Voices from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the United StatesEdited by José E. Velázquez, Carmen V. Rivera, and Andrés Torres
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
"This is a necessary and information-rich book that, with its political, historical and personal perspectives, serves to clarify a moment in our history…. We must thank Rivera, Torres, and Velázquez for this important contribution to the study of an organization and a moment in the development of the Puerto Rican community in the United States."
— CENTRO Journal