March 13, 2018 – Washington, D.C. – Members of Puerto Rico’s shadow congressional delegation, known as the Statehood Commission, met today with leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at their Washington Bureau.
Shadow U.S. Representatives Charles Rodríguez (D) and Alfonso Aguilar (R) thanked the NAACP for approving a resolution last year calling on the U.S. Congress to grant U.S. statehood to Puerto Rico. The text of the resolution acknowledges the results of the June 2017 referendum where an overwhelming majority of voters in Puerto Rico favored statehood and recognizes statehood for Puerto Rico as a “civil rights issue as the majority of the people have said that they want the core voting and citizenship rights that come with statehood.”
The NAACP delegates passed the resolution at their 2017 National Convention held on July 25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, and was ratified by NAACP’s Board of Directors on October 21, 2017.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.