Originally Published in JulioRVarela.com
In response to a November 6 plebiscite vote in Puerto Rico, where 54% of voters rejected the island's current status quo and 61% chose statehood as its preferred option, the White House today said that Puerto Rico has "made it clear" that it wants to resolve its political status, according to a report in El Nuevo Día.
As the newspaper reports in Spanish, David Agnew and Tony West, co-chairs for The President’s Task Force of Puerto Rico’s Status, stated that the Obama Administration "will work with Congress to provide the people of Puerto Rico a clear process that would establish ways that Puerto Ricans could determine their status. [Note: this quote and others were translated from the END report in Spanish. They do not reflect the official English version of the statement. END received an advanced copy of the statement.]
Agnew and West also stated the following:
“This Administration is committed to the principle that political status is a topic of self-determination for the people of Puerto Rico."
"Besides the status question, the Task Force will continue to work with Congress, the people of Puerto Rico and its leaders to address the concerns of the (close to) four million American citizens who call Puerto Rico home, implementing the recommendations of the 2011 report to promote the creation of jobs, improve security, education and address other important education, health and clean energy goals.”
In the meantime,
After the approval of the 33rd United Nations’
resolution by consensus on June 23, 2014 asking the United States (US) to
immediately decolonize of Puerto Rico, we should work together to force the
United States government to comply with it.
The facts that the United States government has maintained
Puerto Rico as its colony for 116 years, has had Oscar López Rivera in prison for 33
years for fighting for Puerto Rico decolonization, and has ignored 33 UN
resolutions to decolonize Puerto Rico, confirm that the US government has no
intentions of ever decolonizing Puerto Rico.Therefore, we need to form a tsunami of people to force the US to comply
with the 33 resolutions.
We should peacefully protest at least 3 times a year until
we achieve our goal.The first one will
be a march up to the US Courthouse in Puerto Rico on the Abolition of
Slavery Day on March 22.The second
will be another march in Puerto Rico on a day before the UN’s Puerto Rico
decolonization hearing.The third one
will be a protest in New York City on the same day the UN holds its Puerto
Rico decolonization hearing.
These 3 protests are indispensable, because those who
have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.
Timón del Pueblo
United Partners for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico
The President does not want Puerto Rico decolonization. If he did, he would allow the United Nations to do it under the protocol of international law.
Since the United Nations determined in 1960 that colonialism
is a crime against humanity, there is no longer a need for plebiscites. The solution is to give Puerto Rico her
But being the United States government does not want to, it
continues to advocate the use of plebiscites to find out what Puerto Ricans
want.Even if 100% of Puerto Ricans
would want to continue being a US colony, Puerto Rico would still be obligated
to accept her sovereignty to then decide what she wants to do.
The only thing these plebiscites are good for is to divide
Puerto Ricans.A Puerto Rican didn’t
invade us to make us a colony.When will
we understand that we need to unite?
This is why we must peacefully protest at least 3 times a
year until Puerto Rico is decolonized!
Why does Puerto Rico have a higher voter turnout than USA?
Puerto Ricans have a voter
turnout of about 80%. The United States (US) citizens have a voter
turnout of about 50%. What accounts for this 30 %
disparity? Could it be that Puerto Rican believe in democracy
more than US mainland citizens?
Puerto Rico is a colony of
the United States since 1898. Since that time, Puerto Ricans who have
wanted to decolonize their country have been either assassinated or
imprisoned. Many Puerto Ricans are terrified of independence for Puerto
Rico as a result of 116 years of repression.
Since colonialism is always
for exploitation, there are no opportunities in Puerto Rico for Puerto
Ricans. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans out, than in Puerto
Rico. Therefore, Puerto Ricans are desperate to find a political solution
to our eternal colonialism!
Most Puerto Ricans believe
that decolonization can be achieved through the electoral process. But
the electoral process is ultimately under the control of the government of the
United States. Since the US government has ignored 33 United Nations
resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, and it has
maintained incarcerated Puerto Rico political prisoner Oscar López Rivera for
33 years despite worldwide support to free him, there should be no doubt that
the US government will never allow decolonization via the electoral
process. If it were possible to do it that way, we would not have it!
