Carta Abierta a Ron Wyden


Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

Luego del pasado plebiscito del 6 de noviembre de 2012, lo que harían los partidos políticos de Puerto Rico era predecible. Las posturas asumidas por ambos partidos eran claras, y parte del eterno bailar de los “lideres” de Puerto Rico que nos mantiene en la colonia.  Para esos días también se supieron los resultados de las elecciones de Estados Unidos de América (EUA) y era claro que el próximo presidente del Comité de Energía y Recursos Humanos del Senado sería Ron Wyden.

Quise desde ese momento expresarle a Ron Wyden mi pensar, y exigirle un alto a la política colonial de EUA.  Escribí un carta abierta a Ron Wyden usando Storify y varios tuits (@lifenbits) el 17 de noviembre de 2012.  Dados los acontecimientos de las últimas semanas, decidí reproducir la carta aquí.  Lo escrito es tan cierto hoy como lo fue entonces.  Lo predicho ocurrió como mencionado.  Me gusta pensar que con esta carta influencié el pensamiento de Ron Wyden.  ¿Qué creen ustedes?

Message to Ron Wyden, on the results of the recent status plebiscite in Puerto Rico, requesting action since Puerto Ricans have withdrawn consent to be governed the way they are governed. (Originally posted on Storify on November 17, 2012)

Ron Wyden,

Your committee will be evaluating the results of the plebiscite in Puerto Rico.  You are going to hear many interpretations on the results regarding the chosen status.  Please do not use this as an excuse for inaction.  I understand the current status favors the US, but inaction is unacceptable. Instead, focus on the result of the first questions presented to Puerto Rico voters.

There is no controversy there. The vote was clear, 54% against the current status.  The following statement is true: “The people are withdrawing their consent to be governed the way they are governed”. The first question, “Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?”, resulted on 54% of the electorate voting NO.  This result combines the votes from supporters of all status options.  The people of Puerto Rico have expressed to discontinue the present way they are governed.  We have withdrawn our consent to be governed under the present form of territorial status.

The people of Puerto Rico have declared they do not want Congress to retain sovereignty over Puerto Rico.  They have claimed sovereignty over Puerto Rico, and want to alter the system of government.  The United States of America and Puerto Rico need to start the negotiations, as partners and equals, of the transition to one of the three political status recognized by the United Nations.  Congress needs to adjust the legal framework to match the will of the people of Puerto Rico.

There are two possible responses from your committee and from congress, and inaction is not one of them.  These are: (1) authorize a democratic referendum and constitutional assembly, or (2) include Puerto Rico once again in the list of colonies of the United Nations.

This time around it will be harder for congress to hide its do-nothing policy behind a “division of Puerto Ricans”.  The mandate to change the current status is clear, and we have withdrawn our consent to be governed as a colony.

I hope these lines find you, and I hope you rise to the occasion and defend democracy and the rights of PR citizens.

Sincerely,

Reinaldo Martínez-Velázquez

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