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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, 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 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.

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