Send Human Rights Observers to Puerto Rico

On Monday, October 2 at 1:00 pm, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) will be visiting the offices of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. to ask that international human rights observers are sent to Puerto Rico to witness the extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and whether the recovery efforts are putting poor people before profits or are further contributing to Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. We, the poor, are calling on the international community to witness the U.S. government’s treatment of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and ensure that our families, friends, and loved ones receive the resources and justice they require.

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For Immediate Release
September 29, 2017

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
Website: http://economichumanrights.org

Contacts:
Cheri Honkala, cherihonkalappehrc@gmail.com, 215-869-4753
Edgardo Gonzalez, egonzalezclemente@gmail.com

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Even before Hurricane Maria, due to centuries of colonial dispossession, Puerto Rico was facing an economic crisis with high unemployment rates and the highest migration to the mainland in the history of the island. Our Puerto Rican friends and family are now facing the fiscal devastation and physical destruction of Hurricane Maria. They do not have drinking water and their homes, shelters, and hospitals are still without power. There is intense flooding in neighborhoods that do not normally experience floods.

Our loved ones are not receiving the necessary food, water, clothing, medicine, and fuel that they desperately need to survive. Those of us on the mainland of the United States are increasingly worried and frustrated because the resources we are collecting are not getting to those that need them most on the island. The bureaucracy created by the U.S. government is preventing the transport of assistance to Puerto Rico. Eliminating the Jones Act for ten days is not good enough.

The U.S. government needs to bail out Puerto Rico the way they bailed out U.S. banks. We call on the U.S. Congress to sufficiently fund emergency relief efforts, allow for the transport of resources, and stop putting profits over our people and abolish Puerto Rico’s debt immediately. Recovery efforts should also be placed directly in the hands of the Puerto Rican people and Puerto Rican-owned businesses, so that they can rebuild their communities themselves. Failing to provide necessary resources or issuing the contracts to rebuild to companies outside Puerto Rico is setting up our Puerto Rican people for continued economic crisis and displacement from their homes.

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Campaña Económica de Los Pobres Sobre los Derechos Humanos
29 Septiembre 2017

Contactos:
Cheri Honkala, cherihonkalappehrc@gmail.com, 215-869-4753
Edgardo Gonzalez, egonzalezclemente@gmail.com

En Lunes, 2 de Octubre a la 1 pm miembros de la Campaña Económica de Los Pobres Sobre los Derechos Humanos (Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign) visitarán las oficinas de la Organización de los Estados Americanos en Washington, D.C. para pedirles que envíen los observadores internationals de derechos humanos a Puerto Rico para que mirar la devastación y los esfuerzos de ayuda. Nosotros, los pobres, estamos llamando a la comunidad internacional para que mirar el tratamiento del pueblo puertoriqueño por parte del gobierno de los Estados Unidos despues del huracán Maria, y asegurar que nuestros familias y amigos reciben los recursos y la justicia que requieren.

Antes del huracán Maria, debido a siglos de desposesión colonial, Puerto Rico ya estaba enfrentando una crisis económica, con altas tasas de desempleo y la mayor migración hacia el continente en la historia de la isla. Ahora, nuestros amigos y familias puertoriqueños están enfrentando la devastación economico y la destrucción física del huracán Maria. Ellos no tienen agua potable y sus hogares, refugios y hospitales están sin energía. Hay intence inundaciones en vesindarios que normalmente no undavan.

Ayuda no esta llegando a nuestros seres queridos y aquellos de nosotros, aquí en el continente de los Estados Unidos, se están haciendo más fustrados y preocupados porque no podemos obtener ayuda para mandar los recursos y el dinero que nos reunimos aquí para nuestros seres queridos en la isla. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha creado una burocracia tal que no podemos usar aviones o barcos dentro o fuera de puertorico para aser llegar a ellos. Eliminar la ley de jones act por diez días no es suficiente.

