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 Members of the 115th United States Congress
Grant Immediate Emergency Aid to Puerto Rico & Eliminate Cost-Sharing for FEMA Aid
We the people of the Puerto Rican diaspora and other tax-paying citizens of the United States demand that members of Congress provide for the following measures: 1- Provide for a minimum 15 billion dollar package to Puerto Rico, akin to what was granted for Texas and Florida to support state infrastructure and citizens in rebuilding after the catastrophic impact of Harvey and Irma. Senators Nelson and Rubio, Congressman Soto (FL) agree and have also called for the "same level of determination in responding to Hurricane Maria’s impact as the federal government did to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” 2-Eliminate cost-sharing for FEMA aid. The cost-sharing requirement will make it impossible for the economically bankrupt island to access all of the FEMA resources that will address the damages from Hurricane Maria. 3 - Absolve the debt. Any focus on repaying debt in the face of the immediate rebuilding needs will impede necessary growth and attention to humanitarian needs. In the aftermath of Maria, Puerto Rico's road to recovery has moved from long to never-ending unless debtors and insurers are compelled to absorb losses. 4-An immediate waiver of the Jones Act which requires all shipping between U.S. ports be done by American-built and American -crewed vessels. The Jones Act is logistically limiting the arrival of life saving medicines, food, and water during this crisis.
Petition to Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, John McCain
Indefinitely waive Jones Act for Puerto Rico to help in recovery and debt payment.
The Jones Act, which requires that goods shipped from one American port to another be transported on a ship that is American-built, American-owned, and crewed by US citizens or permanent residents. Shipments of goods from the island to the US mainland, and vice versa, must be conducted via expensive protected ships rather than exposing them to global competition. That makes everything Puerto Ricans buy unnecessarily expensive relative to goods purchased on the US mainland (Vox.com cited). By waving indefinitely this law for Puerto Rico, it will help in the speedy recovery from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria and afterwards aid the Puerto Rico economy in payment of the massive debt the country has.
Petition to Elaine Duke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Nydia Velazquez, Luis Gutierrez, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Jennifer González
Lift Jones Act for Hurricane Maria Relief
The Jones Act regulates maritime commerce in US waters. It requires that all goods transported by water between US ports be carried on US flagships. Which means that in order for Puerto Rico and nearby islands to receive goods from other countries, these goods have to be delivered to the US mainland - transferred to US ships - rather than going directly to Puerto Rico. We respectfully request that this Act is immediately lifted for at least a month to help Puerto Rico and other islands that have been devasted by Hurricane Maria to receive the goods they need.
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.....