Nuevos nombramientos al gabinete de PRSSA

El Presidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes Estadistas de Puerto Rico (PRSSA, por sus siglas en inglés), Josué Rivera, anunció hoy, miércoles, el nombramiento de importantes miembros del gabinete de su organización para el año académico 2013-2014.

Gustavo Bravo fue nombrado como nuevo Director Ejecutivo de PRSSA.  Bravo es estudiante de Ingeniería del Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez, donde se destaca como senador académico y tesorero del Consejo General de Estudiantes.

Mientras, Elisa Muñoz será Directora de Comunicaciones de PRSSA.  Muñoz es estudiante de maestría en Comunicaciones en la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón y es egresada del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Por otro lado, Rivera nombró a Carla Amundaray como Co-Directora Política para los republicanos y a Amy Wiliams como Co-Directora Política para los demócratas.  Ambas son estudiantes de George Washington University en Washington, DC.

También, Luis R. Fortuño, estudiante de Georgetown University e hijo del exgobernador Luis Fortuño, será miembro de la Junta de Asesores de PRSSA.  En la Junta le acompañará Julio Cabral, ex Director Ejecutivo de PRSSA y graduado de Cornell University.  Fortuño y Cabral fueron líderes de Estadistas Unidos durante la pasada campaña del 2012 y organizaron una campaña de voto ausente universitario.

También son miembros de la Junta el ex Secretario de Estado Kenneth McClintock, el exgobernador Luis Fortuño, el Comisionado Residente Pedro Pierluisi, el ex Secretario de Estado Adjunto José Rodríguez Suárez, el doctor Fernando Sepúlveda y el licenciado José Cabrera, director de Proyecto Estrella.

PRSSA es la organización de estudiantes estadistas más grande de Puerto Rico y frecuente colaboradora de Proyecto Estrella.

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Richard Land: Puerto Rico statehood a moral and civil rights issue

WASHINGTON (BP) — Statehood for Puerto Rico is a moral and human rights issue, Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land says.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s president joined in a Jan. 29 news conference to launch an effort to urge conservatives to support Puerto Rican statehood.

Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean Sea, became a United States territory after the Spanish-American War of 1898. Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, serve in the American military and pay some federal taxes, but they cannot vote for president and have no voting representation in Congress.

For Land, the U.S. Supreme Court’s past, discriminatory treatment of Puerto Rico prompted him to endorse giving its citizens the right to approve statehood. He cited a series of Supreme Court rulings, known as the Insular Cases, between 1901 and 1922 that established Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory, unlike such incorporated territories at the time as Alaska and Hawaii. He also pointed to those rulings’ similarity to an infamous 1896 high court opinion, Plessy v. Ferguson, that upheld racial segregation and what were known as Jim Crow laws through its “separate but equal” doctrine.

As Land studied the Puerto Rican issue, he became convinced it is “a moral issue” and “a civil rights issue,” he said at the news conference.

“Being for Puerto Rican statehood is like being against Plessy v. Ferguson,” Land told Baptist Press afterward. “The same court that gave us Jim Crow gave us a new judicially created territorial status for Puerto Rico that was different than the territorial status that was currently the situation of Arizona and New Mexico and Hawaii and Alaska at the time only because they were Hispanic and different and thus should be segregated and made separate but equal. They were made separate but not equal.”

The Constitution never intended for the United States to have “two classes of territories” or “first-class and second-class citizens,” he told reporters.

“It’s well past time for us to correct the racist, segregationist creation of a long-forgotten Supreme Court and to live up to the promises of our founding documents and redeem those promises for the people of Puerto Rico,” Land said.

Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, also criticized the Insular Cases at the news conference, saying they effectively placed Puerto Rico in a “metaphysical purgatory.”

Former Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno told reporters the issue is a “moral imperative.”

“[T]his is a civil rights issue that has to be addressed and solved in the coming years,” he said.

Statehood for Puerto Rico, which has a population of 3.7 million people, would require Congress and the president to enact legislation enabling the island’s citizens to determine their future.

The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, which sponsored the Washington, D.C., news conference, pointed to a November vote as evidence Puerto Ricans support statehood.

On a two-question, non-binding ballot, Puerto Ricans voted 54 to 46 percent against continuing as a territory or commonwealth. On the second question, 61 percent voted in favor of statehood, while 33 percent chose being freely associated with the United States and five percent favored independence. Nearly 500,000 people who voted on the first question declined to express an opinion on the second one, however.

The campaign for Puerto Rican statehood is different than the effort by some to make the District of Columbia a state, news conference speakers said. America’s founding fathers wanted the country’s capital to be a district, Fortuno said. A constitutional amendment would be required for D.C. to become a state, while a majority vote in Congress would be needed to enable Puerto Rico to become a state, he said.

The effort to rally conservative support for Puerto Rican statehood will include educational forums and advocacy in Congress, according to the Latino Partnership.

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Conservadores en campaña por la estadidad

El Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles declaró ayer en conferencia de prensa en Washington, DC su apoyo a que el territorio de Puerto Rico se convierta en estado.

El director del Latino Partnership, Alfonso Aguilar, estuvo acompañado del exgobernador de Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño, el exalcalde de San Juan Hernán Padilla y el activista conservador Grover Norquist, presidente de Americans for Tax Reform.

Aseveraron que los padres fundadores de Estados Unidos no hubieran permitido que a ciudadanos americanos, como los casi cuatro millones que residen en Puerto Rico, se le negaran derechos fundamentales correspondientes a su ciudadanía.  Lee las expresiones del Dr. Padilla aquí.

De paso presentaron el video que arriba compartimos.  El mismo orienta sobre la indignidad del estatus colonial de Puerto Rico y la necesidad de vindicar los derechos de sus residentes logrando la igualdad plena en derechos y responsabilidades.  En el video vemos a los presidentes Ronald Reagan y George H. W. Bush abogar por la estadidad.

El objetivo de la campaña del Latino Partnership, afiliado al American Principles Project, es promover la estadidad para Puerto Rico dentro del movimiento conservador de Estados Unidos.

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