BTR News: The Puerto Rican Statehood Vote & Gentrification of the Island

News outlets are reporting that a referendum vote was held over the weekend in Puerto Rico, the small occupied Island nation which finds itself a colonial possession of the United States of American Incorporated. The referendum asked voters to say yes or no to becoming the 51st state of USA.

The referendum was heavily boycotted according to reports and of those who did vote, a majority voted to give up hopes of Puerto Rico regaining its sovereign nation status.

Joining us to give his perspective on the referendum, the vote, and the occupation is filmmaker Vagabond Beaumont whose international award-winning dramatic film Machetero touches on the real life issues facing Puerto Ricans when it comes to their homeland.

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