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.


For Immediate Release
September 29, 2017

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

Cheri Honkala,, 215-869-4753
Edgardo Gonzalez,


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.


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

Cheri Honkala,, 215-869-4753
Edgardo Gonzalez,

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.


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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.

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