Flags for Change: The Purpose

         On June 16, 2015, with only 15 years of age, I witness the future president of the United States announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the world through a speech of hate which at the time I did not notice. A few months later on September 19, 2015 the next ousted governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Roselló, announced his run for governor with the FAKE promise of bringing statehood to the forgotten island of Puerto Rico. 

         Through the four years of both administrations, the changes were clear, not only in the political spectrum but also in the social one, with the growing far right and far left dividing the country and the colony apart. A couple of things happened that got me where I stand today. Although many of the Trump's administration changes didn't affect the island directly, socially the country was going down a path I could not follow. I originally like Trump's charisma and the way he was an outsider fighting the political game no one thought he could win, but apart from his economic views and jokes, came some horrible social decisions. His immigration platform that looked to criminalized undocumented immigrants caught for even small crimes and later separating families at the border, and his decision to make a "Muslim Ban", were a few of the times I distant myself from what I thought was going to be a good change.

         Then came Hurricane Maria and Irma, both disaster caused by the "hoax" climate change, almost tore my family and community apart. In the nights, where we had to all sleep together in my grandma's house we the power plant making undesirable noises, I emailed Trump asking for help and recovery. None of my emails were ever answered, then one day Trump traveled to make a victory lap on the basis that we were lucky not so many people died. With Ricky Roselló by his side, both administrations gave a slap in the face of the 4,645 people who died because of the hurricanes and governmental response. That's when I started to dislike and started to publicly express my feelings about both administrations.

         After the disasters, monthly a new problem came up about government corruption scandals. The closing of schools in Puerto Rico and the Black Lives Matter movements in the United States opened my eyes to reality. In this same year, 2018, I came out to the world, ready to express my self no matter what anybody thought. Raised in a Christian family, with pastors for grandmother and aunt, it was not easy to show that expression within my own family. Everything was going smooth until the release of the Telegram Chat, where the governor mocked the wounded, the victims of both Hurricanes, the gays, the obese and anyone the Elite ruling corrupt class could make fun of. The marches which I could not participate in because of my previous job, were filled with passion for change. Over the news you could only see San Juan and many other municipalities covered in our Flag and the Resistance Flag asking for Roselló to resign which he did. 

         Fast forwarding, after many FBI arrests, earthquakes and greater social divides, the COVID-19 pandemic hit us hard. My little hope in trusting Trump was gone. No only have 400,000 people have died, he just brought out the most racist society hidden in America. In Puerto Rico, the election cycle was controlled by the PNPillos who changed the electoral rules just a few months before the election. Although the results shows that bipartisanship who have ruled the island for decades won again, it also showed that change is coming. With the hard work of the PIP and MVC, change will be made within our government. Unfortunately, a couple of new legislator won with a homophobic, anti-women agenda. It is clear that since the election was determined by a split society, protest will come again, as we hold our leaders accountable for the actions. So now we get to why I started Flags for Change. Throughout TikTok, I experience how BLM protest waved their flags to express themselves, and that is what I want to bring to Puerto Rico. Flags to express ourselves in a different way besides "pañuelos" and t-shirts.

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