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    <p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"><span
        style="font-size:18pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)"><b>War
          Against All Puerto Ricans</b></span></p>
    <p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)">by
        Nelson A. Denis (April 21, 2015)<br>
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    <div><span style="font-size:12pt">Within thirty years of occupying
        Puerto Rico</span> in 1898, the US had devalued the Puerto Rican
      currency by 40% and owned 80% of all the island's farms . . . as
      well as the insular postal system, the entire coastal railroad,
      and the San Juan International Airport.</div>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)">The
        US military controlled another 13% of the island. </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)">In

        addition, U.S. federal agencies controlled Puerto Rico's foreign
        relations, banking system, currency, customs, tariffs,
        import/export quotas, radio waves, commerce, transportation,
        military service, maritime laws, and cabotage rights.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)">Although

        Puerto Ricans were declared US citizens in 1917, just in time
        for World War I, these same "citizens" were found ineligible for
        minimum wage legislation in 1922, when the US Supreme Court
        ruled that the US constitution did not apply to Puerto Rico.
        This did not sit well with the <i>macheteros </i>- the
        sugarcane workers - who worked 50 and 60 hours a week for
        starvation wages. </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(20,24,35)">In
        1934, the <i>macheteros </i></span><span
        style="color:rgb(20,24,35);font-family:Cambria,serif;font-size:10pt">went
        on strike, and asked Pedro Albizu Campos to lead them.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">              
      </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The "war
        against all Puerto Ricans" was declared by the Puerto Rico
        Police Chief in 1935.  After murdering four Puerto Ricans in the
        Rio Piedras Massacre, Police Chief E. Francis Riggs announced
        that, if Albizu Campos continued to "agitate" the <i>macheteros</i>,
        there would be "war to the death against all Puerto Ricans."</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Eighty years
        later, just three weeks ago, Nation Books published my book. <i><a
            shape="rect"
href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001TXj6tVGv6gDtZvvpXfyNYPUxTKCQmEc8npSaq8rpFlLu_uTpjLUJr74RTnu0TrIm26-T1o5phvhdsUAkJ8Jv2X02RW4g6w9flMBsvMdZAfu1ouNKZU7PCOK0rC2hwCR3ZSljY7hD7C4Zhhzp39H5fuN2r9ZBzdZm3Nu-9jQ_XXTX7GgOmuseP4m-77uXQowBamLVlVUVOK9EZP9XIiTdwuqrZB1Xz0QhaRgseSkABKXcvVtINZNvOUoQWixm3GDNICH2JNdDgsa_9GxP5yQNQw==&c=V6_u1n3fjLxwbMJIUwOQS7iQ1uW_Fu4frnvoYrvRzMTncHFxVtH-2Q==&ch=sTVcuNOb1KgSri43Fo18Jgr-IMFLqVt-yHyQPcZftdYrw2KKbHFs7w=="
            target="_blank">War Against All Puerto Ricans</a></i>. It
        documents how and why this war was waged. I knew this history
        had to be told. What I didn't know, was the response it would
        receive.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p
      style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;font-size:12pt"
      align="left"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b>An Instant
          Audience</b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><b> </b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Two weeks <i>before</i>
        it was published, the book was a #1 Amazon Best Seller. By the
        date of release, excerpts from the book received nearly 500,000
        views on the <i>Latino Rebels</i> website. Two days after the
        book's release, the Independence Party of Puerto Rico called me
        to ask how they could promote it on the island. Within one week,
        I made nine TV and radio appearances, with further bookings
        scheduled for C-SPAN, New York 1, and <i>Democracy Now</i>.</span><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">               </span><span
style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(51,51,51)">   
                                                                       
                                                                       
                          </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Print
        journalists found the book quickly. Robert Dominguez of the <i>New
          York Daily News</i> wrote "Prepare to be outraged . . .
        meticulously researched . . . a timely, eye-ope</span><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">ning must-read<span
          style="color:rgb(51,51,51)">."  In <i>Latino Rebels</i>,
          Julio Varela wrote that "<i>War Against All Puerto Ricans </i>earns
          'instant classic' status . . . </span><span
          style="color:rgb(34,34,34)">anyone who wants to understand
          U.S. imperial history from the time of Manifest Destiny needs
          to read this book." In <i>Respuesta</i>, Andre Lee Muñiz
          praised </span>"the book's historical value . . . a must-read
        for anyone interested in learning more about Puerto Rico." In <i>Gozamos</i>,
        Hector Luis Alamo wrote, "<span style="color:rgb(34,34,34)">Nelson

