Puerto Rico: Undefended Front in the War on Drugs

A CNN article reports that Puerto Rico, an island with a population of 3,706,690, had 1,136 murders last year — 70% of them related to drug trafficking. For perspective, consider that New York City, with a population of more than 8 million people, had 496 murders in 2011. Travelers from Puerto Rico to the mainland… Read more »

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 »

Pierluisi makes the moral and practical case for statehood

On November 15, 2010, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, addressed the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association at George Washington University to discuss the importance of Puerto Rican statehood and the upcoming status plebiscite on the Island.  In his remarks, Pierluisi stressed his belief that the question of statehood has both “a moral component and… 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.

Bilingualism: Is It Really a Problem?

If Puerto Rico chooses statehood in the November Plebiscite, it will be one of only two states to have two official languages (Hawaii is currently the only officially bilingual state). Some discussion of the plebiscite has focused on the possible ramifications of this fact.

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 »

Puerto Ricans in Florida Urged to Vote

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, visited Florida and urged the many Puerto Ricans who live there to go to the polls in November. Caribbean Business reported that Pierluisi exhorted Floridians from Puerto Rico to be “a voice for the island.” Residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections, though they vote in presidential… Read more »