From calling himself the "Precedent" of the United States
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To not knowing the difference between the Air Force and the Coast Guard this commander in cheese (not a typo) is the mostest buffoon to ever hold the highest office in the land. So my question to Chumps loyal supporters, When is enough, enough? Or should we continue to "give him a chance to grow into the job?" Or perhaps now is not the time to address this issue, as in not the time to talk about gun controls after the worst mass shooting in American history. I recall it wasnt the right time to talk about this after the worst school shooting took place when so many innocent children were gunned down. When will reasonable minds prevail and end this charade of a presidency? When will good people of all faiths and denominations put race and ethnicity aside and begin the process of rebuilding, restoring the great american dream? In the preceding 10 months there has been more violence and division between races that since the 1960's. Who had it right, the hippies with their love is everything, or Charles Manson with his prediction of Helter Skelter. Someone, anyone please make logic of this madness. Please explain how Chump is doing a good job when so many people suffer here in the US, and abroad, because of his leadership or better yet, lack thereof.
How could such a beautiful gesture, a gift from the French to the United States be so corrupted, so contaminated and full of xenophobia? This statue was a gift to the United States because the French, as did much of the world, saw the United States as a beacon of freedom, a place where dreams could be fulfilled. The statute was enscribed with a sonnet written by American poet Emma Lazarus entitled
The New Colossus
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that
twin cities frame.
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Unless they are brown skinned, red skinned, speak spanish or have almond shaped eyes.
Unfortunately in Trumps America the words in red have been added to what was once a
beautiful beacon of hope to immigrants wordwide...
I just got off the phone with my best friend Ray from Puerto Rico. He told the devastation is as bad or worst then that depicted on TV. Many poor people lost everything they owned. Trees felled on peoples cars, roofs blown away, and massive flooding. And while they have begun to sell gasoline again the lines are outrageous. Thank God he and his wife suffered no damage to their property or their selves, but they are without water, electricity, gas or food. He told me that he and his wife get hot meals by trekking over to the military base.
Despite all this devastation the people are somehow pulling together. TV reports say they expect the electricity to take months before it gets restored. And with no electricity there can be no water. While it looks really, really bleak, after all this is the worst hurricane since at least 1928, the Island and it's people are resilient and in time will be back on track.
We, however, must not forget that before this natural disaster struck the Island's economy was suffering and it was on the verge of declaring bankruptcy.
At times like this the opportunists come out of the woodwork. TIME to shit or get off the pot.
The buying power of New York Puerto Ricans (in 2014) represented $21.1 billion out of the $134.5 billion total purchasing power of Puerto Ricans...
Do you think our collective buying power has increased or decreased in the three years since? I would venture to say that it has grown.
Can you imagine what we as a collective could do with that economic power? Supposed we did what the Blacks did in the 1970's - 1980's and just started buying from Puerto Rican merchants only. We would have a tremendous affect on the national economy while increasing the wealth of our community. Consider this, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. began to affect real change after the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Remember this is a capitalist society the only God capitalist worship is money. Mess with their money and things begin to happen.
Or think about this. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., started a movement in the late 19th century in which he advocated the return to Africa of all black people. Garvey was also a proponent of black economic empowerment. Do you think Puerto Ricans could, would, embark on something courageous as this? I do not.
There are many Revolutionary talkers, revolutionary idealist, revolutionary dreamers. The problem is that these revolutionaries are all here in the USA. They talk, share ideals and dreams but do nothing. Revolution does not have to come from the barrel of a gun. Look at the extreme right wing revolution that just took place here in the good ole US of A. That's right a revolution was fought and won right here and not a single bullet was fired. That revolution was years in the making and in November of 2016 it was fought and won. Now the extreme right wing has total control of the three branches of government.
While the revolutionary talkers talk, and the revolutionary idealist share ideas, and the revolutionary dreamers continue to dream the Island Nation of Puerto Rico is being pillaged and sold off piece meal.
This natural disaster is going to make it so easy for foreigners to come in and swoop large parcels of land at bargain basement prices. What are WE going to do about it? There are many well to do Puerto Ricans these days, it's not like a few decades ago that we had few, if any, Puerto Rican millionaires. Everyone knows that if you donate to charitable causes you get a tax write off so in essence you are really profiting by helping your compatriots. Case in point: Oprah Winfrey's investment in a school for girls in Africa. Not only was this a wonderful humanitarian thing to do, but it has real value. These young women are getting a real, quality education so that they in turn are qualified to enter the workforce and make real contributions. Y para el pueblo Puertoricano aye carino?
Attención revoluciónario, con la boca es un mamay. Will the Wealthy Puerto Rican's step up?
Here's a list of Puerto Rican's that have money that could make a difference IF THEY WANTED TO.
(This list was simply copied from Wikapedia so it may be old, some may be dead etc. but I think you, reader, get the gist)
Can we count on you, after all you are still "Jenny from the block" right?
