Demanding Justice in New Jersey Podcast S1 E1 - Newark Public Library

Demanding Justice in New Jersey Podcast S1 E1

Season 1 Episode 1

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Migration Stories: Tracing the Journey from Puerto Rico to Jersey City

Migration Stories is the first episode of Demanding Justice in New Jersey, a podcast about local histories of community organizing in the state. This episode draws from the New Jersey Hispanic Research Information Center (HRIC) archive. It explores Jersey City’s downtown area in the 1940s and 50s through the eyes of Puerto Rican migrants and answers why Puerto Ricans migrated to Jersey City.

Many Puerto Ricans who migrated during this time became community organizers in the 1960s and 70s and, in many ways, set the stage for Spanish-speaking migrants from other parts of Latin America, who began moving to the city in significant numbers in the 1970s and 80s. In the last section of the episode, the host gives the mic over to the listeners to explore the experiences of Puerto Rican students in Jersey City’s public schools.

To access an MP3 file of this podcast episode, please contact an NJHRIC archivist at