A Coalition Taking Action for a Brighter Tomorrow
#Power4PuertoRico is a coalition of organizations, leaders, and advocates from across the nation working together to address the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria through advocacy, strategic communications, and direct mobilization. We are calling on Congress and the Administration to adopt an ambitious, new agenda that will put Puerto Rico’s economy on the road to future growth and prosperity. We are building lasting power for Puerto Rico and the diaspora.
Why are we organizing?
8 months after Hurricane María made landfall, Puerto Rico does not yet have access to the resources and tools it needs to rebuild and protect its residents.
- Puerto Rico experienced the largest blackout in American history in April 2018. More than 14,000 homes on the Island are still without power.
- Water remains on a boil advisory throughout the Island.
- Before María, Puerto Rico was already experiencing the largest out-migration in its history. An estimated 213,000 residents of Puerto Rico will leave the island annually in the aftermath of Hurricane María.
- At least 22,000 residents of Puerto Rico have applied for unemployment benefits since the Department of Labor reopened its offices on Oct. 6.
- As many as 50,000 small and medium businesses have not reopened after Hurricane Maria.
Our Coalition Principles
- It is not just enough to restore Puerto Rico to the way it was—we must strengthen and upgrade Puerto Rico’s infrastructure in order for its people to thrive.
- Puerto Rico needs swift and comprehensive federal investments in healthcare, infrastructure, and workforce development to get the local economy back on its feet and on the road to future growth and prosperity.
- We urge support for community-led transparency and accountability measures in the delivery of aid as Puerto Rico recovers. Utilities should not be privatized so that the people who are most impacted by these decisions can have a voice in the rebuilding of their communities.
- As Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy process unfolds, Congress must provide the territory with a clean slate: this means pressuring the Control Board it imposed on Puerto Ricans to suspend debt payments as part of any fiscal plan and to request writing down Puerto Rico’s debt as part of any court-supervised debt restructuring process.
- Cities and local governments must be ready to welcome Puerto Ricans fleeing dire situations on the Island with robust relocation support from the federal government.
- No federal aid should be used to undermine democracy in Puerto Rico. Congress should grant no additional powers to the Control Board in exchange for rebuilding Puerto Rico.
- We oppose the historically predatory behavior by Wall Street banks and investors and will not allow them to take advantage of the recovery process to further enrich themselves. No relief or rebuilding money should go to servicing debt.
Mobilization and Events
#Power4PuertoRico will coordinate and promote a series of mobilizations in communities across the country to call on leaders to ACT NOW on the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. We will coordinate actions on the 20th of every month to commemorate the landfall of Hurricane Maria.
- November 19 – The Unity March for Puerto Rico in Washington, DC at 10:00AM
- November 20th – 2 Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria Action
- December 20th – 3 Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria Action
- January 20th – 4 Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria Action (coordinated)
- February 20th – 5 Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria Action (coordinated)
- March 20th – 6 Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria Action (coordinated)
- April 20th – 7 Month Anniversary of Hurricane Maria Action (coordinated)
Our Coalition Members Include
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