José Miguel Agrelot (a.k.a. "Don Cholito"), comedian
Jorge Alberti, actor
Trini Alvarado, actress
Miguel Ángel Álvarez, actor and comedian
La La Anthony, actress, MTV VJ
Marc Anthony, singer and actor
Víctor Argo, actor
Yancey Arias, actor
Raymond Arrieta, comedian and television host
Miguel Arteta, film/television director
Rick Avilés, actor and comedian
Charlotte Ayanna, actress
Ivonne Belén, documentary director and producer
Rosa Blasi, theatrical actress
Giselle Blondet, actress and television host
Diego Boneta, actor, singer-songwriter (Puerto Rican grandfather)
Lucy Boscana, television and theatrical actress
Paul Calderón, actor
Armando Calvo, actor
Norma Candal, actress and comedian
Irene Cara, actress and singer
Awilda Carbia, actress and comedian
Braulio Castillo, actor
Braulio Castillo, hijo, actor
David Castro, actor (Puerto Rican father)
Raquel Castro, actress (Puerto Rican father)
Melwin Cedeño, comedian
Iris Chacón, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
Abdiel Colberg, film director and television producer
Ivonne Coll, actress
Miriam Colón Edgar, actress and founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
Liza Colón Zayas, film and theatrical actress
Paquito Cordero, comedian and television producer
Mapita Cortés, actress
Mapy Cortés, actress
Mara Croatto, actress
Alexis Cruz, actor
Wilson Cruz, actor
Ismael Cruz Córdova, actor
Dagmar, actress, singer and television host
Henry Darrow, actor
Raúl Dávila, actor
Rosario Dawson, actress
Blanca de Castejón, actress
Kamar de los Reyes, actor
Joey Dedio, actor, writer, producer
Idalis DeLeón, actress, former MTV VJ, singer (Seduction)
Benicio del Toro, Academy Award-winning actor
Sylvia del Villard, actress, choreographer and dancer
Michael DeLorenzo, actor
Alba Nydia Díaz, actress
Melonie Díaz, actress
Lydia Echevarría, actress (convicted for her role in the death of producer Luis Vigoreaux)
Héctor Elizondo, actor
Erik Estrada, actor
Antonio Fargas, actor
José Ferrer, first Hispanic actor to win an Academy Award
Miguel Ferrer, actor
Rafael Ferrer, actor
Nina Flowers, female impersonator and singer
Gloria Garayúa, actress
Aimée García, actress
Mayte García, actress, dancer
Luis Gatica, actor
Marilyn Ghigliotti, actress
Julián Gil, television and film actor, model
Joyce Giraud, actress, former Miss Puerto Rico Universe titleholder
Ian Gómez, actor
Marga Gómez, actress, playwright
Reagan Gómez-Preston, actress
Rick González, actor
Meagan Good, actress
Javier Grillo Marxuach, television and film producer
Luis Guzmán, actor
Luis Roberto Guzmán, television and film actor
April Lee Hernández, actress
Juano Hernández, actor
William Hernández, actor
Lillian Hurst, comedian, actress (television series Dharma and Greg)
Mark Indelicato, actor
Vincent Irizarry, actor
Shar Jackson, actress/singer (Puerto Rican father)
Raúl Juliá, actor
Victoria Justice, singer, television actress (Victorious) (Puerto Rican mother)
Eva LaRue, actress
Sunshine Logroño, comedian
Adamari López, actress
Jennifer López, singer, actress, and dancer
Priscilla López, actress, singer, and dancer
Don't believe it? Just watch
Bruno Mars, performance artist (Puerto Rican father)
Justina Machado, actress
Sonia Manzano, actress
Eddie Marrero, actor
Elizabeth Marrero, male impersonator and performance artist/actress
Tony Martínez (1920–2002) actor, singer, and bandleader;remembered for having played Pepino Garcia in The Real McCoys television series
Alexis Mateo, female impersonator, reality television personality
Claribel Medina, actress
Jorge Merced, theatre actor and director
Ángela Meyer, actress, comedian and producer
Ari Meyers, actress
Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor, composer, rapper and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights; has won a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammys, an Emmy, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, and three Tony awards
René Monclova, actor and comedian
Mario Montez, female impersonator; actor; member of Warhol Superstars
Esaí Morales, actor
Jacobo Morales, comedian,director, and actor
Alicia Moreda, actress, comedian
Rita Moreno, actress, first Hispanic woman to win the following four major awards: an Oscar, a Tony Award, an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award
Frankie Muñiz, actor (Puerto Rican father)
Tommy Muñiz, television producer, comedian
Rafo Muñiz, comedian and producer
Lymari Nadal, actress
Taylor Negrón, actor/comedian
Frances Negrón Muntaner, filmmaker, writer, and scholar
Micaela Nevárez, actress; first Puerto Rican to win a Goya Award
Amaury Nolasco, actor
Tony Oliver, voice actor
Karen Olivo, actress (Puerto Rican father); winner of 2009 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress
Ana Ortiz, actress
Elín Ortiz, actor, television producer
John Ortiz, actor
Marian Pabón, actress, singer and comedian
Antonio Pantojas, drag queen
Lana Parrilla, actress (Puerto Rican father)
Rosie Pérez, actress
Aubrey Plaza, actress
Freddie Prinze, Jr., actor (Puerto Rican grandmother)
Freddie Prinze, comedian, actor (Puerto Rican mother)
Adolfo Quiñones, actor, dancer, choreographer
Luis Antonio Ramos, actor
Gina Ravera, actress
Carmen Belén Richardson, comedian/actress
Armando Riesco, actor
Osvaldo Ríos, actor and singer
Chita Rivera, actress, singer and dancer; winner of two Tony Awards
José Rivera, playwright; first Puerto Rican nominated for an Oscar in "Best Adapted Screenplay" category
Luis Antonio Rivera, a.k.a. "Yoyo Boing", comedian
Marquita Rivera, first Puerto Rican actress to appear in a major Hollywood motion picture
Naya Rivera, actress (Puerto Rican father)
Ramón Rivero, also known as "Diplo", comedian; organized the world's first known Walk-A-Thon in 1953
Adalberto Rodríguez, a.k.a. "Machuchal", comedian
Adam Rodríguez, actor
Freddy Rodríguez, actor
Gina Rodríguez, actress
Gladys Rodríguez, comedian, actress
Jai Rodríguez, television personality (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy)
Michelle Rodriguez, actress
Marta Romero, actress and singer
Johanna Rosaly, actress
Zoé Saldaña, actress (Puerto Rican mother)
Olga San Juan, film actress and dancer
Jaime Sánchez, actor (musical West Side Story, film The Wild Bunch)
Kiele Sánchez, actress
Marcelino Sánchez, actor
Roselyn Sánchez, actress
Esther Sandoval, actress
Renoly Santiago, actor
Saundra Santiago, actress
Rubén Santiago-Hudson, actor and playwright
Jon Seda, actor
Jimmy Smits, actor (Puerto Rican mother)
Yara Sofía, female impersonator, reality television personality
Talisa Soto, actress, model
Miguel Ángel Suárez, actor, playwright, stage director
Rachel Ticotin, actress
Liz Torres, actress
Rose Troche, film/television director
Alanna Ubach, actress (Puerto Rican mother)
Joseph Vásquez, film director, screenwriter
Nadine Velázquez, actress
Eddie Vélez, actor, Traffic, White Chicks
Lauren Vélez, actress
Loraine Vélez, actress
Christina Vidal, actress and singer
Lisa Vidal, actress
Juan Emilio Viguié, pioneer movie producer; produced Romance Tropical, the first Puerto Rican film with sound
Otilio Warrington, also known as "Bizcocho", comedian
Jessica Wild, female impersonator, reality television personality
Holly Woodlawn, female impersonator, actor
David Zayas, actor
Marcos Zurinaga, film director/screenwriter
Mientras el pueblo sufre, estas personas famosas siguen ganando salarios inmensos. Una contribución de ellos colectivamente podría darle la vuelta a la economía. Digamos que algunos de ellos colaboraron en una empresa similar a Planet Hollywood. Ese fue un collobration entre Bruce Willis, Slyvestor Stallone, Arnold Schartenager y, creo Demi Moore. It does not even have to be a charitable cause, just start investing in Puerto Rico. Buy property, build clubs, restaurants, resorts. Build a tourism infrastructure owned by and for Puerto Ricans.
