Puerto Rico and the United States have a complicated relationship. Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898, and people born in Puerto Rico have been U.S. citizens since 1917. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rican men and women have proudly served in the U.S. military. Puerto Rico has sent troops in every U.S. military conflict since World War I, and many Puerto Ricans actively serve in our nation’s military.
Today, the Island is home to over 3 million Americans. Millions have left Puerto Rico, however, to seek the full and equal rights that come with being a U.S. citizen in a U.S. state. Americans shouldn’t have to leave their homes to be treated equally.
Statehood is the solution
The Island has voted for statehood twice in the past 6 years – once in 2012 and once in 2017 – and the Puerto Rican government has officially requested statehood. Never in history has the United States of America ever denied statehood to an American territory that has voted to become a state.
Ultimately, Puerto Rico’s political status is up to congress. That does not mean that it’s completely out of our hands, however. Our political leaders may have the final say, but the populace has a lot of power. If enough of us speak up for Puerto Rico – and make it known that we want equality and statehood for Puerto Rico – our legislators will have to listen.
It’s important to remember that statehood is not simply a matter of politics. Statehood for Puerto Rico has bipartisan support. Statehood is a matter of civil rights. It’s about ensuring equality for all Americans.
Statehood for Puerto Rico is closer to becoming a reality than ever before. Knowledge and awareness of the island is at an all-time high; 96% of Americans now know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth.
Statehood is the only real solution that will ensure political, financial, and social equality for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico. The statehood movement has the momentum. You can help make the final push and welcome in our 51st state.
One of the most meaningful and important things that you can do to support statehood for Puerto Rico right now is to motivate your friends, family, and your community to reach out to your legislators and tell them you want statehood for Puerto Rico. Use your voice to support equality for your fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. The more people stand up for Puerto Rico, the more likely it is that congress will take action and admit Puerto Rico into the Union as the 51st state.
If you would like to be even more involved, we’re in need of volunteers. Fill out the form below to join our Volunteer list. Here’s what will happen:
- We’ll send you a toolkit of new resources each month.
- We’ll help you connect with other volunteers in your region.
- We’ll keep you updated on all the news as Puerto Rico moves toward statehood.
It’s time to help make history by adding a 51st star to the U.S. flag and ensuring equality for millions of American citizens!