          Denis doesn't just give us history. He gives us history on
          fire . . . a thoroughly researched indictment of over a
          century of U.S. policy toward one small island .a
          full-throated eulogy of brave heroes, men and women of
          conviction, who devoted every drop of their blood to a people
          and a principle."</span></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(34,34,34)">              
      </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(34,34,34)">From
        Washington, D.C., Congressman José Serrano wrote that "</span><span
style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(51,51,51)">It
        is a book that every student of the US-Puerto Rico relationship
        should read." </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(51,51,51)"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;color:rgb(51,51,51)">In
        Chicago, José López Rivera - the brother of Oscar López Rivera -
        invited me to Division Street for a four-day book tour. </span><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Down on the
        island, Mr. Luis Gonzalez-Argueso, owner of the Arguezo &
        Garzon Editores publishing company, offered to write a Spanish
        translation for<i> free</i>. Don Luis is now writing it.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">              
      </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">This
        overwhelming response, within a week of the book's publication,
        made me stop and think.I am not a celebrity.I am not a famous
        writer. There was something going on, that had nothing to do
        with me. </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">It was the
        subject matter.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p
      style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;font-size:12pt"
      align="left"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b>A Hidden
          History</b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><b> </b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The story of
        Puerto Rico, under the tutelage of the United States, had not
        been fully told. No one knew that Charles Herbert Allen, the
        first civilian governor from the US, stuffed the Puerto Rican
        economy into his pocket by stealing thousands of farms, running
        up to Wall Street, and making himself the president of Domino
        Sugar.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">No one knew
        that Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín was an opium addict, and that J.
        Edgar Hoover used this information to control the island's
        politics.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">No one knew
        that Police Chief Riggs, who declared "war to the death against
        all Puerto Ricans," was the heir to the Riggs National Bank,
        which had colonial investments all over South and Central
        America.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">No one knew
        that, right after the Ponce Massacre, the Police Chief
        re-arranged the corpses in the street, and then took photos of
        them, to make it look like the murdering policemen had acted in
        "self-defense."</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">No one knew
        that an OSS/CIA operative named Waller Booth opened a nightclub
        near Camp Las Casas in Santurce, where he spied on nearly every
        Nationalist on the island.         </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">No one knew
        that Albizu Campos was being subjected to TBI (Total Body
        Irradiation) while in <i>La Princesa</i> prison and everyone -
        from the FBI to Luis Muñoz Marín to the prison guards themselves
        - knew all about it.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">No one knew
        that the US kept a torture facility in Aguadilla, near the Ramey
        Air Force Base - where hundreds of Puerto Rican prisoners were
        interrogated, tortured, and killed.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The reason that
        no one knew, is because all the information was buried in police
        files, hospital records, newspaper archives, US congressional
        transcripts, and 1.8 million pages of secret FBI files, known
        today as <i>carpetas</i>.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p
      style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;font-size:12pt"
      align="left"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b>The Heroes
          of this History</b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><b> </b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The final
        confirmation of all this history came from the people who lived
        it: the Nationalists themselves. I interviewed dozens of them
        over a period of forty years, starting from 1974. </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">They had lived
        in a world where selfishness was a great asset, a world owned by
        strangers and governed by corruption, a world so threatening and
        capricious that to tell the truth was to risk one's livelihood,
        one's freedom, and sometimes one's life. It took a long time (in
        some cases years) to earn their trust, but it was worth every
        moment. Their personal recollections - with respect to the Ponce
        Massacre, the Rio Piedras Massacre, the trial of Albizu Campos,
        the Gag Law arrests, the 1934 sugarcane strike, the police
        terror of Governor Blanton Winship, the haplessness of Moncho
        Reyes, the bombing of Jayuya and Utuado, the conditions at <i>La
          Princesa</i> and <i>El Oso Blanco </i>prisons - all closely
        parallel the newspaper accounts, congressional testimony, and
        FBI files from 1930 to 1965.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The
        Nationalists fought a brave battle against the most powerful
        empire in history. As the years progressed, and I earned their
        trust, these brave men and women opened up to me. They told me
        things I'd never seen in any history book, or heard in any
        lecture hall: not at Harvard, not at Yale, or anywhere. In
        exchange for sharing this information, all they asked was that I
        tell the story straight: with no embellishment or undue drama.
        It wasn't much to ask...but no one had ever done this for them.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p
      style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;font-size:12pt"
      align="left"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b>The Facts</b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><b> </b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">On October 30,
        1950, a violent revolution swept through Puerto Rico:
        Nationalists tried to kill President Harry S. Truman; gunfights
        roared in eight towns; revolutionaries burned police stations,
        post offices, and selective service centers.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">              
      </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">To suppress
        this revolution, the US Army deployed 5,000 troops and bombarded
        the towns of Jayuya and Utuado - the only time in history that
        the United States government has bombed its own citizens. They
        also arrested 3,000 Puerto Ricans and imprisoned Pedro Albizu
        Campos. While Albizu was in prison, evidence strongly indicates,
        the US subjected Albizu to TBI (Total Body Irradiation) until it
        killed him.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p
      style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;font-size:12pt"
      align="left"><span style="font-family:Cambria,serif"><b>The
          Outlook</b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><b> </b></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><i>War Against
          All Puerto Ricans</i></span><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> tells the
        story of this revolution. The book occupies the same cultural
        space as <i>Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee</i>, in 1971. It
        challenges us to re-set our moral compass. It awakens the public
        conscience to America's plundering of an entire island, whose
        residents have been US citizens for nearly a century.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">It also arrives
        at a critical time. </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">April 21, 2015
        marks the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the death of Albizu
        Campos.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The island is
        in economic malaise with a $73 billion debt, two gasoline tax
        hikes in the past year, soaring electrical and water costs,
        government pension rollbacks, layoffs, a proposed 16% VAT
        (value-added tax), and even a proposed "obesity" tax.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">At the same
        time that working class and middle-income Puerto Ricans are
        being squeezed off the island, the government extends a 20-year
        tax exemption on interest, dividends, and capital gains, for
        foreign (i.e., US) investors in the same island. This latest
        corporate welfare, called Act 22, was passed in 2012 and
        applauded by the <i>New York Times </i>and the US business
        press.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">The moment that
        its debt was downgraded to "Junk Bond" status, Puerto Rico
        became a target for corporate raiders and hedge fund managers,
        who are now using Act 22 to buy "distressed properties" in every
        corner of the island. The latest raider is John Paulson, whose
        hedge fund made $15 billion by betting <span
          style="text-decoration:underline">against</span>the US economy
        in 2007, during its national mortgage crisis.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Paulson is
        using Act 22 to buy and build two $500 million beachfront hotels
        in San Juan. A herd of hedge funders is following right behind
        him. The entire stampede is being trumpeted by the New York
        Times("Puerto Rico Luring Buyers with Tax Breaks," Sept. 5,
        2014), Bloomberg Business ("Puerto Rico: Tax Haven for America's
        Super-Rich," June 6, 2014), and New Yorker Magazine ("The Puerto
        Rico Problem," April 6, 2015).</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">What does this
        have to do with <i>War Against All Puerto Ricans</i>?  </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Everything.  </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Albizu Campos
        was correct, when he observed that "owning a person makes you a
        scoundrel, but owning a nation makes you a colonial benefactor."
        The conditions are now mounting, for the gentrification of
        Puerto Rico. Within one more generation, the entire island will
        become a playground for America's super rich.</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"> </span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif">Unless we
        recognize this, and confront it together, the war against all
        Puerto Ricans will soon be over. Our island will be gone. Our
        people will have been evicted. It all reminds me of something my
        grandmother once told me: "Puerto Rican eyes are all dark, with
        lots of yesterdays in them."</span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><strong>________________________________________________________________________________________________________ </strong></span></p>
    <p style="text-align:left;margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"
      align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif"><strong><i>Nelson
            A. Denis </i></strong></span><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;font-weight:normal"><i>served

