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Charles Schumer
U.S. Senate

Read Berkan's Letter, Chuck

On February 2, 2011, constitutional scholar and civil rights attorney, Judith Berkan, wrote a powerful open letter to US Senator Charles Schumer, questioning his (and his colleagues') complicit silence in the face of grave civil rights violations in Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States.  While President Obama recently reiterated that the United States “supports the democratic aspirations of all people”, and while political elites witness democratic struggles around the world with a mix of consternation and hope, current indifference to these horrendous affairs in a US territory rings oddly hypocritical, to say the least.  This petition asks Senator Schumer to, at a minimum, read Berkan's letter and assume a leadership role in this matter. Read the Berkan Leter HERE.
 

 


Letter to
Senator Charles Schumer
U.S. Senate
Senator Schummer,

On February 2, 2011, constitutional scholar and civil rights attorney, Judith Berkan, wrote a powerful open letter addressed to you, questioning your (and your colleagues') complicit silence in the face of grave civil rights violations in Puerto Rico -- a colony of the United States. While President Obama recently reiterated that the United States “supports the democratic aspirations of all people” and while US political elites witness democratic struggles around the world with a mix of consternation and hope, current indifference to these horrendous affairs in a US territory rings oddly hypocritical, to say the least.

With close to 800,000 United States citizens of Puerto Rican origin living in New York City, closely tied to the almost 4 million Puerto Ricans living on the Island, it is your duty to take these matters into consideration.

We ask that, at a minimum, you read Berkan's letter and assume a leadership role in this matter: that you inquire, get informed, and get involved in this situation. You can read Berkan's Leter at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/berkanletter