My name is René, many also know me as Residente and I am from Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. We are the oldest colony in the world. For years, we have been used as an experimental island. From the medical experiments on our people to the chemical experiments on our land. From 1941-2003 on the island of Vieques, the United States Navy undertook a series of experiments with different chemical and biological weapons while using the island as a bombing range. To this day, the land and people of Vieques have not fully recovered from this devastation. There’s a Puerto Rican, a political prisoner, who has been incarcerated for over 34 years, longer than Nelson Mandela. His name: Oscar López Rivera, and he deserves to be free, today. More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have served in the U.S. military. In our schools, children are taught more about U.S. history than the history of their own country. That is a colonial education. Without giving you exact numbers, I can tell you the U.S. gets more out of Puerto Rico economically than Puerto Rico receives from the U.S. We are currently living an unprecedented economic crisis and have the highest rates of poverty and unemployment of any other place in the U.S., yet the U.S. does not even allow us to restructure our debt. And this is the best one: People in Puerto Rico cannot vote for the President of the United States. In other words, we are not allowed to choose the person who makes crucial decisions regarding our country.
I didn’t come here to complain, but rather put things in proper context. You may wonder, what I’m doing here? A person like me with all this information has come to the Bronx to support a candidate for the U.S. presidency. I will explain. I support Bernie Sanders because he has been the only candidate with logical proposals and has expressed support with my country’s debt relief. He did not come up to support us now, in the middle of an election cycle to win votes, but he spoke out from the moment the economic crisis began. I support Bernie Sanders because I think he is the most honest candidate there is. I support Bernie Sanders because he is the only candidate who furiously stands up and defends human rights and the rights of the LGBT community.
I support Bernie Sanders because he has spoken out against those Latin American dictatorships financed by the United States which left more than half a million people dead or disappeared. He’s been opposed to a Pinochet in Chile, Ríos Montt in Guatemala, Videla in Argentina, just to name a few. I support Bernie Sanders because someone like Hillary Clinton does not deserve my vote. The thought of Hillary Clinton, who has dared to praise the likes of Henry Kissinger, the author of the most despicable Latin American genocide and the architect of Latin American dictatorship, responsible for all of those who disappeared in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, is enough for me not to vote for her. I’m not with her. It will represent an insult to consider yourself Latin American and vote for her.
Not just an insult to oneself, but for the many victims that still suffer from this history. An insult to countless children who have lost their parents and grandparents. I support Bernie Sanders because I believe there are still good people like him in this country. And when Sanders wins the upcoming election, people will see the United States in a different light. It will no longer be a country that invades, that provokes wars, that quiets people. It will not be a country that tortures or believes in colonies instead. The United States will be a country that strives for unity, equality and peace. If Bernie Sanders were Puerto Rican , I’m certain who would fight with all his mind and all his heart as many Puerto Ricans have done, to bring freedom and self-determination to his country. I am here like all of you to support Bernie Sanders because we all support change in the world. Thank you.
—René Pérez Joglar
René Pérez Joglar (Full Speech)
Bernie Sanders Rally
South Bronx, New York
Full video: https://youtu.be/G4sAWtGYP1s?t=18m43s
• Orlando: Harbor Community Bank (2320 S. Orange Ave.; 11681 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 1; and 430 N. Semoran Blvd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday). Acacia (1865 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Friday).
• Kissimmee: Harbor Community Bank (2591 Simpson Road and 100 Park Place Blvd., Suite 101, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday). Rigo Tile (770 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday).
• Altamonte Springs: Harbor Community Bank (420 E. Altamonte Drive, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday.)
• Sanford: Harbor Community Bank (251 W. First St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday).
• Isla Del Encanto restaurant at 12850 SW 120th Street, Miami, FL 33186 on Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Ana G. Méndez University at 15201 NW 79th Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33016 on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Mana Wynwood warehouse at 225 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Ay Bendito food truck at 9225 SW 137th Avenue Miami, FL 33196 on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• In Broward County at Casa Borinquen at 6519 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL 33024 on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m
• Engine 91/ Ladder 11: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem) Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood) Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)
• EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania) EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose) Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill) Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)
• Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton) Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond) Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)
Other areas in NEW JERSEY, TEXAS, GEORGIA, DELAWARE and other States have their own donation centers so please check your local communications for ways to help out the Island, we need and appreciate anything you can give ❤️💙🖤
***I’m not sure about how long the collection drives are in effect for, if they are indefinite or if they’ve concluded***
En resumidas cuentas el paro fue opacado por los últimos acontecimientos del día. Los actos de violencia conllevaron a ser el “highlight” de toda la marcha olvidándose que la mayoría de los presentes tomo la misma pacíficamente. No dejemos que el gobierno ni demás nos desenfoque. Que esta foto sea para la historia y símbolo de que somos uno.