Archive | June, 2014

Continue to ignore Puerto Rico at your own Risk…

27 Jun

 P.R. Flags at La FortalezaDear Hispanic community, I hate to say I told you so, but I did. Politico is reporting today that immigration reform is dead.

I continue to say that if Congress can continue to treat Puerto Rico (it’s legal Hispanic American citizens) so badly, what makes you think that your community will be treated any differently? To believe this is getting you no where. Rather, isn’t it time you encouraged your organizations to advocate for Puerto Rico – America’s most egregiously marginalized Hispanics?

The payoff here for you is that – with just a Constitution in your hand – there’s a strong argument to be made that Congress is, in fact, obligated to improve it’s treatment of it’s own (already legal) citizens. With so many of our elected officials concerned about securing our nation’s Hispanic voting block, imagine how quickly they’d uplift Puerto Rico if they believed it essential to secure the Latino vote.

You continue to ignore us and you’re getting nowhere. That’s the cold, hard truth. Here’s a link to Politico’s accounting of how immigration reform fell apart…

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/how-immigration-reform-died-108374.html

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NEWYORICANGIRL presses U.S. Senator on 28th Amendment…

21 Jun

NEWYORICANGIRL continues her petition efforts for equal voting rights for Puerto Rico; interviewing U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) who states he’d be willing to consider this idea…

My Trip to Puerto Rico Left Me in Tears . . .

12 Jun

P.R. Sunset with Couple

NEWYORICANGIRL Travelogue: Puerto Rico 2014

Tears of joy, tears of frustration and tears of sadness filled my eyes during the week I spent on the island of my ancestors recently. I’ve tried to soothe myself by producing this travelogue video.

I was ecstatic to return to the healing waters of Puerto Rico –  which I crave constantly because they rejuvenate me in a way no other H2O can. 

It broke my heart to be reminded of the beautiful and gracious souls of my people who continue to politely serve the United States without full and equal voting rights and/or representation.

I didn’t want to leave the island when it came time to board the airplane headed back to the mainland. I wanted to stay and fight for what my people have earned and deserve. 

The call to return is a resounding coqui sound in my head that I cannot ignore. NEWYORICANGIRL

 

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