Source: Fearing Loss, Puerto Rico Statehood Movement Looks to Blur Line Between Status Options

Fearing that one of the two other status options may win, specifically the “Free Association” option, members of the Puerto Rican statehood movement plan to pressure House Natural Resources Committee chair Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) to revise the language of a draft bill that looks to resolve Puerto Rico’s 100-plus status issue once and for all, according to a draft letter provided to Latino Rebels by an anonymous source directly familiar with the proceedings.

  • Jun 23, 2022
  • 12:27 PM

A Progressive Case for Puerto Rico Statehood

Latino Rebels Radio: April 21, 2022

  • Apr 21, 2022
  • 4:06 PM

What Senators Say About Puerto Rico Statehood

Ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, Latino Rebels asked 14 senators whether they supported statehood for Puerto Rico, a U.S. colonial possession since the 1800s.

  • Mar 4, 2022
  • 10:56 AM

Florida Sen. Scott: ‘Not Enough Support in Congress’ for Puerto Rico Statehood

Scott’s words should fall hard on advocates of Puerto Rican statehood, as he has been one of the movement’s most prominent proponents in government.

  • Feb 25, 2022
  • 12:27 PM

Coalition Calls on Rep. Grijalva, House Committee to Move on Puerto Rico Statehood

On Thursday, a letter was sent to the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and the ranking member, Bruce Westerman (R-AR), from a bipartisan coalition of 51 organizations advocating for Puerto Rican statehood.

  • Dec 16, 2021
  • 3:04 PM

OPINION: The Business of Puerto Rico’s Statehood Party

Don Quixote’s elusive quest is a fitting metaphor for Puerto Rico’s statehood movement.

  • Oct 14, 2021
  • 1:01 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

Supporters of Puerto Rico Statehood Gather on Capitol Hill Before Key House Hearing

About 50 Puerto Rico statehood supporters gathered Tuesday in Union Square on Capitol Hill to support H.R. 1522, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act.

  • Jun 15, 2021
  • 10:08 PM

For Juan Dalmau, Puerto Rico’s Quest for Statehood Is Doomed to Permanent Failure

With his sights locked on the governor’s mansion in 2024, Juan Dalmau understands the importance of timing in Puerto Rico.

  • Mar 16, 2021
  • 12:51 PM

Is Ranked-Choice Voting the Way to Solve Puerto Rico’s Statehood Debate?

“We find that statehood starts off at a lower level of support when other options are present, though ultimately it wins in each case,” the authors wrote.

  • Mar 11, 2021
  • 9:27 PM

Velázquez and Ocasio-Cortez Respond to Pierluisi’s Puerto Rico Statehood Push, and (as Expected) They’re Not Supporting It

“The principled position, especially for the head of that colonizing power, is to say that people should have a process of self-determination and to not put your thumb on the scale of one direction or another,” Ocasio-Cortez told Axios.

  • Mar 5, 2021
  • 8:17 AM

Puerto Rico Senate President Says Statehood Vote Was Valid, But Still Merits Direct Response From Congress and Insists That Public Funds Can’t Be Used

“I have the firm conviction that the vote in favor of statehood must receive a direct and honest response from the U.S. Congress and from all who have a responsibility for their consequences,” Dalmau said in Spanish. “Yet, what was never consulted with the people of Puerto Rico was the use of public funds that would pay for the exorbitant salaries of six people who will pretend to go to Washington and do the same functions that three past Resident Commissioner of the statehood party have been doing for the last 17 years. That would be to lobby in favor of the election. That spending item was never part of the ballot.”

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • 9:24 AM

Senate Majority Leader Schumer Says He Won’t Support Statehood Bill for Puerto Rico

“I don’t agree with them. I am not going to support their statehood bill until we straighten Puerto Rico out,” Schumer said.

  • Feb 19, 2021
  • 12:48 PM

Puerto Rico Governor Says Statehood Bills Will Be Introduced in Congress by Mid-March

“I believe you will see bills being introduced in the House at the latest by mid-March of this year, so within a month,” Pierluisi told Axios’ Alexi McCammond during an Axios on HBO interview that aired on Sunday.

  • Feb 14, 2021
  • 6:28 PM

The Prospect of Statehood for Puerto Rico? Light Years Away (OPINION)

I offer the following as a historian and political analyst and not seeking to promote whatever solution to the Puerto Rican status issue.

  • Jan 30, 2021
  • 1:15 PM

Puerto Rico Statehood Violates International Law (OPINION)

There is nothing progressive about that.

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • 5:42 PM

The Way Forward for the Puerto Rico Statehood Movement (OPINION)

Rather than collapsing, the statehood movement is evolving and it is advancing.

  • Dec 23, 2020
  • 10:57 AM

Puerto Rico’s Statehood Movement Is on the Verge of Collapsing (OPINION)

The best that Puerto Ricans can achieve under colonial rule is to elect responsible officials who will enact policies to alleviate widespread economic and social suffering in the archipelago.

  • Dec 15, 2020
  • 6:13 PM

The Fallacy of a Statehood Win in Puerto Rico’s Elections (OPINION)

The United States prefers to maintain the status quo and keep Puerto Rico a colony.

  • Nov 19, 2020
  • 6:25 PM

Wrong Views on Puerto Rico Statehood Will Hurt GOP (OPINION)

The fact that Puerto Rico has a vast conservative electorate, and the grand majority of these voters support statehood, begs the question of why the GOP would even consider alienating a future constituency.

  • Oct 20, 2020
  • 2:33 PM

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