Months From Independence: Colonialism Crushes the Nationalist Movement in Puerto Rico

Fearing the increasing displays of nationalistic pride sweeping across Puerto Rico in 1936, colonial authorities derailed that year’s constitutional convention movement to establish the Republic of Puerto Rico, thus ensuring U.S. colonialism would endure.

  • Feb 16, 2023
  • 2:48 PM

Months From Independence: Pedro Albizu Campos and the 1936 Constitutional Convention Movement in Puerto Rico

The first in a three-part series looking at the attempts made by Pedro Albizu Campos and other local leaders in Puerto Rico to hold a constitutional convention in 1936—the closest the archipelago has come to breaking free of U.S. colonial rule.

  • Feb 10, 2023
  • 5:36 PM

UN Committee Recognizes Puerto Rico’s Right to Self-Determination, Independence

On Monday afternoon, the United Nations (UN) Special Committee on Decolonization —by consensus and for the 40th time— adopted Draft Resolution L7, which formally recognizes Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination and independence.

  • Jun 22, 2022
  • 10:43 AM

What Senators Are Saying About Puerto Rico Independence

With Puerto Rico statehood unlikely and a self-determination bill stalled, independence for the U.S. territory remains off the radar of the United States Senate.

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • 5:20 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

Puerto Rico Independence Supporters March in 9 US Cities

According to some social media posts and press releases from organizers, marches took place in the following cities: Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

  • Aug 16, 2021
  • 5:53 PM

Puerto Rico Independence Advocates Announce August 15 ‘NO to Statehood, YES to Decolonization’ Marches

Organizers shared a lengthy statement about the demonstrations.

  • Aug 11, 2021
  • 4:44 PM

The Prospects of Independence for Puerto Rico? Don’t Get Your Hopes Up (OPINION)

Wanting to be independent (as an individual, nation, or country) is the most natural thing in the world. But is it economically or politically viable?

  • Feb 3, 2021
  • 2:49 PM

The State of Puerto Rico’s Independence Movement

Latino Rebels Radio: April 21, 2019

  • Apr 21, 2019
  • 6:59 PM

No, Congress Is Not Considering an Independence Bill for Puerto Rico

For all observers of mediocre journalism and rumors.

  • Sep 8, 2016
  • 8:54 AM

Is The Heritage Foundation Promoting Independence for Puerto Rico?

Just days after The Heritage Foundation slammed a $2.5 million addition to Congress’ omnibus spending bill which would allow for a federally-sponsored education program about Puerto Rico’s political status, a blog today from the conservative organization called Puerto Rico “America’s Greece” and basically called for the island to experience more “economic freedom:” What the Puerto […]

  • Jan 23, 2014
  • 3:44 PM

On Puerto Rico’s Constitution Day, Univision Wishes Puerto Ricans a Happy Independence Day

Maybe some of Univision's affiliates need a little history lesson about Puerto Rico. Today, July 25, Puerto Rico celebrates Constitution Day, the day that commemorates Puerto Rico's Commonwealth (some would say "Colonial") relationship with the United States. Puerto Rico's Commonwealth government was established 60 years ago in 1952, and for those that really need to […]

  • Jul 25, 2012
  • 9:19 PM

The Party’s Over in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

With a generational shift against the status quo, a growing reluctance among Puerto Ricans to see their islands become part of an increasingly authoritarian nation, and now a battle between its two leading figures —Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, a Trump supporter— the ruling pro-statehood New Progressive Party’s days seem numbered.

  • Aug 14, 2023
  • 4:22 PM

LGBT Seniors in Puerto Rico on Their Own to Access Housing

In the absence of protection and a safe home, and the discrimination aggravated by factors such as religious ideologies, the Waves Ahead organization is developing housing projects aimed at these populations while bills to amend local laws are in limbo.

  • Aug 1, 2023
  • 12:52 PM

The Mirage of Puerto Rico’s Panoramic Route

The tour through the mountains offers Puerto Rico’s most emblematic natural views, while reflecting government abandonment, the slow pace of post-Hurricane María reconstruction, and the urgency of funds for a new management plan.

  • Jun 1, 2023
  • 12:30 PM

The Rise of Sovereignty in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

The only practical way for Puerto Rico to decolonize, democratize, and safeguard its economic future and maintain its national identity is through national sovereignty—and trends indicate that support for sovereignty is growing.

  • May 15, 2023
  • 4:53 PM

Months From Independence: What Would Albizu Do?

The third in a three-part series looking at the attempts made by Pedro Albizu Campos and other local leaders in Puerto Rico to hold a constitutional convention in 1936—the closest the archipelago has come to breaking free of U.S. colonial rule.

  • Feb 28, 2023
  • 5:30 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

The Last Conquest of Puerto Rico (OPINION)

In honor of December 10, the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris that transferred ownership of the Spanish colony of Puerto Rico to the United States, a look back at the U.S. invasion of the island, what it meant to Puerto Ricans at the time, and what it means today.

  • Dec 14, 2022
  • 12:36 PM

Puerto Rico’s Theatre of the Absurd (OPINION)

The recent image of a car stuck in a massive pothole in Humacao, Puerto Rico makes a fine metaphor for the state of Puerto Rico today and the role played by the pro-statehood Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and his New Progressive Party in the deterioration of the island.

  • Dec 6, 2022
  • 2:42 PM

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