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UN Meeting about Puerto Rico Again

Caribbean Business reports that the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization is considering the situation of Puerto Rico once again at its annual meeting. The committee is meeting today to consider the case of Puerto Rico in particular.

A New Concept of Status from the PDP

The Governing Board of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) will present a new agenda on status to its General Assembly  on Sunday. The platform argues that Puerto Rico is not a territory of the United States at all: The PDP reaffirms the validity of the Commonwealth as autonomous political body, founded on a pact of union… Read more »

Puerto Rican Statehood: What’s the Difference?

Withe a new admission bill in Congress, Puerto Rico could become the 51st state of the Union,  with “rights, benefits and responsibilities equal to the rest of the States of the Union.” The President’s Report on Puerto Rico says, “If Puerto Rico became a State, citizens of Puerto Rico would be entitled to full representation… Read more »

The Plebiscite Ballot

In November, the people of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to vote on the issue of their status. They will have two questions: first, they must choose between making a change and maintaining their current status as a territory of the United States.

Platform of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP)

Source: “The new agenda of status of the PDP,” by Jose Delgado, El Nuevo Dia, June 7, 2012 “The PDP reaffirms that the Commonwealth is the option of status that best represents the aspirations of the People of Puerto Rico.  Well-governed by those who recognize its potential, the Commonwealth offers the greatest opportunities for progress… Read more »

PDP Divided Between Territory and Free Association Options

Puerto Rico’s “Commonwealth” (Popular Democratic) Party (PDP) leadership reinforced its preference for Puerto Rico’s current status as a territory of the United States while a group of PDP members continued their break from the party leadership in favor of nationhood in free association with the U.S. at the May 18th meeting of Puerto Rico’s State… Read more »

Groups Support Territories in Medicaid Fight

Christensen Rallies Advocacy Groups To Support Territories in Medicaid Fight _ Representative Donna Christensen U.S. House of Representatives Delegate Donna Christensen, the representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands,  listed the groups below as having supported fair treatment of the U.S.  territories under Medicaid. Families USA First Focus The Prevention Institute AIDS Action Committee AIDS United… Read more »

Possible U.N. Vote on the Horizon

On June 20, 2011, the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization called on the United States to expedite a process that would allow “Puerto Ricans to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence[.]” This was not the first time these nations highlighted the lack of democratic freedom in Puerto Rico to the United… Read more »