It’s up to us to bring forward the facts about the Puerto Rico crisis
Puerto Rico, often referred to as the isla del encanto - meaning the “island of enchantment” - hasn’t lived up to its nickname as of recently.
With $72 billion in debt, the small U.S. territory is in a financial crisis that is forcing out many Puerto Ricans from their homeland; and although efforts have been made by President Obama and the House to help mitigate the situation, not much has changed.
Since the debt crisis, it feels like Puerto Rico isn’t apart of the United States; it’s like we’re a territory that’s foreign to the U.S. in a domestic sense. However, the debt crisis can’t be ignored. It’s the responsibility of Congress to create the conditions that will spur economic growth and job creation.
To bring light to this situation, AL DÍA launched our newest editorial project, Puerto Rican Diaspora. In this initiative, we will document the stories that aren’t being told by local and national news outlets. We will ask the important questions about Puerto Rico's history and the United States' mainland influence. Most importantly, we will explore the solutions that are being presented to Puerto Rico's current $72 billion debt crisis.
At the end of this project, we will have culminated our stories, daily coverage, and documentation into one book, which will be released on the 100-year anniversary of the Jones-Shafroth Act.
The law, signed by Woodrow Wilson in 1917, granted statutory citizenship to Puerto Ricans and recognized Puerto Rico as U.S. territory.
Oddly enough, to reiterate these facts mentioned by AL DIA CEO Hernán Guaracao in last week’s OP-ED titled, “100 years of U.S. citizenship: What does it mean for Puerto Ricans?”:
Close to half of Americans are unaware that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.
Half of the country doesn’t now that the island faces a crushing debt of $72 billion.
The lack of knowledge from Americans has complicated Congress’s ability to address the isla del encanto’s debt crisis. Taken those facts into consideration, however, has motivated AL DÍA to bring awareness to public about this pressing issue through the “Diaspora” initiative.
“[This initiative is meant] to make people in general aware of the context of this crisis so that all Americans, in their wisdom, including those of Boricua descent with ample resources we are writing to, start dialoguing on solutions, at the same time they provide their crucial financial support to make this exceptional project a reality,” said Guaracao in the article.
We cannot do this alone. We need your help in making Puerto Rico’s problem a national problem. We need your contribution to serve justice to the Latino community through our medium.
Jamila Johnson, a graduate from Temple University, will be managing this project. She hopes it serves as a moment of realization for the Boricuas that are residing in the states.
“This is meant to be a project for Puerto Ricans to discover who they are as American citizens and what their role in this society means,” she said.
As a multimedia corporation that prides itself on serving the Latino community by telling the untold stories, this initiative is important to us. And we believe that, as the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S., Latinos can make an impact on anything we set our minds to - but only if we stand together.
Join AL DÍA in exploring the Puerto Rican Diaspora and, most importantly, helping create - or at least consider - a solution to this American problem.
Community leaders such as City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Rodriguez are already in support of our initiative. Do you want to be next?
Our goal is to raise $50,000 over the next 30 days to cover the reporting costs so we can get answers and bring Puerto Rico to national and local news outlets.
To become apart of the project, visit www.gofundme.com/puertoricoaldia or call Jamila at 215-789-6966.