Global Climate Strike | Puerto Rico

20 de septiembre de 2019

La generación del “yo no me dejo” de Puerto Rico lidera protestas por el cambio climático alrededor de toda la isla, un movimiento global que se realizará durante el 20 al 27 de septiembre y Puerto Rico lo trabajará en grande con 12 eventos.

Capitolio de Puerto Rico | Photo taken by Shirley Roots

El pasado 20 de septiembre nos unimos al llamado del joven activista de Puerto Rico Tristán Queriot Rodríguez Vélez, “Puerto Rico Climate Strike” una movilización frente al Capitolio, en unión a la voz global de la activista sueca Greta Thunberg quien inspiró las manifestaciones por el clima de los viernes en todo el mundo. 

Aproximadamente 150 países se han unido a la marcha mundial por el Cambio Climático llamado Earth Strike, mayormente organizado por estudiantes de Escuelas Superiores.

Manuel Natal Albelo junto a los estudiantes activistas de Puerto Rico.
Photo by Shirley Roots

Aquí para más información sobre los 12 eventos en Puerto Rico.

Mucho de nosotros venimos escuchando a Al Gore desde el 2008. No tenemos 10 años más para pensar las cosas. El tiempo es ahora. ¡Únete boricua!


El Grito Puertorriqueña – ¡Ricky Renuncia!

Si te creías que yo no venia… y el Grito de Lares había muerto… te equivocas. ¡Bomba!

Photo by: Shirley Roots

¡Somos Más!

Caminando hacia La Fortaleza Photo by: Shirley Roots
17 de julio de 2019 Manifestación en Puerto Rico – Reclamo del Pueblo para que el gobernador Ricardo Rosselló renuncie.
Photo by: Shirley Roots

Estamos aprendiendo alzar nuestra voz. Debemos. ¡Puñeta!. Unidos en sintonía como el coquí. #rickyrenuncia

Photo by: Shirley Roots

¡Andamos por las calles, por amor a nuestra Patria, a to’ volumen, porque queremos y porque podemos!

¿Tú como ciudadano, no tú como Puertorriqueño, que tú piensas? El mensaje llegó o no llegó? Residente Calle 13
Photo by: Shirley Roots

¡No somos analfabetos y no somos pendejos. Eso es lo que se creen. Desde nuestra puta Colonización. Nosotros somos el ‘chat’ público, la voz, el pueblo de Puerto Rico!

Photo by: Shirley Roots

We raise our flag because we can. Because once upon a time in Puerto Rico from 1948 to 1957 we couldn’t!

Photo by: Shirley Roots

Aquí estamos gobernador Ricardo Roselló. Olvídate del respeto, ¡que no te lo mereces! Mire por favol’ aquí vamos todos #sinmiedo

Photo by: Shirley Roots
¡Homofobico, Criminal, Corrupto y Asesino!¡Homofobico, Criminal, Corrupto y Asesino!
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El pueblo de Puerto Rico #socialmedia

El grito de una Puertorriqueña,
Shirley Roots

Hey Facebook lovers! Russians now own all your old photos

World people, please be more careful. We are living in a time where cybernetically we are not safe. We are living in a time where we need to realize that cybersecurity is as important as locking your front door, I’d say much critical. Yes. These are critical times and right now is the time to learn and adjust.

The Russian app is one of the most downloaded across the globe, with fans on social media using the hashtag #faceappchallenge to share their results. I’m sure you are part of the millions who was curious to see how beautifully old you were going to look in a few years. Right?

The free ‘old age filter,’ created in 2017 by developers at Wireless Lab in St. Petersburg, Russia, uses Artificial Intelligence to process your photos and use the information as they see fit. That means that your face could end up being commercialized — or worse. Scary I know!

As soon as I saw the mass of people around me sharing a photo of their wrinkly faces, I immediately stoped and thought “who the fuck is trying to hack people’s information?” I’ve lived and learned.

I don’t know it all, but I knew enough not to get myself in this app game. My advice is, as soon as you see a mass of people doing something via an app for example, please stop. Please stop. Please stop. Do not fall into the hackers trap.

We need to learn about internet safety and this not only for adults. What’s a kid favorite toy? A cell phone. That is why Google released an awesome program called Be Internet Awesome where it teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

Another tip, if want to check if you have an email account that has been compromised in a data breach, go here to Have I been Pawned?


Shirley Roots

Ariel and Our Girl Power Rights

Disney Legends Jodi Benson, Alen Menken Discuss the Making of “Part of Your World

21st century. Circa 2019.

I wish I was as innocent as Ariel, but I’m thirty years old, and it’s 2019. I’m not sure where this article is going, but The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie and every day is Women’s Day!

This really is more than just a movie. It’s part of our world. And we’ve forgotten about it. Haven’t you? But fans everywhere are celebrating the fact that Ariel’s been part of our world for 30 years. You must watch the amazing anniversary video! Very inspiring.