          in 1997-2001 as a New York State Assemblyman representing East
          Harlem in Manhatttan. A graduate of Harvard University and
          Yale Law School, he wrote over 300 editorials for </i></span><span
style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;font-style:normal"><em>El
          Diario/La Prensa</em></span><span
        style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Cambria,serif;font-weight:normal"><i>, and

          received the Best Editorial Writing award from the National
          Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). For more
          information on Denis, <a shape="rect"
href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001TXj6tVGv6gDtZvvpXfyNYPUxTKCQmEc8npSaq8rpFlLu_uTpjLUJr74RTnu0TrImgyxtADuT7_9RE9W4Li4D5vPFJkNJPFfG9VM3-l2xciZev_YgbMv94vWDBYT7NaSfguKrlajmoW8idtozUf6E7m3YIUsaPIl5hWvMzL6iozpQ1dMlsZ9DQQJ1sebpRgm4&c=V6_u1n3fjLxwbMJIUwOQS7iQ1uW_Fu4frnvoYrvRzMTncHFxVtH-2Q==&ch=sTVcuNOb1KgSri43Fo18Jgr-IMFLqVt-yHyQPcZftdYrw2KKbHFs7w=="
            target="_blank">visit his blog</a>. He can be reached at <a
            style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect"
            href="mailto:nelsondenis248@aol.com" target="_blank">nelsondenis248@aol.com</a>.</i></span></p>
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