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The Decolonization of Puerto Rico

Updated on April 24, 2015
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Greg has many opinions when it comes to politics and education. He has no qualms with voicing his opinion..

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My gorgeous Boricua wife, Lastheart brought a blog to my attention just recently. You can find it linked under the protest banner above.

The call is for peaceful protest until the United States decolonizes Puerto Rico.

As an American "gringo," I must say, I am in full agreement. The United Nations is also in agreement. Below are 2 links to hearings the U.N. have had on granting independence to countries with Puerto Rico being one.

President Obama and the rest of the United States government have declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin is wrong in overtaking the Ukraine. Isn't that "the pot calling the kettle black?"

The United States has used Puerto Rico and its people for years. Yes, the U.S. has helped with needs, but they have also kept the Puerto Rican people on a leash. At one time Puerto Rico was well known for supplying:

  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Pineapples
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tobacco
  • And many other items

Because of United States laws and procedures, many of the ones who farmed and shipped these items couldn't afford to anymore. Large pharmaceutical corporations used the island as a tax haven and the prime financial generation for the citizens was shut down. Much of the economic woes of Puerto Rico are a direct result of the United States involvement.

Watch the following 2 videos from the United Nations hearings.

Free To Choose

Just not long ago, the Puerto Rican people voted for Statehood.

The United States has procrastinated on this decision.

In this writer's opinion, the United States needs to decide one way or the other. It isn't fair to the Puerto Rican people that they have to follow so many of the U.S. customs and laws and not receive the other benefits.

If Puerto Rico was decolonized, they could use other methods to bring the economy back to a good rating. The way it is now, the United States is dragging Puerto Rico through the mud.

A Quote

There was one quote in the blog of José M. López Sierra that I feel you all need to read:

With this year’s hearing, the UN has approved, with consensus, its 33rd resolution asking the government of the United States to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. Cuba’s representative noted in the afternoon session that all the 120 states of the Non-aligned Movement and all of the 33 members of the Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC) are in solidarity with Puerto Rico decolonization. A committee member asked the Chair, what else the UN could do to accelerate the eradication of colonialism after United States (US) government having ignored thus far 32 of its resolutions. It is important to note that the UN is in its third decade trying to eradicate colonialism.

As an American who must side with the Caribbean people, I am in full agreement with this stance. I do also urge the Puerto Rican people and those of the other nations who are considering this move: You all need to put a damper on the corruption that seems to be rampant within your governments.

It would be in your worst interests to "kick" American business and interests out of your countries. But I do concede that all of you deserve your freedom to run your country as you will.

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Join With Our Boricua Friends

The mission is:

Decolonize Puerto Rico

To force the United States Federal Government to give Puerto Rico independence, there will be 3 peaceful protests every year. These protests will be held on and at:

  • Every March 22nd
  • The Sunday before every U.N. Hearing
  • Every year on the day the U.N. holds hearings on Puerto Rico decolonization.

I urge all who participate in these protests that they maintain composure. No vandalism or violence, as neither one gives a good impression.

For those of you witnessing these protests, please understand when our Boricua friends get highly emotional; our "democratic" country has stepped on them long enough.

I say we as humans need to understand the situations of other nations. How are Americans viewed? Are we really the "good" nation? .

Puertorriquenos Who Served With Guts, Glory, and Honor: Fighting to Defend a Nation Not Completely Their Own
Puertorriquenos Who Served With Guts, Glory, and Honor: Fighting to Defend a Nation Not Completely Their Own

In honor of all the Puerto Ricans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.


A Message To The Citizens Of Puerto Rico

This decision will cut out some of the "benefits" that the U.S. provides.

You have ample opportunities to grow your economy. Bring back the harvesting of the many fruits, vegetables, and other products that Puerto Rico originally was known for. You have a workforce if handled properly with all the homeless.

You can make it work if the government will not "cater" to certain individuals or groups.


Please stand with the Puerto Rican people.

I also must state that on every 4th of July, consider your independence. Don't other people have the right to be free? What right does the United States have controlling it?

Take a look at all they have endured under United States occupation.

© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      3 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      It is absolute time that Oscar Lopez is released with no sanctions. Thank you for your service to the people of Puerto Rico José M López Sierra.

      President Obama, please release Oscar now!

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      Jose M Lopez Sierra 

      3 years ago

      You are welcome, Froggy213. Here's the latest initiative.

      The Second Oscar – Mandela March in New York City 2015

      We will be having our 2nd Oscar – Mandela Protest March on Monday, June 22, 2015. We will start marching peacefully at 9 AM from Hunter College on East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, to East 43rd Street and Lexington Avenue. We will then go East (turning left) to end up at the Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue (across from the United Nations).

      We will be at the park until 5 PM. We will be giving out flyers and talking to people about who Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is. We will also be educating the public about Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the government of the United States (US).

      Most people don’t know that every year, usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day, the United Nations holds its hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico. The petitioners will usually join our protest after this meeting.

