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Puerto Rico

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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to The US Congress and Senate

Republican Tax Reform includes 20% tax to products manufactured in Puerto Rico

 If the version of tax reform approved in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee prevails at the end of the legislative debate, the already battered Puerto Rican economy will suffer a severe blow. In a 24-16 vote, the lower chamber’s tax-writing committee approved a version of tax reform proposed by congressional Republicans that would establish a 20% tax on imported products that were manufactured outside the United States. For U.S. Internal Revenue Code purposes, Puerto Rico is a foreign jurisdiction. The measure, was approved last week by the full House, also proposes reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and granting a preferential rate of up to 14% for multinationals to repatriate foreign earnings. The Senate also presented Thursday a summary of its version of tax reform, which would also be detrimental to the island, as it proposes an overall minimum tax of 12.5% that would impact imports from Puerto Rico to the US. This tax is not only immoral but also will kill the Puerto Rican economy when the island needs more of our support. We need to raise awareness about this important issue and must take action now. Please sign and share this petition and more importantly call your elected officials in Washington. The US Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. It is urgent that you take action as soon a possible since the US Senate plans to vote this week. 

Jose German
506 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Everyone who listens to music;

If everyone who listened to "Despacito" donated $5, we could give more help to Puerto Rico

Sign, Donate, Share! For anyone who’s ever listened to the widely popular song, “Despacito,” you’re in good company. About 4.2 billion people have viewed this song on YouTube. That’s more than HALF of the world’s ENTIRE population. This song was created by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (remix with Justin Bieber). Luis Fonsi was born in Puerto Rico (1). Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, was devastated by Category 4 Hurricane Maria on September 20th. Despite FEMA, the National Guard and federal aid, Puerto Ricans are still suffering AND dying. About 86% of the people are still without power (as of October 16th) (2). This has affected businesses, homes, and schools, limiting people’s ability to live and work. People are relying on generators, including hospitals (3). The New York Times reports, getting power back on the island “will be daunting and expensive” (4). Donate $5 to Puerto Rico - that's cheaper than eating ONE meal To make matters worse, 85% of cellphone towers and phone/internet cables were knocked out (5). This made personal and relief communication very difficult (6). About 60,000 people on the island were already without power before Hurricane Maria hit (7). This is because Puerto Rico was hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma earlier on September 7th. Hurricane Maria was the 5th strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. (8). Donate $5 to Puerto Rico - that's cheaper than popcorn at the movie theater Donate via Paypal For Americans reading this, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. This means that its 3.4 million inhabitants are U.S. citizens. However, only about 54% of Americans knew that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens (9). These U.S. citizens deserve the same humanitarian and federal response as Texas and Florida.  There is a simple and effective way you can help! If anyone who’s ever listened to “Despacito” donated at least $1, we would be able to raise billions of dollars for relief aid to Puerto Rico That's the cost of one, fast food meal! Less than the cost of medium popcorn at the movie theater! Think about how you love the talent and song from Puerto Rico. La Perla is where the magic of Despacito was born and it is TOTALLY destroyed. They have NO WATER, NO FOOD.   This is your way to give back in a meaningful way. All proceeds directly go to Puerto Rico Rises (www.PuertoRicoRises.com). These volunteers are ON the ground, collecting food and water to distribute directly to neighborhoods throughout Puerto Rico. They work with national and international partners.  Sign the petition, share with your friends, and donate! Donate $5 to Puerto Rico  Donate via Paypal  https://www.facebook.com/puertoricorises/ @PuertoRicoRises ***This idea came from Trevor Noah at the Daily Show (10).  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Fonsi2. http://status.pr/Home3. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/09/the-cri sis-at-puerto-ricos-hospitals/ 541131/4. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/us/hurricane-maria-puer to-rico-power.html?hp&action= click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSou rce=story-heading&module= first-column-region&region= top-news&WT.nav=top-news5. https://apnews.com/06f5077aff384e508e2f2324dae4eb2e6. https://www.thedailybeast.com/even-the-national-guard-can t-communicate-in-puerto-rico? source=twitter&via=desktop7. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/9/23/16354564 /puerto-rico-hurricane-maria- electricity-relief-dam- breaking8. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=91004& linkId=425607849. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/upshot/nearly-half-of- americans-dont-know-people-in- puerto-ricoans-are-fellow-citi zens.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smty p=cur&_r=010. http://www.cc.com/video-clips/fz9won/the-daily-show-with -trevor-noah-it-s-time-to-pay- back-puerto-rico  

Marium Husain
68 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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. 

Teresa McQuade
66 supporters