Llegará a Orlando el autor de Guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños

El autor de libros y director de cine, Nelson Denis, viene a Orlando a conversar con los residentes de la Florida Central y explicar, desde un punto de vista histórico y económico, la complicada relación que existe entre Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos.

Denis, es el autor del libro “War against all Puerto Ricans”, (guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños) y llega a la ciudad gracias a la organización Misión Boricua con el apoyo de Hispanic Federation, como parte de su programa de educación para la comunidad.

El encuentro será el jueves 31 de agosto a las 5:30 p.m., en Acacia Centro Borinqueño, 1865 N Econlockhatchee Trail, en Orlando. Además estarán inscribiendo a las personas para votar o para actualizar sus datos en el padrón electoral.

En su libro, Denis revive un pasaje histórico de 1934 cuando una huelga paralizó la economía de Puerto Rico durante casi cuatro meses. Entonces el jefe de la Policía E. Francis Riggs, un hombre americano, “declaró la guerra a los puertorriqueños” y asesinó a muchos huelguistas y nacionalistas.

“La frase de Riggs, ‘War against all Puerto Ricans’ fue un buen título para mi libro pero ahora resulta que esa guerra está más vigente que nunca y puede afectar a muchos puertorriqueños de la isla si cierran hospitales, suspenden beneficios médicos, cortan pensiones y hay más recortes a la educación como en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, todo eso aparentemente constituye una guerra declarada”, dijo a El Sentinel el exmiembro de la Asamblea del Estado de Nueva York.

La importancia de la historia

Agregó que los puertorriqueños seguirán emigrando a Orlando; por eso, dice, es imprescindible que la gente entienda la dinámica que ha existido en los últimos 120 años entre Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico, “es una relación económica donde los primeros 30 años Estados Unidos se apoderó del 80 por ciento de la tierra de Puerto Rico y si las cosas siguen así Puerto Rico será como un Disney para millonarios y un gueto para los puertorriqueños”, aseguró el escritor.

Para Denis, que nació en Nueva York pero su familia es de Caguas, los hechos que suceden en la actualidad son consecuencia de actos del pasado, por ejemplo la Ley Jones que se promulgó en 1917, en su Sección 27, le otorga el manejo de la economía a EEUU ya que solo barcos estadounidenses pueden transportar mercancías y pasajeros de un puerto a otro. Además, todas las embarcaciones deben ser construidas y ser propiedad de EEUU.

“Bajo la Ley Jones, cualquier buque extranjero que ingrese directamente a Puerto Rico debe pagar aranceles punitivos, restricciones de cuotas, tasas e impuestos, que luego se pasan al consumidor puertorriqueño”, entonces explicó que para bajar esos costos el barco extranjero solo tiene la opción de reencaminarse a Jacksonville, Florida “donde todos los productos serán descargados del buque extranjero, cargados de nuevo en un barco estadounidense, y luego — finalmente — enviados de regreso a Puerto Rico. El costo final de todo esta maniobra lo paga el consumidor puertorriqueño.

Pero dice que hay una manera de que en Orlando ayuden a Puerto Rico, “la gente de Orlando está en una posición clave en esta lucha y es que los puertorriqueños hagan una gran marcha de Orlando a Jacksonville que afecte a las compañías de carga, en esta marcha invitan a celebridades puertorriqueñas como Marc Anthony y Ricky Martin a que participen y tenga más fuerza”, afirmó y aseguró que eso no es imposible porque ya pasó con la situación de Vieques.

Para escribir el libro, el autor se basó en hechos históricos y usó fuentes públicas y privadas “todo el material tiene referencias”, tardó cuatro años en escribirlo, aunque empezó las investigaciones en 1977 cuando estaba en la universidad hablando con familiares y algunos eran nacionalistas.

Aparte ha escrito tres novelas que no se han publicado y 14 guiones de largometrajes. En 2003 dirigió la película “Vote for me”. En este momento está dirigiendo un largometraje de comedia de ficción sobre un inmigrante.

El debate del estatus

Acerca del estatus de Puerto Rico, y su opinión de los grupos que impulsan la estadidad Denis dice que es una posibilidad que tiene cierta atracción, pero “Estados Unidos nunca va a aceptar a alguien que debe $74,000 millones, además tendría acceso inmediato a la bancarrota y renegociar la deuda y si eso pasa, los otros 50 estados van a querer hacer lo mismo”. Según el autor ese es el motivo por el que no quieren darle la estadidad a Puerto Rico y sigue como colonia, “sin decir que soy independentista y si las otras dos opciones te meten en el cementerio el único modo de salir adelante es la independencia para Puerto Rico”, afirmó.