Why not build a movie lot and bring production to the Island? There are so many things that could be done to enrich yourself while helping Puerto Rico. Why it is that the Cauacasion and Japanese see great investment opportunities yet the Puerto Rican upper class, because even if you say you are "Jenny from the block" you are the upper class, why not invest in your motherland? Even if you are of Puerto Rican decent, meaning your Grand Parents were from the Island and your parents were born in the US mainland, if you have a few drops of Puerto Rican blood running through your veins you should be bleeding the same way we are.
In 1985 We Are the World," a song and charity recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA), raised millions of dollars for aide for Africa. Where are our Salseros, Regetoneros, raperos, rockeros? Where is our we are the world moment?
I'm tired of all these conservatives crying about how the poor just want hand-outs. That they are lazy, parasites just sucking the life out of this country. I'm a social worker by training, a true social worker. Not one that opted to become a therapist without actually having to go to medical school. Not that there is anything wrong with that, those caseworker thrapist types are very much needed as well. It's just that i'm more of a community development, community organizer type. I beleive in teaching people how to navigate the system to make where they live a better place, I beleive in self determination for the community, that they should take charge of the policy and determine for themesleves the type of comminity they want. I leave the pyschological navigation to the "therapist," I have my own psycho socio issues to contend with.
The way many people define welfare in this country is the aid provided to the poor and indigent. They make the word entitlements something bad. The fact of the matter is that that word entitlement simply means some you are entitled to. For example you work a job and a portion of your earnings are deducted for things like FICA (social security) and unemployment disability benefits. While you are healthy and working you are contributing to these funds. Its like putting money into the bank for a rainy day. The thing is that when that rainy day comes (you retire, you get hurt on the job, you lose your job) and you attempt yo make a cash withdrawal you are put there a seroies of obsticles and worse, you are made to feel as if you are requsting a hand out. REMEMBER, YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THIS so yes, you are ENTITLED to receive these BENEFITS.
Now the real definition of welfare is taking something (as in from the government) for which you are not entitled, as in, for example, using a federal jet to fly from country to country for your honey moon. Or, flying to your golf resort everyweekend on the taxpayters dime. That is welfare and no, they are not entitled to those.
Welfare is when your mega corporation which gets defined as "to big to fail" fails and brings this country to the brink of depression and the governemnt rewards you by bailing you out. The is insane yet the socalled conservatives do not see it that way. They see that as business as usual but a poor person asking for a plate of food, or assistence in finding a decent place to live, that they see as wrong.
Now that I put my mindset with regards to welfare into prespective, here is a bit of information many Americans do not even know about.
So in 1928 the stock market crashed, gee I w onder why, I wonder if corporate greed had anything to do with it. They say history repeats itself and I'd venture to say that when the housing bubble burst it was almost a repitition of the stock market crash of 1929.
Anyway, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted many programs to help lift the spirits of the many downtrodden and people left destitute by the depression in this country. Public works that put the unemployed back to work but back to work rebuilding the infrastuctureof this country. They build roads, dams, bridge and highways. He instituted the prgram called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) what the conservatives labled welfare and have been whining about ever since, he instituted Social Security a program to ensure that when citizens became old and could no longer work they would at least have some form of income. Enter the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, a government branch created to ensure communication amoung and between citizens in time of crisiss.
And now A snapshot of the history of the Federal Lifeline Program
It was in 1934 under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that the Federal Communications Act of 1934 was enacted which created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the opjective of regulating interstate communication and establishing a nationwide communication and radio system that would be available to all Americans.
In 1985, during the Ronald Regan Presidency, the Lifeline Assistance Program was established to help provide low-income families with affordable, basic, landline telephone options. This was a program that not to many people knew about, certianly not anyone in the urban centers of America. So here's the thing, this prgram was inplemented to ensure that everyone had a means of communication so that in the event of a national crisiss people could call out for help. This program was a paid telephone service. Thats right, you read that right. At a time when most of us could not afford to excist, at a time when telephone service was still considered a luxury by many of us, the government was footing the telephone bill for many people. Now, knowing the racist stance of many in government historically and during Reagan's presidency can you guess who was getting their phones paid for? I'll give you a hint CAUCASIANS.
While Bill Clinton was President the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created the Universal Service Fund (USF). This Act states that all telecommunications carriers must contribute to the USF, which is used to provide low-income families with Lifeline Assistance. Then in 1997 the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) was created to manage the four aspects of the USF (High Cost Program, Low Income Lifeline Program, Schools and Libraries Program, and Rural Healthcare Program) and to collect contributions from telecommunications carriers for the USF. The USAC is an independent, non-profit company that is regulated by the FCC.
It was in 2005 while George W. Bush was president that wireless telephone service aka cellphones were included into the Lifeline Assistance Program.
However it was in 2012, during President Barrack Obama's tenture that the FCC adopted a reform that eliminated waste, abuse, and fraud, and saved the nation over two billion dollars during the first three years that it was in effect.
On March 31, 2016, while Barrack Obama was still President, the FCC adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline program. Included in this Modernization Order was the proviso that broadband must be a support service in the Lifeline program. The FCC then established minimum service standards for Lifeline-supported services to ensure maximum value of these universal service dollars, and established a National Eligibility Verifier to make independent subscriber eligibility determinations.
