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Petition to make Alvaro Uribe Mayor of Philadelphia

by Eric Jude Cortes

Dear Mr. President:

As Americans, we value democracy, and at the same time glorify those who make decisions with the brutal hand of force. Abraham Lincoln suspending habeas corpus during the Civil War, William McKinley provoking a war with Spain in order to expand the American empire, and Ronald Reagan bankrolling numerous conflicts in order to end the Cold War; all of these individuals became American icons with the help of a little heavy-handedness.

In this spirit, we the undersigned individuals, present you, former president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, with a humble request. It would please us greatly if you, with your experience as a hardnosed Conservative fighter of guerrillas, would tame a soiled nest of rats on America’s East Coast, by becoming the Mayor of Philadelphia.

Before you took office, Colombia was in the condition that Mexico is currently in. The name Colombia was synonymous with narco-traffic. In addition to the drug trade, there was fierce guerrilla war taking place all over your country with no end in sight. Once president, however, you made the tough choices, and did your best to turn Colombia into a place known for tourism, not guerrillas and drugs. More drug dealers were arrested than under any previous president. You ruthlessly attacked the FARC, leaving those who would take leadership positions to practically sign their own death warrants. When it came time to make politically dangerous decisions, like allowing the U.S. to set up bases on Colombian soil to combat drug smuggling, or bombing Ecuador in order to kill rebel leader Raul Reyes, you knew that defending the common good sometimes requires bullets and bombs.

Your services are needed in Philadelphia, a place known as “the city of brotherly life,” but more aptly described as “the city of no love.” As one of the first capitals of the United States, Philadelphia has some of the most beautiful architecture in the country, as well as some world-class museums.

However, it has a severe crime and vagrancy problems. Every day, even in wealthy parts of the city, vagrants can regularly be seen harassing passersby, or lying conspicuously close to government buildings. Students at the many local universities are regularly advised by their peers to carry pepper spray when in public areas or local train stations. Making matters worse for tourists and students is that vagrancy is not just confined to poor neighborhoods, as even the steps of City Hall are home to beggars.

Please, Mr. Uribe, we ask you to become mayor of the potentially great city of Philadelphia. With your experience as a no-nonsense destroyer of drug lords and communist guerrillas, you are just what the city needs. You know firsthand that the best solutions to problems aren’t always the most popular, so we welcome your heavy hand. If bombs, commando raids, and foreign bases worked for you in Colombia, surely they can work in Philadelphia.


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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


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