WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

The Deep Secret, of the Puerto Rican Day Parade

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The Puerto Rican Day Parade has a dark secret.

It has nothing to do with celebrities, rich corporations, or slick politicians.

It is a deep mystery, from the heart and history of Puerto Rico, which explains the whole parade…

Seventy years ago, Boricuas were given the worst jobs and housing in New York City. They were also beaten by their neighbors and the NYPD.

And yet in 1958, some brave Boricuas dared to hold a humble parade where they could march with pride, arm-in-arm, through the heart of Manhattan.

Mothers clapped their hands…to the bombas and plenas of their childhood.

Fathers schooled their children…explaining the floats dedicated to Puerto Rican towns known for sugar cane, tobacco, coffee, pineapples and plantains. 

The Puerto Rican pride spread rapidly.

By 1966, the parade was already a “must do” event for politicians and celebrities.

Today, the parade is a celebrity spectacle with 2 million spectators, 100,000 marchers, and a stampede of corporate sponsors.

Rita Moreno, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Hillary Clinton and Mayor De Blasio have all “starred” in it.

But even as “The Parade” has become one of the nation’s largest outdoor celebrations, there is a secret that few people suspect…

A secret that reaches into the heart of every Puerto Rican, without their even knowing it.

It is the secret of the Puerto Rican flag.

AN INCREDIBLE DISPLAY

Have you ever noticed the wild, uncontrollable, impassioned display of flags at every Puerto Rican Day Parade?  

No matter where you look…it is a tidal wave of flags!

Mile after mile, you see this:

And this:  

And this:

And even this:

This is no coincidence.

There is a deep reason for this emotional attachment.

There is a reason why Que Bonita Bandera and Preciosa bring tears to our eyes…and sometimes we don’t even know why.

It is because this flag represents an ideal…the ideal of lost youth and forgotten illusions…just like last night’s dream, or tomorrow’s TV advertisement.

But there is one more reason, why this flag is the emotional heart of the parade.

It is the secret which explains everything.

We adore our flag because for many years, any Puerto Rican who owned one, would go to jail for ten years.

THEY TRIED TO CRUSH DON PEDRO 

For many years, the United States wanted only one flag in Puerto Rico.

Here is that flag, in the inauguration of the first US Governor of Puerto Rico, in April 1900:

Pedro Albizu Campos refused to salute this flag.

In order to crush Don Pedro and the Nationalist movement, a law was passed in 1948, right after Don Pedro got out of jail.

It was called Public Law 53, and also known as La Ley de la Mordaza…the Gag Law.

Law 53 made it a felony to sing a song, whistle a tune, or utter one word against the US government, or in favor of Puerto Rican independence.

This included singing La Borinqueña, or owning a Puerto Rican flag.

Own a flag…ten years in jail.

Every day, the FBI and Insular Police raided people’s homes, searched for flags, and hauled Puerto Ricans off to jail. 

They did it all over the island.

In November 1950, they arrested 3,000 Puerto Ricans within one week! Some of them were only eight years old.

In many cases the flag – all by itself – was the sole piece of evidence.

Own a flag…ten years in jail.

  

The Gag Law violated the US constitution. But it took nine years to repeal it, in 1957. 

The very next year, in 1958, the first Puerto Rican Day Parade was held in New York City.

THE PARADE EXPLODES

The Puerto Rican flags and celebration were everywhere…the passion was astonishing…New York had never seen anything like it!

The Puerto Rican Day parade exploded into New York City, with the emotion and power of an entire people…that had finally found a voice…for one day…on Fifth Avenue. 

The politicians couldn’t explain it, but they did know one thing…that they better get in front of this parade, and yell “¡Que viva Puerto Rico!”

That much they did understand.

THE DEEP SECRET OF OUR PARADE

The deep secret of the Puerto Rican Day Parade is this: 

The parade was born in the hearts of an entire nation…where everyone was declared a criminal…         if they dared to show their flag.

And now for one beautiful day, through the heart of New York City, we show that flag to the whole world.

Let them throw a Financial Control Board at us.

Let the US Supreme Court call us a “territorial possession.”

We all know what is in our hearts, and in our memory…

We will never give up our island…

And that is why we will win.

Que bonita bandera 

Que bonita bandera 

Que bonita bandera es la bandera Puertorriqueña

¡ QUE VIVA PUERTO RICO !

 

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New York City Bar Association calls for ending the Jones Act in Puerto Rico

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After five years of research and advocacy, there is finally some movement on the Jones Act.

