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PUERTO RICO HERALD
Puerto Rico Herald Champions Cause of Self-Determination Online
Leading Internet Publication Expands to Bilingual Edition
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 02, 1998
San Juan, PR
- The Puerto Rico Herald, the "Authoritative Voice of Puerto Rico Self-Determination,"
has expanded into a bilingual publication beginning its latest edition released
yesterday, publishers announced today.
Found online at http://www.puertorico-herald.org, the Herald
is a critical, comprehensive and up-to-date resource on Puerto Rico politics,
economics, the status debate and current events offering the most timely
and inclusive coverage of issues related to the American island territory's
current and future political status.
Traffic to www.puertorico-herald.org has been constant and feedback
positive, according to Herald contacts who pointed out that the site is
receiving over 10,000 hits a week. The electronic publication's decision
to go bilingual is based on the intent to reach as wide an audience as possible
interested in this critical issue: the self-determination decision at hand
for Puerto Rico -- whether to remain a territorial commonwealth, to seek
independence, or to begin a process leading to U.S. statehood.
Puerto Rico's right to Self-Determination is overwhelmingly supported
by Hispanic organizations nationwide, scores of whom have allied together
as the "Hispanic Coalition for Puerto Rican Self-Determination".
Members of the Coalition include such influential organizations as the
League of United Latin American Citizens, the Republican National Hispanic
Assembly, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of
Hispanic Publications, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and others.
According to Coalition contact Selena Walsh, the self-determination
issue "is of critical importance to the overwhelming majority of the
30 million Hispanic citizens of the United States -- the fastest growing
voting bloc in the country."
The Coalition recently held a press conference in Washington, DC to
demand action on the Puerto Rico referendum legislation. The 3.8 million
U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico will vote on the status option they prefer
-- statehood, independence, free association, or the territorial status
quo -- in a plebiscite on December 13th, 1998.
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. They have served in the U.S. armed
forces since WW I, but have no vote for the president who sends them into
battle, nor do they have voting representation in Congress. They receive
limited federal benefits but do not pay federal income taxes.
The island was ceded to the United States by Spain in 1898 at the end
of the Spanish-American War.
Web Masters are encouraged to create a link to the all-important information
contained in the Herald: http://www.puertorico-herald.org.