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Puerto Rico

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Petition to Governor Wanda Vázquez and the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Defend the University of Puerto Rico as an “essential-service” and restore the 9.6% budget

(English translation below)                              PETICIÓN #uprMIuniversidad Defiendan la Universidad de Puerto Rico como “servicio esencial” y restituyan el presupuesto del 9.6% Quienes firmamos este reclamo consideramos a la Universidad de Puerto Rico esencial para el país. La UPR es un proyecto socio-económico indispensable para salir de nuestra crisis fiscal. Firmamos estudiantes, profesores, empleados/as y muchísimas personas que hemos obtenido servicios fundamentales de la UPR. Firmamos también quienes simplemente reconocemos que la UPR es Puerto Rico, que la UPR es nuestra universidad.  ¿Qué exigimos? 1. Exigimos que la UPR sea declarada “servicio esencial”, para evitar la inestabilidad de las negociaciones con bonistas. Declararla “servicio esencial” es una protección que le permitirá a la universidad continuar sirviendo al país.   2. Exigimos que le restituyan a la UPR el presupuesto del 9.6% que establece la ley #2 de 1966, artículo #3 según enmendada. Esto es el 9.6% del promedio de los recaudos del gobierno de PR. Los ingresos del erario de PR han aumentado en los últimos años, pero el presupuesto de la UPR se sigue reduciendo injustificadamente. Desde 2015 se le han recortado a la UPR alrededor de 500 millones y según los diferentes planes fiscales se proyectan cerca de 2 billones adicionales en recortes para el 2023. Esto es insostenible.  3.  Exigimos que se le devuelvan los fondos recortados a la UPR en los pasados 5 años. Solo de esa manera podremos tener una universidad pública, accesible y de calidad.  ¿Por qué lo exigimos? 1. Nuestra universidad ha formado ciudadanos desde su fundación en 1903. Se inició preparando maestras, pero al sol de hoy ha forjado a la gran mayoría profesional del país. Es la única universidad pública y la más grande con sus 11 recintos, tiene el mayor número de estudiantes y el índice de graduación más alto de Puerto Rico.  2. Nuestra universidad sirve a todo Puerto Rico a través de agencias como Centro Médico, Extensión Agrícola, Clínica de Asistencia Legal, Hospital Universitario, Red Sismográfica, Centro Comprensivo de Cáncer, Centro Censal, CAUCE, Hospital Universitario, entre tantas otras.  3. Nuestra universidad es un motor económico. Por cada $100 invertidos en la UPR, se producen $156 en la economía local. Los municipios con recintos de la UPR tienen menor índice de pobreza. Por cada 100 empleos creados en la UPR se producen 164 empleos en otros sectores de la economía.    4. Nuestra universidad sirve a las comunidades más empobrecidas y vulnerables. Conduce investigaciones pertinentes que atienden los problemas sociales, políticos y económicos más urgentes del país. El 75%-80% de todas las publicaciones profesionales en PR pertenecen a científicos/as de la UPR.    NUESTRA UPR es un servicio ESENCIAL. A pesar de ser el proyecto socio-económico más importante del país, siguen recortando su presupuesto desmesuradamente, poniendo en peligro su existencia. Se privilegian los intereses de bonistas por encima de los del pueblo aunque el estado de derecho cobija el presupuesto de la UPR. Firmamos esta petición en defensa de la universidad de todos/as porque queremos que la UPR continúe siendo pública, accesible y de calidad.  ¡Exigimos a la JCF y a la gobernadora que defiendan a la UPR!  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX                             PETITION #uprMIuniversidad We hereby sign this petition because the University of Puerto Rico is essential to our country. We see the university as a socio-economic resource to survive our fiscal crisis. We are students, professors, employees of the UPR, and citizens who received fundamental services from the university. We are also people that simply understand that the UPR is PUERTO RICO, that the UPR is OURS. WHAT WE DEMAND 1. We demand that the UPR be declared an “essential service” because this status protects the university from the uncertainty of negotiations with bond holders and it will allow the university to continue serving our country.   2. We demand that the university´s budget returns to the 9.6%, established by law. Law #2 of 1966, article #3 states that the budget of the UPR is the 9.6% of Puerto Rico´s revenue. The Government´s revenue has increased in the past years but the university´s budget has been reduced indiscriminately. Since 2015 the UPR suffered budget cuts of approximately $500 million dollars. According to the different fiscal plans the projected budget cuts to the UPR will be close to 2 billion dollars by 2023. This is simply unsustainable! 3.  We demand the immediate return of funds that were cut in the past 5 years in order to maintain a public, accessible and high-quality university.  WHY WE DEMAND IT 1. Our university has formed citizens since its foundation in 1903. In its beginnings, the UPR prepared female teachers but throughout the past centuries it has shaped the majority of Puerto Rican professionals in all fields. It is the only public university and the biggest with 11 campuses. It has the largest number of students and the highest graduation rate in the country. 2. Our university serves the people of PR through different agencies such as Centro Médico, Extensión Agrícola, Clínica de Asistencia Legal, Hospital Universitario, Red Sismográfica, Centro Comprensivo de Cáncer, Centro Censal, CAUCE,  Hospital Universitario, among others.  3. Our university is an outstanding economic engine. For every $100 invested in the UPR, the local economy gets a return of $156. The municipalities with UPR campuses have the lowest poverty rates in the country and for every 100 jobs inside the university another 164 jobs are created elsewhere in our economy. 4. Our university serves the most impoverished and vulnerable communities with pertinent research that tends to the social, political and economic problems communities are facing. Researchers from the UPR publish 75%-80% of all published research in PR.   OUR UPR is an ESSENTIAL SERVICE to Puerto Rico. Although it is the most important socio-economic endeavor in the country, the government keeps cutting funds unreasonably, threatening its mere existence. Bond-holders are placed above people´s interest regardless of the law that shields the university´s budget. Our signatures are meant to defend the university of ALL because we want the UPR to continue being public, accessible and excellent. We insist that the Financial Oversight Board and Governor Wanda Vázquez defend the UPR as well!

