Quote:There is no freedom without EQUALITY!”_ FDL

By Franklin D. Lopez

Former United Press International and The Associated Press writer

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It is disturbing to read the shameful statement of the former Trump administration in response to the complaint filed by former governor Pedro J. Rossello denouncing the colonial segregationist and discriminatory regime imposed by the United States Before the Organization of American States, on the 3.3. million American citizens residing in the territory since 1898. The Trump administration’s response after the destruction caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma was an act of classical governmental; negligence, discrimination, and segregationism that cannot be swept under the rug of the forgotten!  American citizens who have voted three times supporting statehood want equality they could move to any of the 50 states of the Union. Adding insult to injury, the official statement added “there is no consensus on the Island on the status issue.” According to the Economist Magazine Puerto Rico paid from 1990 to 2004 $53.45 Billion in Federal taxes, we do not vote for president nor have equal representation in Congress. In the American Bible of history that is simply “taxation without representation, equals to tyranny!”   to the statement does not the U.S. Congress and the executive branch have neglected and denied, for more than 120 years, legislation to enable a FEDERALLY sponsored and binding referendum in order for Puerto Ricans to exercise the universally recognized human right to self-determination. This travesty of a statement must be addressed by all Puerto Rican civic, religious, and elected officials to aggressively organize the 5.5 million American citizens of Puerto Rican descent in the 50 states of the Union and register them to vote.  This number is growing rapidly due to the massive population exodus post-Hurricane Maria and will change the national political landscape in battleground states as well as determine who will control Congress after the mid-term elections. Providing services to these citizens costs at least twice that of providing them in Puerto Rico. The time has come for us to “Speak softly and carry a big stick!”.

The Puerto Rican Equality movement and struggle must adopt a new strategy structure to hit those sensitive nerves of the Washington political establishment. We must bring our demands for political equality in the World Stage scenario. Even though the United State did not sign the International Criminal Court treaty. Puerto Rican leaders must seek the support and assistance of Latin American countries in order to initiate proceedings before the International Criminal Court. The Spanish Government should support similar initiatives in the European Community Commission, before the United Nations and other international community organizations.  The mere fact that 66%  or 5.5  million of 8.8 million Puerto Ricans have been forced to migrate to the 50 states of the Union, due to the discriminatory and segregationist colonial regime,  looking “for the pursuit of  Happiness Is in itself a crime against humanity.” Dismembering an ethnic group with colonial policies without the consent of the governed, and forcing the population to migrate, is considered by the International community as a crime against humanity under international laws. Perhaps the most blatant fact ignored by Washington elected officials and bureaucrats is the one published by the renowned magazine “The Economist recognizing that American citizens in Puerto Rico p[aid more taxes than 6 states of the Union and that from 1990 to 2004 paid 73.5 billion in taxes to the American treasury. We must not lose our focus that the main objective is to organize electorally by registering and supporting those candidates committed to putting an end to the World’s longest colonial regime. Creating the Equality Political Action Committee is a very important step. The fuel that moves Washington’s political machinery, both the Democratic and the republican is financial resources. Without it, the Equality agenda will not be a  to move forWARD an inch or be listed as a priority. We must learn the lessons of the civil rights movement of African Americans, the lesson of latecomers to the Union like Cuban Americans, and how the Jewish lobby operates and works like a Swiss watch in defending Israel’s interests in the Washington spheres of influences!

For those who believe that the United States has treated the territory with “benign neglect” please let me share what Senator. At the time I was ad advisor to the President of the Senate Tomas Rivera Schatz. After discussing a long agenda of topics involving discriminatory treatment in Federal programs to American citizens in the territory. Tom Harkin said to me in a meeting at his office when he was Chair of the Senate, Education, Health and Work Commission. It was March 2010, winter was still invading the territory of spring “You know Frank, Congress has the power to discriminate against the citizens in the territory of Puerto Rico. For example, American citizens residing in the Republic of Costa Rica have the right to receive the Supplemental Social Security INCOME (SSI). It was given to them by an act o Congress.  I responded with a question “does Congress has the right to be above our national Constitution”?. He responded with a faint smile.

The appalling statement by the Trump administration before the Inter-American state Human Rights Commission was insulting demeaning and racist. Imperial governments have paid reparations to their colonies in the past. We do not seek money or material reparations. We do seek EQUALITY as reparation to rebuild the souls and spirits of more than 3.3. million American citizens whose souls have been shattered by 123 years of segregation and discriminatory policies forcing 66% of the population to migrate to the continental United States. This massive exodus, which is dismembering the population of colonial territory and forcing them to migrate as a result of the discriminatory policies imposed by the mertropolis is considered by the International Criminal Court at The Hague “as a crime against humanity.” President Biden the people have spoken many times in support of EQUALITY and statehood. It is time to end the segregationist and discriminatory state of the territory NOW!  The United States Commission of Civil Rights must put an end to the beleaguered discriminated and segregated territory recommending to President Biden and Congress to hold a binding Federal plebiscite on equality “Yes or no.”The time to act is NOW!

The time to act is NOW! A minority of One with 270,500 readers. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022!