Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement

Oct. 19, 2017

Recognizing the escalating economic crisis in Puerto Rico, we, the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, support our Puerto Rican sisters and associates as they stand in solidarity with those who are disenfranchised and impoverished by systemic injustice in Puerto Rico.” 
IHM Chapter 2017 Statement on Puerto Rico

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:

  1. Calling the EPA to demand safe drinking water in Puerto Rico.
  2. Calling your members of Congress to ask for increased federal aid to Puerto Rico.
  3. 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.

Did you Know...?
Bill Moyers recently interviewed social anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla about the challenges Puerto Rico faces in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Bonilla says that “the hurricanes have made an already bad fiscal and economic crisis worse, and she sees darker times ahead unless major changes are made in the structure of power and in Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States.” To read more, go to the IHM U.S. and Global Economics Page.
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