JOIN THE #OURPOWERPRNYC CAMPAIGN TO DEMAND A JUST RECOVERY IN PUERTO RICO
Close to three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, many Puerto Ricans are struggling for survival and fighting to remain, reclaim, and rebuild. The crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico continues to magnify as the United States government interferes within emergency aid and threatens to bury Puerto Rico in more debt. What is happening in Puerto Rico is a climate crisis fueled by a long legacy of colonization and extraction.
#OurPowerPRnyc is a community-led initiative of the Puerto Rican diaspora guided by the Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing. To find out more and to join the #OurPowerPRnyc campaign, please fill out this form.
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ON SEPTEMBER 20TH, #OURPOWERPRNYC WILL BE COMMEMORATING THE ONE YEAR MARK OF HURRICANE MARIA'S DEVASTATION OF PUERTO RICO. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY GATHERING AND TO SUPPORT, PLEASE FIND BELOW THE EVENT FLYER, MEMES AND HASHTAGS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, AND A STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY, FEEL FREE TO USE THAT AS A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR OWN STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY. PLEASE LOOK FOR OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
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#OURPOWERPRNYC STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
September 20th will mark one year since Hurricane Maria landed on Puerto Rico. What we have seen in that time amounts to no less than a humanitarian crisis and mass violation of human rights. This has been fueled by a long legacy of colonialism and extraction; a sadistic federal administration committed to racism, subjugation, and austerity; and the deepening climate crisis wreaking havoc on low-income communities, communities of color, and the Global South.
On September 20th, #OurPowerPRnyc will be holding a community gathering in New York City to commemorate the landing of Hurricane Maria, to look back on the events of last year, to uplift the acts of resistance and resilience carried out on the island, and to ask the question "Where are we now?"
We recognize that our sisters and brothers from the island are defined in part by their relentless commitment to social justice. Whether it is a rally for Black Lives Matter, indigenous rights, workers' rights, or immigration justice, we have always counted on the people of Puerto Rico to stand with us in solidarity.
This is a moment to demonstrate our support for our sisters and brothers from the island in a time of both deep crisis and renewed possibility, in a time when over 3.3 million of our brothers and sisters stand at a crossroads between the forces of disaster capitalism on one hand and a grassroots movement towards a just transition, people-to-people recovery, and environmental, economic, racial, and climate justice and sovereignty on the other.
Declaración de Solidaridad de #OurPowerPRnyc
El 20 de Septiembre del 2018 marcará un año de que el Huracán María golpeó a Puerto Rico. Lo que hemos visto durante este tiempo equivale a no menos que una crisis humanitaria y una violación masiva de los derechos humanos. Lo anterior ha sido impulsado por un largo legado de colonialismo y extracción; una administración Federal sádica comprometida al racismo, subyugación y la austeridad; y la cada vez más profunda crisis climática causando estragos en comunidades de bajos ingresos, comunidades de color, y el Sur Global.
El 20 de Septiembre #OurPowerPRnyc llevará a cabo un junte comunitario en la Ciudad de Nueva York para conmemorar el impacto del huracán María, mirar hacia atrás sobre los acontecimientos del último año, elevar los actos de resistencia y resiliencia en La Isla, y hacer la pregunta, “¿Y ahora, dónde estamos?”
Reconocemos que nuestras hermanas y hermanos de La Isla son definidos en parte por su incansable compromiso con la justicia social. Siempre hemos contado con que la gente de Puerto Rico se levante en solidaridad con nosotros, ya sea que se trate de un rally de Black Lives Matter, sobre los derechos indígenas, de los trabajadores, o sobre justicia de inmigración.
Este es el momento de demostrar apoyo a nuestras hermanas y hermanos en La Isla. Es momento de apoyarles en un tiempo de crisis profunda y posibilidad renovada. Más de 3.3 millones de nuestras hermanas y hermanos se encuentran en una encrucijada; por un lado tienen las fuerzas del capitalismo de desastres, y por otro un movimiento de base hacia una transición justa, una recuperación de persona a persona, justicia ambiental, económica, racial y climática, y la soberanía.
Drop the Debt: Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is a direct result of colonialism and austerity policies inflicted on the island by the US government. In order to survive this crisis Puerto Rico needs full debt relief to focus on emergency response and a just recovery and just transition from the extractive economy.
Repeal the Jones Act: The Jones Act is an unfair and outdated law that has delayed relief and increased shipping costs to Puerto Rico. The devastation in Puerto Rico will require unrestricted access to imported goods and resources for any foreseeable future and the free movement of relief for an indefinite period. Therefore, the Jones Act needs to be permanently lifted.
Release the Aid: Many Puerto Ricans are still without access to power, clean water, and healthy food. We call on the international community to assist Puerto Rico with emergency aid and supporting grassroots brigades in the equitable distribution of aid on the ground.
Say NO to PROMESA: The issue of Puerto Rico’s status as a US territory cannot be divorced from emergency response and recovery initiatives. Puerto Rico’s status is one of the root causes that have left Puerto Rico with crippling debt and crumbling infrastructure before the storm. It is also hindered the ability of Puerto Ricans on the island to resource the emergency response and recovery work that needs to be done.
Push for a Just Recovery & Transition: FEMA is currently pushing policies to promote relocation rather than rebuilding, paving the way for disaster capitalism, displacement, and gentrification. A just recovery is ensures that Puerto Ricans remain on the island to preserve Puerto Rican culture and way of life. It also requires Puerto Rican self-determination and sovereignty to govern resources in harmony with the needs of the people and the earth.
Support for Puerto Rican Climate Refugees: Many Puerto Ricans are being displaced from the island out of necessity, not choice. As Puerto Ricans flee the island for safety in New York City, we must support them in meeting their basic needs, transitioning to life in New York City, and connecting them with local community support resources.
Since its launch on December 11th, the #OurPowerPRnyc campaign has began coordinating the efforts of the Puerto Rican diaspora in NYC.
Community Town Hall for the Puerto Rican Diaspora organized the NYC diaspora to deliver testimonies against the human rights abuses in Puerto Rico to a panel of lawyers. Learn More
On Jan 9th #OurPowerPRnyc led by and facilitated by Dr Marta Moreno Vega collected testimonies about human rights abuses in Puerto Rico on the ground in Old San Juan.