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In solidarity with the National General Strike of Workers in Puerto Rico

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
October 15, 2009
5:00 pm

New York City DEMONSTRATION

Thursday, October 15th
5 p.m. at (PRFAA)
135 WEST 50th street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

PUERTO RICO IN CRISIS
Puerto Rico is experiencing very difficult times. Puerto Ricans of the mainland cannot remain idle while Luis Fortuño’s administration move forward with its widespread lay-off policy. This constitutes social and economic barbarism that will only serve to worsen the crisis in which the country is submerged. It will promote privatization of basic infrastructural services to thousands of Puerto Ricans, mostly the poor. Almost 20,000 civil servants already have or will be laid-off their jobs, putting at risk and hopelessness thousands of families affected directly and indirectly by this effort.

The colonial administrations, statehood and commonwealth supporters equally, are guilty of today’s suffocating working-class high taxes, the imposition of a sales tax and the partial or complete privatization of our national patrimonies. We cannot forget Pedro Rosselló’s administration, which privatized great part of our country, including fifty one percent (51%) of Puerto Rico Telephone Company and almost all health services providers throughout the Island. The Calderón Administration privatized the Authority of Aqueducts and Sewage, patrimony that we managed to rescue. To top it all, previous administrations efforts to sell Puerto Rico Telephone Company were concluded by the Acevedo Vilá administration. The transnational Mexican company America Mobil bought it. This unleashed a teacher’s strike, and an attempt to curtail workers rights and a few of the combatant unions in the Island. That same administration, along with the Legislative Assembly of the PNP, imposed the IVU tax and raised taxes to the working-class while exempting special interests from paying taxes. To make matters worse, certain North American unions, with the aim of internationalizing their businesses, have come down to the Island and have started negotiating our constitutional rights, curtailing the working class struggle that has always been a reflection of our people.

Undoubtedly, it is the moment work towards a sincere united front made up of all the progressive and social sectors in struggle to engage the colonial and capitalist crossroads that facing Puerto Rico. In the Island, on October 15th, diverse workers unions, community and student organizations will unite to invoke a NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE. New York cannot lie back without demanding justice.

We call upon the different organizations, individuals, and activists in the United States to help us fight and support Puerto Rico’s poor, working, and middle classes struggle to demand its socioeconomic rights. At the moment, different activists, together with the Puerto Rican Independence Party, Committee of NY we have decided to meet to organize the required support with the NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE to be carried out in Puerto Rico. Reason why, we invite you to partake on the protest to take place on October 15th in front of the Offices de Puerto Rico in New York (PRFAA).

Join us, the moment demands it. STOP PRIVATIZATION!
WHEN: Thursday, October 15th, 2009 TIME: 5 p.m.
WHERE: (PRFAA) 135 WEST 50th street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
apoyotrabajadorespr@gmail.com

PUERTO RICO EN CRISIS
En Puerto Rico se viven tiempos difíciles y en la diáspora es imposible quedarnos de brazos cruzados. La decisión del gobierno de Luis Fortuño de proceder con su plan de despidos masivos de empleados públicos, constituye una barbaridad social y económica que sólo servirá para agudizar la crisis por la cual atraviesa el país e incrementará los procesos de privatización de servicios básicos a miles de puertorriqueños, principalmente a los más margi-nados. Son casi 20,000 empleados públicos que ya han sido y serán cesanteados de sus empleos, po-niendo en riesgo y desesperanza a miles de familias que serán afectadas directa e indirectamente.

