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Nombrado como el territorio más viejo del mundo, la isla de Puerto Rico ha sido un territorio de los EEUU desde la Guerra Hispano-Americana en el año 1898.

El estatus controversial de la isla de Puerto Rico ha sido problemático desde el día de su concepción.  Debido a la encarcelación de muchos puertorriqueños nacionalistas, líderes del partido nacional de Puerto Rico se rebelaron contra los EEUU. En respuesta, en el día 30 de octubre, 1950, el gobierno federal de los EEUU tiró bombas a sus propio ciudadanos por primera vez en las ciudades de Jayuya y Utuado, Puerto Rico.   

Los radios y medios de comunicación no prestaron atención a lo que pasó en Puerto Rico y el evento fue representado en los ojos americanos como un “debate entre Puertorriqueños”. Los libros históricos han ignorado lo que pasó ese día en Jayuya y Utuado.

Desafiado con la necesidad de remediar su sistema política, será Puerto Rico el estado número 51 de unión? O caerán la gente puertorriqueña entre las manos del colonialismo que Latinoamérica ya conoce bien. Los delegados de este comité tendrán la oportunidad de debatir la importancia de la cultura en la política y si el sueño americano de libertad es el mismo sueño que suenan todos.   

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Dubbed the oldest colony in the world, the island of Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States since the Spanish-American war in 1898.

The island’s controversial yet circumstantial status as a territory of the US has been problematic since day one.  Due to arrests of many Puerto Rican nationalists, leaders of the nationalist party revolted. In response to these revolts, on October 30, 1950, the United States bombed its own citizens for the first time in the cities of Jayuya & Utuado, Puerto Rico.

An event that was kept hidden from mainstream American media was brushed over by American politics as “a conflict amongst Puerto Ricans” and has been ignored from history ever since.

Challenged with the need to reform their policial system, will Puerto Rico become the 51st state in the Union? Or will they succumb to the inevitable notions of colonialism? Delegates will be challenged to answer questions about the importance of cultural identity in politics, and if the American definition of freedom as we know it, is the freedom all Americans dream of.


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RYAN RODRIGUEZ / DIRECTOR

Ryan Rodriguez is a sophomore at FIU where he currently studies International Relations. At FIU, Ryan is a proud member of the Model United Nations team, Honors College, LGBTQ mentoring program, & the Puerto Rican Student Association. Born and raised in Chicago, he has lived/studied abroad in both India and the Dominican Republic, and in the future plans to become a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State. Long term, Ryan also has ambitions to bring food sovereignty back to the island of Puerto Rico. Outside of the classroom, Ryan enjoys exploring and embracing the city of Miami. He also loves dancing Bachata, making chai, riding the CTA, and going to the beach. Ryan has run two Chicago Marathons and is a two-time National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholar.

 

ANTONIO BONADUCE / CHAIR

Antonio Bonaduce is a Venezuelan student majoring in International Relations at Miami Dade Honors College Class of 2020. Whenever he is not studying, he likes to hang out with friends and do freestyle! He has been part of the Model of United Nations conferences since 2012 back in his home country. He has been working alongside the FIMUN staff since last year innovating with Spanish-speaking committees. He looks forward to see you all participating at FIMUN 32!