Awards in Washington DC, Blackouts in Puerto Rico, Cowards in Los Angeles

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On September 22, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, singer Prince Royce and author Junot Díaz received “Hispanic Heritage Awards” in Washington, DC. In attendance were Frankie Negrón, actor JW Cortés, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and numerous other “celebrities.”

Also on September 22, Lin-Manuel Miranda and painter Antonio Martorell received “Ceiba Awards” from the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

It reminded me of Uncle Sam bestowing Christmas gifts, to children under a tree.

There was nothing wrong with the ceremonies. They were tasteful and dignified.

But the awards were given on precisely the same night, that Puerto Rico was swallowed by an island-wide blackout.

Highway in San Juan, PR on the evening of Sept. 22, 2016

“The entire island is without power,” said Angel Crespo, director of Puerto Rico’s fire department.

Water service shut down, highways jammed, train service was canceled, and 15 more fires ignited across Puerto Rico, as a result of malfunctioning electric generators.

And yesterday…on September 23…many people throughout Puerto Rico were still suffering from the electrical blackout, which had started two days earlier. 


September 23 has an additional meaning for Puerto Ricans. It is the anniversary of El Grito de Lares, when nearly 1,000 men – many of them slaves – revolted against the Spanish on Sept. 23, 1868.

It is also the anniversary of the death of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, who was shot – and forced to bleed to death – by the FBI on Sept. 23, 2005.

This year, with a Financial Control Board on its way and Puerto Ricans left without electricity on Sept. 21-23, a number of conspiracy theories began to circulate throughout the island. These included:

  • FBI wanted to neutralize Sept. 23 as a “revolutionary organizing tool,” so they triggered a widespread blackout just before it
  • FBI started the Aguirre fire, so that they could blame the independentistas for it
  • The independentistas actually did do it
  • PPD sent an arsonist to Aguirre…because they needed to get Anaudy Hernandez off the front page, so that David Bernier does not lose the governor’s race

Conspiracy theories are difficult to prove, but two things do appear certain:

#1: This blackout will help the US bondholders to insist on “privatizing” PREPA. They will claim that blackouts – and not their own financial greed – are a key motivating factor for turning PREPA into a Public Private Partnership (aka “P3”). Of course, this “P3” will be managed from Wall Street: not for the safety and well-being of Puerto Rico…but for dividends, stock splits and Christmas bonuses.

#2: The celebrities receiving these honors & awards in the US, should devote a little time to the island.

In the 1950s, people like Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Dick Gregory made a real commitment to the civil rights movement. They marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Then they got other celebrities involved: such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Eartha Kitt, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and many others.

They brought attention to the plight of African-Americans south of the Mason-Dixon line.

They did not calculate the career costs of marching and speaking out. They simply did the right thing.


There are 15 regional blackouts per day in Puerto Rico…over 5,000 of them just last year, in 2015.

The island is literally being thrown into the Dark Age…and it needs a few key individuals, to shed some light before it is too late.

“This award is not about me, said Sotomayor, as she accepted her Heritage Award. “It’s about all the others who have led our community…and carried us upward.”

Sotomayor is correct, but her results need to match her speeches.

This year, her Supreme Court handed down two decisions (Franklin California and Sanchez Valle) which declared Puerto Rico to be nothing more than a “territorial possession”of the United States…a colony. Evidently, Sonia failed to persuade her colleagues to the contrary…and now we have a Financial Control Board.

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote opinion editorials supporting the PROMESA bill, and the imposition of a Financial Control Board over Puerto Rico.

We need something better than this.

If Puerto Rico is to emerge from its current darkness, people need to think clearly and carefully.

And then they must act…

Just like the African-American community did, during the civil rights marches of the 1950s.

Here’s a thought:



For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s ColonyBuy it Now

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7 Comments on “Awards in Washington DC, Blackouts in Puerto Rico, Cowards in Los Angeles

  1. El veneno mental que sufrimos nosotros se llama colonialismo. Hay que leer Franz Fanon


  2. @islandgirlpr:

    You are naive and will get a beautiful, major dissapointment if you expect PROMESA, (i would call it ABUSO), to do anything for you or me. I too am a business owner, (19yrs.), but i am quite clear on why this junta has been appointed, get the money for the super rich.
    The blackouts thing is true, but can be misenterpreted. I live in Adjuntas and barely ever fell affected by this even though i do notice occasional, very short, (seconds really), power outages. So if you count those you get a big figure.
    Regarding the Grito celebration being used to organize revolutionary activities, i am sure electrical power is not essential for something like that.
    No one has blamed the independentistas so all the so called FBI strategies are nothing more than conspiracy theories.
    We are divided because americans new where to hit some of our older generations. They diminished our national pride to nothingness and positioned themselves in the minds of these generations as demi-gods bearing gifts, not unlike the “cargo cults” of the pacific, read about them. This sheer, embarrasing hatred of our culture, nationality, persona, ,existence, is ever present, daily, every minute. These people, (i call them imbecileńos), love to hate Puerto Rico and are truly convinced they are americans. And then, there are the magnificent polititians adding leńa al fuego.
    Hopefully, and i trully hate to admit to this, the FBI investigation into the involvement of Wall Street in a very possible illegal scheme that led to some of the bonds creation and sale will show this is not on us.
    Can’t wait to see how that unravels.


  3. Puerto Ricans are divided. Not by their heritage, culture or identity… They are divided due to years of brain-washing, misrepresentations of their history and naive thoughts regarding their true ideals that were crushed as a result from USA’s terrorist attacks against our efforts toward liberty. We can only be saved by the unison voice of independence and our struggle to guarantee our own livelihood. It is now the time to declare our independence and confront our enemies.


  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Puerto Rico needs so much better …
    “We need something better than this.
    If Puerto Rico is to emerge from its current darkness, people need to think clearly and carefully. And then they must act … Just like the African-American community did, during the civil rights marches of the 1950’s.


  5. From Orlando to Jacksonville ??? Yeah there is a lot of history for us there ! New York ! Stop hiding in Trump land and go back to PR AND HELP DEVELOP US SAY PRESENTE Ya! From ORLANDO YOU WILL NOT FREE OUR ISLAND! Baby boomers come home! Invest educate and get involve or shut up!


  6. PREPA needs to be privatized, as well as the AAA….the government has proven its inability to run these utilities and needs the expertise and funds that only the private sector can bring. If they are doing such a fine job, why are their plants antiquated with billions of $$$ in debt? As to your claim of 15 regional blackouts daily, that is total bullshit. There may be 15 outages daily caused by any number of things, but “blackouts” infer that these outages are planned…again, you are wrong. And as to the Supreme Court decision, we ARE a territory of the United States…what other outcome would have been be possible? This government has run this island into a ditch and they cannot get us out of it! And other business people like me can’t wait for PROMESA to take control of this island’s finances…nothing will change until these greedy, corrupt, inept people are gone…this situation cannot be fixed from the inside!


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