By now most people that care have already heard about the new "automated convenience" store called, of all things, Bodega. The term bodega has been part of the New York Puerto Rican lexicon for generations. Because of its place in New York history even TV shows like Law and Order often use it when referring to a mom and pop store in the hood. So what does a company come out of no where and not only decide to use the term, but use the term to automate the corner store? The excuse for using the term is deplorable and actually an insult to our intelligence.
This new automated "Bodega" will offer the same type of products that the local bodega now carries so how can they even fix their face to same it is not intended to replace "the Bodega?" If they automated things were selling computer parts, or say Mobile Phones then I would buy the notion that it is not intended to replace "the bodega." But that is not the case, it is an automated grocery store selling the same products that the local mom and pop stores currently sell except that they will be located, get this, inside apartment building lobbies, in college dorms, and other locations where local bodegas are not located.
It's the same old argument made when "they" decided to build big box stores in urban neighborhoods, like the Pathmark in East Harlem. I was a member of the community planning board when that monstrosity was proposed, I was even against it but the vote passed and it was built. Of course there are always to two sides to every debate and on the one side was the community concern. Members of the community, usually local leaders, ministers, block association presidents, etc. that were highly motivated (cha ching) would argue in favor of the Pathmark. They'd cite things like lower prices, fresher vegetables, yada, yada, yada. On the opposition side we cite things like breaking up neighborhoods, destroying local mom and pops stores, disrupting traffic, and causing congestion. But the Pathmark was built, it served or disservice the community for about 15 years and now we have a beautiful empty store on a piece of prime real estate in East Harlem.
So this "Bodega" thing that is not meant to replace the bodega is just another way to rip off the small guy. Think about this one. East Harlem and neighborhoods like it, where the concept of La Bodega was born and has flourished, just happens to be a poor community. During the early 1970's when there was much "white flight" East Harlem's demographics shifted. Whereas prior to the 1970's East Harlem was a predominantly white neighborhood. It boosted Italians (the majority population), Irish, Eastern Europeans and Jews. As an aside, the East Harlem Community has historically been a community of immigrants going back to the time period as depicted in Martin Scorsese' film, "Gangs of New York." But in the late 1940 and 50's America experienced a great migration of Puerto Rican's from the Island to New York City. The very first wave of this mass migration arrived into the Brooklyn Navy Yard on a ship named the "Marine Tiger." There were several other ships used as well but most notable is this one. Thereafter, Puerto Rican's migrated on airplanes. Because of the airplane and its lower cost Puerto Rican's migrated enmasse. Forming their own communities, as all immigrants entering the US do, they established grocery stores where Puerto Rican's could get the products they are used to, thus the bodega was born.
Now an automated system called bodega has been brought to market, yey for progress, phooey for the poor bastards that get left behind. But hey, this is the American Way.
What's the big deal?
It's not like she said something that is not true.
1. "All Mexican's are drug dealers and rapist"
2. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,”
Responding to Muslim Mother's lack of comments after Trump denigrated her son, a U.S. Military man killed in Afghanistan, for being a Muslim
3. “He’s a Mexican,” Trump told CNN of Curiel. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.”
Defending his attack on an American Judge whom he mistakeningly identified as Mexican based on his surname
4. When Trump was serving as the president of his family’s real estate company, the Trump Management Corporation, in 1973, the Justice Department sued the company for alleged racial discrimination against black people looking to rent apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Without admitting wrongdoing, the Trump Management Corporation settled the original lawsuit two years later and promised not to discriminate against black people, Puerto Ricans or other minorities. Trump also agreed to send weekly vacancy lists for his 15,000 apartments to the New York Urban League, a civil rights group, and to allow the NYUL to present qualified applicants for vacancies in certain Trump properties.
Just three years after that, the Justice Department sued the Trump Management Corporation again for allegedly discriminating against black applicants by telling them apartments weren’t available.
5. “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,” Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle, told the New Yorker for a September article. “It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.”
Trump disparaged his black casino employees as “lazy” in vividly bigoted terms, according to a 1991 book by John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.
“And isn’t it funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it,” O’Donnell recalled Trump saying. “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
6. Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience last week that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”
When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a vote from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke himself. When Tapper pressed him twice more, Trump said he couldn’t condemn a group he hadn’t yet researched.
7. Long before calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” Trump was a leading proponent of “birtherism,” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president. Trump claimed in 2011 to have sent people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was really born there. He insisted at the time that the researchers “cannot believe what they are finding.”
8. Like many racial instigators, Trump often answers accusations of bigotry by loudly protesting that he actually loves the group in question. But that’s just as uncomfortable to hear, because he’s still treating all the members of the group — all the individual human beings — as essentially the same and interchangeable. Language is telling, here: Virtually every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the, as in “the Hispanics,” “the Muslims” and “the blacks.”
In that sense, Trump’s defensive explanations are of a piece with his slander of minorities. Both rely on essentializing racial and ethnic groups, blurring them into simple, monolithic entities, instead of acknowledging that there’s as much variety among Muslims and Latinos and black people as there is among white people.
How did Trump respond to the outrage last year that followed his characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists?
“I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan,” Trump said during his visit to the U.S.-Mexican border in July. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”
9. In 1993, when Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, a local Native American tribe, he told the House subcommittee on Native American Affairs that “they don’t look like Indians to me... They don’t look like Indians to Indians.”
10. In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.
“They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes,” Trump wrote, referring to the Central Park attackers and other violent criminals. “I want to hate these murderers and I always will.”
The public outrage over the Central Park jogger rape, at a time when the city was struggling with high crime, led to the wrongful conviction of five teenagers of color known as the Central Park Five.
The men’s convictions were overturned in 2002, after they’d already spent years in prison, when DNA evidence showed they did not commit the crime. Today, their case is considered a cautionary tale about a politicized criminal justice process.
Trump, however, still thinks the men are guilty.
And the list goes on, and on.
So what were you saying about a bear by any other name still being a bear?
While some say it's to early to call it a victory, the results are in and Diana Ayala seems to have won the election in this, the 8th Councilmanic District, to be the new City Council Member. But the opposition camp is not ready to make any concession speech just yet, and they may be justified in not doing so. According to the City & State website "the outcome was unclear with just a 122-vote margin for Ayala over Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez".
