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Unleashing the context of islands

by | Nov 29, 2022 | Context of islands, Headlines | 0 comments

The year 2022 has been one for unleashing unprecedented growth for Pasquines. Thanks to partnerships with organizations like The Washington Center, our work has climbed to new heights and reached a larger audience than ever before. With an almost 200% increase in visitors in comparison to the same period last year, our published context of the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands has never reached more people.

On this GivingTuesday, here is a look at some of our top stories this year, which have been possible thanks to the generosity of readers like you who have unleashed generosity, and donated to our nonprofit news operation.

Guam celebrates Liberation Day for the first time since the pandemic

Our story covering Guam’s celebration of Liberation Day for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic garnered a surprising level of attention, perhaps a sign of our population wanting to celebrate the good during these difficult times.

Hurricane Fiona hits the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

The passage of Hurricane Fiona through the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico delivered devastating damages, especially in the latter territory, and served as a reminder of the vulnerabilities all of the territories face with climate change.

The historic, but failed, push for the Puerto Rico Status Act

For the first time in decades, intransigence led to hope with regard to the issue of Puerto Rico’s status with the unveiling of the Puerto Rico Status Act, the first time different sides on the issue came together on a potential solution. The efforts, however, will likely end in nothing with a lame-duck Congress focused on other priorities in the remainder of the term.

American Samoa and its constitutional debates

The territory of American Samoa, unique in several respects among the territories, had a year of big debates in terms of constitutional questions of citizenship, and even its own local constitution.

The heated elections of the Northern Mariana Islands

Among the midterm elections of the territories in American Samoa, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, it is in this last territory where we saw the most interesting events. An impeached, and criminally-accused incumbent Republican governor faced off against two challengers, one of whom was his own former running mate and current lieutenant governor, ultimately losing to him in the recently-decided runoff election.

Unleashing generosity unleashes context

Our coverage this year has been possible thanks to the incredible efforts of our volunteers and interns who have put in long hours to help us in our mission to end the insularity between the United States and its territories and to inspire the inclusion of these citizens in all critical considerations.

But as we continue to grow, in the face of a changing media landscape where media companies can change on a whim, we are also increasingly dependent on the generosity of donors to continue our growth and improve our programs. In 2023, we aim to provide more news, train more aspiring journalists, and reach more readers. We hope you can join our efforts by donating today, on GivingTuesday. For the context of islands, unleash generosity.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

William-José Vélez González is a native from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and a graduate from Florida International University in biomedical engineering, engineering management, with a minor in international relations. He served as the national executive vice president of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association for 5 years. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works at the Children’s National Research Institute and runs Opsin, a nonprofit design studio dedicated to making design more accessible. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of Pasquines.

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