Experiencing stalking or harassment is a regular occurrence for many women in Puerto Rico, who say that going to the police doesn’t help. A women’s collective is now working with other groups to push the government to take a stronger stance on the issue.
Thousands of protestors took to Puerto Rico’s streets on July 22, calling for the governor to resign after transcripts of a private chat exchange went public earlier this month. But Puerto Ricans say that the feelings behind the protests have been building for much longer than that.
Puerto Rico’s coral reefs, already in danger of extinction, are now further threatened by bacteria from fecal matter. Experts and activists say that the problem is coming from an overwhelmed sewage system in a popular tourist area, and that if not addressed, the damage will soon be irreversible.
University tuition in Puerto Rico has risen so high that it’s hard for students to balance the cost of courses with the costs of books, facilities and even meals. Many are now volunteering with community kitchens and dining halls to feed themselves.
Increasing costs of living and limited library services in Puerto Rico have made it hard for people to access books. To promote access to reading, local people are taking matters into their hands by setting up book exchange projects, so that people can explore the world of reading at lower prices.