Author Archives: Antonia Darder

About Antonia Darder

Antonia Darder is a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a longtime Puerto Rican activist-scholar involved in issue's relating to education, language, immigrant workers, and women's rights.

Dump the Campaign Rebolu!

AMID ALL THE REBOLU (as we often say in Puerto Rico) about the upcoming democratic primary on the island, the issue of poverty seems eclipsed. In the flurry of exchanges by those who often begin by stating their cultural credentials, … Continue reading

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The (Cuban) Hip Hop Revolution

A NEW MOVEMENT HAS EMERGED IN CUBA, fueled by a stifling trade embargo and its deep-seated consequences—namely poverty and racialized inequalities. In response, Hip-hop Cubano has forged a new revolution. Armed with batas, congas and Cuba’s musical sensibilities, Raperos Cubanos … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Iraqi War with Boricua Eyes

MARCH 19, 2008 MARKS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of the Iraq War. The US has reported approximately 4,000 deaths and 30,000 wounded. In Iraq, the staggering loss is estimated to be over 1,000,000 deaths, by direct or indirect consequences of US … Continue reading

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Vernon Bellecourt: A Life of Struggle for Indian Rights

“Our detractors always say, ‘We are honoring you,’ It’s not an honor. In whose honor? We have to ask. Beginning with the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, about 16 million of us were wiped out, including whole villages in Washington, where … Continue reading

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Open Letter To Chancellor Richard Herman

Dear Chancellor Herman: I just finish reading the media advisory notice that states: “As administrators planned this year’s Homecoming parade, they created a policy that they interpreted was in keeping with the retirement directive. In reviewing that policy, Chancellor Richard … Continue reading

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UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples Rings Hollow at UIUC

IN SEPTEMBER OF 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a landmark declaration in support of the rights of an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples in some 70 countries worldwide, prohibiting State discrimination against them in both practice … Continue reading

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Disorientation 101

At more than a dozen campuses around the U.S. and Canada, students have taken the college orientation process into their own hands, by publishing a series of alternative student guides. Each publication specifically addresses its own campus, in an effort … Continue reading

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Imagining Justice: Politics, Love, and Dissent

John Lennon understood deeply the power of imagination. He seemed to recognize imagination as that wondrous human force that enables us to break free of the stagnant, one-dimensional perceptions that perpetuate oppression, suffering, and injustice. In so many ways, the … Continue reading

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Elvira Arellano: Inspiring the Immigrant Rights Struggle

Candles shone brightly in the hands of Latino immigrants and their supporters, as vigils were held in communities across the country to protest the capture of Elvira Arellano by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Over the last year, … Continue reading

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Colonized Wombs? Reproduction Rights and Puerto Rican Women

Following World War II, Puerto Rico and the rest of the Third World emerged as a problem for U.S. philanthropists, foreign policy makers, and social scientists to solve. A major concern of the times was that Third World populations were … Continue reading

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