Members of the Puerto Rico Statehood Commission, a bipartisan group of leaders who will be the first slate of federal legislators for the state of Puerto Rico, met with members of the NAACP in Washington earlier this month.
Charles Rodríguez (D) and Alfonso Aguilar (R) visited with members of the NAACP in their office in Washington, D.C. Aguilar and Rodriguez thanked members of the NAACP for their support for statehood for Puerto Rico.
Charles Rodriguez is the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee for Puerto Rico and former President of the Senate of Puerto Rico. Alfonso Aguilar, a former director of the Office of Homeland Security’s Office of Citizenship, is executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.
The NAACP, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the U.S., passed a resolution in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico. The resolution referenced the most recent plebiscite in 2017, in which voters overwhelmingly chose statehood, and recent independent opinion polls showing that the majority of Puerto Rico’s residents support statehood. The NAACP, the resolution said, “joins the majority of Puerto Ricans and its government in supporting U.S. statehood for the island.”
“Be it finally resolved,” the resolution concludes, “that the NAACP calls on the United States Congress to grant U.S. statehood to Puerto Rico, with all the democratic rights and responsibilities which go along with that status to its population.”
The NAACP was founded in 1909. The first plank of their mission statement is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens.” Statehood will provide equality for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico.