JOINT STATEMENT BY POWER 4 PUERTO RICO AND AMERICA’S VOICE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ATTEMPT TO INSERT DHS FUNDING INTO DISASTER AID

“We are calling on the Senate to rise above the president’s Hunger Games approach to disaster aid and his cruel and militaristic approach to punishing refugees. Across the board, we will not relent in demanding support for all disaster-stricken areas that is not politicized, delayed, and muddied by Trump’s attacks hateful rhetoric, division, and fear mongering.”

Power 4 Puerto Rico statement on House Natural Resources Committee Hearing on PROMESA, and deep austerity imposed by unelected Junta it created

May 2, 2019 — “Today’s hearing examining the implementation of PROMESA should reveal how an unelected, imposed fiscal control board (the Junta in Spanish) has by no means prompted the stabilization and economic development that many members of Congress intended for Puerto Rico through this legislation.

POWER 4 PUERTO RICO ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TREATMENT OF PUERTO RICANS

POWER 4 PUERTO RICO ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TREATMENT OF PUERTO RICANS

“President Trump has made clear that the safety and lives of Puerto Ricans do not matter to him nor his administration. He has reportedly and repeatedly expressed that the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico are somehow receiving ‘too much’ money for food, resiliency and recovery. This is outrageous considering the well documented damage, estimates and predicament of Puerto Rico and the thousands of families displaced after Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Power 4 Puerto Rico Director Erica Gonzalez. “This is also outrageous given that this month, 1 million Puerto Ricans' emergency nutritional assistance was cut and poor and elderly Island residents are literally struggling to put food on the table while some patients have had to sit in soiled diapers. Now, the President is falsely claiming that no one has taken better care of Puerto Rico than him.”

Power 4 Puerto Rico Releases Open Letter to Presidential Candidates Urging Them to Support a Comprehensive Platform that Addresses Issues Affecting Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. —  Today, on the 18-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico— one of the deadliest hurricanes to impact the United States—  the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released an open letter to all presidential candidates of both parties, urging them to support early on in their campaigns a comprehensive policy platform that addresses the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. More than 30 local and national organizations have signed on to the letter, emphasizing solutions that would put Puerto Rico on a path to greater sustainability, self-reliance, and empowerment.

Power 4 Puerto Rico Addresses the 116th Congress

Dear Leaders McCarthy, Pelosi, McConnell, and Schumer:

As you prepare for the 116th Congress, the undersigned public interest, advocacy, and direct service organizations would like for you to commit to fully rebuilding and revitalizing the Island of Puerto Rico and make this a top legislative priority. Regardless of the outcome of this year’s midterm elections, there is much to be done in order for Congress to meet its obligations as the ultimate decision maker over Puerto Rico’s affairs. We enclose an issue-by-issue summary of pending agenda items, including:

Third Study Confirms Need for Full Independent Investigation into Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released the following statement after the publication of a third independent report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico at nearly 3,000 people. Other studies released earlier this year have estimated the death toll on the island from 1,000 to as many as 8,000.

Second Death Toll Report Highlights Federal Government’s Continued Failure to Account for Hurricane Maria Devastation in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released the following statement after the publication of a second independent report estimating that the actual number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico surpasses by the hundreds the official government count of 64.

Looming FEMA Deadline of Transitional Housing for Hurricane Maria Victims is More Proof of the Federal Government’s Mismanagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s impending deadline for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program on June 30 to families across the nation.

Power 4 Puerto Rico: Displaced Puerto Rican Families Deserve Stability

Washington, D.C. - The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released the following statement to commemorate the nine (9) month anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall in Puerto Rico and to draw attention to the precarious situation facing thousands of displaced families across the continental U.S. inching closer to homelessness.