I received a letter today informing me that I have not exercised my right to vote in past elections, and that if I don’t update my registration, I will not be able to vote in the plebiscite to decolonize Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 11.
By José M. López Sierra – Puerto
The United States (US) government has convinced many Boricuas in 118 years that it is through its elections and plebiscites that we will decolonize ourselves. Rafael Cancel Miranda said recently that he knows of no country that has liberated herself that way.
Why didn’t it used elections to colonize us if the US government really believes that? Because, it knew that it would get the same answer it got from the Puerto Rican Delegate Assembly when it rejected the US government’s citizenship offer. That’s why the US government decided to invade us militarily, against the rule of law and the Autonomic Charter of 1917.
Pedro Albizu Campos said that if we could gain our independence through the electoral process, it would be illegal in Puerto Rico. Those who doubt that the US government’s plan is to keep us colonized forever should read Dr. Nelson Rochet’s doctoral thesis entitled RACISM IN THE US CONGRESS DEBATES AND THE COLONIAL NON-INCORPORATED TERRITORY (firstname.lastname@example.org or 787-630-0810). Click here for a preview of its content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36JhWdy3iYU&t=123s
We do not have a voice at all as slaves of the US government. That is why elections and plebiscites in Puerto Rico are absurd! Moreover, that is how the US government imposed its Fiscal Control Board on us.
It is important that we realize that another Boricua is not the enemy. We are a colony, because the US government wants it so.
The right that we do have under international law is to our decolonization. That will require that the US government give us the sovereignty it stole from us in 1898. That would then be the time for us to discuss what kind of government we want. To do that now, would be like putting the cart before the horse.
I stopped voting,as soon as I realized this. I understood that that was the way the US government was keeping us colonized.
I decided instead to hold marches to peacefully force the US government to comply with the 35 United Nations resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. Click here to read the 35th resolution: RESOLUCION-CE-PR-2016-1. You will find no mention of conducting plebiscites to determine what Puerto Ricans prefer.
We will need a tsunami of people to peacefully force the US government to do what it has not wanted to do for over a century. Join us on our 4th Oscar – Mandela March in Puerto Rico on the Abolition of Slavery Day, because those who have ignored 35 resolutions to decolonize us don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL!
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