Las administraciones coloniales, tanto las que apoyan la estadidad, como las que apoyan al estado libre asociado han sido culpables de que hoy la clase trabajadora esté ahogada por las altas contribuciones, la imposición de impuestos al consumo y la privatización parcial y completa de nuestros patrimonios nacionales. Es imposible olvidar la administración de Pedro Rosselló que privatizó gran parte de nuestro país, entre ella el cincuenta y un porciento (51%) de la Telefónica de Puerto Rico y casi la totalidad de los centros de salud de la Isla. La Administración Calderón privatizó la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, patrimonio que logramos rescatar. Para culminar el resumen de las pasadas décadas la Administración Acevedo Vilá culminó la venta de la Telefónica a la Compañía transnacional mexicana América Móvil, precipitó la huelga de los maestros, con la intensión de eliminar derechos de los trabajadores y eliminar uno de los pocos sindicatos combatientes en la Isla. Esa misma administración, junto a la Asamblea Legislativa del PNP, le impuso el IVU y aumentos en las contribuciones contra la clase trabajadora mientras que se le eximía a los grandes intereses su responsabilidad con nuestro pueblo. Para colmo de males ciertos sindicatos norteamericanos, con ansias de globalizar sus negocios, se han establecido en la Isla negociando derechos constitucionales y maniatando la lucha obrera que caracteriza a nuestro pueblo.

Es sin duda el momento de que trabajemos, para que se dé la unidad a la lucha sincera de todos los sectores progresistas y sociales para combatir la encrucijada colonial y capitalista que sufre Puerto Rico. En la Isla, el día 15 de octubre, distintas organizaciones sindicales, comunitarias y estudiantiles se han unido para realizar un PARO NACIONAL y en Nueva York no nos podemos quedar atrás en reclamar justicia.

Hacemos un llamado a las distintas organizaciones, individuos y activistas en los Estados Unidos para que nos unamos a trabajar y nos solidaricemos con Puerto Rico y las luchas de la clase trabajadora, media y de escasos recursos, en su justo reclamo por sus derechos económicos y sociales. Al momento, distintos activistas, junto al Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, Comité de NY hemos acordado reunirnos para organizar el apoyo necesario y solidarizarnos con el PARO NACIONAL a llevarse a cabo en Puerto Rico. Por lo que, 15 de octubre le invitamos a participar de la manifestación a realizarse en las

¡ÚNETE! el momento lo exige. ¡BASTA YA DE TANTA PRIVATIZACIÓN!
CUANDO: Jueves, 15 de octubre de 2009 HORA: 5 pm
DONDE: (PRFAA) 135 WEST 50th street (entre 6ta y 7ma Ave.)
apoyotrabajadorespr@gmail.com

Puerto Rico Strikes

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

By Yolanda Rivera
From the October 30, 2009 issue | Posted in International | Email this article

A STRIKING ISLAND: More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans joined a general strike Oct. 15.

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PHOTO: SEIU INTERNATIONAL, FLICKR.COM

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—In 1934, the year of the largest sugarcane workers’ strike in Puerto Rican history, Antonio S. Pedreira, a wealthy writer and educator, described Puerto Ricans as lazy and irresponsible: “To be lazy, in our country, is self-repression, lack of mental activity and freewill […] We are squatting before our future.”
Seventy-five years later, the attitudes of Puerto Rico’s ruling elite appear unchanged. Faced with widespread opposition to plans by Gov. Luis Fortuño to fire tens of thousands of public-sector workers and privatize government services, members of the governor’s staff have called workingclass Puerto Ricans “ticks” “garrapata” and terrorists and told them to accept privatization and layoffs because “such is life.”

Fortuño, leader of the Partido Nuevo Progresista (the equivalent of the Republican Party), was inaugurated Jan. 2, 2009. In his first 10 months in office he has fired more than 23,000 public-sector workers despite promising during his campaign that he would not make layoffs. His announcement on Sept. 25 that he was firing nearly 17,000 workers spurred labor, student, religious and community groups to organize a general strike on Oct. 15.

Fortuño’s administration reacted by stoking tensions. Top law-enforcement officials including the justice secretary and police superintendent threatened to charge strikers with terrorism if they disrupted traffic at the island’s ports. Independent observers such as the American Civil Liberties Union described the government threats as “dangerous” and “sowing fear.”

The week before the general strike, 10 campuses of the University of Puerto Rico closed their doors to prevent student protesters from using the facilities to mobilize. During democratic assemblies that gathered record numbers, students had already closed the main university campus in solidarity with fired government workers, including teachers, janitors and other service employees.

Despite the official intimidation, the demonstration and walkout went ahead Oct. 15, drawing an estimated 200,000 people and shutting down most businesses, schools and government activities on the island.