I’d say we’ve changed. A lot. Society is what shapes us. But I’d still pay anything to share Ariel’s dreams and be warm on the sand or high in the mountains. Unfortunately as a Puerto Rican American, it just got harder again to visit our brothers in the Caribe because the Trump administration decided to impose new restrictions on Americans going to Cuba. Great. America.

You’d think on land they’d understand not to reprimand our daughters… and that’s the thing, they don’t understand. That is why the first gathering devoted to women’s rights in the United States began in the summer of 1848, even though our fight began in 1769 when the colonies adapted the English system decreeing women cannot own property in their own name or keep their own earnings. Imagine that! One of my very best friend bought her first house when she was only 23 years old. #girlpower

Imagine if Ariel wasn’t allowed to keep her gadgets and gizmos or her twenty thingamabobs! But that only reminds us that we need to take care of the sea because our fishes are dying! Just recently in 2013, the ban against women in military combat positions was removed. Yes! Today, we are still fighting to have the right to own our body, to have reproductive rights and justice. Which is why we shout Every Day Is Women’s Day!

Ariel teaches us that we are ‘bright young woman’, we get ‘sick o’ swimming’ and we should be ‘ready to stand’!

What would I give
If I could live
Outta these waters?
What would I pay
To spend a day
Warm on the sand?
Betcha on land
They understand
Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women
Sick o’ swimmin’
Ready to stand

We Want More! Rights.

Photo of Shirley Roots taken by Ed Schipul.

The Little Mermaid and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary. And I love how this magical Disney movie has been forever in my heart and has recently made a big impact in my life again. My ex – husband and I separated when I was twenty seven years old, but I remember my 27th birthday, how could I forget? I remember the moment I blew out the candles of my beautiful Little Mermaid cake, closing my eyes and believing I was Ariel and said ‘when’s it my turn?’ I’m ready.

I don’t know how, but the tragedy turned out into something wonderful. The minute my ex walked out of our marriage, I bought a one way ticket across the world. Like Ariel, I wanted to be where the people are, I wanted to see, to use my feet . I wanted to jump and dance and stroll along down the streets in different parts of the world. I wanted to grow again and feel the beauty of life paint my face. And I did it! I still am. And I don’t know how to stop! I’m in love with the globe. Oh, thank you Ariel! 🙂

Ariel taught me that “Flippin’ your fins you don’t get too far”. and it’s true. In this world, in our world, talking about the things we want to do is not enough. We have to move and put our dreams into action to find our way to our complete personal happiness. We gotta really want it in order to move our hands and feet towards our dreams. I’d say, yah! I’m so done with the dreaming part, this is the year I began to take action and will continue to do so in the years to come.

I am grateful to the women who got tired of talking about women’s rights and began the fight towards equality . There are so many of us out there today, we are not alone! And we are unstoppable. Girl Power!

Yours Truly,

Shirley Roots

Swim little humans! Swim.

¡Arriba Cataluña y Puerto Rico !

Any day walking in the beautiful streets of Barcelona, like me, you may find yourself in the middle of a revolution, of Catalanes marching for independence. The fight for independence between Catalan nationalism and the Spanish state, like they say, “are like an encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object.” Read: A Brief History of Catalan Nationalism.

Spending some time in Barcelona and in Europe, I’ve met many Catalanes and have made some friends. I believe their strongest and most powerful argument is that they have their own language, parliament, flag and anthem. That’s beautiful.

I really enjoy walking the streets of Barcelona because to some level, I feel like I am walking the streets of my island Puerto Rico. Cataluña flag and the Puerto Rican flag are very much alike, one of the differences being that their flag has yellow stripes and ours is white. But really, my country Puerto Rico is also in a huge crisis with the United States, a country that is suppose to be our right hand, yet lately, I’ve been feeling like we are the immovable object.

So what is next? Puerto Rico needs a revolution, not for independence but for greater matters. If the United States preaches to be our brothers – then we need to go over some laws, starting with the abolishment of The Jones Act. Yup! I said it.


Imagine going to the grocery store and seeing all of our vegetables and food being sold in Supermecado Amigos as “Product of USA” Hahaha! We need to end this. Now.

¡Well then, arriba Cataluña y arriba Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico & Cataluña

Love Always,

Shirley Roots

Todo Por Vivir En El Trópico

Siempre me gusta recordarle a las personas que la crisis se debe de tomar como oportunidad para levantar al pueblo. Y así mismo ha hecho la joven de 33 años llamada Tanairi Garcia Vega , junto a su empleada y mano derecha, Yarimar Rosado Vega, que este pasado 12 de febrero su plant and coffee shop Aloe Natural The Plant Shop, localizado en la Plaza Guayama, acaba de cumplir su primer año .