      The UN determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity. Since then, the UN has issued 33 resolutions asking for the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. The US government has ignored these resolutions. What kind of democracy is that?

      The US government tries to keep these hearings a secret. What we are trying to do is to get them out of the closet. The UN is in its 3rd decade trying to make the world colony-free. Please help us!

      Most people also don’t know that the United States government takes out 14 times more money than what it invests in Puerto Rico. But, that is what colonies are for!

      This savage exploitation impedes Puerto Rico’s ability to provide opportunities for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans living away from Puerto Rico than in their homeland.

      Oscar López Rivera has been incarcerated for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize Puerto Rico. Since colonialism is an international crime, international law gives Oscar the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize his homeland. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years for doing the same thing as Oscar. This is why we say, Oscar López Rivera is our Nelson Mandela!

      United Partners for Puerto Rico Decolonization invites the public to be part of the tsunami of people that will be necessary to make the US government comply with the UN resolutions. These annual protests in Puerto Rico and at the UN are absolutely necessary, because, those who maintain colonies, don’t believe in justice for all!

      José M López Sierra


    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you very much José M López Sierra for coming here to keep us up to date and aware of the truth.

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      Jose M Lopez Sierra 

      4 years ago

      Not true that there are 3 political status options for Puerto Rico

      The United States (US) government has made Puerto Ricans believe that there are 3 political status options for Puerto Rico. That is a lie. The purpose for that is to have Puerto Ricans fight amongst themselves. The plan has been a huge success! Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States for 116 years, and judging by the 80% voter turnout in the colonial elections, the majority of us has not realized that we have been lied to.

      In reality, there is only one option. The United Nations (UN) in 1960 determined that colonialism is a crime against humanity. Therefore, the only thing that Puerto Rico can do is to become her own nation. That means that the US must give Puerto Rico the sovereignty that the US illegally took away from her by virtue of the July 25, 1898 military invasion.

      Thus far, the US government has ignored the 33 UN resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. Instead, it has tried to hide these petitions, and at the same time appear to believe in democracy by pushing for plebiscites so that Puerto Ricans could decide between colonialism, being a US state, or independence (decolonization as required by the UN).

      The problem with the US pushed plebiscites are that they:

      1. don’t comply with international law that prohibits a nation to have a colony.

      2. don’t comply with international law that requires the empire to give the sovereignty it illegally took away to its colony.

      3. don’t comply with international law that requires that to have free elections, that country must be free first.

      4. have 2 options that are not permitted by international law- continuing being a colony and becoming a state of the country that has the colony. For the option of becoming a state of the country that has the colony to be considered, the colony must first become her own nation (decolonized).

      This is why we have to peacefully protest 3 times a year until the US government complies with the UN resolutions for Puerto Rico decolonization.

      José M López Sierra

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      Jose M Lopez Sierra 

      4 years ago

      Thank you, Froggy213, for your solidarity! We will need a tsunami of people at these protests to achieve our goal.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you Jose,

      As a Gringo, I stand with you in you.

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      Jose M Lopez Sierra 

      4 years ago

      Dear Partner,

      Since the United Nations determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity, there is no longer a need for plebiscites. The solution is to give Puerto Rico her sovereignty.

      But being the United States government does not want to, it continues to advocate the use of plebiscites to find out what Puerto Ricans want. Even if 100% of Puerto Ricans would want to continue being a US colony, Puerto Rico would still be obligated to accept her sovereignty to then decide what she wants to do.

      The only thing these plebiscites are good for is to divide Puerto Ricans. A Puerto Rican didn’t invade us to make us a colony. When will we understand that we need to unite?

      This is why we must peacefully protest at least 3 times a year until Puerto Rico is decolonized!

      José M López Sierra

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      4 years ago

      Minimum wage? We will not have wages at all. Wow! This hub should have reinforced my thoughts and it gave me light to another direction. Yes, I do desire freedom for everyone, but I guess that the freedom that God offers is so different from the earthly one. I guess that is what has change my mind process. Ohhhh, many will become my enemies, perhaps because they won't understand. May unity be for all the world, may we travel every place we want, and may love prevail, and war be gone!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Honey, with how the United States economy is going, it may be much better for Puerto Rico to be out from some of the laws of the United States. One prime one is minimum wage. The cost of living falls in different areas there.

      billy, thanks for taking a Sunday read. I hope that the Puerto Rican people get what they desire, and will be beneficial for them.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I normally don't read hubs on the weekend, but I wanted a refresher course on this, and you provided it nicely. Thanks my friend. I hope your weekend was enjoyable.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. I do have to say that until now I understood what freedom was about, but honestly we Puerto Rican will never be free. It has been too long being under other's rules. History has demonstrated that they need to be under others. Better devil known than the unknown that wants it. Look at Cuba, look at Dominican Republic...we don't want that either.


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