100 Puerto Rican Troops Deployed on 9/11

Yesterday, 9/11, Americans remembered the attack on the World Trade Center in many different ways, commemorating the fallen,  celebrating the public servants who stepped up to help the injured and rebuild the community, and giving or listening to speeches.

Luis Ramos Receives the Bronze Star

A Puerto Rican veteran who fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War was awarded a Bronze Star on Friday in San Juan.   Luis Ramos, who served with the Puerto Rico–based 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, received the medal at a ceremony held at a monument to the Borinqueneers.

The U.S. Flag with 51 Stars

  Puerto Rico has voted to become the 51st state of the Union. Congress, however, will have the final say on Puerto Rican statehood, giving residents of the fifty states influence in the decision making process as well.  It is an appropriate time for all Americans to discuss this issue and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of having a 51st state…. Read more »

Pierluisi Speaks at the Democratic Convention

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D) addressed the Democratic Convention last night, urging the nation’s 50 million Hispanics to vote for President Obama.

A Bipartisan Call for Equal Rights and Responsibilities in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi ended his remarks at the Democratic National Convention last night with the assurance that President Obama “will stand with” Puerto Ricans “the day they choose to have the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow American citizens.” Imbedded in this statement is the recognition that not all U.S. citizens… Read more »

Puerto Rico at the 2012 Conventions

Governor Fortuno spoke at the Republican National Convention last week, Luce Vela Fortuno introduced Ann Romney  and Resident Commissioner Pierluisi will be speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention. (See it live on CSPAN at approximately 6:16 pm EST).

Democratic Party Platform Highlights Need to Address Puerto Rico’s Status as a Territory

The Democratic Party platform released on Monday calls the political status of Puerto Rico “an issue of overwhelming importance” and commits to resolving it “expeditiously.” The platform begins by recognizing President Obama’s visit to Puerto Rico – the first President to do so in fifty years.  It also highlights the “strong political, economic, social and… Read more »

Puerto Rico in the Republican Party Platform

The 2012 Republican Party platform begins its section on Puerto Rico and the other territories by honoring “the extraordinary sacrifices of the men and women of the territories who protect our freedom through their service in the U.S. Armed Forces.” 

Puerto Rico at the Republican Convention

Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño opened his remarks at the Republican National Convention last night with a welcome of “buenas noches” and ended with “muchas gracias.”   In between, he explicitly told the convention delegates that in Puerto Rico “[l]ike in your home states, we raise and salute the American flag,” and described freedom as “the… Read more »