On May 10, 2018, the New York City Bar Association submitted an official report to US congress, which “strongly encourages Congress to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.”

Ignorance was the First Obstacle

The road has not been easy. For decades, proponents of Jones Act reform were met with blank stares and one question: “what the devil are you talking about?”

Until recently, the vast majority of the American public – including the press, elected officials, academics, union officials and business leaders – had no clue about Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, aka the Jones Act, and its destruction of the Puerto Rican economy.

 

Even today, many readers confuse it with the 1917 Jones-Shafroth Act – which imposed US citizenship on Puerto Ricans, and drafted them into WWI.

Other individuals, some of them self-interested, have claimed that Jones Act reform will “hurt maritime workers” or “eliminate union protections,” which is simply untrue.

A Long Lonely Road

For many years, I waged a nearly one-man battle against this ignorance. I knew that many corporate interests had a well-funded program in place, to perpetuate this level of national ignorance and confusion with respect to the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.

It was a corporate smokescreen of the highest order, with Citizens United money – i.e., 501(c)(4) “dark money” organizations – behind it. The only way to confront this was head-on.

I taped segments on Univisión:

Spoke on network TV:

http://abc7ny.com/news/tiempo-on-july-5-2015-part-1/826549/
http://abc7ny.com/news/tiempo-on-july-5-2015-part-2/826550/

Wrote repeatedly in War Against All Puerto Ricans:

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2016/09/29/u-s-congressman-wants-to-repeal-the-jones-act-in-puerto-rico/

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2016/02/06/new-york-times-calls-for-ending-the-jones-act-in-puerto-rico/

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2015/07/06/abc-tv-reports-on-jones-act-reform-and-puerto-ricos-73-billion-debton-tiempo/

Walked into the lion’s den at Fox News:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/25/opinion-puerto-rico-economy-continues-to-be-strangled-by-obsolete-jones-act.html

A video on Pero Like was viewed nearly 8 million times:

 

The New York Times Editorial

For three years I submitted an editorial to the New York Times. Finally after Hurricane Maria hit, they decided to run it on September 25, 2017.

It received so many views that, two days later, they translated and ran it again, in Spanish.

https://www.nytimes.com/es/2017/09/27/la-ley-jones-asfixiando-a-puerto-rico-huracan-maria/

Over the next three days (Sept. 25-28) the op ed was analyzed and adopted in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, and The Atlantic.

During those same three days, the media carried the “Jones Act Story” on NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, NPR, PBS, WNYC and New York 1.

Here are the LINKS for all of the above stories:

PRINT MEDIA:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/27/the-one-act-of-deregulation-that-the-trump-administration-will-not-take/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.67f088f57613
https://www.wsj.com/articles/lawmakers-seek-waiver-of-law-barring-foreign-ships-from-delivering-aid-to-puerto-rico-1506529999
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mccain-urges-dhs-waive-shipping-restrictions-puerto-rico-article-1.3524346
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-jones-act-20170927-story.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-jones-act-puerto-rico-20170927-story.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-28/why-puerto-rico-pushed-trump-to-waive-this-law-quicktake-q-a
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-28/why-puerto-rico-pushed-trump-to-waive-this-law-quicktake-q-a
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-shipping-mccain/mccain-introduces-bill-to-kill-puerto-rico-shipping-restrictions-idUSKCN1C32ZL
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/jones-act-waiver-puerto-rico-trump/541398/
http://www.newsweek.com/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-donald-trump-jones-act-relief-aid-672778
http://time.com/4961159/what-is-jones-act-puerto-rico/

TV & RADIO:

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/what-jones-act-opponents-1920-law-argue-it-s-worsening-n805101
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-waives-jones-act-in-response-to-puerto-rico-devastation/
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jones-act-trump-waived-puerto-rico/story?id=50134381
http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/28/news/economy/jones-act-puerto-rico/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2017/09/27/554004171/government-considering-lifting-shipping-restrictions-to-puerto-rico
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/jones-act-explained-waiving-means-puerto-rico
https://www.wnyc.org/story/jones-act-hurting-puerto-rico/
http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2017/09/29/ny1-online–crisis-in-puerto-rico–a-history-lesson

After years of explaining and struggling against the Jones Act, the world finally began to see how this one law was strangling the economy of Puerto Rico: for nearly a century, since 1920.

The media pressure became so great that, within two days of the NY Times editorial, Pres. Trump announced a 10-day “waiver” of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico:

The Cavalry rides in…and just in time

Politically and tactically, Trump’s ten-day waiver was a successful move. It didn’t accomplish anything for Puerto Rico – but it took the steam out of the Jones Act story, and enabled other headlines to dominate the news cycle.