Por su parte Zoraida Ríos-Andino, presidenta de Misión Boricua, explicó que el evento es parte del programa educativo de la organización, “para que el pueblo aprenda que la única manera de resolver nuestro presente es aprender de lo que pasó en nuestra historia y que es la causa de lo que pasamos ahora”.

Ríos-Andino enfatizó que la gente debe aprender de la Ley de Cabotaje y que Florida juega un papel importante porque aquí está el puerto más grande de donde sale la mercancía para Puerto Rico y es Jacksonville.

“Es una ley injusta que por su culpa la economía de Puerto Rico no se puede desarrollar porque todos los productos que llegan a la isla deben ser de barcos americanos y así los puertorriqueños no pueden conseguir un mejor precio”, afirmó Ríos-Andino y agregó que están por concluir con el programa de radio Misión Boricua Informa, que durante tres meses presentó funcionarios electos y líderes comunitarios además que expuso temas de la historia de Puerto Rico y que próximamente lanzarán su página en internet que se llamará misionboricua.net.

source El Sentinel

Invitados a conocer el autor Nelson Denis

Muy pronto en Orlando, Misión Boricua presenta: Nelson Denis, Autor, “Guerra Contra Todos Los Puertorriqueños.”
Entrada libre de costo y todos son bienvenidos.
Llama al 407-443-1739 o misionboricua@gmail.com para mas información. ¡NO TE LO PUEDES PERDER!

Coming soon to Orlando, Misión Boricua presents: Nelson Denis, Author, “War Against All Puerto Ricans.”
Free event and everyone is welcomed!
Call 407-443-1739 or misionboricua@gmail.com for more information. YOU CANNOT MISS THIS!

Hosted by Jochy Cora-Santiago and Michael Dorta Romero

Invitados para el programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa”

Hoy martes, 22 de agosto, invitados para el programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa” son Lucy Meléndez, Oficina del Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado de Orange, FL, y Fryda Guedes, Directora Nacional del prgrama de Participación Civica de Hispanic Federation. Programa es de 3:00-4:00pm por La Grande 1030am y 104.7fm Orlando( https://beta.tunein.com/radio/La-Grande-1030-s21763/). Gracias.

TodayTuesday, August 22nd, invited guests for the “Misión Boricua Informa” radio program are Lucy Meléndez, from the Supervisor of Elections Office in Orange County, Fl. and Fryda Guedes, National Director of Civic Participation Program for Hispanic Federation. Program airs from 3:00-4:00 pm on La Grande 1030am and 104.7fm in Orlando (https://beta.tunein.com/radio/La-Grande-1030-s21763/). Thank you!

Radio Show with state senator Victor Torres

Thank you, State Senator Victor Torres for your recent participation in our radio program “Misión Boricua Informa”. We appreciate all you do for our community.

Gracias Senador Estatal Victor M. Torres Jr. Por su reciente participación en nuestro programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa”. Gracias por todo lo que haces para nuestra comunidad. — with Victor M. Torres Jr. at La Grande 1030AM.

Join us to defend the interests of Puerto Ricans

As a federal court holds a second hearing on Puerto Rico’s debt, the truth behind the debt is more important than ever. Big payouts to big banks shouldn’t be made until the debt is audited. Join us in urging Judge Swain, who is hearing the arguments from banks, creditors and others representing the working people, to defend the interests of the PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE and call for an audit.

You can join in support with your selfie! You can print at bit.ly/2v2DwDG , post, and tag #Vamos4PR #AuditoriaYa #GenteAntesQueLaDeuda #Vamos4PRFL

N.P.R.L.C welcomes Mr. Felipe Luciano

Help me welcome Mr. Felipe Luciano as our guest keynote speaker for the Puerto Rican Leadership Summit to be held at the University of Central Florida on September 25th, 2017.www.nprlcef.org

Mr. Felipe Luciano is one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. His eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of social justice are extraordinary and reminiscent of the oratory talent of civil rights leaders of the 1960s.

This two-time Emmy recipient, former WNBC-TV New York news anchor, and lecturer defied adversity early in life. Luciano was born in New York City and raised in poverty in East Harlem and Brooklyn by a single Puerto Rican mother. In 1964, at the age of sixteen, Luciano was convicted of attempted manslaughter after a gang fight and sentenced to five years in prison, of which he served two. Upon his release, the Harlem antipoverty agency, HARYOU-ACT, recognized his academic potential and creative talent and urged the young Luciano to apply to college. With the support of the college readiness program, SEEK, he enrolled in the City University of New York Queens College campus, where he immediately became involved in the student activism of the 1960s. Luciano soon became known within activist circles for his membership in the Last Poets, the group of black power era artists mentored by Amiri Baraka, whose politically charged live-music and spoken word poetry performances in the 1960s prefigured the emergence of hip hop and rap in the 1970s and 1980s. As a member of the Last Poets, Luciano led provocative political workshops in Harlem that attracted progressive intellectuals and activists, including leading figures of the black power movement like Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown.

