Petition to Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States
Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild its Infrastructure and Economy
Everyone has seen the unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The entire island is without power and thousands of Americans may die. Many have asked how they can help. This petition focuses on cutting through bureaucracy that could cost lives and add to the suffering of millions of Americans in Puerto Rico. The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act 1920, 46 U.S.C. § 883) prevents foreign ships from carrying cargo between the US mainland and noncontiguous parts of the US like Puerto Rico. Foreign ships can't stop in Puerto Rico to offload goods. Instead, goods are dropped off on the mainland and brought to the island on US flag ships. This makes everything more expensive, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, could actually cost lives. The Department of Homeland Security extended a waiver of the Jones Act to relieve PR, but the waiver expired on September 22, 2017. I started this petition on Saturday, September 23rd. By September 28th, this petition garnered nearly 500,000 supporters, and President Trump and DHS agreed to waive the Jones Act for 10 days. While this is a good start, Puerto Rico will need additional time to rebuild its economy and infrastructure and should receive the benefit of foreign support. For example, Germany has already begun assisting Puerto Rico with restoring its power grid. By signing this petition, you are telling the Department of Homeland Security and the President of the United States to waive the Jones Act for 12 months to give Puerto Rico the relief it needs to recover and rebuild its infrastructure and economy.
Petition to Ricardo Rossello Nevares, Donald Trump, Congress
Relax flight restrictions in Puerto Rico to evacuate people with medical necessities.
After the terrible hurracane Maria, there is a lot of hardship in Puerto Rico and this is especially tough on people with certain medical conditions that with the limited resources available will not be able to get their health problems properly address. I have been personally affected by it as my brother in law, Orlando Lugo, had an injury that required surgery while getting prepped for Irma. He almost lost one of his toes and got emergent surgery and was able to had his toe salvaged. Presently he needs more help since his toe vascular supply is getting compromised and there are no resources to address this as he could be at risk for foot amputation. He is a father of a 2 year old girl and a 2 month baby boy. This is not the only case. There are other people with huge needs and the medical resources are not enough. We need to get some of our folks out urgently. They are US Citizens in need.
Petition to Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Lawmakers, Provide Necessary Aid to Restore PR Infrastructure
Puerto Rico is in desperate need of federal assistance, basic supplies, repair crews, and debt relief. The federal government has the resources to mobilize money and a larger response force to repair and rebuild the island. The devastating effects of Hurricane Maria will be long-lasting, unless the U.S. government mobilizes to help the more than 3.4 million Puerto Rican U.S. American citizens, many who have lost their homes, those residing near the faltering Guajataca dam who may lose everything, some who have lost their lives. It is difficult to survey the exact death toll, given the lack of communications. Several Puerto Rican legislators such as Jennifer Gonzalez (PR), Luis Gutierrez (IL), and Jose Serrano (NY) are asking Congress to approve additional aid. Governor Andrew Cuomo has already pledged state aid effort after visiting Puerto Rico on Friday, September 22, and has issued a call to increase relief efforts for Puerto Rico. They cannot do it alone. There is a large Puerto Rican constituency waiting for your support during a time of uncertainty and despair. Many of us have not been able to communicate with our loved ones on the archipelago, and are fearful about the effects of the already ongoing humanitarian crisis that has been caused due to the lack of urgency in the U.S. government's response. We urge you to take a stand in support of Puerto Rico. What you can do: Deploy more personnel to aid in repair of infrastructure Support efforts to repeal the Jones Act Follow up with debt relief efforts
Petition to President of the United States, Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security
Deploy 50,000 Federal Troops to Aid in Puerto Rico's Recovery Efforts
Hurricane Maria ripped roads apart, uprooted trees, pulled walls and metal roofs off homes, and devastated the ailing island of Puerto Rico. We've all seen the images of the aftermath, but the real story is now about survival. Ten days after the storm hit, millions need to survive deteriorating conditions. In storm-battered neighborhoods across Puerto Rico, aid hasn't come quickly enough and hasn't been sustained. Puerto Ricans are dying. Americans are dying. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, credited with turning around the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, weighed in on the crisis, “Puerto Rico is a bigger and tougher mission than Katrina, and we had 20,000 federal troops, 20 ships, and 40,000 National Guard.” The island’s most pressing needs include fuel to run hospitals or potable water to drink. Honoré says, “You need at least 50 to 80 helicopters in there.” In contrast, only 4,400 federal troops have been deployed to Puerto Rico as of September 29th. The 3-star general appointed to the crisis, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, says there are not enough troops and vehicles sent to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. President Trump, deploy 50,000 federal troops to the island and 80 helicopters to distribute fuel, water, and emergency supplies. Give our troops the resources they need to be successful in Puerto Rico. Help them save millions of American lives. To be clear. The Trump administration has not stepped up yet, which is reminiscent of the days following Katrina — 10,000 federal workers is not enough. Puerto Rico was destroyed, and the effects are on a larger scale than Katrina. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on September 29th urged Trump to ramp up the federal assistance. "This is, damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a ‘life or death’ story. This is ‘there’s a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story. This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen.” No more excuses about it being 1,200 miles away from the mainland. What matters most is how you respond in the days to come. The ball is in your court, Mr. President. We're asking for you to do more. Not just today, but tomorrow, and the next day until we fix this together. Puerto Ricans are not them or they — we're Americans who need help.
