Puerto Rican views on new statehood bill reflect differing positions in the Island’s diaspora

Statehood has been a contentious topic for Puerto Rico and its diaspora for decades. The debate about whether or not “the Island”–as many Puerto Ricans refer to it–should become the 51st state has seemingly intensified since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last fall. On June 27, U.S. Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R) filed a bill that would make Puerto Rico a state by 2021. The bill has received bipartisan support in Congress. The current governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, who ran on a pro-statehood platform, called statehood a “civil rights” issue for the people of Puerto Rico.

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Reopening ‘War Against All Puerto Ricans’ in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico—leaving thousands of people without basic necessities like electricity and water—Nelson Denis’s 2015 book “War Against All Puerto Ricans” has only become more popular. But like the island, the book has a deep-rooted and tumultuous political past.

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Una llamada por ayuda y la verdad: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz visits Chicago

Seven months ago, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, leaving the island in a state of humanitarian crisis. But for San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and many others, it’s as if the hurricane happened yesterday. The mayor gave the keynote address at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s “Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria and the Crisis of Colonialism” symposium on Friday, April 20.

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