The better way to decolonize is for that 80% of the Puerto Rico voter
turnout to instead protest in the streets to demand our inalienable right
to self-determination and independence, and insist that the UN do the
decolonization in conformity to international law. After all, colonialism
is within the jurisdiction of international law and never under national
law. That is why it is a crime against humanity to have a colony
under international law, but not so under US law.
José M López
[…] and it’s clear to me that our Puerto Rican policy has failed. Even when I presented a solution a few years back, my heart wasn’t really into it. If the United States doesn’t care about Puerto Rico, […]
Should criminals be in charge of correcting the wrong they
Puerto Ricans vote in
elections every 4 years at an 80% level of participation.Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United
States (US) government for the past 116 years.If the US government has the final say in what happens in Puerto Rico,
what is the purpose of these elections?The purpose is to fool the world that Puerto Rico is a democracy.
The United Nations (UN) declared
colonialism a crime against humanity in 1960.The UN has asked the US government 33 times to decolonize Puerto Rico
immediately.The US government has refused.It says that Puerto Rico’s political
relationship with the United States is none of the UN’s business.The US says that it is a domestic affair.
To appear that the US
government wants to decolonize Puerto Rico, it promotes the use of plebiscites
to determine what Puerto Ricans want.Doesn’t
that sounds innocent and democratic?So
what’s the problem?
To begin with, the
international community already rendered its verdict and determined that
colonialism is illegal.So to have a
political status option in a plebiscite that favors maintaining Puerto Rico a
colony of the United States is not permitted.To have a political status option of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the
United States is also not permitted under international law.The problem goes back to the beginning of
this article.In order to have free
elections, the country must be free.So
before these elections and plebiscite could be valid, Puerto Rico would have to
first be an independent nation.
What people must realize is
that Puerto Rico is a colony of the US because the US government wants it that
way.That is why it has used terrorism
to keep it that way.That is why it
refuses to release the Puerto Rican political prisoner of 33 years Oscar López
Rivera.That is also why it is
ridiculous to believe that decolonization is a US internal matter in which the
UN has no jurisdiction over.If we allow
the US government to decolonize Puerto Rico, she will remain a colony of the
United States forever!
José M López Sierra
The Second Oscar – Mandela
March in New York City 2015
We will be having our 2nd
Oscar – Mandela Protest March on Monday, June 22, 2015.We will start marching peacefully at 9 AM from
Hunter College on East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, to East 43rd
Street and Lexington Avenue.We will
then go East (turning left) to end up at the Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue (across
from the United Nations).
We will be at the park until
5 PM.We will be giving out flyers and
talking to people about who Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera
is. We will also be educating the public
about Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the government of the United
Most people don’t know that
every year, usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day, the United Nations holds
its hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico.The petitioners will usually join our protest
after this meeting.
The UN determined in 1960 that
colonialism is a crime against humanity.Since then, the UN has issued 33 resolutions asking for the US
government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico.The US government has ignored these
resolutions.What kind of democracy
The US government tries to
keep these hearings a secret.What we
are trying to do is to get them out of the closet. The UN is in its 3rd
decade trying to make the world colony-free.Please help us!
Most people also don’t know
that the United States government takes out 14 times more money than what it
invests in Puerto Rico.But, that is
what colonies are for!
This savage exploitation
impedes Puerto Rico’s ability to provide opportunities for Puerto Ricans in
Puerto Rico.That is why there are now
more Puerto Ricans living away from Puerto Rico than in their homeland.
Oscar López Rivera has been
incarcerated for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize Puerto Rico.Since colonialism is an international crime,
international law gives Oscar the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize
his homeland.Nelson Mandela was
incarcerated for 27 years for doing the same thing as Oscar.This is why we say, Oscar López Rivera is
our Nelson Mandela!
United Partners for Puerto
Rico Decolonization invites the
public to be part of the tsunami of people that will be necessary to make the
US government comply with the UN resolutions.These annual protests in Puerto Rico and at the UN are absolutely
necessary, because, those who maintain colonies, don’t believe in justice for
José M López Sierra
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