By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
To answer this question, we must answer another question. What is reformism?
Let’s leave these questions for now to first narrate how Puerto Rico became a colony of the United States Government (USG).
The USG decided to become an empire in 1898. The USG declared war on Spain to take away the 4 remaining colonies of her empire.
The USG has governed Puerto Rico exclusively for its own interests. The best proof of that is the 5.4 million Puerto Ricans who live away from their national territory versus 3.4 million of us who refuse to abandon our homeland.
During 120 years of United States (US) colonialism in Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans have suffered from everything.The Fiscal Control Board is just one in a very long list!
Reformism is what Puerto Ricans have done to try to better their condition of slavery before the USG’s absolute power over them. Here is a small sample of struggles fought by Puerto Ricans to try to improve their colonial condition designed to exploit them to the maximum:
- Elections in Puerto Rico
- Struggle for beaches for the people
- Struggle against the Fiscal Control Board
- Struggle to audit the debt
- Struggle to get the US Navy out of Vieques
- And the list will never end
All these struggles are because Puerto Ricans do not govern themselves. In a tree, these struggles would be the branches. The trunk of the tree would be the main problem of the USG having robbed us of our sovereignty in 1898.
Even if we were to win one of these struggles like in Viegues, we would still continue to suffer, because we would continue to be a US colony.
Our patriot Juan Antonio Corretjer explained excellently reformism in his book, “The struggle for Puerto Rico independence” published the year before the October 30, 1950 Nationalist Insurrection against the USG.
What will surprise you is that Juan Antonio affirmed that Puerto Ricans have always been ready to fight for their liberty, but that they have always been lied to. You can read his book by clicking on this link:
Therefore, our struggle must be to force the USG to return our sovereignty to us. For that, we must engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the United Nations (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism, and 37 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.
Get involved, because those who go to war to acquire colonies don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!
Tenemos que pelear la batalla correcta. We have to fight the correct battle.