During the protest, numerous workers said the massive layoffs were part an effort to “sell the island,” — to destroying public services in order to justify privatization and provide subsidies to companies owned by associates of the governor.

One marcher carried a sign calling the governor “Fortocho,” a mix of Pinocchio and Fortuño. Another had a picture of the governor as a chicken with the question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” referring to an unemployed worker who threw an egg at the governor during a press conference a few weeks earlier. Others chanted: “So, where’s Fortuño? Fortuño is not here. He’s selling what is left of this country.”

Many people showed their dissatisfaction by scrawling anti-privatization messages on buildings. Others wore masks of the governor’s face while they brandished fistfuls of money. After the march, students blocked the country’s largest highway and kept it closed until the police and some conservative leaders pressured them to abandon their efforts.

With a population of 3.5 million, Puerto Rico has been a U.S. colony since 1898. About 48 percent of the population lives under the poverty level and government layoffs, which represent about 12 percent of the public sector workforce, are projected to push the unemployment rate to 17 percent.

The firings were made possible by Law 7, which passed in March. It allows Fortuño to unilaterally dismiss public-sector workers, overriding labor laws that previously prohibited such actions. Union contracts are no protection either, as Law 7 effectively voids any job protections they may contain. What’s more, Law 7 clears the way for firing more public-sector workers by allowing for “Public-Private Alliances” — a euphemism for handing over government functions to private corporations.

While the governor and pundits claim the mass layoffs are necessary because the government is “too big” and is facing a $3.2 billion budget deficit, Puerto Rico is slated to receive more than $5.7 billion in funds from the U.S. stimulus package passed earlier this year. Fortuño also claims that private companies provide better services and that public-sector workers earn too much. Previous governors used the same justification for prior rounds of privatization that ended in disaster.

Pedro Roselló, governor from 1992 to 2000, privatized health services and sold hospitals. While insurance companies fattened their profits by delaying payments and services, enabling them to earn interest on public funds, the population has seen co-pays increase and intolerable delays in basic and urgent care, as in the case of cancer patients. Moreover, government officials under Roselló reportedly stole money from an organization that provided services for AIDS patients. In 1998, Roselló also sold Telefónica de Puerto Rico, a public telephone company, an action that triggered an enormous two-day general strike.

The following governor, Sila Calderón, the first female governor in the island (2000 to 2004), outsourced billing services in the Public Water Authority to ONDEO, a French company, which failed to meet the terms of its contracts but was paid $540 million. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, the governor from 2004 to 2008, privatized testing services in the Department of Education and signed numerous contracts for millions of dollars with charter school organizations while denying salary increases to public school teachers. The independent teachers union, Federación de Maestros, staged a successful strike and won salary increases.

Puerto Rican workers have also seen massive layoffs in the private sector as the economy has been in recession for more than four years now. The governor claims privatizing public services will create 200,000 new jobs by 2013. The government’s development plans include promoting medical tourism; privatizing much of the public energy authority; displacing poor communities to build expensive apartments and shopping malls; and a luxury resort, casino and marina on a former U.S. naval base. Few believe Fortuño’s promises, however, given the mass layoffs he claimed would never happen.

Laid-off workers have few options. Even if they manage to land a job, an abysmal rate of private-sector unionism, less than 3 percent, means few protections. Private companies will not recognize decades of service in the public sector, offer health insurance or match government salaries.

Meanwhile, despite promises of state support, fired workers wait in unemployment lines so long that people arrive the day before their appointment at the Labor Department to claim benefits; their only alternative is accepting a government offer of $2,000 to leave the island.

While a large number of Puerto Rican workers and students are resolved to fight the government’s policies, the movement is divided. The ruling elite are banking on this. Following the general strike, Fortuño’s Chief of Staff, Rodríguez-Ema, said, “I know we will prevail since the movement is divided.”

The most conservative unions and political organizations are allies of the former ruling party (Partido Popular Democrático, the equivalent of the Democrats). The conservative unions, some of which seem most concerned with not losing union dues, are affiliated with large U.S. unions, such as the SEIU. These unions are mostly organized under Law 45, instituted in 1998, which allowed for unionizing public-sector workers while taking away their right to strike. Many of these workers had previously been in more militant labor “associations.”

