(July 4, 2020 -Washington, D.C.) – The Puerto Rico Equality Commission Celebrates the liberties of our Nation on July 4th, 2020. Today marks two hundred forty-four years since our founding fathers declared our independence and mutually pledged their lives to our beloved nation, America. As we celebrate our freedom, we must not forget that the year 2020 has proved to be challenging and the hardest in modern history, in the aftermath of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, as in 1776, we face fear and uncertainty as we continue to battle this virus and grief as we mourn those that have passed away. However, throughout our history, as a nation united, we have confronted and overcome such threats. We will continue to rise to the challenges bestowed upon us, stronger as we strive for a more perfect union. We are in this together.
As our beloved island recovers from the 2017 Hurricanes Irma and María, the recent seismic events that continue to impact our island, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our efforts to ensure equal treatment for the 3.2 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico have doubled down. We will continue to address the inequalities that affect millions who call the island home, moving forward to end Puerto Rico’s historical colonial-territorial relationship to the United States and becoming the 51st state of the Union.
On November 3rd, 2020, Puerto Rico residents will have the opportunity to vote on a plebiscite and answer “Yes or No” to the question of “Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted into the Union as a State? This vote seeks to define the island’s political status in an effort to end the geographical discrimination against the U.S. citizens who call the island home. The PREC supports and will continue to advocate on behalf of the “Yes” option on the ballot that would commence the process for our beloved island to become a state.
The Puerto Rico Equality Commission celebrates our nation’s independence and proudly wishes everyone a safe and happy July 4th Holiday!
For more information about the report, please visit the Commission’s website: http://equality-pr.us