Andre Lee Muñiz is a Boricua born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His family settled in the Brownsville-East New York section of Brooklyn in the late 1950s/ early 1960s from the Puerto Rican towns of Caguas and Añasco. As a public housing resident near Coney Island, Andre Lee attended local public schools and Kingsborough Community College. At KCC, he earned a minority student transfer scholarship to NYU, going on to earn a B.S. and M.A. degree, while also developing his interest in Puerto Rican history and culture.
The office of New York City’s Public Advocate announced that the city’s Housing Authority has 369,090 backlogged repair requests. The neglect faced by NYCHA residents contributes both to a low quality of life and dangers to their health.
On June 13, the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City hosted a panel discussion called “Turning Point: End of U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico? How we got here and where we are going after the November 6, 2012, referendum.”
In the midst of the public and legal controversy surrounding the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc., the annual New York City festivity on June 9 was still a site of solidarity and political activity.