July 3, 2018 – Washington, DC – In compliance with Public Law 30-2017, the Puerto Rico Statehood Commission (PRSC) completed its 2018 Annual Report and delivered it to the Puerto Rico Legislative Assembly and Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
The annual report details the Commission’s activities in the past year and delineates a path forward for the year ahead. The report highlights an increase in support for Puerto Rican statehood among members of both major political parties and non-government organizations in the United States.
Statehood as a Civil Rights Movement
The Commission has framed the statehood movement as a civil rights issue in which 3.3 million Americans lack basic rights such as the presidential vote and voting representation in the U.S. Congress. In order to increase popular support in the mainland, PRSC has garnered the backing of numerous civil rights organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Congress of Racial Equality (CRE), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
Broadening Puerto Rico’s Statehood Movement
Throughout 2017, the Commission has been working to reach out to and engage outside organizations in strategic alliances to broaden the support for Puerto Rico statehood by leveraging the attention and growing national political importance of Puerto Rico in support of other causes and issues compatible with our own. Among them are:
D.C. Statehood Commission
Latino Legislative Roundtable
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal National Committee
Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Our partnerships and collaboration with these groups will serve to amplify the message to a wider, national audience and garnish long-sought support for equality through statehood. Supportive actions include approval of resolutions, grassroots mobilization, support in lobbying efforts among others.
Developing Grassroots Leadership
The PRSC is working to identify committed grassroots leaders which can be empowered and trained to advocate for statehood both from their respective localities as well as in Washington, D.C. Toward this end, the Puerto Rico Statehood Coalition has been formed and has begun holding meetings with grassroots leaders. To formalize its efforts and give it permanence, it was recently created as an independent 501(c)4 organization.
HR 6246: Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act 2018
In close collaboration with the Office of Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, PRSC helped shape the roll-out strategy of HR 6246. Anticipating the introduction of the Statehood Bill, PRSC met with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and garnished support and helped achieve co-sponsors. This task will continue throughout this year and the next.
You can read the full report here: Report – Puerto Rico Statehood Commission – 2018 Annual Report – June 29, 2018