The publications are presented in the Arizona newspapers “Arizona Republic” & “Tucson Daily Star” on Rep. Grijalva’s home district.
PUERTO RICO STATEHOOD SUPPORTERS CONTINUE A NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN
Puerto Rico Statehood supporters continue the national educational campaign with the release of new full-page publications in the “Tucson Daily Star” and “Arizona Republic”. The full-page presents Congressman Raul Grijalva. The Tucson, Arizona Representative is the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee that has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico’s political status and is the committee that had a hearing on the Puerto Rico Statehood Act (HR.1522). The publication reminds readers of the speech given by now President Biden where he expressed his support of statehood for Puerto Rico saying that “Statehood would be the most effective means of ensuring that the [American Citizens] residents of Puerto Rico are treated equally with full representation at the Federal level.”. The full-page starts by asking Congressman Grijalva to “Follow the President’s Call to Action” and outright asks him to support HR.1522, the Statehood legislation that is being considered by the committee he chairs.
These two new publications continue the national educational campaign of full-pages with pro-statehood messages that have been published in other Statewide and National newspapers as follow:
“Star Ledger”, New Jersey on June 6.
“Hartford Courant”, Connecticut on June 3.
“The News Journal”, Delaware on May 28.
“The Boston Globe”, Massachusetts on May 19.
“The New York Times” on May 12.
“Roll Call” on April 20.
“The Hill” on April 15.
“Politico” on April 15.
The messages supporting the Statehood Admission Bills HR.1522 and S.780 have been published following the Congressional Hearing held on April 14th where the Natural Resources Committee discussed H.R.1522, a bipartisan bill that was introduced by Florida Representative Darren Soto and Puerto Rico’s sole Representative Jenniffer González in March, to provide for the Admission of the State of Puerto Rico into the Union. The publication also presents the results where Statehood won on the last referendum held along with Puerto Rico’s November 2020 General Election. Puerto Rican voters never before had the opportunity to vote in a simple up-or-down, “YES” or “NO” question, where “YES” was support for statehood. The publication states that “We the People of Puerto Rico Have Decided” as a response to the words said by President Biden where he exclaimed that “the people of Puerto Rico must decide”. The full page shows the result that the “majority voted YES, 52.52% for statehood”, the result clearly being that the electorate voted in favor of being admitted as a State.
The November 2020 Referendum, held with a high participation rate of the voters in the General Election, was Puerto Rico’s third vote in favor of Statehood in less than a decade. The American Citizens of Puerto Rico have voted in three separate occasions where all the results have supported statehood; one of which included a question where the territorial status was overwhelmingly rejected. The U.S. Citizens of Puerto Rico have called on Congress to grant them full representation, benefits, responsibilities, and equality under statehood.
The full-page publications end by urging Congressman Grijalva to act, to strengthen democracy, respect the will of the people and support the legislation introduced in Congress, H.R.1522 and Senate Bill 780 titled: “To provide for the Admission of the State of Puerto Rico into the Union”.