Revolution Around the Corner

Voices from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the United States

Edited by José E. Velázquez, Carmen V. Rivera, and Andrés Torres
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408 pages
6 x 9
2 figures, 23 halftones

The first book-length story of the radical social movement, the Puerto Rican Socialist Party

Read the Introduction (pdf).


Active from the late 1960s until the mid-1990s, the U.S. branch of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP) worked simultaneously to build support for Puerto Rican independence and to engage in radical social change within the United States.

Revolution Around the Corner chronicles this unique social movement, describing various mass campaigns and the inner workings of the organization. The editors and contributors—all former members, leaders, and supporters of the PSP—offer a range of views and interpretations of their experience.

Combining historical accounts, personal stories, interviews, and retrospective analysis, Revolution Around the Corner examines specific actions such as the National Day of Solidarity ( El Acto Nacional), the Bicentennial without Colonies, the Save Hostos struggle, and the Vieques campaign. Testimonies recount the pros and cons of membership diversity, as well as issues of loyalty and compañerismo. In addition, essays describe the PSP’s participation in coalitions and alliances with Left and progressive movements. The book concludes with the editors’ reflections on the PSP’s achievements, mistakes, and contributions.

Contributors: Maritza Arrastía, Teresa Basilio Gaztambide, Rosa Borenstein, Ted Glick, Alfredo López, Pablo Medina Cruz, Ramón Jimenez, Lenina Nadal, José-Manuel Navarro, Alyssa Ribeiro, Olga Iris Sanabria Dávila, Digna Sánchez, América “Meca” Sorrentini, Zoilo Torres, and the editors


“This book takes us back to a time when you had to earn the title ‘Socialist.’ It provides the reader with a comprehensive picture of a key organization in the Puerto Rican movement, written by actual participants. There is no better moment to read this book than today when we are all learning about each other. Revolution Around the Corner is a testament that Puerto Rico is a nation and that its culture and traditions should be respected. Each and every one of us has the responsibility to end the sin of U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico.”
Luis V. Gutiérrez, Former U.S. Congressman (Illinois)

The full story of the U.S. arm of the Puerto Rican independence struggle of the 1970s has never been told. In vivid eyewitness and scholarly accounts, former members of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party not only correct that oversight, but also provide important lessons for the young activists rising up today against systemic racial and economic inequities and injustice. Revolution Around the Corner shows how over five decades ago Puerto Rican activists linked domestic struggles with international battles for freedom and self-determination against U.S. imperial domination.”
Frances M. Beal, founding member of SNCC Black Women's Liberation Committee, Third World Women's Alliance Representative to Puerto Rico Solidarity Committee, and author of Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female

"Revolution Around the Corne r is full of first-person recollections and detailed accounts of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party’s varied campaigns in the U.S., including shifts in organizational strategy as the group sought to prioritize community activism while also navigating the complicated terrain of independence politics and labor socialism. These narratives will draw in readers with even a modest interest in the history of Puerto Ricans and their politics in the U.S., and will prove essential to scholars seeking primary source material on anticolonial politics or radical community activism during the coda of the civil rights movement."
The Latinx Project

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction / José E. Velázquez, Carmen V. Rivera, and Andrés Torres 1. A Brief History of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the United States / Andrés Torres
2. Milestones: Reflections on a Life-Journey of Activism and the PSP in New York / José E. Velázquez
3. The PSP in the Windy City / José E. Velázquez, América Sorrentini, and Pablo Medina Cruz

4. My Nation Is the Struggle / Maritza Arrastía
5. The Personal Is Political: Children of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party Speak / Teresa Basilio Gaztambide and Carmen V. Rivera
6. Hostos Community College: Battle of the Seventies /Ramón J. Jiménez
7. Journalism, Organizing, and Revolution / Alfredo López
8. A Pamper Rojo Boricua Baby of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party / Lenina Nadal
9. ¡Puerto Rico Libre y Socialista! A Philarican in the Struggle / José-Manuel Navarro
10. From El Barrio to the United Nations / Olga Iris Sanabria Dávila
11. Mi Camino / Digna Sánchez
12. What the Puerto Rican Socialist Party Nurtured in Me / Zoilo Torres

13. Building Solidarity for Puerto Rican Independence / Rosa Borenstein
14. Independentista Politics, Independent Politics: My Years Working with the Puerto Rican Socialist Party / Ted Glick
15. From March to Movement? The Bicentennial Without Colonies and the Peoples Alliance / Alyssa Ribeiro

Conclusion / José E. Velázquez, Carmen V. Rivera, and Andrés Torres
Contributors Index

About the Author(s)

José E. Velázquez is a lifelong activist for social justice in the United States and Puerto Rican independence, and is co-editor with Andrés Torres of The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora (Temple). His opposition to the Vietnam War in the early 1970's resulted in an important legal case in United States v. José Emiliano Velazquez. José is a retired educator and curriculum writer from the Newark Public Schools. A presenter at the founding of the Amistad Commission of NJ, he often lectures on Afro-Latino issues.

Carmen V. Rivera served as a Certified Life Coach and capacity building consultant for over 25 years. A public health policy advocate, she held top ranking government positions in New York City and for the City of Boston. Her activism has centered on women’s rights, national liberation and social justice movements. One of her personal passions is documenting the history of Puerto Rican political activism in the United States from the 1960s to early 1990s. She directs the Recovering History Project and its archival collection on the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the United States.

Andrés Torres is a retired Distinguished Lecturer from Lehman College, City University of New York. Previously he was professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author or editor of Between Melting Pot and Mosaic: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in the New York Political Economy, The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora, and Latinos in New England (all Temple). He is also the author of the memoir Signing in Puerto Rican: A Hearing Son and His Deaf Family.

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