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Five Years After Hurricane Maria: A Transformative Virgin Islands is Still Possible

Staff Consortium | September 20, 2022

Like many Virgin Islanders, September 6, 2017, is forever etched in my mind. For what seemed like an unending day, Hurricane Irma relentlessly pummeled the territory, and Virgin Islanders watched in mute shock as the Category 5 storm shredded roofs, uprooted trees, and shattered lives. Then, exactly two weeks after Hurricane Irma ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria made landfall. For hours that stretched into the early morning, rain poured down in torrents across the already battered islands, inundating vulnerable areas, and wrought destruction across the parts of the islands that had not been shredded by Irma. The compounded impact of two Category 5 hurricanes is unfathomable. Virgin Islanders, undeterred by the dramatic scale of devastation, rallied in the face of tragedy and proceeded to rebuild their lives and their…

JAG-VI Earns Jobs for America's Graduates’ Highest…

Staff Consortium | September 20, 2022

Because the economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands is almost entirely dependent on tourism, the multiple…

The History of Brain Drain in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Staff Consortium | September 11, 2022

Frank Crosswaith was born in 1872 in Frederiksted. He immigrated to the United States in his teens.…

The VI Has a Housing Affordability Crisis: What Should…

Staff Consortium | August 15, 2022

The cost of housing in the U.S. Virgin Islands is very high, both to construct new dwellings and to…

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Op-Ed | The Emergent State of Our Territory's Schools

Staff Consortium | April 25, 2022

I recently toured Jane E. Tuitt Elementary School on April 11 with Gov. Albert Bryan and his staff and heard one of the staff members comment, “I went to this school, you know?” The staffer smile...

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