Daily Do: Support Federal Aid to Puerto Rico

****Daily Do for Tuesday, September 26th****

Please continue to help bring attention to the crisis in Puerto Rico; they need more resources faster than they are getting. From CNBC: “Officials are calling the devastation in Puerto Rico a humanitarian disaster. Six days after Hurricane Maria hit, millions are struggling for basic necessities like adequate food, water, fuel and electricity. Eighty percent of the island’s transmission lines are down, and power may not be restored for more than a month.” https://www.cbsnews.com/…/humanitarian-crisis-puerto-rico-…/

ACTION: Ask Your Members of Congress to Support Federal Aid to Puerto Rico

Contact your Members of Congress to support immediate federal aid to Puerto Rico and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s request for a waiver of the Jones Act. [The Jones Act requires any supplies/resources to Puerto Rico to arrive by U.S. flag ships. It makes it much more expensive to transport supplies and other resources to Puerto Rico. A waiver would add flexibility to recovery efforts.

  • Sen. Patty Murray (253-572-3636)
  •  Sen. Maria Cantwell (253-572-2281)
  •  D10 Rep. Denny Heck (360-459-8514)
  •  D3 Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (360-695-6292)

Please also donate what you can to help Puerto Rico.  Every bit helps!  You can even text your donation: hispanicfederation.org/donate.

More Information on Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The island has no electricity, and may not for months to come. Much of the water is undrinkable. About 80 percent of crop value is gone, a loss of $780 million.  More than 3.4 million people live in Puerto Rico, yet the political and popular response to the catastrophe has been far more muted than the response to the devastation in Houston from Hurricane Harvey or that in Florida from Hurricane Irma. This may be because, according to a new poll, only a slim majority of Americans realize Puerto Ricans are Americans, too.
The ability of Puerto Rico to support itself for the rest of the year is questionable. It’s more than the water and electricity and shelter. Their agriculture for the coming year was destroyed. There is no local food now or on the horizon.

Hurricane Maria made landfall here Wednesday as a Category 4 storm. Its force and fury stripped every tree of not just the leaves, but also the bark, leaving a rich agricultural region looking like the result of a postapocalyptic drought. Rows and rows of fields were denuded. Plants simply blew away.  In a matter of hours, Hurricane Maria wiped out about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico — making it one of the costliest storms to hit the island’s agriculture industry, said Carlos Flores Ortega, Puerto Rico’s secretary of the Department of Agriculture.


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