As a result of his local popularity as a Harlem artist and progressive activist, Luciano was approached by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1968 who wanted to launch a radical organization oriented around fighting against Puerto Rican poverty and racial oppression. Eventually, that cohort of young students launched the New York chapter of the Young Lords Organization (YLO), the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party. Luciano was elected Chairman of the New York group.

Under Luciano’s leadership, the YLO changed its name to the Young Lords Party (YLP) and became one of the most influential Puerto Rican organizations of the 1960s. Luciano established himself in the YLP by articulating the grievances and aspirations of poor Puerto Ricans in an eloquently accessible manner and by identifying issues that resonated with community residents.

Luciano describes his politics during the 1960s as revolutionary nationalism evolving toward a global view of revolution. Luciano attributes his revolutionary politics of the 1960s to his childhood immersion in the family oriented networks and migrant community culture of Puerto Ricans, and to his grueling and punishing prison experience, which helped to crystallize his understanding of the contradictions between American poverty and repression, and the nation’s democratic promise. His 1960s political activism and his membership in the YLP in particular, were crucial to his political maturation and to the constructive channeling of his energies after prison—a period which he identifies as his “age of disillusionment.” Luciano also attributes his success in navigating his early life’s challenges and his successes in the YLP to his strong Afro-Latino identity. He credits his doting grandmother, who had a profoundly proud sense of her negritude, for impressing upon him a positive view of his Afro-Latino roots.

In the fall of 1971, Luciano left the YLP after a series of political disagreements over the YLP’s new directions in politics, strategy, and tactics. Of his experience in the YLP, Luciano recalls that the Young Lords worked hard, worked collectively, and engaged in revolutionary campaigns that had a lasting effect on Puerto Ricans and New York City.

Following his departure from the YLP, Luciano again immersed himself in the city’s black arts movement. From 1972 to 1975, he founded and produced the acclaimed radio show Latin Roots, the first English-language program in the United States to feature Latin culture and music, and to develop an ethnically and racially diverse audience. Latin Roots aired on WRVR, a New York-based radio station affiliated with Riverside Church and known for playing Jazz and the progressive sermons from the church. During Luciano’s tenure, Latin Roots received an Ace Award for best radio show. Later, Luciano joined renowned program director, Frankie Crocker, at WBLS. Later he was hired by WLIB, the sister station of Percy Sutton’s Inner City Broadcasting Company and produced Conversations with Felipe Luciano, which explored the commonalities between black and Latino communities through dialogue with his listening audience and a cross section of representatives from politics, grassroots organizations, and cultural, financial, and religious institutions.

In the mid-1970s, Luciano’s career evolved from radio to television when he joined the news team at NBC’s New York City affiliate station as general reporter and later, as weekend anchor, becoming the first Puerto Rican news anchor of a major media network station in the United States. While at WNBC–New York, Luciano won an Emmy Award for Best Reporting and Story for a Live Special Report (a concept which he created) on prison life at Riker’s Island. For his reporting at Riker’s, he also won a Silurian Award. In the 1980s, Luciano anchored Channel 2’s The People for WCBS, a weekly local series featuring current events and interviews with cultural and political movers and shakers where he was awarded a second Emmy Award. He was also the original correspondent and host of Good Day New York and cohosted with Ed Koch on a popular local political affairs show called Street Talk.

Luciano’s media success is attributed to his first-rate status as a communicator, his sensibility for cultural trends, and his keen analysis of the most important developments in Latino, African American, and mainstream politics. He recently earned a master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary and just finished the year as the Director of Communications for the City of Newark.

Felipe Luciano lecturers at colleges, universities, unions, and community organizations nationwide. He consults on issues pertaining to emerging markets, the Latino and African American communities, youth and gang violence, coalition building, diversity, and multiculturalism.

Congress Has a List, but That Isn’t in the Constitution

The 2016 law creating an oversight board for Puerto Rico blatantly violates the Appointments Clause.

The framers of the U.S. Constitution regarded the carefully wrought system of separated powers as essential to securing liberty, freedom and stability. In Federalist No. 48, James Madison warned that the legislature would try to be the most powerful branch, “everywhere extending the sphere of its activity, and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” Congress, Madison foresaw, would “mask, under complicated and indirect measures, the encroachments which it makes on the coordinate departments.”

One of the most important responsibilities the Constitution assigns the president is the power to nominate the people who execute our nation’s laws. This subject was debated extensively at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. One group, led by Benjamin Franklin, sought to vest the appointment power in the Senate, fearing that lodging that power in the executive would lead to monarchy. The other faction, led by Madison and Alexander Hamilton, believed the executive was better suited to the task, because “collective appointments were usually marked by intrigues, deals, and machinations.”

