May 17, 2008 – MIAMI, FL: José Cabrera, President of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association (“PRSSA”), met today with congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Lincoln Diaz-Balart at the Florida Republican Party’s headquarters in Miami-Dade County. Cabrera took this opportunity to thank them for co-sponsoring House Resolution 900, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007. Both congressmen reaffirmed their support towards a permanent non-territorial solution to the status problem of Puerto Rico.
H.R. 900 provides for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. First, voters would be asked whether they want to keep the current colonial status quo as a territory of the United States. If a majority rejected the territorial status quo and opted for a permanent non-territorial status, voters would be asked to choose between independence and statehood.
The Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007 was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 7, 2007 by Congressman José Serrano (D-NY), and was co-sponsored by Congressman Luis Fortuño (R-PR), the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. The bill was approved by the Subcommittee of Insular Affairs on October 23, 2007 and awaits debate in the floor of the House of Representatives.
The Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association is an organization of pro-statehood college and high school students originally formed in 1979 and reactivated in 2007. PRSSA members actively work to empower students within the statehood movement by promoting their electoral participation and to create awareness of Puerto Rico’s colonial problem and its eventual solution through statehood. For more information regarding PRSSA, please visit http://www.statehoodpr.org or contact Vashti Joseph, Public Relations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.