Power 4 Puerto Rico Urges Transparency From Rep. Grijalva, House Members on Status Bill

Last week Thursday, a coalition of Puerto Ricans living in the diaspora sent a letter to Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, urging him and other House members for transparency in their proceedings on a draft bill to resolve Puerto Rico’s status.

  • Jun 29, 2022
  • 4:36 PM

Pro-Independence Group Protests in DC as Power 4 Puerto Rico Blasts Biden for Broken Promises

Hours before President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, members of the Frente Independentista Boricua gathered in Washington, D.C. to call on the federal government to decolonize Puerto Rico, a U.S. possession since 1898.

  • Mar 2, 2022
  • 2:38 PM

Power 4 Puerto Rico Condemns ‘Unsustainable’ Debt Plan, Calls on Congress to Take Action

On Wednesday, Power 4 Puerto Rico, a group comprised of diaspora leaders and allies advocating for Puerto Ricans on the island and abroad, released a statement condemning U.S. Judge Laura Taylor-Swain’s approval of a plan to cut Puerto Rico’s public debt by 80 percent and commence debt service payments through 2034

  • Jan 19, 2022
  • 6:04 PM

Power 4 Puerto Rico on Congress Postponing Disaster Aid

“Congress should have already passed a desperately-needed disaster aid package instead of delaying action,” Erica González said.

  • Apr 10, 2019
  • 1:33 PM

Power 4 Puerto Rico Statement on PROMESA Court Decision

“The Board has been tangled in conflicts of interests, and its wealthy members have no grasp of the realities faced by working families in Puerto Rico.”

  • Feb 17, 2019
  • 11:50 AM

Power 4 Puerto Rico Statement on COFINA Deal

“The story of PROMESA is the story of deepening poverty in Puerto Rico.”

  • Feb 7, 2019
  • 2:47 PM

Human Rights, Diaspora Groups Demand Investigation of Activist Shooting in Puerto Rico

Human rights groups and activists are demanding that Puerto Rican and U.S. authorities launch an investigation into the shooting of an environmental activist by private security personnel in the coastal town of Aguadilla on Sunday.

  • Feb 3, 2023
  • 1:21 PM

House Passes Puerto Rico Status Act

On Thursday the House passed the Puerto Rico Status Act, which received a floor vote after its approval by a House committee on Wednesday. Now, the race is on to get approval from the Senate before a new Republican-controlled House is sworn in on January 3.

  • Dec 15, 2022
  • 2:47 PM

NY Lawmakers, PR Activists Join to End LUMA Contract

Puerto Rican legislators from New York and local activist groups joined forces on Thursday to repudiate the Puerto Rican government’s contract with LUMA Energy and ask Gov. Pedro Pierluisi not to grant the company control over the archipelago’s electrical system for the next 15 years.

  • Nov 14, 2022
  • 4:12 PM

Puerto Rico, US Leaders Seek Jones Act Waiver For Puerto Rico After Fiona

As fuel in Puerto Rico grows scarcer after Hurricane Fiona, an oil tanker loaded with much-needed diesel fuel is treading water off the coast of Puerto Rico, unable to dock because a 1920 law, known as the Jones Act, requires ships to be U.S.-owned if they want to load or unload.

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • 2:27 PM

Puerto Rico Status Act Stalls in House Due to ‘Outside Interests’

The legislative clock is running out on the Puerto Rico Status Act, and according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), votes have yet to be counted due to what he says are “outside interests” delaying progress on the bill.

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • 5:27 PM

Puerto Rico Status Act Loses Momentum in House

Rep. Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee which has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico, says the sudden increase in lobbying against the Puerto Rico Status Act is not about process but instead about maintaining the island’s current colonial status.

  • Jul 28, 2022
  • 2:41 PM

Puerto Rico Status Act Passes Committee But Faces Uncertain Future in House

Twenty-nine amendments were debated by members of the House Natural Resources Committee who ultimately voted 20-25 to advance the bill, with every Republican voting against the bill except Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Jenniffer González-Colón.

  • Jul 20, 2022
  • 9:06 PM

Illinois Senators Are Latest Co-Sponsors of Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act

While movement this week from the House Committee on Natural Resources is likely focusing on a consensus Puerto Rico Status Act for a hearing before the August recess that could get the draft bill past committee and onto the House floor, Illinois’ two Senators have added their name to a growing list of upper chamber co-sponsors of a current self-determination bill that contains no consensus provisions with the island-colony’s statehood proponents.

  • Jun 10, 2022
  • 5:54 PM

Rep. Velázquez, Resident Commissioner González-Colón Issue Joint Statement on Puerto Rico Status

In a surprising display of bipartisanship, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) issued a joint statement on Thursday concerning the ongoing debate in the House of Representatives on Puerto Rico’s political status. My statement with @RepJenniffer below. pic.twitter.com/rmmtFEzJcZ — Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) April 28, 2022 “We both […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 5:30 PM

One Year After Being Reintroduced, Puerto Rico Self-Determination Bill Is Going Nowhere

A year after being re-introduced in the House and Senate, a Puerto Rico self-determination bill appears ready to die on the vine again in the current Congress.

  • Mar 18, 2022
  • 12:44 PM

More Than 80 Progressive Groups, Including National Urban League and Indivisible, Send Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act Letter to Schumer and Pelosi

The letter was dated the day after Puerto Rico statehood advocates formally introduced a bipartisan Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act of 2021 to the House.

  • Mar 4, 2021
  • 8:00 AM

80 Organizations Call on Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Board to Release Billions in Cash Reserve to Help During COVID-19 Crisis

“Not doing so could spell disaster for hundreds of thousands,” the letter said.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • 11:55 AM

Show Us Your Puerto Rico Policy: Advocates Say Biden and Sanders Plans Are ‘Still Lacking’

“Candidates have failed to address the impact of the Jones Act on the Island, among other critical issues,” the Power 4 Puerto Rico (P4PR) Coalition noted.

  • Mar 12, 2020
  • 6:34 PM

From VANGUARDIA AMERICA: Biden, Sanders Vying for Latino Support

A Telemundo poll found that 70% of Florida Latinos would not support a “socialist” candidate.

  • Mar 11, 2020
  • 3:07 PM

AMLO Won’t Change Policy Following Femicide Protests

On Monday, women held a “Day without Women” with an untold number of women not attending work and school.

  • Mar 11, 2020
  • 12:32 PM

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