The Call – #PuertoRicoReliefNOW #HelpPuertoRico
The situation in Puerto Rico is dire, with more than 80% still without power and most infrastructure destroyed.
Puerto Rico’s health care system has been overwhelmed, with the sick in mortal peril from lack of power and medicines. Much of the island still has no running water. Less than 20% of schools have reopened, and many are still functioning as emergency shelters.
The Trump administration has issued a “propaganda” video on the relief effort portraying conditions as rosy, and has removed negative statistics on the slow relief effort from the FEMA website. Privately, U.S. officials admit that there is a serious food shortage which is not going away anytime soon.
An emergency funding package (which includes aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands) has been introduced in the House, with the support of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has urged a fast track process to a vote.
Trump’s 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, which requires all supplies from the mainland to be on US made and manned ships, has expired, and the administration has refused to issue the one-year waiver many in Congress have requested. Without the waiver, building and reconstruction supplies will cost twice as much in Puerto Rico as on the mainland.
The slow and inadequate action by the Trump administration, compounded by the Trump administration’s coverup of the actual conditions, is shocking. Puerto Ricans are our fellow U.S. citizens and we must respond to their terrible circumstances as we did with people in Texas and Florida.
Call your 3 members of Congress and urge them to act quickly on emergency relief to Puerto Rico, including immediate approval of additional relief funds and a one-year waiver of the Jones Act.
- This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
- We have a humanitarian disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico. I am extremely concerned that aid efforts to Puerto Rico have been slow and insufficient.
- I urge [Rep/Sen____] to do everything possible to get emergency aid to, and to quickly authorize additional relief funds for Puerto Rico.
- I also want [Rep/Sen____] to support legislation for a one-year waiver of the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico in the massive recovery effort it faces.