My involvement with PR decolonization

José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


After living in Puerto Rico for several years, I increasingly became aware that Puerto Rico is not governed for the Puerto Ricans. The “Puerto Rican government” does exist, but its actions indicated clearly to me that it represented exclusively the interests of the United States (US) government (USG).

I began to research the matter on my own, since my New York City education did not clearly teach me that Puerto Rico is a US colony since 1898. I was shocked when I realized that, since I had believed that the US stood for liberty and justice for all. So, what happened to the Puerto Ricans?

I read an article in 2011 about the secretary general of the United Nations (UN) asking the UN’s decolonization committee for fresh ideas on how to decolonize the rest of the existing colonies. Click on the following link to read the secretary general’s 2013 plea for new ideas:

I thought that I could help, so I requested to be a petitioner at the UN’s annual Puerto Rico decolonization hearing on June 18, 2012. To my surprise, I was the first on the list!

I was again shocked, when I realized that the UN does not broadcast live these annual hearings on radio and television to inform the world that the USG has never complied with the UN’s Charter that prohibits colonialism. Are you aware that colonialism is a crime against humanity since 1945? Are you aware that the USG has ignored 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans? How often do you hear about that in the US media?

A New York City radio program, “Información Al Desnudo” and I asked the UN to broadcast live its 2015 Puerto Rico decolonization hearing. It refused!

On the following year, “Información Al Desnudo” and a group of us managed to broadcast live the 2016 hearing ourselves, but the UN refused to allow me to speak at that hearing. The UN claimed that I had not requested to be a petitioner that year. The UN lied! Thus, although the UN had asked for fresh ideas, it is obviously very content with continuing its “business as usual”. Click on the following link to watch our broadcast:

I finally realized that the only way to decolonize Puerto Rico would be for the almost 9 million Puerto Ricans world-wide to engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law. Thank God we don’t need UN approval for that. It will, however, require that we inform and organize ourselves, and protest now, tomorrow and forever for our liberty!

It’s in our hands!

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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