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

OPINION: The Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act Is a Legislative Proposal Shrouded in Mendacity

Contrary to the arguments of some mainland elected officials of Puerto Rican descent, the Self-Determination Act confuses, complicates and delays approval of an honest self-determination process for Puerto Rico.

  • May 11, 2021
  • 5:21 PM

Led by Velázquez, Ocasio-Cortez and Menendez, 83 Congressional Sponsors Submit Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act

“While many may disagree about the future of Puerto Rico’s status, we must recognize that the decision should come from those who will be impacted most: the people of Puerto Rico,” Velázquez said.

  • Mar 18, 2021
  • 9:11 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

Why I Don’t Support the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2020 (OPINION)

On its surface, the act explains that the United States must recognize the rights of the people of Puerto Rico but does it provide Puerto Ricans the right to “freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development?”

  • Feb 23, 2021
  • 11:46 AM

Speaker of Puerto Rico House Calls on Congress to Endorse Self-Determination Act

On Saturday, Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez, speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, sent a letter to Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chair of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, asking him to endorse the self-determination bill currently before the committee.

  • Feb 23, 2022
  • 5:28 PM

Proponents of 2021 Self-Determination Act for Puerto Rico Make New Push to House Committee Members

Organizations supporting the Self-Determination Act of 2021 (H.R. 2070) for Puerto Rico have initiated a series of nationwide actions directed at key House members of the Natural Resources Committee—details of which will be shared at a Wednesday noon press conference outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

  • Sep 29, 2021
  • 6:30 AM

Women’s Networks Drive Puerto Rico’s Decolonization Work

Puerto Ricans are pushing for sustained interconnectivity between stakeholders doing the rebuilding in the islands and the diaspora and its allies advocating for long-term investment from the mainland — and these coordination efforts are largely driven by women’s networks.

  • Oct 12, 2022
  • 11:53 AM

Hurricanes Don’t Discriminate, So Why Do Puerto Ricans Remain ‘Separate and Unequal’? (OPINION)

The Supreme Court now has a historic opportunity to begin taking apart the colonial framework undermining Puerto Rico by turning the page on the century-old Insular Cases and the legal precedent that has perpetuated systemic biases—and it should.

  • Sep 30, 2022
  • 1:37 PM

Puerto Ricans Protest Against ‘Vulture’ Funds in Manhattan

On Sunday, August 28, a coalition of Puerto Rican independence groups and their allies gathered outside a hedge fund’s office building in Midtown Manhattan to protest its predatory lending practices.

  • Sep 6, 2022
  • 12:20 PM

BUDPR, CASA Issue Joint Statement on Opposition to Puerto Rico Status Act

The Puerto Rico Status Act is “the product of an our-way-or-the-highway approach from pro-statehood House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that has backed advocates of a fair and just decolonization process for Puerto Rico into a corner,” the two groups said in a joint statement.

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • 4:36 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

LULAC Blocks Takeover by Pro-Statehood Puerto Ricans, Suspends CEO

Domingo García, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told Latino Rebels that CEO Sindy Benavides has been “temporarily suspended pending an investigation by the personnel committee of LULAC.”

  • Aug 9, 2022
  • 5:35 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

Rep. Grijalva Introduces ‘Historic’ Puerto Rico Status Act

On Friday, Natural Resources Committee chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill that outlines a process for the people of Puerto Rico to decide their political status in a binding resolution that would force Congress to carry out their decision.

  • Jul 15, 2022
  • 3:30 PM

Former US Ambassador on What ‘Free Association’ Would Mean for Puerto Rico

Latino Rebels reached out to Peter R. Rosenblatt, who from 1977 to 1981 served as President Carter’s ambassador to the negotiations on the future political status of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which established the Compact of Free Association between the U.S. government and the former UN-controlled, U.S.-administered territories of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

  • Jun 27, 2022
  • 3:57 PM

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

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

EXCLUSIVE: Grijalva Previews Next Steps for Puerto Rico Status Act

On Tuesday afternoon, Latino Rebels caught up with the House Committee on Natural Resources Chair in the Speaker’s Lobby of the House of Representatives for an update on the bill that has brought the two policy factions supporting statehood and self-determination bills together for the first time.

  • Jun 15, 2022
  • 10:58 AM

No Clear Consensus During Public Forum for Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft

As anticipated, there was no overarching agreement over the future of the political status of Puerto Rico—although the predominantly shared sentiment from speakers was that the discussion draft was a good start to relinquishing themselves of colonialism.

  • Jun 7, 2022
  • 5:42 PM

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