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Author: William-Jose Velez

US Congress poised to ban cockfighting in the US territories

As part of the measures of HR 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, better known as the “Farm Bill”, the United States Congress is poised to ban cockfighting in all five of the US territories, a measure supported by the Humane Society but opposed by all five territorial representatives in Congress. After being passed in the House of Representatives in June 2018, the bill contained no measure addressing cockfighting, despite efforts to the contrary. Once the bill reached the Senate however, the cockfighting ban in the territories was reintroduced, and approved by the Senate in June. Today, the Senate fast-tracked...

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Jenniffer González-Colón supports two bills from Committee on Natural Resources that impact Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R) spoke in the US House Floor today in support of on HR 6665, the Offshore Wind for Territories Act and HRes 792, which urges the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente’s place of death near Piñones in Loíza, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places as amended. González-Colón is a co-sponsor of both bills. Puerto Rico has directly experienced the need to have a better energy infrastructure in place, with much higher reliance on renewable energy, to reduce environmental impact and increase...

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Facebook treating US territories as not part of the United States

According to Facebook, the nearly 4 million Americans living in the United States territories do not live in the “United States.” Instead, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands are each treated as being a separate foreign country. As a result, on #GivingTuesday residents of US territories will be unable to use Facebook’s charitable donation tools to support their favorite charities. For Equally American, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to end the second class treatment of Americans living in US territories, Facebook’s discriminatory practices both perpetuate misconceptions about US territories and restrict...

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Equally American reacts to SCOTUS review denial, US defense of disenfranchisement

The United State Supreme Court denied review in Segovia v United States, a lawsuit seeking to expand voting rights in US territories. The lawsuit was brought by Equally American on behalf of a group of veterans and others living in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands who would be able to vote for President and have voting representation in Congress if they lived in any other US territory or even a foreign country but cannot based on discriminatory federal and state overseas voting laws. Almost concurrently, federal officials defended the continued disenfranchisement of millions of US citizens living in the territories in a...

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