Day Two of the ACLU's Fact-Finding Mission to Puerto Rico

Rosie Perez and Carlos Delgado wait to meet with Miguel Muñoz, University of Puerto Rico interim president, this morning.






Update 5/3/2011 5:25 PM EDT:

Rosie Perez speaks at the press conference.
Of the fact-finding mission, Carlos Delgado said at the press conference: "It was truly amazing. One might think these things wouldn't happen in our country...We really want to be part of the solution."

Update 5/3/2011 4:53 PM EDT:

The delegation spoke before a packed room at the press conference.

Update 5/3/2011 4:43 PM EDT:

The delegation concluded its fact-finding mission with a press conference.

Update 5/3/2011 2:59 PM EDT:

Senate minority whip Eduardo Bhatia describes civil rights violations on Senate floor. He described regulations against wearing T-shirts with messages, press kicked out during debates and prohibiting minority leaders to speak.

Update 5/3/2011 1:30 PM EDT:

Carlos Delgado (right) with Puerto Rico Police Superintendent José Figueroa Sancha. The superintendent told the delegation: "I want Puerto Rico to be the model for all police departments in the United States."

Update 5/3/2011 11:35 AM EDT:

Juan Catagena (left); Rosie Perez, and ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero at a meeting with Police Superintendent José Figueroa Sancha.

Today is the second day of the ACLU's fact-finding mission in Puerto Rico to document and draw attention to civil liberties and human rights violations that have been occurring there. The delegation includes actor Rosie Perez (left), baseball legend Carlos Delgado (right).

This morning, the delegation met with Miguel Muñoz, University of Puerto Rico (UPR) interim president, and Ana Guadalupe, chancellor of UPR's Río Piedras campus. Right now, they are meeting with José Figueroa Sancha, Superintendent of Police of Puerto Rico; Max Perez Bouret, Auxiliary Superintendent for Administrative Affairs; and the six members of the newly formed task force for civil rights reform. Later today, the delegation will meet with majority and minority members of the Puerto Rico Senate and House of Representatives.

Carlos Delgado (left), Juan Catagena (center); and ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero wait to meet with Miguel Muñoz, University of Puerto Rico (UPR) interim president. During the meeting, Anthony said to Muñoz: "You need to be more of a spokesperson for all your students, not for the government...The level of violence on your campus is like nothing I've seen on any campus in my 10 years [at the ACLU]."
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Howard Jordan

I hope Anthony Romero addresses himself to the Puerto Rican community of New York City as well as Puerto Rico. Several of us have reached out to his organization only to be rebuffed and ignored.

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