Problems with Territorial Governments

According to Trading Economics, the United States gets a perceived corruption ranking of 16, while Puerto Rico has a perceived corruption ranking of 31. That means that people feel that the United States as a whole is much less corrupt than Puerto Rico. Is that true? Trading Economics has no information on that. They’re just… Read more »

Google Honors Roberto Clemente

Google’s Doodle today celebrates a hero from Puerto Rico. On Newsy’s documentary about Puerto Rico, Resilience, one speaker laments that Americans in general “don’t know our people or our land. They know our athletes.” Roberto Clemente was an excellent ambassador for Puerto Rico. Born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1934, Clemente joined an amateur baseball… Read more »

#Fairness4Territories Breaks the Mold

Territories come up on Twitter roughly every two minutes, according to social media data tool Social Mention. But the tweets are not talking about the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands. Twitter mentions of territories are more likely to be about werewolves, video games, or at least Canada. Members of Congress… Read more »

Tributes to Florida’s Puerto Rican Heroes

Several Central Florida leaders from Puerto Rico were honored on the floor of the House of Representatives by Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) last month in recognition of for Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends on October 15th. Betsy Franceschini Educated at the Catholic University of Ponce, Betsy Franceschini came to Central Florida in 1985. Since her… Read more »

The Child Tax Credit in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

A new study from the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico reports that 30% of parents of young children in Puerto Rico lost their jobs or had their working hours reduced after Hurricane Maria struck the Island last year. More than half of those children were already living in poverty before the hurricane. “These children and… Read more »

Insular Cases unrelated to denial of federal voting rights in U.S. territories

By Howard Hills Federal court rulings defined territories with non-citizen populations as “unincorporated,” but U.S. citizens in “incorporated” territories also were denied federal voting rights until admitted as states. Denial of equal federal voting right to U.S. territories not subject to Insular Cases demonstrates the “unincorporated territory” doctrine of the Insular Cases is not the… Read more »

Jenniffer González-Colón Proposes New Historic Landmarks

Jenniffer González-Colón (R-P.R.), Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, has introduced four bills to declare notable Puerto Rico sites as National Historic Landmarks. The Jose Celso Barbosa Birthplace Home National Historic Landmark. Dr. José Celso Barbosa is known as the founder of the Republican Party in Puerto Rico and the Father of Statehood.  He is also the first… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Military Support of the United States

In the 1770s, while still under Spanish rule, Puerto Rican soldiers joined General Bernardo de Gálvez, Governor of Louisiana, in support of the American Revolutionary War. Having sent funds and supplies to the rebels in 1776, de Galvez mustered a multicultural force and led them into battles in Baton Rouge, Natchez, Mobile, and Pensacola. Puerto… Read more »

Trump: No to Puerto Rican Statehood Because of San Juan Mayor

In a radio interview on Monday with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, President Trump rejected the idea of statehood for Puerto Rico as long as San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz stays in office. Cruz has been a critic of the Trump Administration’s response to Hurricanes Maria and Irma last year. “With the mayor of San… Read more »

Roberto Clemente’s Home Considered for National Register of Historic Places

On Dec. 31, 1972, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash as he was traveling to Nicaragua. The 38 year old baseball giant was delivering aid to earthquake victims. At the time, he lived near Piñones in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Jose Serrano (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Darren Soto (D-FL) have introduced… Read more »