I just signed a petition to aid the people caught in the Puerto Rican disaster of Hurricane Maria. Here it is (direct quote) in case you haven’t responded yet. I usually don’t post political topics, but I feel this is a humanitarian issue important enough to post. (Photo from mashable.com)
Puerto Rico needs our help right now, but we cannot stop there. The United States has spent decades neglecting its obligation to the American citizens living in Puerto Rico — resulting in the exponentially catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria.
Residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens. Yet, our President and our government refuse to treat them as such.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the Department of Homeland Security immediately lifted the restrictions imposed by the Jones Act regulations, but failed to do so in Puerto Rico for over a week — causing huge delays in food, water, and other necessary supplies from reaching the island.
But the disaster isn’t just from a hurricane. Last year, Congress took away Puerto Rico’s control over its own spending, and handed it to a “control board” made up of Wall Street cronies. Our government weakened Puerto Rico in order to keep Wall Street creditors happy.
Now is the time for all of us to demand that our government act to a repay a centuries-old debt to the residents of Puerto Rico.
Thank you for joining me today.