This race is far too close to call right now, and it is premature for anyone to declare a victory,” he said. “There are still ballots left to be counted, and we want to make sure each voter has their voice heard.
Assemblyman, Robert Rodriquez, who mounted a formidable campaign challenge is not ready to call it quits. He stands his ground and states that there are still to many ballots left to be counted for anyone to be making any victory speech.
While this local election is still uncertain, what is certain is the devastation being wreaked upon this nation, especially as it affects this mostly Latino community here in El Barrio/East Harlem and other similar communities, i.e. Washington Heights, South Bronx, etc. Donald Trumps latest attack on President Obama's legacy is relentless. With his move to undo DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) he will unsettle many families in our community. What will the new Councilman do to ameliorate this situation given that many are already facing a myriad of issues.
And speaking of issues, what about this rampant Gentrification? How did that happen and why is it not being slowed down?
In 1994 I got married and in 2000 left El Barrio. We moved to Washington, DC. then to Virginia, to Princeton, NJ, to Trenton, to York, PA and finally this year in April I got back home to El Barrio. While certain things remained the same, one thing that was blatant was the gentrification. I'm all for progress, but not at the expense of the poor and helpless. I remember when this community was inundated with drugs and ravished by crime. I remember when the community fought back to get a grip on itself. I also remember when the "gentry" did not dare to cross north of 96th street, when the media painted this community as crime infested, gang ridden and all but hopeless. Now back home after 17 years in absentia I see beautifully built or renovated buildings with rental prices way beyond what the lifelong residents of this community could ever hope to afford.
The problem with elected officials is that they make promises they know they can not keep. In my way of thinking it would be better if they were honest and said they would try their best to do XYZ or that they would do their best to ensure that XYZ was ..., instead they say things like I will... and things like when I'm your elected official you can always come to me with your issues. They can not do everything for everyone. It's humanly impossible but they continue to say those things and then when they can not deliver and the constituents get upset they wonder why.
Well to the victor go the spoils. Whatever mess the 8th Councilmanic District is in the newly elected Councilman, er Councilperson, will have to deal with it. Just like any new projects that where left in the pipeline they will get credit for.
There really is no need to fret, El Barrio has always had issues and will always have them. It's just as the community changes so to do those issues.
This summer when the threat to stop the music at La Placita in La Marqueta was tauted, the community was at an uproar. Next summer if the music at La Placita in La Marqueta is actuated there may be more community uproar, but this time it will not be to keep the music playing. It may be an uproar from those new arrivals to El Barrio -- the gentry, raising a ruckus because those strange sounds are disturbing their peace.
By now you may be familiar with the term depression. That does not mean that you understand that it is a mental illness or that anyone can get it. But you have, at least have heard the word depressed.
No one knows if, or when, they will be struck by depression, but it can happen to anyone at any time. It's like catching a cold in that anyone can catch a cold at anytime. One can't, however stop it or predict it. The only thing one can try to do is avoid catching it.
Even though many people have heard of the term depression, and may even know, at least conceptually, that it is a mental illness they still can not, for some reason, separate being sad from being depressed. While it is true that everyone gets sad after losing a loved one, it is not true that everyone gets depressed after losing a loved one. Sadness and depression are not mutually interchangeable. You can be sad and not depressed however you can not be depressed without being sad.
But sadness is not the only manifestation of depression. Depression can manifest itself in anger or in ways that make one appear to be anti social or isolationist. Sometimes depression can even manifest itself in physical pain, or worse, it can manifest itself in all of the above.
Some people think that you just have to "man up", "shake it off", "snap out of it" or just "stop whining". If only it were that simple.
Many people suffer with depression and do not even know they are depressed, they have never been properly diagnosed. And when I say suffer I truly mean suffer. While in a state of depression one truely has no control over their emotions. As stated above, these emotions can run the gamut from simply sad and withdrawn, to weeping uncontrollably, to sheer anger. Often people confuse a depressed person with an arrogant person.
Living with with someone that is depressed is no easy task. It takes a special person to put up with a depressed person. Just as it takes a special person to keep living with someone loved that suddenly becomes blind, or has lost the ability to walk. It is not easy and the love one needs to continue with the person is one that is so profound that it defies logic.
Some people struggle with depression for many years before getting help, others never know they are depressed so never get treatment. Its often been called the silent killer precisely because of this. Depression is not obvious to the naked eye. It's not detectable like a broken arm or even a heart attack is.
Some people can even quasi function while being in the throes of depression. They get up and go to work every day and just function. They may be the person on the job that every secretly says "man that dude or chick is really weird" or they may be the loners. Or they may the one that is always angry, cranky, moody. To you they may appear to be weird but to them they are in utter pain. Since depression is a mental illness, it has to do with the wiring within the brain. Sometimes they call it a chemical imbalance.
In his blog post Are Mental Illnesses Caused by “Chemical Imbalances?" Peter Earley quotes the book SHRINK RAP: Three Psychiatrist Explain Their Work written by Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, and Steven Roy Daviss explain the term chemical imbalance as it relates to mental illness.
“Chemical imbalance is a term with imprecise meaning…Saying that a psychiatric disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance, although an imperfect explanation, sometimes makes psychiatric disorders more palatable to patients and less stigmatizing. The term gives some credence to the practice of treating these disorders with medication. But there is no psychiatric disorder for which we know for certain which chemicals are “imbalanced” if any.
I was depressed for decades. I never knew I was depressed probably because I self medicated. I was a heroin addict and had never allowed myself to feel anything, I was always high or in search of the next high. I did the things that drug addicts do and paid the price to. When I finally got clean I was an angry miserable person. I was charismatic and was always able to draw friends. I was an activist and always on the go. But as fast as I made friends just as fast I lost them. People thought I was an arrogant SOB. Then my depression was not manifested in sadness, it was manifested in anger and perhaps I did have a streak of arrogance. Not that I had anything to be arrogant about.
