I celebrate my R.O.O.T.S.
Regrann from @thepuertoricanmovement
- Remember 👀 Puerto Rican educator and social leader Blanca Canales who might have been the first woman to ever lead a revolt against the U.S. control over Puerto Rico. Canales joined the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico in 1931 and helped organize the "Daughters of freedom" ("Las Hijas de la Libertad") movement, the women branch of the party. After the approval of the Gag rule in 1948 to suppress the pro-independentist movements in the island, Canales became an active member of the resistance against the U.S. domination of Puerto Rico. On October 30 1950, some nationalist leaders including Canales took the arms that she had been gathering in her house in Jayuya and occupied the police station and the post office, and cut some telephone lines to then head to the central square where they planted the Puerto Rican flag, illegal by then, and declared Puerto Rico a Free Republic. U.S. President Truman then declared martial law and ordered the army to attack the city. After some days of resistance, the nationalists surrendered on November 1, 1950. Blanca was arrested and given life sentence for murdering a policeman, hurting three other people, and setting fire to the post office. In 1967, after 17 years in prison, she got a pardon and continued leading the pro-independence Puerto Rican movement until she died in Jayuya in 1996. Rest in power! @telesurenglish #diaspora #puertorican #puertoricoholic #puertorro #jibaro #music #isladelencanto #puertorico #libre #boricua #boricuapride #jibara #migente #2018 #orgulloboricua #boricuanation #decorazon #nationalist #independence #tradition #island #nyc #humble #revolution