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Heather
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This is really awful.

A Salon article yesterday -- http://www.salon.com/sex/world/2000/11/30/puerto_rico/index.html?CP=YAH&DN=110 -- documented how in Puerto Rico, a nation which has the second highest AIDS rate in the whole of the United States and its territories, legistlation for sex ed in the Public Schools has been shut down by Catholic lobbyists, despite their constitution making clear church and state are to be separate.

Aside of the AIDS rates, young people in Puerto Rico often find it impossible to obtain contraception and STD protection. Clearly, this isn't going to help.

How sad this comes out right around World AIDS day. if anyone has any activism ideas on this, shoot'em at me.

A related article can alos be found here: http://www.workingforchange.com/news/article.cfm?ItemId=10055

And, in fact, http://www.workingforchange.com is a great site when it comes to general political activism. I visit it often.


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Confused boy
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Poor people, they join the USA so they can have freedom. Except they do not have the freedom fo information, surely that must impinge on some of those amendments in the constitution
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Heather
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I think it's important to recognize that Puerto Rico is a country on its own.

People who want to emigrate to the U.S. do not emigrate there -- Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory (not a State) not because as a country it decided to join the United States -- it was acquired by the U.S. from Spain during the Spanish American war a century ago, and that process was completed twenty years later. Puerto Ricans elect their own governments, and are only statutory citizens of the U.S.

So, I'm not sure what you intended to mean with the "join the USA for freedom" stuff , but I thought I would clarify for the record.


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Confused boy
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Oh sorry, my mistake. I just asked my Dad who had been to Puerto Rico if it was part of the US and he said yes.
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Heather
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No need to be sorry, history and geography are often tough because often history books aren't complete (or are often highly biased).

Puerto Rico IS part of the United States -- it is a United States territory, though -- in other words, the U.S. owns it by proxy, basically. Territories have some statuatory rights, but not full rights, and are not considered a state, and have their own governments.


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