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The U.S. Council for Puerto Rico Statehood is a national, non-profit educational and advocacy organization that supports enabling Puerto Rico's rightful, orderly transition from territory to state of the United States.

The Council is dedicated to advocacy and education about the unfinished business of American democracy in Puerto Rico, the Nation's largest territory. We engage the public on why territorial status increasingly ill-serves both Puerto Rico and the U.S. as a whole, and why the achievement of statehood is in the best interests of American citizens everywhere.

The Council's membership hails from throughout the United States and represents a broad spectrum of political points of view, all united by the common conviction that statehood is the rightful next step in Puerto Rico's political development as part of the United States.

View of Governor's Mansion, La Fortaleza, Old San Juan.
The U.S. Council for Puerto Rico Statehood works to encourage American citizens throughout the Nation to support Puerto Rico statehood. We do so by conducting the following activities:

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We serve as a clearinghouse of information on Puerto Rico, its unrelenting drive to emerge from the shackles of an inferior territorial status as 37 other former U.S. territories have done, and achieve full civic equality as a state of the Union.

We organize events and activities that present the current political status and outlook for Puerto Rico in a factual, fair and comprehensive manner.

We provide forums for debate and discussion on the political status and future of Puerto Rico

We provide speakers and discussion leaders for pertinent activities with other groups and organizations that have shared interests.

We participate in media programs and coverage (print, radio, television and online) of the issue of Puerto Rico's political status, the increasingly chronic need to address the problems inherent in territorial status as well as the importance of putting Puerto Rico on track to achieve statehood as soon as possible.

We develop and distribute materials which educate and promote this cause, including issue papers, pamphlets and other materials

We promote the expansion of an ever-growing network of Americans throughout the Nation who share and support our goals.

We maintain an active social media presence promoting statehood for Puerto Rico

Since 1998, our work has included an online petition to allow citizens everywhere to register their support for Puerto Rico's statehood cause.

We provide support on the U.S. mainland to our fellow citizens and sister organizations in Puerto Rico who are engaged in building Puerto Rico's emerging pro-statehood majority.
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