The Constitution’s Appointments Clause was a compromise. The president has the power of appointment, constrained by the Senate’s power to advise and consent.

But true to Madison’s prediction, lawmakers have repeatedly enacted measures that encroach on the president’s constitutional prerogatives, including the appointment process. Just last year, they did it again in a statute known as Promesa—the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act.

Promesa establishes the seven-member Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to address the commonwealth’s fiscal challenges. The act gives the president authority to choose only one of the board’s members. It directs him to select the remaining six members from lists supplied separately by the House speaker, the Senate majority leader and both chambers’ minority leaders. Those lists have never been made public.

The statute provides that if the president picks his nominees from the lists, no Senate confirmation is required. The president theoretically could select others, but they would be subject to Senate confirmation, which had to be obtained within two months of the statute’s enactment—during which time the Senate was in session for only eight days. President Obama acquiesced in this legislative squeeze-play and selected six of the board’s members from the congressional leaders’ lists. None of the members were confirmed by the Senate or publicly vetted in any way.

The constitutional problems with this method of choosing the Oversight Board’s members were no secret to Congress. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington warned during the debate that the bill violated the Appointments Clause. Congress attempted to paper over the problem by inserting a definitional provision stating that the board is part of the territorial government of Puerto Rico, not the federal government.

But what matters under the Appointments Clause is the source of an entity’s authority, not the label Congress puts on it. The board is federal in every relevant respect. It was created by federal law, and its members are appointed by federal officials to carry out federal law. The board functions as a federal super-governor for Puerto Rico: It alone has the power to initiate, and then manage on behalf of Puerto Rico in a federal court, what is likely to be the largest bankruptcy proceeding in American history.

People who exercise important congressionally granted authority are unquestionably principal officers of the United States. Thus, under the Constitution, they had to be appointed by the president with the consent of the Senate. In fact, since the Constitution was ratified, every federally appointed territorial governor—including in Puerto Rico, which began electing governors only in 1948—has been nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

None of the board’s members were appointed that way. Instead, it consists of one person chosen by the president and six secretly handpicked by individual members of Congress, and the Senate abdicated its duty to confirm all seven of them—in blatant violation of the Constitution. The board’s members wield massive federal authority and are accountable to no one—a recipe for corruption. If Congress can get away with this latest circumvention, you may be sure that it will do the same thing again and again, “drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.”

It will be up to the courts to stop it.

By Theodore B. Olson  From The Wall Street Journal

Invitados al programa radial Mision Boricua Informa

Mañana Martes, 15 de Agosto invitados para el programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa” son Emily Bonilla, Comisionada Distrito 5 en el Condado de Orange y Daniel M. López, Autor “California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans, 1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/Migrants”. Programa es de 3:00-4:00pm por La Grande 1030am y 104.7fm en Orlando La Grande 1030 Radio .¡No te lo puedes perder!

Guests for tomorrow’s Tuesday, August 15th “Misión Boricua Informa” radio program are Emily Bonilla, Commissioner District 5 Orange County, and Daniel M. López, Author, “California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans, 1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/Migrants”. Program is from 3:00-4:00pm on La Grande 1030am and 104.7fm La Grande 1030 Radio in Orlando . Please don’t miss this informative program!

Radio Show with Carlos Guillermo

Thank you so much Carlos Guillermo Smith, State Representative District 49, for your participation in yesterday’s radio program, “Misión Boricua Informa”. Your dedication and commitment to our community is truly appreciated. Muchas gracias Carlos Guillermo Smith, Represente Estatal Distrito 49, por su participación en el programa radial de ayer “Misión Boricua Informa”. Su dedicación y compromiso a nuestra comunidad es realmente apreciada. — with Carlos Guillermo Smith.

On behalf of Misión Boricua I would like to thank representatives from Vamos 4 Puerto Rico, Krislin Lata and Attorney Kira Romero (center) for their participation in yesterday’s radio program “Misión Boricua Informa”. I would also like to thank Maria Torres, (left) member and Historian for Misión Boricua for her assistance and participation as well. ¡En la Unión está la fuerza! En nombre de Misión Boricua me gustaría agradecer a los representantes de Vamos 4 Puerto Rico, Krislin Lata y la Lic. Kira Romero (centro) por su participación en el programa radial de ayer “Misión Boricua informa”. También me gustaría agradecer a Maria Torres, miembro e Historiadora de Misión Boricua por su asistencia y participación. ¡En la Unión está la fuerza!

Next Radio Show

Misión Boricua Informa Radio Program guest for today Tuesday, August 8, 2017 is State Senator District 15, Victor Torres (first half). Maribel Nieves, Spokesperson and Board Member for “Unión Patriotica Boricua” in Orlando will be guest during second half of program. The program can be heard from 3-4pm on 1030am or 104.7fm radio in Orlando.