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Congress’s Support for Voting Rights Should Extend to Puerto Rico

Congress passed a bold new voting rights bill mandating automatic voter registration, a federal Election Day holiday, an end to aggressive purging of voter rolls, an end to gerrymandering, and more national efforts to make voting easier for American citizens. Every Democrat in the House voted for the bill. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the minority leader… Read more »

Steps towards Equality for Puerto Rico

With the introduction of new tax and health care related legislation and a recent announcement by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. federal government appears to have taken some steps towards equality for Puerto Rico. On March 7, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) filed a bill which would give parents in Puerto… Read more »

Territory-born Tulsi Gabbard Can Be President – Here’s Why!

Tulsi Gabbard “natural born citizen” POTUS eligible – Here’s why! U.S. military veteran, Member of Congress from Hawaii, presidential candiate,Tulsi Gabbard, was born in the tiny overseas island territory of American Samoa.  Americans born in that territory have U.S. nationality but not citizenship.  The local government and people so far have not petitioned Congress for… Read more »

Rep. Darren Soto Presents Puerto Rico Recovery Blueprint

Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) has issued a report with recommendations to help Puerto Rico in four key areas: disaster relief, economic development, debt reform and Medicaid. The report, based on communications with leaders from Puerto Rico and members of Florida’s Puerto Rican community, is intended to be the Congressman’s recovery blueprint for the U.S. territory…. Read more »

For or Against Statehood

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has been sending a message to his fellow Democrats as the number of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race continues to rise: which side are you on? In a tweet, Rossello said that the people of Puerto Rico “will not support vague statements.” In a video clip included in… Read more »

Reducing Child Poverty in Puerto Rico

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report detailing how child poverty in the United States could be cut in half in just a decade. Congress requested the report, which outlines four different paths. Two of the four programs would cut the child poverty rate by 50%, at a cost of… Read more »

Rossello Speaks at Energy and Natural Resources Hearing

Governor Ricardo Rossello spoke to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 26th in a hearing on the state of the territories. “The actions we take today will either open the doors to equality, progress and success for Puerto Rico,” he began his prepared statement, “or continue to yield social and… Read more »

San Juan Mayor Joins Bernie Sanders Campaign

Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, has been named as one of the four co-chairs of the presidential campaign to elect Bernie Sanders in 2020. Yulin Cruz spoke admiringly of Sanders and his record of progressive positions. However, she also said particularly that he would work for a “new path” for Puerto Rico and… Read more »

What Is a Plebiscite?

Puerto Rico has held five plebiscites, and some leaders are calling for another one. So what is a plebiscite? What is a plebiscite? A plebiscite is a direct vote by registered voters on an important legal or political question. The word comes from French and before that from the Latin words for “people” and “decree.”… Read more »

Puerto Rican Contributions to the Arts, Sports, Law, Science and More

Puerto Rico has valuable natural resources, but many observers hold that the people of Puerto Rico are the island’s most valuable natural resource of all. Here are just a few of the notable Americans from Puerto Rico or of Puerto Rican heritage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rita Moreno, one of just 15 EGOT winners in… Read more »