Monday, April 21, 2021
In a gross oversimplification and exercise in obfuscation, today a group of American Professors -only one of whom has written serious articles on Puerto Rico- made public a well-drafted but intellectually defective letter to favor Statehood, where conclusions are reached but no explanations given. (As affirming what is or is not constitutional without giving a legal reasoning on how that conclusion was reached.) At the last moment, they managed to add as signatories a few Puerto Rican Law professors none of whom is known for having expertise in Constitutional or International Law.
In an exercise of intellectual honesty a group of Puerto Rican professors, experts in Constitutional Law from Law Schools in Puerto Rico: the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Inter-American University School of Law and the Pontifical Catholic University School of Law, with an impressive body of writings and publications on Puerto Rico, its status and position within American Empire, US Federal and Constitutional Law and International Law, have published a well reasoned rebuttal to that patronizing letter. To read it, and the letter they sent to Congress, please click on the headline above.
100 + GROUPS, LEADERS RALLY FOR ‘PUERTO RICO SELF-DETERMINATION ACT’
PR University Professors and Local leaders, Municipal Resolutions, Color of Change and Sunrise
Movement DC among growing surge of support for Puerto Ricans to chart their own future
"The 117th Congress has an historic opportunity to put an end to 123 years of colonialism in Puerto Rico and jump-start a process of self-determination for its people. To this end, the group of over 90 undersigned organizations urge you to support and prioritize the passage of the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act. . . ."
First paragraph of February 23, 2021 letter to Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer
A demonstrator with a Puerto Rican flag reacts during clashes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP / Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo) Image originally published here.
New article about the 2020 Plebiscite Results
Read Jenaro Abraham's opinion piece on understanding plebiscite results and how they show an increase in the numbers of Puerto Ricans favoring pro-sovereignty options.
Unpacking the Puerto Rican Statehood Vote: Colonial Dynamics and National Trends, Latino Rebels, February 24, 2021.
2021 Diaspora Summit and Self Determination Special Panel
Watch the Diaspora Summit:
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Summit and Special Self-Determination Panel:
El Nuevo Día, Nydia Velázquez is making “adjustments” to her status bill, which she will reintroduce this month (February 7, 2021).
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BUDPR authored and delivered this letter to the Chairman and members of the House Natural Resources Committee to demand a hearing on Puerto Rico's political status. Several prominent individuals and organizations signed on to our missive.
JUNTE DE MUJERES AND BUDPR FINISH WEEK OF MEETINGS WITH POWER PLAYERS IN DC
We have finished an immensely successful week of meetings in DC with over twenty meetings at Congressional Offices and Think Tanks in the Capital of the United States. We were overwhelmingly welcomed and met with offices of both the Democratic and Republican parties, including several congresspersons, and educated them on the need for a fair process of self-determination geared to non-colonial options, on existing proposals, and on how and why Congress should get involved. We also met with several NGOs to discuss educating about Puerto Rico and our common desire for an exemption of the Jones Act and cabotage laws for Puerto Rico.
For more specific information please read our one-pager on Self-Determination: A Process Through a Constitutional Status Convention, and our blog post from February 9, 2020. This is a labor we do out of LOVE. BUDPR members are not compensated for the work they do. We are successful because we bring forth good ideas and solutions and all who work with us know that we have the best interests of Puerto Rico at heart.
EARTHQUAKES IN PUERTO RICO: WHAT IS
THE CURRENT SITUATION?
Boricuas Unidos en la Diáspora, VAMOS4PR and Oxfam America in conjunction with Representative Nydia Velazquez invite you to this briefing.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
2361 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee Room
Víctor Huérfano, PhD (participated remotely): Director, Puerto Rico Seismic Network
Dave Applegate, PhD: Associate Director for Natural Hazards, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Miguel Román, PhD: Founding Director, Earth from Space Institute, Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
Adi Martínez, Esq., PhD: Senior Policy Analyst for Puerto Rico, Oxfam America
Javier Cuebas, MA: Executive Director, Vamos4PR
Moderated by Edil Sepúlveda, Esq., MA: Co-founder, Boricuas Unidos en la Diáspora
Participants' Presentation Slides:
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
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.
BUDPR IN EL NUEVO DIA! WASHINGTON, D.C. PROTEST: GOVERNOR ROSSELLÓ HAS TO GO!
July 15, 2019
El Nuevo Dia published today a note mentioning the #RickyRenuncia D.C. Diaspora protest scheduled for tomorrow, July 16th at 5pm.
The DC Protest: Governor Rosselló Has To Go! will mobilize in front of PRFAA offices located at 1100 17th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036.
Please bring your Puerto Rican flags, signs, and music instruments. Spread the word because Ricky Has To Go!