By the end of those ten days, the press had moved on to other subjects: most notably, Trump’s tossing of paper towels to a roomful of reporters in San Juan.

We therefore went into organizing mode: coordinating with Misión Boricua in Orlando, and Respect and Justice for Puerto Rico in New York, to organize the state of Florida for a “March on Jacksonville.” Adela López and Zoraida Rios Andino in Orlando; and Julio Pabon, Emilio Morante and Eduardo Rosario in New York, have all been vital in this effort.

And then the cavalry arrived: on May 10, 2018, the New York City Bar Association demanded a permanent Jones Act repeal for Puerto Rico.

The NYC Bar Association is a major national presence: with 24,000 members, it is one of the premier lawyers’ organizations in the US. With a detailed press release and 15-page report, they are calling for immediate action by the US Congress, in regard to this Jones Act relief.

Press Release:

http://www.nycbar.org/media-listing/media/detail/exempt-puerto-rico-from-the-jones-act-permanently-city-bar-urges

Full Report:

http://www.nycbar.org/member-and-career-services/committees/reports-listing/reports/detail/support-for-permanently-exempting-puerto-rico-from-the-jones-act

This is no small matter. On September 27, 2017, two days after the NY Times editorial, the NYC Bar Association sent a letter to the Dept. of Homeland Security urging a suspension of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico. The very next day, Pres. Trump announced his 10-day waiver.

Now in May 2018, the Bar Association’s report is even more detailed. It lists two dozen members of Congress, from both parties, who support exempting Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.

It cites a petition “to waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico” that gathered half a million signatures in just five days.

It notes that repealing the Jones Act’s restrictions on Puerto Rico would not harm national security, or cost anything to U.S. taxpayers, or reduce the union protections to any maritime workers.

It notes that shipping companies use the Jones Act to create illegal price-fixing schemes, and illegal antitrust conspiracies, to maximize the profit from their captive captive market in Puerto Rico.

The report concludes that: “Exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, much like the U.S. Virgin Islands, would be a way for Congress to help Puerto Rico’s economy at no additional cost to American citizens. The New York City Bar urges a permanent exemption to allow the global markets to help Puerto Rico and remove impediments to its economic growth. There is broad bi-partisan support for this exemption from the Jones Act. The time to take action to help those in Puerto Rico is now.”

We must also eliminate the 12.5% “Export Tax”

We salute the NYC Bar Association for their courage and leadership on behalf of Puerto Rico. We extend our thanks to John S. Kiernan (President), Roger Juan Maldonado (Chairman of the Task Force on Puerto Rico) and Neysa Alsina (In-house Counsel) for their steadfast advocacy, and detailed research, on the Jones Act issue.

If at all possible, we also encourage them to challenge the 12.5% export tax that was recently slapped on Puerto Rico, as an alleged “foreign tax” jurisdiction.

This 12.5% tax was thrown at the island after Hurricane Maria, as part of the GOP tax plan.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-taxing-puerto-rico-to-death-20180110-story.html

In view of its horrific timing, demonstrable and immediate damage to the island, and clear conflict with the 2016 Supreme Court decision that Puerto Rico is a “territorial possession” of the US (i.e., not a foreign jurisdiction) this 12.5% export tax is arbitrary and capricious in its application to Puerto Rico, and clearly subject to Article 78 relief.

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

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NBC News reports on “Make America Great Again”

This week, NBC News reported on a new film called Make America Great Again.

Starring Angel “Chi Chi” Salazar (Scarface, 1983) it tells the story of Rogelio Yola, who arrives in New York City in search of the American dream.

But instead he finds a nightmare, when he is accused of being a “Dominican terrorist” and chased by ICE agents all over Washington Heights.

According to writer/director Nelson Denis, “Donald Trump dehumanizes people, which makes it easier to attack them. I want to put a human face on the issue of immigration and ICE arrests…and show the physical and emotional violence that people are suffering.”

The issue of ICE arrests and deportation is very personal to Denis. His own father was a supporter of Fidel Castro. Two weeks after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the FBI knocked on his door at 3 a.m. They grabbed his father and deported him to Cuba.

Denis was eight years old at the time. He never saw his father again.

