The Puerto Rico Statehood Council created PR51st to advance the goal of achieving equality for the people of Puerto Rico through statehood.
On November 6, 2012, Puerto Rico held a plebiscite in which a clear majority of voters rejected the Island’s current status as a United States territory and more than 61% chose statehood as the best alternative for their future. In June of 2017, 97% of voters chose statehood over the other status options.
On January 10, 2018, Puerto Rico’s seven-member bipartisan commissions demanded statehood in Washington, D.C.
Statehood is the only way to bring equal rights, opportunities, and responsibilities to Puerto Ricans, making the Island a full and permanent part of the Nation to which they already belong.
Few Puerto Ricans are satisfied with the conditions in the territory. Millions have voted with a boat or plane ticket for the better life that statehood offers. The unequal treatment of Puerto Rico under federal law violates the most basic principles of democracy and equality in the United States. And the fact that Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the president of the United States and do not have voting representation in Congress has deprived Puerto Rico economically and contradicted America’s democratic values.
This website is dedicated to implementing the choice of the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico. It does not endorse or oppose any candidates for public office. PR51st was created to advance core American principles, so that the Americans of Puerto Rico can enjoy the same democracy, rights, and responsibilities as their fellow U.S. citizens.