I never knew that I was depressed until one day my wife insisted that I see someone because my mood swings were getting worse. To humor my wife, more than to seek treatment, I finally saw a psychiatrist at Mt. Sinai Hospital. That was the first time in my life that I was told and could not deny that I had a mental illness called depression. Wait, lets back track a minute. After my teenage years and early twenties while still an addict I went in and out of jails a few times. Always for petty crimes. But When I was 21 I guess my number came up and this time I was sent to the state penitentiary. I was sentence to 2 and one third to seven years in prison. That was it my life was changed for ever. While in prison I was finally forced to take a fearless, moral inventory and decide what I wanted the rest of my life to look like. It could have remained the same, getting out of jail (well this time it was prison) getting a job I hated and eventually doing the same things with the same people in the same neighborhood. Or taking drastic action and changing my whole thought process. I have read a book while on Rikers Island called I'll Quit Tomorrow by Dr. Vern Johnson. I attribute this book to changing my life and leading me into the path of recovery. Anyway, I opted to change my life, I did not want to go back to jail or prison. I realized that I was already on the recidivist tract and did not want to be on it. I did not want to get institutionalized and get used to coming in and out of jails or prison as a normal part of life. I took a legal research class, got a certificate in legal research and went on to get my high school diploma. Those credentials made it possible for me to get a job in the prison legal library. I was a white collar worker in prison. The two highest paying jobs in prison are breaking your back working in the metal shop or working in the law library. Suffice it to say that in state prison those the qualify to work in the law library are few and far in between. Perhaps in federal prison things are different since the type of prisoners that commit federal crimes are often of a higher intelligence quotient.
I had made a plan for myself. It consisted of upon release volunteering at the Manhattan Legal Services Office on 116th Street on top of the chuchifrito store, enrolling in and graduating college and working for a lawyer either as a researcher or as an investigator. My plan was working, I managed to secure a volunteer position at Manhattan Legal Services and I enrolled in and was accepted into John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Unfortunately I was still a drug addict, my illness was just in remission until it was reactivated. I kept true to my word, I did not want to ever go back to jail/prison so I was no longer engaging in petty crimes. I managed to get a job at the East Harlem Committee on Aging as a case worker. This kept me away from crime but I was still using heroin. As a result of this heroin use I no longer felt comfortable attending John Jay College since many of my classmates worked in the various fields on law enforcement, from DEA to narcotics to under cover cops. I was afraid the eventually I would slip up and end up humiliating myself as I was escorted out of the college in hand cuffs. So I dropped out.
I then got involved with local politics by joining the block association. The president of the association was a friend and had connections with the State Assemblyman, Angelo Del Toro. Though this association I met the assemblyman's brother William whom himself had served a little time and had just gotten funding for a deterrent program called "Just Us" Comedian Richard Pryor had not long before released a comedy album called "This Nigger Is Crazy" and in one of his jokes he talked about the justice system, he said that it was just us going to jails (meaning black and Latino's). I guess that's were Bill took the name for his new program, Just Us. I enrolled as a participant in this program, it was an easy way to make bucks with out having to engage in crime. It was a very cool experience. The gist of the program was building maintenance and preparing a group of participants for another better paying job program that was about to start in weatherization. While in this program I met a guy named Juan M. he was very good in all aspects of construction. So Juan and I formed a contracting company with we called Reconstruction after a Ray Barretto Album by the same name. The goal was to strong arm some subcontracts from the white construction companies that were getting all the bids for the new housing construction going on in East and Central Harlem. Sounded good, to good to be true. Juan was also a heroin addict in remission. We started jogging everyday, the goal was a strong body and strong mind to tackle the serious job of strong arming construction sites. You have to remember that in New York City jobs like construction and sanitation belonged to the mob. We were about to embark on doing to the mob what they had done to get to where they are today. This was very dangerous shit we were about to embark on. But, addicts being addicts, are only good at one thing, being addicts. It started with Juan and I sharing a ten dollar (dime) bag of heroin to snort (inhale). That lasted all of one day because we started using needles and all hopes and dreams were dashed. I was caught in this maze again for another 5 years. I eventually stopped hanging out with Juan, and enrolled in Boricua College. But an addict is an addict and I did what addicts do. I learned that as a college student I qualified for student loans, so naturally I applied for them. I got the maximum amount I could borrow. I got myself a cheap used car and with the rest, I thought I'd invest it and double or triple my investment. So now I was a drug dealer. I was still involved with the block association which meant rubbing shoulders with the local politicians. So here I was selling cocaine to some of the political leaders of our community. The people that make policy that affect the lives of many woman and children in our community. Boricua Power!
Soon my drug dealing was overcome by my drug using. So now instead of making money and rubbing shoulders with the policy makers, I was being shunned by them. I was still "around" them but not in the same way. No more inner circle "meetings". Believe it or not I was able to finish a 2 year degree. I remember thinking that it was a huge milestone, I finally did something. That is until I realized that in the real word, especially in the world of academia an associate degree has no bearing at all. So despite my drug addiction and everything that that madness entails I registered for the next semester. I was determined to secure my four year degree, While at Boricua College I went back to Manhattan Legal Services and worked under the tutelage of the Community Development and Community Activist Ramon Jimenez. Ramon guided me, he was my mentor, into organizing a Law Day. Back then I was toying with the idea of becoming a lawyer and in my research learned that there were less than 9000 Latino lawyers in the USA to represent the array of legal issues afflicting the entire US Latino population.
So I organized and coordinated the first of two Law Days to ever be held at Boricua College. We had representatives of all the major Law schools (note not one Ivy League Law School chose to participate). The event was a success. Yey!
I got involved in the student government and of course the resentments were there. I did a law day event without the participation of said student government. The truth is that I approached the student government but they did not want anything to do with this event. They had there own agenda, not sure what it was since the only thing they ever accomplished before I got there and since was bringing four of the five recently released Puerto Rican Nationalist to address the student body. The turn out was abysmal considering that these were the heroes of the Puerto Rican Nationalist and Independence Movement. One would have assumed that there would be mobs of people and standing room only. Instead we all sat around in a circle and listened to Irving Flores, Oscar Collazo, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero, recount the events leading up to that fatal on March 1, 1954, day when they opened fire on members of congress in the Blair House in Washington, DC. The one person not present, the one person I truly wanted to meet was Lolita Lebron.
My life was a constant dichotomy, vanguard community activist, sleazy drug addict. A life of total chaos. I felt like I was going crazy. I got involved romantically with one of my professors and with her help I was able to graduate with my Bachelor of Science degree.
