArtNews, September 12, 2019.

Aurora Santiago-Ortiz and Jorell Meléndez-Badillo. “Puerto Rico’s Multiple Solidarities: Emergent Landscapes and the Geographies of Protest.” Radical History Review, July 22, 2019.

Alejandra Rosa, Patricia Mazzei, Jason Kao and Weiyi Cai. “The Faces of Protest in Puerto Rico.” The New York Times, July 22, 2019.

Joel Cintrón Arbasetti. “La generación del “yo no me dejo” exige la renuncia de Ricardo Rosselló.” Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, July 21, 2019.

Tatum Dooley. “Protesters in Puerto Rico Are Using Makeup to Make a Political Statement.” Teen Vogue, July 18, 2019.

Charo Henríquez, “Puerto Rico Protesters Got Creative: Dancing, Singing, Diving…” The New York Times, July 24, 2019.

Sebastián Narvaez Núñez and Juan Carlos Ríos. “Lo que deberíamos aprender de la revolución artística en Puerto Rico.” Vice, July 26, 2019.

Anilyn Díaz Hernández. “Del meme a una revolución del Siglo 21” 80grados, August 9, 2019.

Perez-Rivera, Danilo T., Christopher Torres-Lugo, and Alexis R. Santos-Lozada. “Engaging for Puerto Rico:# RickyRenuncia (and #RickySeQueda) during El Verano del 19 and digital identities.” SocArXiv, August 13, 2019.

State Violence

Marisol LeBrón and Mari Mari Narváez. “Rosselló’s Gone, But Puerto Rico’s Fight Against Police Repression Continues.” NACLA, July 26, 2019.

Kilómetro Cero. “Documentación preliminar de intervenciones y casos de uso de fuerza de la Policía de Puerto Rico durante manifestaciones jornada #RickyRenuncia.”

Hugo J. Delgado-Martí, “La noche es pa’l combate.” Bandera Roja, July 23, 2019.

Feminist and LGBTQ+ Catalyst

Luci Cavallero y Verónica Gago. “Deuda, perreo y destitución: La trama feminista y queer en Puerto Rico.” Página 12, August 9, 2019.

Ed Morales. “Feminists and LGBTQ Activists Are Leading the Insurrection in Puerto Rico.” The Nation, August 2, 2019.

Beatriz Llenín Figueroa. “Las cimarronas no mueren, nosotras no morimos.” Ahora la turba, July 27, 2019. English version.

Gabriela Martínez. “Activists see Rosselló’s resignation as step for women’s rights in Puerto Rico.” PBS, July 26, 2019.

Sandra Guzmán, “Meet the Women Leading Puerto Rico’s Feminist Revolution.” Shondaland, August 9, 2019.

Video: “The Women Leading The Puerto Rico Protests.” Vice, July 20, 2019.

Jhoni Jackson. “How San Juan’s Queer Scene Joined the Ricky Rosselló Protests With a Ball.” Jezebel, July 26, 2019.

Yoryie Irizarry. “Paro Nacional, Perreo y Antonio Pantojas.” 80 Grados, August 16, 2019.

Yarimar Bonilla. “Meet the Women Who Toppled Puerto Rico’s Governor.” MTV News, August 2, 2019.

Diasporic Solidarity

Yara Simón. “Boricuas Took Over Grand Central In a Glorious Musical Protest of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.” Remezcla, July 23, 2019.

Frankie Graziano. “Connecticut’s Puerto Rican Diaspora Joins ‘Ricky Renuncia’ Protests.” VPR, July 24, 2019.

Andrew Boryga. “Florida’s Puerto Ricans push for change, even beyond Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation.” South Florida Sun Sentinel, July 25, 2019.

Noralis Rodríguez Coss. “El poder de la protesta y las consignas sanadoras de la diáspora.” 80 grados, August 2, 1019.

PR y el mundo exige: Ricky Renuncia.” Google Maps, 2019.

Making History

Gerardo Alvardo León. “Marcha del pueblo: Puerto Rico clama la renuncia del gobernador Ricardo Rosselló.” El Nuevo Día, July 22, 2019.

Patricia Vélez Santiago. “Ricardo Rosselló renuncia a la gobernación de Puerto Rico tras dos semanas de intensas protestas en su contra,” Univisión, July 25, 2019.

Frances Robles and Alejandra Rosa. “The People Can’t Take It Anymore’: Puerto Rico Erupts in a Day of Protests.” The New York Times, July 22, 2019.

Los ojos del mundo están sobre Puerto Rico.” Noticel, July 25, 2019.

Marea Socialista and Liga Internacional Socialista (LIS). “Puerto Rico: Una revolución democrática que es ejemplo para toda la región.” Aporrea, July 27, 2019.

Colonial Loopholes and Power Struggles

Ricardo Cortés Chico. “Pedro Pierluisi asume las riendas del país como gobernador.” El Nuevo Día, August 2, 2019.

Ferdinand Mercado. “¿Procede la ratificación o la impugnación de Pierluisi?” El Nuevo Día, August 3, 2019.

Rosselló firmó 66 leyes antes de renunciar.” El Vocero, August 6, 2019.

Lee las opiniones de los jueces del Tribunal Supremo en el caso Senado v. Pedro Pierluisi.” El Nuevo Día, August 7, 2019.

Jonathan Levin. “Man Claiming to Be Puerto Rico’s Governor Will Let Courts Decide.” Bloomberg. August 4, 2019.

Eva Prados Rodríguez. “No es tiempo para decisiones a la ligera.” El Vocero, August 8, 2019.

Jessica Rodríguez. “Ricky Renunció. What’s next for Puerto Rico?” Llero, August 23, 2019.

Ana Campoy. “What’s Next For Puerto Rico?” Quartz, July 25, 2019.

Eugenio García Cuevas. “Protestas y nueva gobernadora.” 80grados, August 16, 2019.

From Autogestion to Autoconvocado

Julio Ricardo Varela. “At Puerto Rico protests, Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny joined the ‘Ricky renuncia’ fight. Here’s why.” NBC, July 22, 2019.

Benjamín Torres Gotay. “Ciudadanos se reúnen en asambleas de pueblo y reclaman nueva gobernanza.” El Nuevo Día, August 17, 2019.

Patricia Mazzei and Alejandra Rosa. “Hurricane Maria, 2 Years Later: ‘We Want Another Puerto Rico.’” The New York Times, September 20, 2019.

Cyndi Suarez. “After Deposing the Governor, Puerto Ricans Shift Attention to Popular Democracy.” NonProfit Quarterly, September 11, 2019.

Jacqueline Villarrubia-Mendoza and Roberto Vélez-Vélez. Puerto Rican People’s Assemblies Shift from Protest to ProposalNACLA, August 20, 2019.

Elizabeth E. Martínez-Vega. “¿Y ahora qué?” 80grados, October 4, 2019.

#RickyRenuncia Multimedia

Felix Contraras. “Afilando Los Cuchillos’ Soundtracks Puerto Rico’s Social Movement In Real Time.” NPR, July 25, 2019.

Yarimar Bonilla’s recommended Podcast Twitter thread. July 27, 2019.