Puerto Rico debt
Petition to United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations Environment Program, Nikki Haley
Statement to UN Delegation on Puerto Rico: Audit the Debt! Audit the Deaths!
Statement to the United Nations: Exercising Religious Liberty in Support of the First Amendment Right of Protest | Audit Deaths and Debt Puerto Ricans’ First Amendment Right to Protest As Rev. Dr. King said, protest is the cry of the unheard, and what we witnessed during the overwhelmingly peaceful “MayDay” protests in Puerto Rico was an militarized response that threatens the first amendment rights of Puerto Ricans. As faith leaders, we put to use our religious liberty to support Puerto Ricans’ first amendment right to protest against government austerity. We oppose the militarization of policing that we witnessed during the “MayDay” protests in Puerto Rico. We see the damage the militarization of police has had in America and we will not stand as idle witnesses when it emerges in Puerto Rico. Audit the Deaths and the Debt Since Congress has failed to secure the human rights of the Puerto Rican people, we make our request to the United Nations to conduct the following audits: A human rights audit in Puerto Rico to probe what led to this vast undercount of deaths after Hurricane Maria. Initially the NYTimes reported the Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 64, Actual Deaths may be 1,052). Now we have substantial evidence published initially in The Washington Post: Harvard Study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria. A fiscal audit the $74+ billion Puerto Rican debt, including excessive, unethical and usurious fees that should be rescinded from the balance of the debt. A recent investigative journalism series published by NPR and the PBS Frontline conclude: Wall Street kept pushing the Puerto Rican government's loans even as the island teetered on default, with a zeal that bank insiders are now describing with words like "unethical" and "immoral." We request that the United Nations hosts a forum on human rights in Puerto Rico by the government of the United States.
Petition to Scott Pattison, Lolo Moliga, Rick Scott, Rick Snyder, California Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Andrew M. Cuomo, Chris Christie, Greg Abbott, Bill Walker, Doug Ducey, Asa Hutchinson, John Hickenlooper, Nathan Deal, Eddie Calvo, David Ige, C.L. "Butch" Otter, Bruce Rauner, Eric Holcomb, Sam Brownback, Matt Bevin, John Bel Edwards, Iowa Governor, Connecticut Governor, Delaware Governor, Alabama Governor, Paul LePage, Larry Hogan, Charlie Baker, Mark Dayton, Phil Bryant, Eric Greitens, Steve Bullock, Pete Ricketts, Brian Sandoval, New Hampshire Governor, Susana Martinez, North Carolina Governor, Doug Burgum, John Kasich, Mary Fallin, Kate Brown, Tom Wolf, Ricardo Rossello Nevares, Gina M. Raimondo, Henry McMaster, Dennis Daugaard, Bill Haslam, Utah Governor, Vermont Governor, Terry McAuliffe, Kenneth Mapp, Jay Inslee, Department of Homeland Security
Governors use the NGA to create awareness about the P.R. crisis.
Honorable Governors: As you may have read or seen in the newspapers and social media, Puerto Rico is going through precarious times. Part of the problem is that since Puerto Rico was transferred from Spain to the United States it has never been allowed to be solvent and since then, its rights to be an independent country were cut short. Today there are over 5 million Puerto Ricans is USA (1), and there are over one million Puerto Ricans in Florida alone. (2) We need our elected officials to take Puerto Rico's situation seriously. It is irrelevant if you are for their independence, statehood or ELA status. You must act in support of stopping the ongoing humanitarian crisis that is taking place there as a direct result of Promesa Law and the Financial Oversight and Management Board imposed by the US Congress on Puerto Rico. (3 & 4) You must also push and support for the remotion of Puerto Rico from the Jones Act. A law that has devastating consequences for those living in the Islands. After over 500 years of colonialism, Puerto Rico is at a breaking point, and it is the responsibility of USA to take care of the debt. Why? In part, because of the Paris Agreement of 1898 that gave Puerto Rico to the USA after the Hispanic-American War. In that agreement, Cuba was granted its independence, in part, because the USA reputed Cuba's debt as Spain's debt. It was stipulated then, that the imperial ruler had to take care of the colony's financial burdens and this was one of the reasons why Spain let go of Cuba and USA didn't acquire it, this is now called the Odious Debt. (5) Furthermore, there are historical records that show President McKinley was in favor of that ruling: "The American negotiators telegraphed President McKinley to ask his opinion. He responded by making it clear that the United States would not agree to take on any Cuban debt and would not encourage Cuba to agree to do so." (6 & 7) If the USA does not want to pay, it needs to then, audit the debt and remove the illegally disbursed funds and illegally approved loans from the amount of Puerto Rico’s national debt. What can local and state US elected officials do? What can local and state US elected officials do? REVOKE PROMESA, REMOVE P.R. FROM THE JONES ACT BY PASSING BILL S.1894, APPROVE THE MARSHAL PLAN BILL S. 2165, AUDIT THE DEBT, RECOGNIZE THE HIGH NUMBER OF DEATHS CAUSED BY HURRICANE MARIA. Move these requests into action and help your constituents by helping their families in Puerto Rico. Local and state elected officials can call unto their national elected representatives' counterparts and raise awareness about the precarious situation. Use your membership in the National Governors Association to bring awareness to this issue and request the same from your colleagues. (a) As a way of clarification, here are the Islands that are part of Puerto Rico: Vieques, Culebra, Mona, Monito, Desecheo, Caja de Muertos and other cays, islets, and atolls that are natural reserves. It is also important to recognize that those natural reserves must be taken care of and not polluted, which has not been the case with Vieques and Culebra. These are spaces that the US Navy used as target practice and left them contaminated after they left. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_of_Puerto_Rico) (1) http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/15/hispanics-of-puerto-rican-origin-in-the-united-states-2013/ (2) http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/10/30/in-a-shift-away-from-new-york-more-puerto-ricans-head-to-florida/ (3) https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2328 (4) https://juntasupervision.pr.gov/index.php/en/home/ (5) https://www.brookings.edu/articles/odious-debt-when-dictators-borrow-who-repays-the-loan/ (6) https://www.brookings.edu/research/odious-debt/ (7) http://www.cadtm.org/The-USA-s-repudiation-of-the-debt Respectfully, The Puerto Rican diaspora community of Florida and all of those who stand in solidarity with us.
Petition to John McCain, Mike Lee
Eliminate Jones Act once and for all!
The Jones Act has been drowning Puerto Rico's economic growth for almost a century by not allowing them to have a free-market opportunity to compete with other nations and allowing them to profit from trading goods with other countries. The law dates back to 1920 and requires all goods ferried between U.S. ports to be carried on ships built, owned and operated by Americans. And those ships are far more expensive to buy and operate than ships flying foreign flags. As a result, it makes just about everything in Puerto Rico more expensive. A 2012 study from the New York Federal Reserve found that shipping a container from the US East Coast to Puerto Rico cost $3,063. But shipping the same container on a foreign ship to the Dominican Republic nearby cost only $1,504. More broadly, the island loses $537 million per year as a result of the Jones Act, according to a different study conducted in 2010 at the University of Puerto Rico. President Trump on Wednesday noted the powerful shipping industry had lobbied against a waiver, and critics seized on that comment to suggest the White House was basing its decision what industry wanted. Recently republican Sens. John McCain and Mike Lee introduced legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act shipping law which they view as protectionist and anti-competitive, driving up the costs of fuel and other important supplies such as food, clothing, and medicine. If we want Puerto Rico to have economic growth, rebuild the devastated island's infrastructure and pay off the $73 billion in debt, we must come together and let Washington know that the Jones Act must be eliminated. Please sign this petition today!