Statement of Values

AREPR is committed to decolonial archiving praxis—building reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships with and for our communities. This is particularly crucial for community-based archiving work, which has historically been intimately tied to colonialism and the violence of extraction—the taking of people, resources, goods, and ideas from the colonized in order to serve the needs (real or imagined) of the colonizing power. To counter these harmful practices, AREPR upholds and builds upon Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s assertion that "the intellectual project of decolonizing has to set out ways to proceed through a colonizing world. It needs a radical compassion that reaches out, that seeks collaboration, and that is open to possibilities that can only be imagined as other things fall into place." 1

AREPR embodies decolonial values in a myriad of ways: 

Each of these strategies embodies decolonial practice by rejecting extractive notions of knowledge production, upending colonial notions of power and expertise, and refusing the erasure of the lived experiences of Puerto Ricans. Decolonial models such as these are increasingly necessary in this moment of cultural reckoning and climate crisis.

1 Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies, 2nd ed. (London: Zed Books, 2012), xii.