(APPU) Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores Universitarios
33,353 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Chuck Schumer

Tell President Trump to Stop Preventing Puerto Rico’s Recovery

Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, there is much work left to be done. Congress must do its job to help the people of Puerto Rico by investigating inequitable response  and treatment by the federal government for disaster recovery and rebuilding! That includes holding accountable those in the federal government and Administration who have been accused of intentionally, and possibly illegally, prevented needed funds - appropriated by Congress - from getting to the island and intentionally creating barriers to accessing recovery dollars that have not been imposed on others. Investigations must also be held into charges of corruption, fraud, and mismanagement perpetrated by federal agencies and contractors. Congress must also get answers about why only 4% of the money allocated to help schools repair and reopen has been received by Puerto Rico and do more to help students displaced by closing hundreds of schools on the island. After FEMA and the Trump administration failed to provide adequate assistance to the island, and after the president has made clear he will arbitrarily withhold Congressionally approved funding for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, it has become evident that we, the people, need to demand that you, the U.S. Congress immediately investigate President Trump’s flouting of Congressional intent in the robust and urgent manner the situation requires. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, yet two years later, for thousands of people the storm is still not over. As of the Summer of 2019, 30,000 homes in Puerto Rico still live under plastic blue tarps instead of roofs. Tens of thousands of traffic lights, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other basic infrastructure have still not been rebuilt. Yet Congress has approved billions in aid that the Trump Administration refuses to disburse to Puerto Rico.  In addition, the president continues to find more ways to block other types of federal funds for the island. For example, in September 2019, the Trump administration announced it would take $400 million from the Puerto Rico National Guard, and other state national guards, to fund a wall along the southern border. This comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development purposefully missing a September 4 deadline to send $8.3 billion in critical mitigation funds to Puerto Rico at the height of hurricane season. The President’s continuous false claims about the amount of federal aid sent to the island, combined with his relentless verbal assaults against the people of Puerto Rico, demand the type of response only the U.S. Congress can provide.  As such, we demand that Congress not only investigate these matters urgently and thoroughly, but also legislate to create an independent 9/11-style commission to get to the bottom of the disastrous federal response to what was the deadliest natural disaster in US history. It is estimated that between 3,000 and 4,500 U.S. citizens died as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath and over 150,000 people were displaced, many of them permanently, by what has now been confirmed as the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. We should honor their memory by getting to the bottom of what happened and learning what we can to make sure this type of inexcusable federal response never happens again. When people come together and demand change, you, the elected officials that represent us in Congress have to listen. It is time for the federal government to deploy the resources that should have been provided in the first place. It is time for our government to send a message that disaster relief should be provided to all U.S. communities without distinction. We the undersigned demand you immediately address these and other urgent problems facing our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.

Take Action For Puerto Rico!
704 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Thomas Rivera Schatz, Carlos Méndez Núñez

Impeachment of Gov. Ricardo Rosello

As you might know, the Gov. Of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosello, was caught using a private chat discussing government jobs, contracts, etc. with s, advertising agencies, and members of his inner circle. These sparked outrage as they included profanity, misogynistic, and homophobic remarks, as well as political maneuverings laid bare.  Rosello announced that all chat participants resigned from their positions in the government(except him); however, he asked his chief of staff, Ricardo Llerandi, who was part of the chat group, and the secretary of Public Affairs, Anthony Maceira, to stay on board. “After analyzing the content of the communications, it is impossible for me and for those who expect the highest ethical and behavioral standards, to continue with this controversy that distracts and hinders the important public efforts that lie ahead,” the governor’s statement reads. Adding to the public backlash brought about by the government officials’ chat group, was a 32-count indictment on fraud-related charges, for which the former heads of the Department of Education, and the Health Insurance Administration (ASES by its Spanish acronym), were arrested, along with contractors of those agencies. It's time for the House of Representatives, and the Senate to do their job, which is to represent the people of Puerto Rico. ALL the political parties need to come together in order to get this done. Start the impeachment process immediately!!!   Como es de su conocimiento, el gobernador de Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosello, fue sorprendido mediante un grupo de mensajes (chat) privada sobre trabajos gubernamentales, contratos, etc., con agencias de publicidad y miembros de su círculo íntimo. Esto provocó indignación, ya que incluían comentarios profanos, misóginos y homofóbicos, así como maniobras políticas al descubierto. Roselló anunció que todos los participantes del chat renunciaron a sus cargos en el gobierno (excepto él); sin embargo, le pidió a su jefe de personal, Ricardo Llerandi, que formaba parte del grupo de chat, y al secretario de Asuntos Públicos, Anthony Maceira, que se mantuvieran a bordo." Después de analizar el contenido de las comunicaciones, es imposible para mí y para quienes esperan los más altos estándares éticos y de comportamiento, continuar con esta controversia que distrae y obstaculiza los importantes esfuerzos públicos que se avecinan", se lee en la declaración del gobernador. Agregando a la reacción pública provocada por el grupo de chat, fue una acusación de 32 cargos relacionados con fraude hacia los ex jefes del Departamento de Educación y la Administración de Seguros de Salud (ASES) quienes fueron arrestados, junto con los contratistas de esas agencias. Es hora de que la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado hagan su trabajo, que es representar a Pueblo de Puerto Rico. TODOS los partidos políticos deben unirse para poder hacer esto. ¡INICIEN el proceso de residenciamiento de INMEDIATO!

Pablo Caban
95 supporters