Conservative and moderate groups are interested in getting concessions from the government even if this means reducing working hours for all public-service workers or eliminating the government’s contribution to the workers’ health insurance. During the 1998 strike against the sale of the public telephone company, leaders in some of these unions and organizations demobilized a mass-based movement that put up to 500,000 people in the streets. They negotiated a truce with the government, and the telephone company was finally sold.

While the Oct. 15 mobilization marked a big step forward, halting and reversing privatization will require a still higher level of struggle. Independent unions, such as the university non-teaching employees union, called for a workers’ party during the march. The Federación de Maestros, the teachers’ union that held a strike under the former administration; the union of electric company workers; and political organizations such as la Organización Socialista Internacional and the Movimiento Socialista de Trabajadores called for organizing from below. These unions and political groups, together with other community organizations and university professors (Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores Universitarios), have supported calling a general strike in the future.

Yolanda Rivera is a member of the Organización Socialista Internacional. Lee Sustar contributed to this report.

PUERTO RICO IN CRISIS!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time:
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
(PRFAA) 135 WEST 50th street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
Description

Puerto Rico is experiencing very difficult times. Puerto Ricans of the mainland cannot remain
idle while Luis Fortuño’s administration moves forward with its widespread lay-off policy. This constitutes social and economic barbarism that will only serve to worsen the crisis in whichthe country is submerged. It will promote privatization of basic infrastructural services to thousands of Puerto Ricans, mostly the poor. Almost 20,000 civil servants already have or will be laid-off their jobs, putting at risk and hopelessness thousands of families affected directly and indirectly by this effort.

The colonial administrations, statehood and commonwealth supporters equally, are guilty of today’s suffocating working-class high taxes, the imposition of a sales tax and the partial or complete privatization of our national patrimonies. We cannot forget Pedro Rosselló’s administration, which privatized great part of our country, including fifty one percent (51%) of Puerto Rico Telephone Company and almost all health services providers throughout the Island. The Calderón Administration privatized the Authority of Aqueducts and Sewage, patrimony that we managed to rescue. To top it all, previous administrations efforts to sell Puerto Rico Telephone Company were concluded by the Acevedo Vilá administration. The transnational Mexican company America Mobil bought it. This unleashed a teacher’s strike, and an attempt to curtail workers rights and a few of the combatant unions in the Island.

That same administration, along with the Legislative Assembly of the PNP, imposed the IVU tax and raised taxes to the working-class while exempting special interests from paying taxes. To make matters worse, certain North American unions, with the aim of inter-nationalizing their businesses, have come down to the Island and have started negotiating our constitutional rights, curtailing the working class struggle that has always been a reflection of our people. Undoubtedly, it is the moment work towards a sincere united front made up of all the progressive and social sectors in struggle to engage the colonial and capitalist crossroads that are facing Puerto Rico.

On the Island, on October 15 , diverse workers unions, community and student organizations will unite to invoke a NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE. New York cannot lie back without demanding justice. We call upon the different organizations, individuals, and activists in the United States to help us fight and support Puerto Rico’s poor, working, and middle classes struggle to demand its socioeconomic rights. At the moment, different activists, together with the Puerto Rican Independence Party, Committee of NY we have decided to meet to organize the required support with the NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE to be carried out in Puerto Rico. Reason why, we invite you to partake on the protest to take place on October 15th in front of the Offices of Puerto Rico in New York (PRFAA).

JOIN US, THE MOMENT DEMANDS IT! STOP PRIVITIZATION !
WHEN: Thursday, October 15 th , 2009
TIME: 5 p.m.
WHERE: (PRFAA) 135 WEST 50th street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
apoyotrabajadorespr@gmail.com