El gobierno de EE.UU. necesita ser presionado para rescatar a puerto rico de la misma manera que rescató a los bancos estadounidenses con recursos financieros inmediatos. Nosotros estamos llamando al congreso de EE.UU para que financiar los esfuerzos de ayuda, permitar el transporte de recursos, priorizar el pueblo, y eliminar la deuda de Puerto Rico. Recursos deben ser entregados directamente a los puertorriqueños y a los propietarios puertorriqueños para que ellos mismos sean capaces de reconstruir nuestra isla. Dar recursos a contratistas externos o no dar en absoluto, estableceria a nuestra gente para crisis económica continua y desplazamiento.

 

Please send us names, address/or towns of loved ones you are looking for at humanrightsforPR@gmail.com or comment below.

Please provide the following additional information as well:

  • Elderly
  • Low income
  • Disabled
  • Health concerns
  • Family relation

 


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Posted by Cheri Honkala on Saturday, July 29, 2017

 



Statement of National Council on Independent Living and National ADAPT on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote

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As we celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA, we fight alongside our many ADAPT & NCIL friends to preserve our healthcare and Medicaid services and supports.  Today, many of our friends continue the fight in DC where they have protested through the heat and rain since Sunday evening.  Please read the statement below by the National Council of Independent Living and National ADPT on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote. PPEHRC sends power, prayers and support as we stand solidarity with our friends in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.

Statement of National Council on Independent Living and National ADAPT on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote

Yesterday, at the exact same time that the Senate voted to proceed on a bill that will strip disabled people of lives and liberty, approximately 250 advocates from ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living were protesting the vote in the atrium of the Hart Senate office building. Capitol Police arrested 64 of our people.

We are disgusted that this bill has not yet died. Despite massive outpourings of opposition from the disability community and from the American people, Senate Republicans continue to want to debate a settled question: that the lives, liberty, and equality of disabled Americans are promised in the Constitution and secured in law.

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Performers for Social Change

Calling artists of all talents in North Philadelphia: PPEHRC needs your help! Instead of playing music only to line your pockets, we believe can you utilize your skills to transform society while still making a living. In preparation for the district to take on the capital, we are organizing a series of block parties. We need musicians, spoken word poets, and other artists to perform at each party. Please fill out the form linked below if you are interested:

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Success For PPEHRC!!!!

March along broad street

The past week has been a huge success for PPEHRC. We started the week strong with March 4 Our Lives , the march along broad street to help end poverty and homelessness. Thousands of people joined us at 3pm on the south side of city hall , some even speaking to the crowd. On Wednesday we had a ‘fart in’ serving beans in South Philly in front of the AT&T station to the delegates who walked out of the Democratic National Convention, the beans symbolizing our belief that the two party system in America stinks!! Bloggers and reporters alike joined us as we shined light on the unfairness of the two party system in a humorous yet stimulating way. While these events took place we managed to have a somewhat successful Clintonville, even though two huge thunderstorms happened to destroy the area, forcing us to rebuild twice, we still did our best to accommodate homeless people around the Philadelphia area with makeshift homes in a field down American and Lehigh.

Overall its been an incredibly great week for PPEHRC and we feel as though we can create more success in cities around the US. PPEHRC works hard by making efforts to help homeless people, poverty is a huge issue in America and we put forth a lot of effort to lower these incredibly high statistics. Everything from protest to discussions with government officials, we make it our duty to help those who suffer through poverty and homelessness. If you would like to start a PPEHRC chapter in your very own city and can manage to gather at least 5 people who would like to participate in PPEHRC, and then contact the organization we are willing to help contribute to making the organization grow. This is a huge step towards creating more rights for people and together we can all help this organization expand!!



Poverty Reality Tour in a War Economy

A tour beginning in Norris Square Park to reveal the effects of the war economy on the people. In a nation where the poor are excessively taxed to front the costs of war while the very machine that they fund claims inability to care for its people, the consequences are dire. The National War Tax Resistance Coordination Committee works to support people who refuse to fund wars and advocates to redirect tax dollars to promote peace and stability. The PPEHRC will cohost the event with this organization to open our eyes to the faults of the war economy.