Iván ‘Pudge’ Rodríguez Holds Baseball Signing Event in Congress in Support of Statehood

(July 18, 2018 – Washington, DC)  Today, Puerto Rico’s Shadow Congressional Delegation, known as the Statehood Commission, hosted a members-only meet and greet in Congress alongside Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón.

‘Pudge’ Rodríguez urged Congressmen and women to support the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018

To mark All-Star Week, Shadow Representative and Hall of Famer Iván ‘Pudge’ Rodríguez signed baseballs with the message ‘Say Yes To Puerto Rico’ inscribed on them.

Commission Chairman and former two-term Governor Pedro Rosselló González and Commissioner Alfonso Aguilar welcomed Members and urged them to support the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018, a bill introduced by González-Colón which seeks to grant statehood to the island no later than by the year 2021.

“Statehood for Puerto Rico is a civil rights issue, and it must be treated as such. Over 3.3 million Americans in Puerto Rico lack voting representation in Congress and cannot vote for their Commander-in-Chief. Colonialism is the unfinished business of American democracy and must be dealt with in this 115th Congress,” said Rosselló González.

Shadow Representative and former President of the Senate of Puerto Rico Charles Rodríguez said: “The US citizens of Puerto Rico have spoken loudly for statehood. Speaking it Pudge Rodríguez’ terms it’s Congress turn at the batting box to hit a home run for equal rights by admitting Puerto Rico as the 51st state of the Union.”

Yesterday, the Puerto Statehood Commission hosted a congressional briefing in the House of Representatives to inform staffers about the recently introduced bill and request their support.

Earlier in the week, Governor Ricardo Rosselló attained the endorsement of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation. In its 109th Annual Convention, celebrated in San Antonio, Texas, the group passed an emergency resolution reaffirming their support for Puerto Rican statehood and urged their followers to call their Members of Congress to support the bill.

“Our public policy is clear: We demand Congress recognize Puerto Rico as the 51st of the Union. I commend Puerto Rico’s shadow congressional delegation for working tirelessly to demand equal rights for 3.3 million Americans that are governed without their consent in Puerto Rico,” said Carlos Mercader, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.

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