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En Puerto Rico se viven tiempos difíciles y en la diáspora es imposible quedarnos de brazos cruzados. La decisión del gobierno de Luis Fortuño de proceder con su plan de despidos masivos de empleados públicos, constituye una barbaridad social y económica que sólo servirá para agudizar la crisis por la cual atraviesa el país e incrementará los procesos de priva-tización de servicios básicos a miles de puertorriqueños, principalmente a los más marginados. Son casi 20,000 empleados públicos que ya han sido y serán cesanteados de sus empleos, poniendo en riesgo y desesperanza a miles de familias que serán afectadas directa e indirectamente. Las administraciones coloniales, tanto las que apoyan la estadidad, como las que apoyan al estado libre asociado han sido culpables de que hoy la clase trabajadora esté ahogada por las altas contribuciones, la imposición de impuestos al consumo y la privatización parcial y completa de nuestros patrimonios nacionales. Es imposible olvidar la administración de Pedro Rosselló que privatizó gran parte de nuestro país, entre ella el cincuenta y un porciento (51%) de la Telefónica de Puerto Rico y casi la totalidad de los centros de salud de la Isla. La
Administración Calderón privatizó la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, patrimonio que logramos rescatar. Para culminar el resumen de las pasadas décadas la Administración Acevedo Vilá culminó la venta de la Telefónica a la Compañía trans-nacional mexicana América Móvil, precipitó la huelga de los maestros, con la intensión de eliminar derechos de los trabajadores y eliminar uno de los pocos sindicatos combatientes en la Isla. Esa misma administración, junto a la Asamblea Legislativa del PNP, le impuso el IVU y aumentos en las contribuciones contra la clase trabajadora mientras que se le eximía a los grandes intereses su responsabilidad con nuestro pueblo. Para colmo de males ciertos sindicatos norteamericanos, con ansias de globalizar sus negocios, se han establecido en la Isla negociando derechos constitucionales y maniatando la lucha obrera que caracteriza a nuestro pueblo. Es sin duda el momento de que trabajemos, para que se dé la unidad a la lucha sincera de todos los sectores progresistas y sociales para combatir la encrucijada colonial y capitalista que sufre Puerto Rico. En la Isla, el día 15 de octubre, distintas organizaciones sindicales, comunitarias y estudiantiles se han unido para realizar un PARO NACIONAL y en Nueva York no nos podemos quedar atrás en reclamar justicia. Hacemos un llamado a las distintas organizaciones, individuos y activistas en los Estados Unidos para que nos unamos a trabajar y nos solidaricemos con Puerto Rico y las luchas de la clase trabajadora, media y de escasos recursos, en su justo reclamo por sus derechos económicos y sociales. Al momento, distintos activistas, junto Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, Comité de NY hemos acordado reunirnos para organizar el apoyo necesario y solidarizarnos con el PARO NACIONAL a llevarse a cabo en Puerto Rico. Por lo que, 15 de octubre le invitamos a participar de la manifestación a realizarse en las
¡ ÚNETE! el momento lo exige. ¡BASTA YA!

Puerto Rico: Ready for the National Strike

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 @ 21:01 UTC
by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle

Puerto Rico is getting ready for the national strike on Thursday, October 15. Since governor Luis Fortuño layed-off about 17,000 government employees the first week of October, there has been tremendous mobilization from different sectors of the civil society: workers and members of trade unions, women, environmentalists, students, and professors, among others. There have been multiple demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience to protest the economic policies that the government has assured are necessary due to the financial crisis. In total this year, the recently elected government has laid off around 25,000 public employees.

In the last months hostility has grown between the government and different civil society groups: eviction orders in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, police brutality, and the dismantlement of community initiatives such as the Fideicomiso del Caño Martín Peña. There have also been a string of comments from government officials considered offensive and insensitive, such as the now sadly famous “such is life”, and more recently, when the Governor’s designated Chief off Staff Marcos Rodríguez Ema compared demonstrators to terrorists. This is the context of the national strike on Thursday. In response to this comment, Tito Otero has posted a video of a boy playing the violin in front of the Congress. We can hear the boy say: “I am not a terrorist. I believe in justice for my country.”

Bloggers and twitterers are getting ready for the strike which aims to paralyze the country for one day. In Cargas and descargas [ES] Edwin Vázquez has covened bloggers and citizens to use Twitter and Facebook to circulate information the day of the national strike. Already, the people at @caribnews are asking followers for hashtag suggestions, and the conversation has started under #twittericans.

