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Puerto Rico Statehood

Rosie Perez: The Issue Of Puerto Rico's Statehood Needs To Be Addressed

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.27.2016 | Latino Voices

Rosie Perez is not happy about how either political party has treated Puerto Rico, and it goes beyond how Congress mishandled the island’s crippling...

Puerto Rico: Democracy Is The Answer

Antonio Sosa-Pascual | Posted 06.21.2016 | Latino Voices
Antonio Sosa-Pascual

Aren't Puerto Ricans Americans? Not only do we not have representation in Congress, but we don't have the right to vote for the U.S. President whose policies affect our daily lives.

Save Puerto Rico

Harry L. Langer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

Puerto Rico must be freed from vulture hedge funds and opportunistic investors by making it eligible under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This would facilitate a settlement with these creditors.

Puerto Rico's Private Sector Calls For Chapter 9

Dr. José Vázquez Barquet | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
Dr. José Vázquez Barquet

Chapter 9 is part of the solution to Puerto Rico's complicated debt and liquidity crisis. The alternative -- doing nothing and watching bondholders subject Puerto Rico to years of litigation and chaos -- would be a disaster for a business community that thrives on predictability and order.

5 Ways To Address Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Maru Gonzalez

Because of Puerto Rico's colonial status, the island's residents have never had any say over the imposed U.S. economic, trade and monetary policies which contributed significantly to the current economic crisis. So why are they now being asked to shoulder the bulk of the burden through austerity?

4 Reasons Independence Is The Right Path For Puerto Rico

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Maru Gonzalez

Although a variety of suggestions have been proposed to save the island from default, here are four reasons a clearly articulated, multi-year transition to independence is the only long-term viable solution for Puerto Rico.

For Puerto Rico, Prosperity Requires Equality

Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi

Skewed media coverage can cause policymakers and members of the American public to draw erroneous conclusions. If you genuinely want to understand why Puerto Rico is mired in a crisis, but you disregard or downplay the lack of political and civil rights in the territory, then you are missing a core point.

Jesse Rifkin

Could The Federal Government Remove The Governor Of Puerto Rico? | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Realistically, probably not. Yet more than 100,000 people are calling for the removal of Puerto Rico's governor anyway, and one interpretation of the ...

Once and for All: Let's Lose the Loose Talk About Who Is and Isn't American

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.14.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

It's been nearly a year since Fox News personality Laura Ingraham tried to float the false idea that Puerto Ricans are not just as American as the rest of us.

GAO Confirms Statehood Too Costly for Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

Granting statehood to Puerto Rico would set back the island's economy, cost American companies billions of dollars and decrease sources of federal revenues.

Puerto Rico Report Feeds Statehood Debate

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.02.2014 | Latino Voices

A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office estimating the costs of admitting Puerto Rico as a U.S. state hasn’t done much to set...

Why The U.S. Is Partially To Blame For Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico's debt crisis results from the island's status as a United States territory lacking the benefits of statehood, according to ...

Puerto Rico Takes Another Tiny Step Toward Statehood

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.12.2014 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico just took a small step in the direction of becoming the 51st U.S. state. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted legislation Wedn...

Rightwing Think Tank Furious Over Money For Puerto Rico

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

Assessing the political status of Puerto Rico is a waste of money, according to one conservative think tank. The Heritage Foundation lashed out at ...

Protesters Demand 'Equality' For Puerto Rico

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.19.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rican statehood supporters are trying to rekindle flagging interest in the issue one year after a referendum left the island’s political stat...

Truman's Assassination Attempt Is Reminder Of U.S.-Puerto Rico Relations

VOXXI | W. Alejandro Sanchez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

This Friday, November 1, marks the 63rd anniversary of the 1950 assassination attempt on President Harry Truman by two Puerto Rican nationalists: Osca...

Gutierrez Weighs In On Puerto Rican Statehood Legislation

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 07.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico statehood supporters are facing opposition from the most prominent boricuas in Congress. Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Nydia Vel...

LOOK: Puerto Rico's Status Debate 61 Years Later

VOXXI | Rocio Gonzalez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

On July 25, 1952, in front of a crowd waving American and Puerto Rican flags, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Muñoz Marin officially raised the Puerto Rican fl...

On Questions of Status: Puerto Rico's Relation to the U.S. and Oscar López Rivera's Fate

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

Today I'd like to address an aspect of the passions surrounding the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico that has been steadily gaining the attention not only of Puerto Ricans, but of the international community as a whole: the fate of Oscar López Rivera.

Red Cross Has Bad News For Puerto Rico

VOXXI | Rocio Gonzalez | Posted 06.25.2013 | Latino Voices

The American Red Cross has announced it plans to stop collecting blood in Puerto Rico, beginning in October. The organization said the decision cam...

Puerto Rican Rep. Threatens To Take Statehood Claim Over Obama's Head

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of Congress said Monday he’d take his fight for statehood to the United Nations if the Barack Obama administration ...

Alleged Lowering Of American Flag Sparks Fury

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.31.2013 | Latino Voices

Statehood supporters planted a series of miniature American flags along a stretch of grass leading up to the Mayor’s House in San Juan, Puerto Rico,...

Puerto Rican Statehood Legislation Unveiled

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s legislation to outline a path to statehood is already sparking a backlash. The “Puerto Ri...

Puerto Rico's Statehood Party Takes Aim At Congress

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The leadership of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Party voted unanimously on Monday to submit legislation to the U.S. Congress aimed at making the isl...

High School Student Refuses To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

Posted 04.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Enidris Siurano Rodríguez may only be in 10th grade, but she knows if she wants to make a change, she has to stand… or in this case, sit for it. ...