At this point I could not function anymore. Every free moment I has was spent at the "shooting gallery" (a shooting gallery in this context is a place where drug addicts go to shoot up or inject heroin), every penny I was able to muster was spent on heroin. It got to the point that I knew exactly how many steps it took to get me from my seat on the coach to the drug dealer and back. As I sat there with a needle in my arm I would be pontificating about "the man" and how the AIDS crisis (that's one of the terms used was back then, an HIV/AIDS crisis). Until one day I was sick and tried of being sick and tired and I checked my self into a hospital. I since was working, I had health insurance so it was rather easy for me to get into Gracie Square Hospital. Thank my lucky stars because back then those hospital stays were 30 days long. In today's environment, even if you have good health insurance substance abuse treatment is limited to 7 day stays. During those 30 days members of the various anonymous 12 step programs would come to give testimony. Before when I was in a city drug detox ward I'd actually run away from these 12 step folks. But this time I was first to be in my seat to listen to what they had to say. For 30 days I listened to the message brought to us by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, and Pills Anonymous. I listened very intently because I did not want to leave this hospital like I did so many times before, just determined to get high differently so that I would not have to come back. But I always kept coming back. This time I wanted to make sure I paid attention so that when I left the hospital I did not go straight to the drug man.
At the end of those 30 days, full of both excitement and fear I left the hospital. We were a group of 10. Out of that 7 of us did exactly what they told us to do, we went straight to an AA meeting one block over from the hospital. Then 4 of us took that next step and went to an NA meeting in St. Marks Place in the East Village. They had told us that out of the group that gets released together only one, maybe two will follow the suggestions and stay clean. The rest, they said, will continue the merry go round of jails, institutions or death.
That was 28 years ago. Of course there is a lot that is left out of this narrative. For example being selected as a delegate in 1988 to Jesse Jackson's run for president only to be voted out by the Boricua leadership. The rationale was that my "drug use" could be used to disqualify Jesse. Or the fact that I laid in a hospital bleeding to death after being stabbed in the abdomen when I was ripped off by a fellow Puerto Rican. Or the fact that I organized a bunch of illiterates, former members of the block association - people I grew up with to form an urban homesteaders association only to get voted out after all the hard work was done and the city funding game. Or the fact that I founded a not for profit agency with a so-called friend and a bunch of other locals. Spent years developing the concept, getting a small grant to run the program, negotiated a beautiful office space, had teenagers running a public access television show, where they did everything from creating the story line, to interview the guest, to operating cameras, to editing. Then once again being voted out by my Puerto Rican brethren.
Yes all those let downs and betrayals probably contributed to my mental health issues. The point is that I could be mad and I could even be sad about any of these situations, that in and of itself does not equal depression.
Depression, the mental illness is part of my DNA. I am, was depressed because of my mental illness and not because of any circumstance that I may have been confronting. The issue of being anti social, angry, mean and isolationist were the manifestation of the illness not the cause. In
In January 1993 after just five years of being drug free I got married. The following February my first daughter was born. 16 months later my second daughter was born. My wife was a young woman that had recently graduated from an Ivy League College. It was unfortunate for her but she feel in love with me. Our marriage lasted 23 years and she put up with a lot because of my mental status. She carried the full load of the family, for that I am eternally grateful. But there were underlying issues that affected the family as a whole to. It's sad to say (sad not depressing) that my wife was elitist. It's a problem with many people that have accomplished something that others in their group have not. For example she graduated from Princeton University one of the best, and renown universities in the world. A top tier college for sure that some would say is on par with, while others would say second to Harvard University. Regardless of that nuance,, graduating from an Ivy League institution for any minority is a great accomplishment. Equally remarkable, at least in my eyes, is over coming decades of intravenous heroin addiction and incarcerations, then graduating from college, in my case graduating from Boricua College. Then moving on to receive a Masters degree from Fordham University. My wife also got a Master degree, this time form a Baruch College one of ten senior colleges of The City University of New York (CUNY).
So while we were married, the agreement we had, at first because perceptions and stories change, was that I'd stay home with my daughters while she got her career stated. She was, at this time, working for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This opportunity put her in a national position. As the years went by and her career was becoming solidified, I was at home with my girls sinking into a deep depression. Part of this depression manifested itself with my obsession to building a business on the internet. Another problem with being depressed is the inability to stay focused. So over the years while I kept working "toward building an online business" I'd get sidetracked by every shiny new toy (software, app, strategy) that came along. I was never able to focus on one thing thus never able to establish any real or sustainable business. My obsession fed perfectly into my depression. I had a terrible case of insomnia, which was caused by my depression but that I interpreted as drive for my new "business".
My obsession forced me to forgo many wonderful once in a life time events that my wife would invite me to. I had declined attending so many events with her that eventually she stopped inviting me. I spent hours, days, weeks on my computer with out interacting with my family. And, any interaction I did have usually ended in a yelling match. I would get so irritated whenever I'd have to do anything that would pull me away from my computer. Mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, driving my wife or children anywhere. All these normal daily family tasks would infuriate me.
This went on for years. My daughters grew from my best friends to girls that didn't want to have any interactions with me, to young ladies that just ignored me. I had been no father to them at all. For all these years while my wife busted her rump to ensure our family had the necessities and more. Like vacations; ensuring that my daughters attended concerts and did normal teenage girls things with their friends, I contributed nothing. Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, I contributed nothing. Before our daughters were born my wife and I would sit and talk about all the things we were going to make sure they experienced and had. My big thing was a desire to give her (at the time my wife was pregnant with our first daughter) a brand new car when she graduated high school and let her experience a wonderful summer before going off to college. I guess that was just wishful thinking because the reality struck and it struck hard. My depression not only affected me, it affected my family as well as my extended family. I ruined family relationships before they even have started. In hind sight I really don't blame them for disliking or even hating me. I don't blame them at all, truth be told they were great despite my condition. But to them, I'm pretty sure, it must have seemed that I was just lazy and living off the sweat of my wife's brow.
In my mind I was one click away from a very successful and lucrative online business.