Puerto Rico: Public News Channel Dismantled

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Friday, August 21st, 2009 @ 17:13 UTC
by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle

This post is also available in:
Português: Porto Rico: Canal Público de Notícias é Desmantelado
简体中文: 波多黎各:公共新闻频道遭裁撤
繁體中文: 波多黎各:公共新聞頻道遭裁撤
Español: Puerto Rico: Desmantelan canal público de noticias
বাংলা: পুয়ের্টো রিকো: সরকারী সংবাদ চ্যানেল বন্ধ করে দেয়া হয়েছে
Français: Porto Rico: Démantèlement d’une chaîne publique d’informations
The newsroom of Puerto Rico’s only public channel, TUTV, was practically dismantled recently, allegedly due to budget cuts. The president of the Corporation of Puerto Rico of Public Broadcasting, Israel “Ray” Cruz – who was appointed by the government elected last November – fired about 50 employees, many of them journalists. The newscast, founded 15 years ago, will still be on the air for the next two months, at which point the lay-offs will be final. A group of reporters, camerapeople, producers and editors were not fired, but the future of the program is still uncertain. The government of Puerto Rico has already initiated a financial plan that includes laying-off approximately 30,000 government employees.

The very same day the public channel employees were notified they had been laid off, anchor woman Gloria Soltero gave a biting message to her audience during the newscast. The blogosphere in Puerto Rico has been loaded with comments on Soltero’s words, but first, here are some excerpts of Soltero’s message:

A aquellos que dieron lo mejor de sí para nuestro taller informativo, para que eso acabara, los felicitamos, lo lograron. Entre ellos está nuestro presidente Israel ‘Ray’ Cruz, que siguió al pie de la letra lo dictado por nuestro gobernador Luis Fortuño, quien le deja saber al pueblo de esta forma que no le importa lo que acontezca con la cultura de nuestro país, y mucho menos con lo que pase en nuestro país con sus empleados públicos.

Acuérdense, pueblo de Puerto Rico y a usted, señor gobernador, que como diría nuestro querido y respetado Aníbal González Irizarry, “un pueblo sin prensa es un pueblo esclavo”. Sr. Fortuño: si su deseo es un pueblo esclavo, usted lo ha logrado.

To those who gave the best of themselves for our newscast, in order for it to end, we congratulate you. You accomplished it. Some of those people are our President Israel ‘ Ray’ Cruz, who followed step-by-step the orders given by our Governor Luis Fortuño, who has let the people know that he does not care what happens to our country’s culture, and much less what may happen to the government employees of our country.
Remember, people of Puerto Rico, and you, Mr. Governor, as our dear and respected Aníbal González Irizarry [a famous Puerto Rican journalist] would say, ‘a country without press is a country that is enslaved.’ Mr. Fortuño: if your wish is to have an enslaved country, you have achieved it.

The journalism professor Luis F. Coss says in his blog Calahondo [ES]:

La solidaridad no puede ni debe ser un fenómeno pasajero. La solidaridad debe ser un estilo de vida frente a la codicia y frente a las políticas y prácticas que atentan contra la dignidad del ser humano. Celebro la respuesta de Gloria y de Ojeda ante las acciones destempladas de los patronos. Ahora nos toca a todos transformar los episodios heroicos en trabajo cotidiano, en conciencia madura para explicar lo que nos pasa hoy y el mañana al que aspiramos.

Solidarity cannot and should not be a passing phenomenon. Solidarity should be a way of living, in order to face greed, and the policies and practices that endanger our dignity as human beings. I celebrate Gloria’s and Ojeda’s [a Puerto Rican radio journalist] responses to the harsh actions of employers. Now, we must together transform the heroic episodes in daily work, in a mature conscience to be able to explain what is happening to us today and the future we hope for.
In her blog Hoy me desperté de arena [ES], I. Caballer writes:

El lamento, la rabia y la indignación por el despido de empleados públicos son experimentados en estos momentos en carne propia por otro grupo de trabajadores puertorriqueños en el Canal del Gobierno de Puerto Rico. En esta ocasión, la única diferencia es que pudieron hacer uso de un medio masivo de comunicación para expresar su sentir y pedirle al pueblo que tome acción y no olvide.

