PR plebiscites are not the answer

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) featured the November 3, 2020 plebiscite for Puerto Rico statehood. Click on the following link to watch that video:

Why are Puerto Ricans trying to solve democratically our sovereignty being stolen from us in 1898? Why do we believe that that is the correct way? On the contrary, and like the activists said in the video, these plebiscites are just a distraction.

We are a United States (US) colony, not because we democratically voted for it. The US government (USG) militarily invaded Puerto Rico 122 years ago to do that. We are still today a militarily occupied nation! But, Puerto Rican schools don’t teach us that.

Puerto Rican schools don’t also teach us that the USG is committing a crime against humanity by maintaining Puerto Rico as its colony against the United Nations’ (UN) Charter of 1945.

Puerto Rican schools don’t also teach us that the USG has ignored 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.  

If Puerto Ricans schools would teach us that, instead of continuing holding useless plebiscites, we would be engaged in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law.

The UN will be commencing in January 1, 2021 its 4th International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. If the oldest and most populated colony in the world would take the lead in resisting colonialism, we could help make that happen!

Democracy doesn’t work with outlaws.  

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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