Here is the NBC News article:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/ice-chase-laughs-filmmaker-nelson-denis-puts-human-face-immigration-n849906

$43 million fraud at the Puerto Rico Energy and Power Authority

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In autumn of 2014, the Puerto Rico Energy and Power Authority (PREPA) hired a woman named Lisa Donahue as its “Chief Restructuring Officer.” Between September 2014 and August 2016, Donahue was paid $43 MILLION to restore PREPA’s “fiscal and operational health.”

Then in February 2017, Donahue simply resigned and walked away.

So what did Puerto Rico get for paying $43 million to Lisa Donahue?

Let’s go through the list…

           Was the PREPA debt resolved ?   NO.

           Did the electrical rates go down ?   NO.

           Was the PREPA infrastructure improved ?   NO.

           Has PREPA stopped the use of toxic sludge oil ?   NO.

           Was the debt service on PREPA’s debt been reduced ?   NO.

           Were the number, duration and severity of blackouts reduced ?   NO.

           Was anyone been jailed for “sludge oil kickbacks” from Petrobras ?   NO.

In fact, the electrical rates negotiated by Donahue went up another 15-20%, and the number of blackouts increased by 449% in 2014-2015 — precisely during the time period of Donahue’s employment.

And now, PREPA will be sold off to a series of private Wall Street financiers: the same financiers that helped drive PREPA, and the entire economy of Puerto Rico, into the gutter.

LISA DONAHUE’S REAL JOB DESCRIPTION…THE CLEANER

Clearly, Donahue was not “restructuring” PREPA for the benefit of electrical consumers.

A 15-20% rate hike over proved that, very convincingly.

Donahue got and shared $43 million for something…and here it is.

When the new Sheriff rode into town (the Financial Control Board) PREPA had all its audited financial statements — in neat little rows, and in accordance with GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles).

PREPA’s illegal Triple A bonds, all issued between 2009 and 2013, did not appear as a 4 billion dollar Ponzi scheme in those financial statements — yet that is exactly what they were.

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2016/04/09/4-billion-securities-fraud-in-prepa-will-be-paid-by-the-people-of-puerto-rico/

Instead, the bonds were all SEC compliant, and Dept. of Justice approved.

Lisa Donahue helped to 1) whitewash PREPA for decades of corruption and mismanagement, and 2) shield Wall Street from any major inquiries or indictments.

She reconciled the books so professionally, that an entire generation of journalists will now apologize for dreaming that Caleb Brett Labs would falsify 600 oil analysis reports; or that the PPD and PNP would poison their own people with toxic sludge oil; or that William Clark, or Luis Fortuño, or anyone would take bribes from a fuel oil cartel.

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-1st-circuit/1014174.html

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2016/02/19/new-york-times-report-the-government-of-puerto-rico-may-have-poisoned-its-own-people-with-a-billion-dollar-toxic-oil-kickback-scheme/

In the end, Lisa Donahue performed the role of Harvey Keitel in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Donahue was a cleaner.

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Ex-governor Luis Fortuño should go to JAIL for destroying, and then selling, PREPA

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PREPA (the Puerto Rico Electrical and Power Authority) may soon be sold to Wall Street. Some call this “privatization.” Others call it a felony. In this second group, is a Puerto Rico politician named Manuel Natal Albelo.

Natal Albelo is a member of the Puerto Rico legislature.

According to him, the political party (PNP) that is selling PREPA is the one that destroyed it…and committed FRAUD to do it.

He recently spoke clearly and forcefully, about who stole from PREPA…how much they stole…

And who should be going to jail.

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Rep. Natal Albelo declares that Luis Fortuño should be in jail

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We salute the clarity and commitment of Rep. Natal Albelo.

There was a multi-billion dollar theft in Puerto: so finely engineered by Wall Street, so cleverly disguised by high-ranking politicians, that the people of Puerto Rico were not even aware. The entire island now will now pay for these criminals, with a “privatized” energy system…

Owned by Wall Street, and brokered by the same politicians that stole it.

According to Albelo, the TOP engineer was ex-Governor Luis Fortuño: who buried Puerto Rico under more debt — $16.4 billion in just four years — than any other governor in the history of Puerto Rico.

Out of this historically high debt, over $4 billion was siphoned away for “sequential and derivative interest payments” from PREPA to Wall Street firms. In plain English, at PREPA, $4 billion disappeared into a fraudulent Ponzi Scheme.

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This theft in broad daylight was cleverly executed and camouflaged, so that the PEOPLE of Puerto Rico would have to pay for it…

With a “privatized” energy system owned by Wall Street.

Unless of course, Rep. Manuel Natal Albelo and a few other patriots, insist on a complete investigation…and JAIL for the people who destroyed PREPA.

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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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