Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement
Oct. 19, 2017
Take Action to Improve Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico
Eighty-five percent of the island of Puerto is still without power and the official death toll has risen to 48 (with the real toll expected to rise much higher). “The people over here in Puerto Rico are dying. We have a health care crisis right now,” said National Nurses United (NNU) vice president and Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) volunteer Cathy Kennedy, RN. “Nurses have been going out into communities, where all they ask for is water and food and you have to make a decision of who’s going to get food today or the water—we shouldn’t have to do that. The United States is the richest country in the world; Puerto Rico is part of the United States.” Click here to read more about the reality of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Then, go to “100 Days for Puerto Rico,” where you will find several concrete actions you can choose from to demand an improved response to recovery efforts including:
- Calling the EPA to demand safe drinking water in Puerto Rico.
- Calling your members of Congress to ask for increased federal aid to Puerto Rico.
- Calling the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform to request an emergency hearing on the status of recovery efforts for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You can choose one action or complete all three depending upon how much time you have. The important thing is to take action for Puerto Rico – today.