Modernization threatens Fufi’s basketball court

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


The city of San Juan suddenly wants to modernize Puerto Rico’s financial district known as “Milla de Oro”. As part of that modernization, the city, along with others including Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, want to reconstruct the Gándara Park where Fufi’s basketball court is located.   

This park was abandoned, when José Luis Díaz and I, José M. López Sierra, decided to clean up the park to establish a Christian vegetable patch and baptize the only basketball court in honor of our Boricua great Jose “Fufi” Santori Coll. Please click on the link to see how the park looked in 2019, after we worked on it:

The city initially asked us whether Fufi’s family consented with the court having his name. After we responded affirmatively, the requirement now was that Fufi’s family must write a letter stating why the court should bear Fufi’s name, so that the municipal assembly could make the determination. Everybody in Puerto Rico knows who Fufi was, which makes that letter totally unnecessary and insulting!

Instead of the city, if Puerto Rico were a democracy, to automatically maintain the dedication to Fufi in appreciation of us having taken the initiative of saving the park when nobody cared about it, now, 5 years later, the city looks to remove Fufi’s name. Doesn’t that smell like the oligarchs’ interests over the people’s interests?

Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States (US) for the past 125 years. Said political status is illegal, therefore, the US is committing a crime against humanity.

The US has ignored 42 United Nations resolutions asking her to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

Fufi was a Puerto Rican nationalist. Please click on the following link to know who he was:

The so-called “government of Puerto Rico” does not represent the interests of Puerto Ricans. The evidence is the fact that 2 thirds of Puerto Ricans now live away from our national territory! That is not normal for any nation.

The empire honors those who support it. That is why the Puerto Rico international airport bears the name of Luis Muñoz Marín. Please click on the following link to hear Luis explain how a colony could also enjoy democracy at the same time:

Dressing up the colony a little bit more elegantly.

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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