Melissa Mark Viverito wrote in City & State about Puerto Rico and last week’s Somos conference in Puerto Rico and never raised statehood.
It is more important than ever that New Yorkers harness Somos as an opportunity to set a forward-thinking, substantive agenda that is heard in the national conversation – and Latino voices are leading the charge. Our stories, perspectives and experiences can and will play a pivotal role in setting our country’s course. From immigration reform to health care access to solving the crisis in Puerto Rico, we must rise to the challenge and make our voices heard.
The severity of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt crisis cannot be overstated, and its implications are dire for millions of Puerto Ricans both on the island and here in the United States. Shortsighted and irresponsible lending, unfair trade practices and the systemic stifling of the Puerto Rican economy have resulted in an unsustainable fiscal situation now verging on the brink of collapse.
The severity of the crisis is such that the most real solution is a true federal intervention and statehood, which will allow for a reordering of the debt, new incentives for investment and enterprise, and equity for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Anything else is not a solution in the best interests of the island or the United States.