The pain, the fury and the indignation caused by the lay-off of government employees is experienced once again by another group of Puerto Rican workers at the the channel of the government of Puerto Rico. This time, the only difference is that they could use a massive communication outlet to express their feelings and ask the country to take action and not forget what has happened to them.
Blogger Luis Daniel Beltrán comments [ES]:

Una reacción que denota la indignación por el cierre de un medio informativo que – aunque en alguna ocasión estuvo maniatado por los caprichos del partido político de turno en el poder – servía al país, sobre todo en los tiempos de incertidumbre que se viven desde comienzos del año en curso.

[Soltero's] response denotes the indignation caused by the closing of an information space that, even though it has occasionally been at the service of the whims of the political party in power, it has served the country, especially during these times of uncertainty since the beginning of this year.
This post was also translated by the author.
The thumbnail image used in this post, “television”, is by Walt Jabsco, used under a Creative Commons license. Visit Walt Jabsco’s flickr photostream.
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Ralph J Sierra Jr
Totally irresponsible!! Kudos to Soltero!!

# 2009-08-21 At 17:57 Pm
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Andrea
Thank you for the blog. This news story was ignored by the US media. Thanks again.

# 2009-08-21 At 20:40 Pm
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# 2009-08-24 At 2:56 Am

Pesimismo entre boricuas de la Gran Manzana

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Por Claudia Torrens/EDLP

El Diario-La Prensa (28 de marzo 2008)

Nueva York — Líderes políticos e intelectuales puertorriqueños de Nueva York reaccionaron ayer con una mezcla de sorpresa y tristeza a la noticia del arresto del gobernador de la isla y mostraron su preocupación por la estabilidad política y económica de Puerto Rico.

Se estima que unos 770.123 puertorriqueños viven en la ciudad de Nueva York, según el Censo.

Los cargos de corrupción emitidos contra Aníbal Acevedo Vilá llegan en un momento crítico, con las primarias demócratas a la vuelta de la esquina y a menos de ocho meses para los comicios generales donde se escogerá nuevo gobernador en la isla, dijeron expertos.

“Es un momento triste para Puerto Rico”, expresó el congresista José Serrano, que representa el distrito 16 de El Bronx.

“No sabemos la reacción de los puertorriqueños que le respaldan cuando se le acusa de algo tan serio”, dijo Serrano. “Yo y él (Vilá) fuimos colegas en el Congreso así que esto es algo que siento mucho”.

Varios expertos boricuas calificaron las acusaciones a Vilá de recibo de donativos presuntamente ilegales para sus campañas como “un desastre” para la isla.

“La gente de Puerto Rico está muy frustrada políticamente y económicamente esto tiene implicaciones muy serias”, dijo Angelo Falcón, director del Instituto Nacional para Políticas Latinas. “Esto ocurre también en tiempos de recesión aquí. Y uno ya sabe: ‘si se tiene un resfriado aquí, en Puerto Rico es una neumonía’”

Falcón dijo que el nivel de pobreza de la isla es más alto que cualquier otro estado.

Sin embargo, muchos puertorriqueños apoyan a Vilá y le creen cuando dice que las acusaciones son una conspiración del Gobierno federal para hacerle daño, dijo Falcón. Vilá responderá hoy ante el Tribunal Federal en San Juan.

Carlos Vargas, investigador en política pública del Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, en Manhattan, explicó que Vilá es inocente hasta que se demuestre lo contrario.

“Hay que tener en cuenta que el Departamento de Justicia está muy politizado”, dijo Vargas.

Inocente o culpable, los cargos contra Vilá dan fuerza al líder del Partido Nuevo Progresista, Luis Fortuño, que también es candidato a gobernador.

El doctor Víctor Alicea, presidente de Boricua College, en Manhattan, habló de una época difícil, donde primero renuncia un gobernador como Eliot Spitzer en Nueva York y ahora llegan las acusaciones contra Vilá.

“El gobernador debe tomar una decisión sobre su futuro político lo más pronto posible.”