Aloe Natural The Plant Shop comenzó como plant shop, abriendo sus puertas por primera vez, dos a tres semanas antes del paso del Huracán Maria. Pero luego del paso de Maria, como todos, Tanairi se vio afectada, no pudo continuar abriendo su plant shop ya que la mayoría de las plantas y la vegetación que vende en su negocio, viene de su finca en Guamaní, el cual lo maneja ella y su querida madre.

“Fue una situación muy devastador.” La única opción que Tanairi sentía que le quedaba era vender su negocio y regresar a los Estados Unidos, así como la mayoría del pueblo de Puerto Rico tuvo que hacer.

Pero como Tanairi y Yarimar expresan – ¡Todo por vivir en el trópico. Todo por vivir aquí!”

¿Como Aloe Natural evoluciono a ser coffee shop tipo restaurante?

Todo comenzó con el café. Yarimar trajo a la mesa la idea ya que gracias a su  último trabajo en Tazadora, conoció el estilo barista y lo podia preparar.

Así estuvieron una semana intensa practicando hasta las tantas de la madrugada. Yarimar expresó, que fue una colaboración bonita ver sus compañeros de trabajo dar la mano. Así mismo todos formaron una bonita amistad.

La primera vez que abrieron -luego del paso de Maria – el café se preparaba en un viejo rancilio casero que le pusieron de nombre ‘Sylvia’ pero solo cuando se portaba bien el pequeño rancilio, porque cuando comenzaba a joder le llamaban ‘Juan’. ¡Qué risa!

Las chicas expresaban lo difícil que era encontrar un lugar donde comer bueno y saludable, en especial para aquellas personas que no comen carne. Por tal razón, Tanairi decidió crear una opción vegetariana para el pueblo de Guayama.

Comenzaron a recibir buen feedback del público y ellas muy feliz ya que todas las ideas se las ‘sacaban de la manga’ como decimos en Puerto Rico. Fueron inventando platitos de lo que la gente pedía igual platos que ellas les encantaban comer a diario, hasta que poco a poco se fueron estableciendo más como tipo restaurante . Ya para el verano del 2018 Aloe Natural The Plant Shop tenía sus cuatro platos establecidos. Dos de sus platos famosos lo son el sandwich Seabatun y Sambumbia.

También venden teses caseros a dollar – una opción medicinal al alcance de todos. El primer te que vendieron y que aún lo trabajan , es el te de piña .

Lo más rico de todo, es que la gran mayoría de la vegetación que se come en Aloe Natural The Plant Shop es de la finca de Tanairi, al igual que sus plantitas que se encuentra a la venta.

En el principio todo pareció ser cuesta arriba, pero las chicas me expresaban de lo agradecidas que se sienten por toda la ayuda que han recibido de la gente que se han encariñado con ellas y el lugar.

“Nuestra gente bella del pueblo de Guayama que continúan dando la mano para limpiar y hasta atender el público sin pedir nada a cambio. Un pueblo unido es un pueblo que crece.”

Aloe Natural The Plant Shop es un lugar que continúa evolucionando, ¡siempre que visito el lugar encuentro algo nuevo! Por ejemplo, pronto, si no ya, abren la sección del patio.

Outdoor patio at Aloe Natural The Plant Shop
Outdoor patio at Aloe Natural The Plant Shop

¡También se mueve la artesanía y muchas cositas creativas!

Bueno mi gente bella de Puerto Rico y mi cuidad Bruja , ya saben que mientras muchos se pasan diciendo que en nuestra isla del encanto no hay nada, que las cosas están malas – y rápido cantan que en los Estados Unidos ‘se vive ‘mejol‘ – hay personas como Tanairi y Yarimar que se han mantenido firmes en la lucha y dicen “Todo por vivir en el trópico.” ¡Así que un aplauso fuerte por estas mujeres inspiradoras!


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To my readers,

It is currently 1:00 a.m. and I am a mess. Well, a beautiful one I must say. I never thought I would have the guts to start a blog – a blog that doesn’t just belong to me, but to the people and the world. At the start of the blog, I had beforehand, gather a few stories all waiting to be published one by one, month by month. Now, a few months later, I find myself living the writers life, meeting people, taking lots of notes,  and now I have a pile of unwritten stories and experiences waiting to be shared. Hehehe! I just have to laugh seriously because I am just so grateful for all. It is all part of the journey. Everything takes time.

Listen, I promise I have a plan and I know it will all work out. I just need to adjust myself a bit and get my ass to work. That’s all.  I need to brainstorm this blog a bit more because there is so much I would love to share and people I want to introduce to the world and places I want to introduce to the people. And I am aware that most likely no one is reading this yet but I am here. The People and I – we here. And that is enough to make me smile. 

This blog is going to grow into something beautiful and meaningful. So I just want to say thank you. Thank you for reading and I will be back soon. Fully loaded and ready to Rock & Roll.

Love Always,

Shirley Roots