“Power 4 Puerto Rico strongly urges Senate Democrats to continue to hold the line for both Puerto Rico and other disaster-stricken areas and reject the President’s attempts to pressure Congress to pit communities in need against each other. “
“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.”
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.
Washington, DC -- The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition made the following statement in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that appointments to the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) were made unconstitutionally, giving President Trump and the U.S. Senate ninety (90) days to constitutionally validate the appointments.
WASHINGTON, DC --The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition issued the following statement after Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced he would step down from his position as the head of the agency.
Washington, DC -- The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition issued the following statement after Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a Puerto Rico debt restructuring deal involving the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation (known as COFINA by its Spanish acronym):
WASHINGTON, DC -- In light of reports regarding disputes between U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials and the White House over disaster aid owed to Puerto Rico, the Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition issued the following statement and call to action:
Washington, D.C. – The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration is considering installing a federal official with new jurisdiction over Puerto Rico disaster relief.
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:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The members of the national Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition of civil rights, faith-based, labor and advocacy organizations issued the following statements as they came together to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria through a National Week of Action, entitled “Boricuas Remember.”
A national coalition of leaders from civil rights, faith-based, labor and advocacy organizations will come together across the United States under the Power 4 Puerto Rico banner to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria through a National Week of Action, entitled “Boricuas Remember.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. - The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition released the following statement to commemorate the 2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration taking place in New York City.
WASHINGTON, DC - Over 40 local and national organizations in Puerto Rico and mainland U.S. have signed a letter led by Power 4 Puerto Rico asking congressional leadership to remove Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board from its current role managing disaster aid and to create a mechanism for community input.