Remember the summer of 2016? Feels like forever ago. But that summer, in the midst of election brouhaha, Obama signed the controversial PROMESA law, which provided a way for Puerto Rico to restructure it’s debut but also created a financial control board to oversea the island’s financial affairs.
A month later, on the 118th anniversary of the US invasion of Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War and the 64th anniversary of the creation of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico - which both happened to coincide with the 2016 Democratic National Convention - a new group called the National Puerto Rican Agenda made their presence known with a rally outside City Hall In Philadelphia.
The NPRA is an advocacy group empowering Puerto Rican communities across the mainland US to be a voice on behalf of their Puerto Rican family and friends on the island who can’t vote and don’t have direct access to those in power. The group is made up of state-side Puerto Rican elected officials, community leaders and activists and was formed to address Puerto Rico’s humanitarian and economic crisis.
In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation, the NPRA is calling for major federal support and emergency assistance to the island that has been languishing for weeks in the aftermath. They have launched an action website to power a national letter drive campaign with a provided letter that outlines the details of their concerns and demands for the federal government’s response. Once on the site, you can make modifications to the letter and fill in your information to have it automatically sent to your members of congress and, of course, Trump.
But you can and should go further by picking up the phone, or getting on your Stance app, and calling your members of congress to demand that these obvious and critical asks be met. The bulleted list of demands in the letter template can certainly double as a call script.
Once you’ve taken action, don’t forget to share this campaign using the hashtag #UnitedforPuertoRico or #UnidosPorPuertoRico. And if you’d like to learn more about NPRA, go to puertoricanagenda.org.
So, if helping other humans in need because it’s the right thing to do is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Telling President Trump and Congress to Provide Hurricane Relief and Recovery Assistance to Puerto Rico via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Demand Federal relief for Puerto Rico via National Puerto Rican Agenda's letter campaign
Learn more about National Puerto Rican Agenda
Why Is María’s Death Toll in Puerto Rico Being Underreported? (Latino Rebels)
Obama Signs PROMESA Bill, Imposing Control Board on Puerto Rico (DemocracyNOW!)
Posted October 3rd, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
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