Imagine if you can, a Puerto Rican boy growing up in an urban ghetto during a very turbulent time in modern American history. Not only was society undergoing a cultural revolution, but the Puerto Rican community and family was deteriorating as well. It was the second generation of Puerto Ricans to be born on the United States main land during this turbulent time. The generation prior was the generation still with one foot on the Island and one foot in New York, where the vast majority of Puerto Ricans had emigrated to. While still being called spics, this second generation had more in common with the American ways than they did of those of the Island, and they fought back. The older generation was the generation that formed the barrios in New York City for the rest of us. They set up the bodegas and established our communities, our own little place in this smorgasbord of ethnicity and culture. Their form of activism, for the most part, was by establishing social clubs. These social clubs were where the men would hang out to play dominoes, a favorite past time of most Hispanic cultures. But these social clubs served more than just a hang out for playing dominoes, they served as social service agencies for our people. These social clubs were formed based on hometowns, so for example, if you came from Lajas, Puerto Rico you would join the Lajas social club, if you came from Ponce or Mayaquez you'd likewise join one of those clubs. New arrivals from the island would be acclimated into American society via these social clubs. Job openings, housing availability etc were shared via these clubs.
It was hard for that generation making their way into New York City. Those pioneering Puerto Ricans were sold the same BS that other immigrates had been sold. Ask your elders about the concept of "streets being paved with gold." Everyone was led to believe that America was this wonderful welcoming society where jobs and housing were plentiful for anyone. Of course that was nothing like the truth.
The truth about America
The truth is that while there were opportunities in New York City and everywhere else in this country, those opportunities were/are reserved for white people only with a rare few and rare exceptions. America is a xenophobic, racist society that only respects violence. To anyone reading this I may sound like a hater, a bigot myself. Maybe you are right, but if I am one I was made this way by the environment I grew up in. You see, Puerto Ricans have always been the rainbow people. Long before Jesse Jackson co-opted that term for his Rainbow Coalition Puerto Ricans were called the rainbow people. You see, within one Puerto Rican nuclear family you could find a father with skin the color of burnt coffee grinds, a mother with yellow hair and blue eyes and children with complexions that run the gamut of very fair and snow white like, to caramel colored, dark coffee and even to burnt sienna. We did not know the concept of racism since within our own family we had them all. Racism is a learned behavior, no one is born a racist. If you don't believe it, they to find a place where there are very young children of mixed races playing together. You will observe that they all get along just fine, playing and sharing. It is the parents that have the disdain for the other children and their parents.
Unfortunately this is a color eccentric society. The older you are the more likely it is that you have subconsciously bought into the whole white is beautiful, good and pure and black is ugly, evil and un-pure rhetoric.
To be clear I am not saying all white people are racist and or haters. But I also have to be albe to express my reality unapologetically. History proves my point for me. While the white media paints black and brown people as violent savages, the truth is in fact the opposite.
According to the history book a vast majority of people beleive in, namely the bible, it supposedly cronicals the beginings of mankind. Well according to that very sacred and most trusted book, the very first violent act ever was when Cain killed his brother Able.
If you recall, Cain and Abel were the Son's of Adam and Eve. If you further recall they, historians and religious philosophers, Adam and Eve were Caucasians.
That is the chronology of mankind according to those historians. If you fast forward, every major upheaval henceforth was perpetrated by whites against white or whites against people of color.
In North America, the natives welcomed the white settlers with open arms. In fact the indigenous peoples taught the whites how to survive that first brutal cold winter. What does the white man then do? He treats them like idiots and steals their land, then begins the wanton slaying of men women and children. Fast forward a little more and we encounter the slave trade. Again white men brutalizing black people and eventually herding them onto ships like cattle for that long transatlantic voyage and into the arms of slavery. Oh but it's not limited sole to North American. White people, with their white privilege did this and more to black and brown people around the entire planet.
Now, perhaps, you'll begin to understand what Trump and his minions are attempting to put in place. They say that the first rule of nature is self preservation, then it would appear that the white Man's greatest fear is fast approaching. So Chump is trying to put people with his propensity into key positions that can affect the lives of millions of people for years to come.
The Island Nation of Puerto Rico has been abandoned by the Federal Government and the money hungry corporate community we are sinking so deep into the quagmire of debt that soon there will no longer be a Puerto Rico.
After the tax incentives ran out, so to did the parasitic pharma companies. Three and one half million people through no fault of there own are floundering, on the verge of starvation. The political infighting between Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, Partido Nuevo Progresista and Partido Popular Democrático has not served the best interest of the people.
I live here in the mainland United States, I do not want to voice a political opinion, what I do want to do is help bail Puerto Rico out of this abyss its in. There are more so-called Puerto Ricans living on the Mainland United States than there are on the Island, and multitudes more living elsewhere on the planet. Many love to raise a fist and yell out "Que Viva Puerto Rico" but that does not really mean anything. That does not serve anything but to make you feel good for that moment. "BORICUA" sounds awesome, makes you feel like you belong to something special right? Well it is something special, we are someone special and we are worth preserving, worth saving.
It is time to stop wearing that false Puerto Rican pride on our sleeves and to actually roll up our sleeves and do something to safeguard the motherland. We, "La Gente," "el pueblo" can do it. We can save our Island all we have to do is "chip in". Between all of us we can raise the $72,000,000,000.00 to take our Island out of debt. Once we do that, then we can worry about the form of government we need. But before we can even think about governance we have to save the Island.
The first step toward accomplishing this is for all Puerto Ricans to band together. Put our party idealogies aside. The goal should be to save Boriquen. After we accomplish that the rest will work its self out.
Among our people I know that we have the brain power to figure it all out. It's time to use that brain power, put those skills to work for the salvation of a majestic people. You say you want self determination, well here is your chance, a real chance to determine for yourself weather Puerto Rico flourishes once again, or just sinks into history like Atlantis.
If you really feel anything about Puerto Rico take a stand. The federal government, the municipal Puerto Rican Government has once more demonstrated that we can not depend on them to bail us out. The usefulness of Puerto Rico to the United States has come and gone. The only reason we were made a commonwealth was because they needed us as a strategic military installation during the Cold war, that war has been over since the 1980's. The only reason we were made citizens were so that we could be drafted to fight in the world war. Now Trump and his people even want to take that away from us.
Did into your pockets and make a contribution to the most worthy of all the causes you will ever make in your life, a contribution to save BORIQUEN. Now that is a legacy worth leaving.