Opinion Pieces

Op-Ed: Five Years Later: A Transformative Virgin Islands Is Still Possible

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FIVE YEARS LATER: A TRANSFORMATIVE VIRGIN ISLANDS IS STILL POSSIBLE    Like many Virgin Islanders, September 6, 2017, is forever etched in my mind. For what seemed like an unending day, Hurricane Irma relentlessly pummeled the territory, and Virgin Islanders watched in mute shock as the Category 5 storm shredded roofs, uprooted trees, and shattered lives. Then, exactly…

Op-Ed: Sharks in the Water: The Need for Improved U.S. Geo-Diplomacy & Trade Policy in the Caribbean

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SHARKS IN THE WATER: THE NEED FOR IMPROVED U.S. GEO-DIPLOMACY & TRADE POLICY IN THE CARIBBEAN As the United States prepares to host the Summit of the Americas next month in Los Angeles, the preeminent nation of the hemisphere has an opportunity to demonstrate forward leaning leadership by inaugurating a new relationship with its Caribbean neighbors. With 14 votes in the United…

Opinion: Reestablishing US Leadership in agricultural R&D

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Over the last year, America’s food and agricultural sectors have faced robust challenges. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for a more resilient food system, which is why I’m calling for an investment of at least $40 billion for agricultural research and infrastructure, as well as agricultural innovation. The U.S. is a world leader in agricultural production, but we need…

Plaskett Op-Ed: Disenfranchisement on Display

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This past week, we have inaugurated the 46th President and the 49th Vice President of the United States—Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris. Over the past few years, our beloved democracy has been beleaguered and challenged, and in the last few days the ideals and structure of our democracy have been physically attacked - incited by the outgoing President. It seems that not since the American…

Op-ed: The Left and Right's Blind Spot in Systemic Racism: The U.S. Colonies

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The present moment is a defining one in this nation’s long arc toward justice. From that small patch of Minnesota pavement, George Floyd’s dying breath has become a wind of change, pushing so many Americans to bend the establishment and the public’s imagination toward true equality for all Americans. We are not only asking what needs to be done to create true justice, but also how…

Op-ed: Plaskett Sends Letter to FEMA Opposing Changes by the Joint Recovery Office

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Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI) released the following statement regarding a letter she sent to FEMA Administrator Gaynor expressing her opposition to the recent change to the reporting structure for the Joint Recovery Office of the Virgin Islands (JRO-USVI): “Today I sent a letterfile:  ///C:/Users/mmcquerry2/Documents/FEMA%20letter%2008.15.2019.pdf to FEMA…

An Open Letter from Delegate Stacey Plaskett

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Dear Participants of the 3rd Virgin Islands Advocacy Day: I would like to publicly express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the time, energy and subject matter expertise the participants of the 3rd Advocacy Day in Washington DC voice our community’s issues on July 17, 2019. As you are aware, unlike most states which have large delegations of Members in Congress, I am the only…

The role of infrastructure in bridging the broadband divide

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While there is unending debate on the means to pay and share the cost of construction of transportation in our nation – federal government or states, municipalities or private sector – there is no debate that the economic success and national security of America is dependent on a stable, efficient and pervasive intermodal system. Once again, we are at a juncture where government must…

Congresswoman Plaskett Responds to Caneel Bay Editorial

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One of the true joys I have in being the elected Delegate to Congress from the Virgin Islands of the United States is representing my people who have a proud history of being independent-minded, uniquely resilient, physically and emotionally strong, with an intimate understanding of their history. After the hurricanes of 2017 tore through our home, I consistently highlighted these…

Beware the ides of the African American woman

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As Americans discuss the mid-term elections: very little is said about the greatest force in the present political landscape– African American women. Black women in America are exerting unacknowledged force in shaping politics in this country. In a focused motivated manner, black women are determinants of political power –through advocating for specific political action as a group or…