PRF REVIEW: There is no perfect moment.

PRF REVIEW: There is no perfect moment.


On today’s episode I’ll be discussing a recent
interview to Raul Grijalva, Nydia Velazquez, and Jose Serrano about the Puerto Rico issue
and at the end of today’s episode, I’ll also be making a very special and important announcement
about Puerto Rico Forward. So please stay tuned until the end. Hi, my name is Andrew Mercado-Vazquez and
welcome to the PRF review the show based on the podcast Puerto Rico Forward which you
can always listen to on iTunes and Spotify and all major platforms you get your podcasts
from. Now today’s episode is very important because
it does we’re going to discuss the opinion of three members of Congress that are hugely
influential in the Latino and Hispanic population in the United States. So we’re talking about Raul Grijalva Nydia
Velazquez, and Jose Serrano. Now this interview was published recently,
about Monday if I’m not mistaken, El Nuevo Dia, which is the major news outlet here in
Puerto Rico and it’s important because the interview was about the Puerto Rico status
issue: how the status the status can can finally transform out of a colonial context. So, Raul Grijalva went first and it’s very
important to highlight that Raul Grijalva is chairman of the US Committee of Natural
Resources. So this committee has a huge part to play
in Puerto Rico’s political and legal structures and it’s it’s a very important body when it
comes to determining whether or not Puerto Rico will be able to do X or Y thing. So whatever comes to a matter about Puerto
Rico this body is very important and very influential to those types of decisions. So what does Raul Grijalva say when it comes
to finally solving the Puerto Rico status issue. First off, he says that it’s not the time
for Congress to do that. Right now, and these are his words. I forgot to mention the interview is in Spanish,
but these are basically their statements now. It’s not the time in Congress to discuss that. Currently the political climate in Congress
isn’t favorable to be able to discuss that type of subject matter and that he sees very
little possibility of that type of discussion to have any place in Congress currently. So that’s the chairman of the US Committee
of Natural Resources, Raul Grijalva’s opinion, essentially saying don’t even try it. Nydia Velazquez, on the other hand, places
a little bit more of the responsibility on local political struggles and on the obstacle
of the economy. So, Nydia Velazquez focuses more on the fact
that here in the archipelago there isn’t a general accepted opinion on what the status
solution should be and the two major options are statehood or independence, but you have
the free association option as well. Essentially she highlights that here in Puerto
Rico there really isn’t any consensus and since there’s no consensus here in Puerto
Rico, then how can Congress step in. Because it’s as soon as the status debate
is brought to congresspeople’s attention, the first thing they highlight is well, the
people in Puerto Rico, they don’t even know what they want, so what are we gonna do if
we step in. Also Nidya Velazquez highlights the fact that
it might not be the right time for that discussion to take place because of Puerto Rico’s economic
struggles currently. Finally, we have Jose Serrano. Jose Serrano basically proposes that He acknowledges
that the people of Puerto Rico have a very important role to play, But Jose Serrano does
something very important. He also highlights that it is Congress who
has the final say in regards to what Puerto Rico’s status is going to be and as a result
he understands (and I agree as far as this) that Congress should be the one that places
on the table the options to choose from. Clearly and openly without any type of wordplay. It’s either independence or status. Basically, that’s what Jose Serrano states. But he doesn’t specifically say that it’s
time to solve the Puerto Rico issue basically. He proposes that this is what Congress should
do, but essentially it’s a very it’s a very bland statement. Why am I bringing these these statements up? Why am I bringing this interview up? Because I believe that this is essentially
always going to be the answer from Congress. It’s always going to be “oh, well your economy
isn’t strong enough”. It’s always going to be “ Well, you don’t
have any consensus locally”. Or it’s always going to be “well, there’s
no space in the agenda for that” or “the political climate here in Congress isn’t
appropriate for us to be able to enter that discussion” or “the administration is
focusing on other things.” The point is there’s never gonna be a perfect
time to discuss the Puerto Rico issue and the status issue. It’s never gonna happen. If anyone is trying to allow Congress to suddenly,
spontaneously, come together to solve the Puerto Rico issue, that person just should
not hold their breath. Because there is never going to be a perfect
moment to discuss such an important subject. So why continue postponing the subject or
playing some evasive maneuvers around the subject because it’s not convenient right
now or because it won’t be easy right now or because X or Y factor isn’t in favor? There is no perfect moment. The only moment is now. So the Puerto Rico issue needs to be resolved. The Puerto Rico issue cannot wait. If you think about it the Puerto Rico issue
is 120 plus years old. So in 120 years there was never a perfect
moment. Why should there be in the future? There won’t be, so it’s up to us, the people
that believe in this subject, the people that believe in Puerto Rico and want to see it
prosper and to move forward the Puerto Rico issue and to force Congress into a position
where they can no longer ignore the subject: where they can no longer use excuses to evade
or avoid touching on this subject. The people and the partners of the Puerto
Rico issue need to be advocates in this cause and continue pushing for it to be resolved
finally. So let’s not wait for the situation to be
perfect. Let’s not wait for conditions to be perfect. We need to act. As I mentioned before at the beginning of
the episode, I said that I had a very important announcement to make. The important announcement is the following:
Things change and as that is, I have come to the decision that my time here in Puerto
Rico Forward has come to a very adequate end. This is a very beautiful chapter in my life
that I will always cherish and that I will always hold close to my heart all the relationships
I’ve built working on Puerto Rico Forward and working with the people in Democracy at
Work. I appreciate so much that I’ve been blessed
with this opportunity and it’s been just a wonderful journey so far, but I believe that
the time has come for me to be able to continue being a Puerto Rico issue advocate in other
terms. I feel like I’ve been able to express as much
as I have wanted on this subject and I’ve been able to bring
as much valuable information as I have been able to. I’m so grateful to everybody that has supported
this project. I’m so grateful to everyone at Democracy at
Work. And this has been a beautiful moment in my
life and I will continue moving the Puerto Rico issue forward. It might not be doing this or it might not
be on the podcast format, but I’ll I’ll be around and I’ll continue fighting for this
cause: a cause that I’ve been fighting for way before Puerto Rico Forward was even an
idea and I’ll continue fighting for it long after. So, as always, thank you for your time. Thank you for listening. Y que viva Puerto Rico.

11 Comments on "PRF REVIEW: There is no perfect moment."


  1. The best education on the Puerto Rico issue that I can get on YouTube, will continue to be following your work when possible. ¡Suerte hermano y pa’ lante!

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  2. crystallization of stasis is what AMV brings to the table today , he ref a congressman from my 'hood kickin' the can, cheers sir & muchas gracias

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  3. The reasons given like not right time, the people are not decided, economic issues, governance issues etc all are very similar what the British were telling us Indians when our ancestors were fighting against colonial rule and delaying was done primarily to see people get tired in this generation. The only reason British gave up was because the were broke and beaten up after ww2 and the US wanted to colonise using its corporations.

    As u said there will never be a right time other than right now, only then things move ahead.

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  4. It’ll never resolve until Congress themselves decide to do something. Nothing initiated by 🇵🇷 will be ever given the opportunity to succeed. Sadly

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  5. If I were to decide, which I'm not, I'd hope Porto Rico would become a state, besides my grandmother being of Porto Rican decent, I truly fear that independence could put Porto Rico in the terrifying situation that South and Central America is placed under with brutal subversion by the United States being a constant threat. However, it is not my dicision; I truly hope things are resolved well for Porto Rico.

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  6. This isn't hard it just seems the US doesn't want to give up its grip on the island if they did they would have had a simple referendum by now with the options being statehood, independence or association

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