NEWS & VIEWS
December 6, 2019
Puerto Ricans, Diaspora and Allies Demand to Chair Raul Grijalva National Sovereignty
Over 20 organizations representing thousands of people, and dozens of concerned citizens and activists
signed a letter calling for Raul Grijalva, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, to work
towards the total decolonization and sovereignty of Puerto Rico.
Comunicado de prensa en español; Carta en español; Carta de apoyo del Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño a la carta entregada el 6 de diciembre de 2019; Artículo del Nuevo Día Online reseñando nuestra reunión y entrega.
July 26, 2019
RICKY RENUNCIA: PROTEST TOOLKIT
July 18, 2019
This is an event toolkit to facilitate messaging and talking points for protests in the diaspora, to send the clear message: Ricardo Rosselló must resign!
BUDPR CO-FOUNDER, EDIL SEPÚLVEDA, ON PEDRO BIAGGI ENCENDÍO RADIO SHOW (IN SPANISH)
July 17, 2019
BUDPR'S OP-ED IN LATINO REBELS
July 8, 2019
BUDPR's co-founders, Luis Ponce Ruiz and Edil Seplveda Carlo wrote this piece to put in perspective what's the real problem behind Puerto Rico's woes, especially after American politicians keep pandering with our suffering.
Here's an excerpt from the Op-Ed:
"In our conversations with progressive organizations, as well as in interactions with Congressional offices across the aisles in Washington, D.C., there is one big reason for this non-stop pandering: Americans still think that they know what is best for their Puerto Rican colonial subjects.
The root problem of Puerto Rico’s inequality and injustice lies in the continued violation of its self-determination and sovereignty by Congress, and not on any concocted civil rights violations. We’re here to set the record straight and demand that Puerto Rican affairs be treated in Washington and elsewhere as what they really are: those of an occupied nation that has survived more than 120 years of American colonial rule."
Read the full text here: https://www.latinorebels.com/2019/07/08/selfdeterminationpr/
RELEASE: PUERTO RICO, DIASPORA CALL ON CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARINGS ON FOMB
June 19, 2019
WASHINGTON -- Over 60 organizations today released a letter to the United States Senate urging oversight of Puerto Rico’s Financial Management and Oversight Board (FOMB) before the Senate votes on the members President Trump has nominated.
The letter, submitted by groups including the Center for Popular Democracy, 32BJ SEIU, LatinoJustice, PRLDEF, Diaspora en Resistencia, and Boricuas Unidos en La Diáspora, among many others who represent the interests of hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the United States who have been directly affected by Puerto Rico’s economic and humanitarian crises. The letter raises concerns about the role that the FOMB has played on the recovery of the island. The FOMB was created to oversee a process for Puerto Rico to regain access to the capital markets, yet in reality, it has seized control over public finances and exerted its power over local budgetary decision making, hurting hundreds of thousands on the island and throughout the diaspora.
“From the moment the FOMB members were given their positions, the Puerto Rican community has held a close watch on the decisions that they’ve made. So far, they are setting us up to fail. We have had families in the diaspora and on the island who have felt the burden of restructuring deals that line the pockets of Wall Street investors. As the administration re-nominates the same FOMB members, we are demanding an audit of their work to date. The nominees must not be voted forward in light of the detrimental actions they’ve made on behalf of our community” said Luis Ponce Ruiz, Co-founder, Boricuas Unidos en la Diáspora.
2019 ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL SCHOLARS
June 3, 2019
The Aspen Ideas Festival is pleased to announce the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars, a diverse group of 300 leaders from all over the United States and 25 different countries selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.
PROTESTAN DENTRO Y FUERA DE LA AUDIENCIA SOBRE PROMESA
May 2, 2019
Washington.- La audiencia de hoy sobre el funcionamiento de la ley Promesa estuvo matizada también por protestas dentro y fuera de la sesión en contra de la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal (JSF) que controla las decisiones del gobierno de Puerto Rico.