Candidate Andrew Yang Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

The first 2020 presidential candidate to support Puerto Rico statehood in a clear public statement is businessman Andrew Yang, running as a Democrat on a platform he calls “A Campaign of Ideas.” Yang’s campaign website makes his position clear:   Make Puerto Rico a State Brief Puerto Rico has been a part of the United… Read more »

Who is in Charge? It’s the U.S. Congress

“There is no doubt that Puerto Rico is, and has been, nothing other than an unincorporated territory under the plenary powers of Congress,” Andres Cordova recently wrote in an opinion piece published in The Hill. This reality creates tension for presidential candidates, who often say that they will support self-determination for Puerto Rico, or stated less… Read more »

Why Do Presidential Candidates Visit Puerto Rico?

Residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections. People born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens.  They can vote if they move to a state. But citizens who live in Puerto Rico, no matter where they were born, cannot vote in presidential elections – even if they were born in a state. This is… Read more »

Clinton Global Initiative in Puerto Rico

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting taking place in San Juan this week has developed 30 more initiatives for the region, in addition to the 18 already in place. New projects under the Clinton Global Initiative are called “Commitments to Action.” CGI supports and organizes commitments from governments, nonprofits, and private sector companies working together… Read more »

Clinton Foundation Visits Puerto Rico

Former President Bill and Hilary Clinton will be in Puerto Rico this week for a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network in support of rebuilding Puerto Rico. “Build Back Better” is the slogan of the undertaking. The first event of the meeting was an airlift of 30,000 pounds of medical supplies. More… Read more »

Democracy as a Public Health Policy

A new study from the University of Michigan reports that Puerto Rico received significantly less help than Florida or Texas in the 2017 hurricane season. The total numbers of people and funding resources were smaller, and the response was slower. The result? Unnecessary levels of death and destruction. Scott Greer, a professor of health management… Read more »

CARIB-COAST Project Focused on Climate Change

A multinational research initiative, the CARIB-COAST project, is involving the University of Puerto Rico in a shared undertaking to capture and share data about climate change in the Caribbean. The CARIB-COAST project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research in Guadeloupe. The CARIB-COAST project last year… Read more »

Funds for Puerto Rico “Excessive”?

“Almost a year and a half since the hurricane,” said MSNBC news anchor Chris Hayes in a recent report, “there has been no sustained formal U.S. government inquiry into what happened to lead to the deaths of as many Americans as died in 9/11.” There have been calls for such an inquiry, but it has… Read more »

Puerto Rico Is Not a State: Why Not?

Puerto Rico has been a possession of the United States since 1898 — that’s 121 years at this writing. Puerto Rico is not the only territory of the United States, but it is the only one with a large population and the only one that has voted for statehood. No territory that has asked for… Read more »

Veterans in Congress May See Puerto Rico Differently

The new Freshman class in Congress contains the largest percentage of veterans seen in a decade.  From California’s Gil Cisneros, a former Navy officer, to Florida’s Rep. Michael Waltz, a former Green Beret, to New Jesey’s Christina Houlahan, a former Air Force officer, 19 of the new representatives have served in the U.S. military. Six… Read more »