~~June 17, 2017~~
REFERENDUM WAS CONDUCTED
I don’t live in Puerto Rico anymore. I was born and raised there.
Politics is a national sport.
A referendum was held on June 11, 2017.
It was a ruse, a futile exercise and a total waste of money.
Get more information below and watch a short video which presents in almost a nutshell the reality of Puerto Rico, my country
Referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico held in Puerto Rico on June 11, 2017
The referendum had three options: becoming a state of the United States, independence/free association, or maintaining the current territorial status.
Those who voted overwhelmingly chose statehood by 97%; turnout, however, was 23%, a historically low figure.
(recalculating and using additional numbers, that number decreased to 18% turnout)
This figure is attributed to a boycott led by the pro-status quo PPD party.
Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Roselló, pushed ahead with his top campaign promise of trying to convert the US territory into a state, holding a Sunday referendum to let voters send a message to Congress.
His party has launched an aggressive ad campaign urging people to “demand respect” with their vote – to choose statehood so the island can obtain equal treatment from the federal government that some say would ease a 10-year economic recession that has spurred nearly half a million Puerto Ricans to flee to the U.S. mainland.
AMID ECONOMIC CRISIS, PUERTO RICO PREPARES TO VOTE ON STATEHOOD
Amid economic crisis, Puerto Rico prepares to vote on statehood
“Sunday’s referendum is not binding.
It was more an exercise of electoral temperature-taking than a mandate to convert the island into an American state.”
Statehood should not be the equivalent of throwing a drowning swimmer a lifesaver.
Puerto Rico must ably address its economic distress and pursue statehood by assuring Congress and the rest of United States that it would be a strong and capable addition, not a chronically needy one.”
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~~Should Puerto Rico Become The 51st State?~~
~~Published on Jun 4, 2017~~
There are 3.5 million US citizens currently facing one of the worst financial crises in this country – and they’re all in Puerto Rico.
The US government has an almost 120-year-long relationship with Puerto Rico – which is a territory, not the 51st state. But what has that relationship looked like? Why is Puerto Rico still a territory, and what do Puerto Ricans, themselves, want for their future? Explore these questions – and some others – with Sana Saeed, who starts the story at the very beginning: May 12, 1898.
We ALL are ONE!!