Petition to Western Springs Fire Station
Satellite Phones at Fire Stations
If a catastrophic event were to happen that caused phone lines to be down, there would be no way to contact help. This happened in Puerto Rico and it can happen anywhere too. Satellite phones prevent that from ever happening. They contact others through satellites, so they work even where there is no reception.
Petition to alejandro, Riçardo, Alejandro García Padilla, Ricardo Rossello Nevares
Let's move power grids underneath the ground!
There are a lot of problems in the world but the main problem in my eyes are hurricanes and the loss of power when a hurricane does hit an area. In many places in the United States and American territories, the power lines/grids are above the ground. This can cause no power for months. Right now, Puerto Rico already has 54 days without electricity/power and it still continues on. You should be on board because do you really want people to not have necessary needs? Do you really want people to go hungry, to starve? This is why you should sign this petition to stop this from happening! This will help society in such a big impact! P.S. I reached out to the governors of Puerto Rico because I feel like this is happening so much there and it needs to stop for better reasons! Sign this petition to help save people all around the world, one small step can make a difference in the world!
Petition to Royal Caribbean International, FEMA, Congress, President, trump, Donald Trump, President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Carnival Cruise Lines, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Walt Disney Company
Demand US Government and cruise lines start immediate voluntary evacuation of Puerto Rico
American Citizens in Puerto Rico are dying, and lack access to basic necessities like water, food, shelter, and medical care. With only one commercial flight daily on or off the island, many residents who would like to leave are trapped there with no way off the island. Reports coming out of Puerto Rico point to a state resembling martial law, with the situation on the ground becoming increasingly desperate as destroyed buildings and roads make it difficult or impossible to distribute scarce resources to the island's approximately 3.5 million residents, almost all of whom are living in a state of chronic homelessness. According to the U.S. Census bureau, as of 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available) 39.3% of the island's population, or approximately 1,375,500 residents, are children under the age of 18 or adults over age 65. Meanwhile, our President has responded with wavering support, and little has been heard from a cruise line industry that has made the Caribbean it's playground for decades. The U.S. Government should immediately make any military vessels which are within proximity and not currently engaged available to assist with a voluntary evacuation of the island. Furthermore, it should call upon and/or compensate major cruise lines to do the same. For those who need it, financial assistance should be made available swiftly to assist with housing, food, and other basic expenses for up to a year so that evacuees can build lives for themselves in their new (if possibly temporary) states of residence while the island is rebuilt and basic services are restored.
Petition to David Abney, UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UPS Corporate office: 404-828-6000, Frederick W. Smith CEO FEDEX, FedEx Corporation 942 South Shady Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 USA (FEDEX), 1.901.369.3600. Fedex corp number.
Tell UPS/FEDEX to start shipping again to areas affected by hurricane Maria and Irma.
Hundreds of thousand, if not Millions of families are starving in Puerto Rico because families cannot get supplies to their love ones. Families are being forced to only take out $20.00 a day from ATM's. (You are also on-line for 6-8 hours to pull out $20.00 from your account. The branches are not open, despite what their US branches say. You then have to decide between gas (standing in line can take up to 12 hours) and food (6-8 hours), because to look for food and necessities you must drive around for hours, looking for food, medical supplies and most importantly (Water) mind you it’s in the 90's most of the time. But there are millions of families all over the world that want to help!! I have two shipments with emergency food just sitting in Carolina, PR, Puerto Rico at the UPS, and my Mom with 4 kids, my niece and husband are starving, with only 4-5 bottles of water left. Other families are less fortunate. If Walmart and other carries can receive there supplies, why not the people that are fighting to live... Below is a picture of a town in Humacao, PR, they wrote SOS/we need water and food, please answer the call. If safety is an issue please contact the president and tell him, help us help them, send the national guard...PLEASE WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL???? TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!!! PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ASK THEM TO SIGN AND DO THE SAME BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.....