Where is Congress? Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis. IT’S TIME FOR ACTION!

ACTION ALERT

Thank you to the thousands who have activated themselves to raise visibility around the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded in Puerto Rico. This is our 3rd week of asking you to TAKE ACTION for Puerto Rico and we want to rally you again!

Over the weekend, a few of Defend PR’s team members witnessed the devastation on the island first hand. What they observed, is indeed a life or death situation for the people in Puerto Rico.

On Tuesday night, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a  $36.5 billion bill, which would go into a more general disaster fund. Only a small portion of those funds will reach Puerto Rico, most of it in the form of loans. This is a Death Row Sentence Relief Bill for Puerto Rico and will just increase the amount of money the island will eventually need to pay back.

What you can do this week: Take 2 minutes TODAY to email your representatives and demand that Puerto Rico get the relief that they need to rise and rebuild without forcing it into MORE DEBT!

OUR DEMANDS

1
Extend FEMA deadline

Puerto Ricans have 60 days from the date that the President declares the area a disaster to apply for federal aid. The majority of Puerto Ricans remain without electricity and access to basic communication. This deadline is nearly impossible to meet under the current circumstances in Puerto Rico. We demand an extension so that ALL affected have the opportunity to file individual claims in a reasonable amount of time.

2
Repeal the Jones Act

The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the United States, owned, and operated by American citizens. Shipping costs from the United States (stateside) to Puerto Rico have been estimated to be twice as much as from neighboring foreign islands. The Jones Act has been instrumental in devastating Puerto Rico’s economy and our people. A 10 day waiver from the White House, is wholly inadequate to address the (decades old) harm it imposes on Puerto Rico and to begin to recover from Hurricane Maria. As such, we demand that the Jones Act be repealed for Puerto Rico.

3
Cancel the Debt

We call on Congress to absolve Puerto Rico of their current billion dollar debt. Any efforts to reconstruct Puerto Rico in the aftermath of this (un)natural, political disaster requires bondholders, debtors, and insurers to take their losses. The austerity that has been imposed by Congress as a result of the debt, must be replaced by legislation that would help Puerto Rico recover, not drown further. To move closer to recovery, we demand that the debt be fully canceled.

CALL-IN Talking Points:

 

[YOUR SENATOR / CONGRESS MEMBER’S NAME], it’s been two weeks since Hurricane Maria devastated our island of Puerto Rico. We demand that you TAKE ACTION NOW! There are 5.3 million Puerto Ricans and countless more allies in the U.S. calling for JUSTICE FOR PUERTO RICO. What does that look like?

The federal government’s response needs to be increased immediately. We demand that Congress, [insert demand] so that Puerto Ricans can receive the aid that they need to rise and rebuild.  

Will [SENATOR/CONGRESS MEMBER’S NAME] ensure that we get this done?

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