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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

By admin | June 7, 2019

Dear Presidential Candidates:

We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions from the Puerto Rican Diaspora and allies, strongly urge you to publicly support a comprehensive platform addressing the fiscal and economic crises facing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The people of Puerto Rico, U.S. citizens and residents alike, are still recovering from devastating firsts —including the worst natural disaster and largest bankruptcy proceeding in U.S. history— a depressed economy, and imminent fiscal cliffs in public health, schooling and higher education, public pensions, and nutritional assistance. Many of these challenges are the result of artificial, arbitrary, and often discriminatory decisions made by the federal government in how it treats Puerto Rico. Only bold action spurred by presidential leadership – together with detailed policy prescriptions – can move the needle on these complex issues.

As a presidential candidate, we strongly urge you to publicly support the following policy priorities. Though action is needed on many more fronts, Puerto Rico needs:

A Marshall Plan-type mobilization to fully rebuild and recover after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Full participation of Island residents in critical federal anti-poverty programs such as:

–        Medicaid

–        Child Tax Credit (CTC)

–        Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

–        SNAP

Economic tools such as:

–        Jones Act exemption

–        Fix how federal tax reform law treats the Island and provide tax incentives for job creation, along with improved labor standards

–        Significant public debt relief

Recognition of the right to self-determination of the Puerto Rican people along with a permanent and self-sustained, inclusive, fair and transparent process to end 121 years of U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico

We stand ready to assist you and your team to answer any questions or provide more in-depth analysis of Puerto Rico issues and look forward to your prompt response as we prepare to periodically report back to the public on the policy positions taken by all presidential candidates.

Sincerely,

Alianza for Progress/Florida
Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), PA
Americas for Conservation and the Arts
Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico, Leadership Committee
Bay Area Boricuas
BoricuActívatEd
Boricua Vota
Boricuas de Corazón, Inc
Boricuas Unidos en la Diáspora
Catalino Productions
Diáspora en Resistencia
El Puente
Faith in Florida
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
Green Latinos
Hispanic Federation
Iniciativa Acción Puertorriqueña
Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center
La Tertulia Boricua of San Francisco Bay Area
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Jangueo Boricua
Misión Boricua
National Boricua Human Rights Network
National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
National Puerto Rican Agenda
Organize Florida
Our Revolution Puerto Rico
Parranda Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans in Action (Los Angeles)
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida
Puerto Rican Women in Action
Puerto Rico Advocacy Group
Puerto Rico Connect
The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago
Women’s March – FL

Signatories as of June 7th, 2019

CASA Maryland
Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.
Daily KOS
El Centro de Servicios Sociales/Ohio
El Puente Puerto Rico: Enlace Latino de Acción Climática
Florida Immigration Coalition
G-8, Grupo de las Ocho Comunidades Aledañas al Caño Martín Peña, Inc.
Hispanic Roundtable/Ohio
Latino Victory Project
Latinos for Healthcare Equity
MoveOn Political Action
National Urban League
New Florida Majority
Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida
Vieques en Acci?n
Young Latino Network/Ohio
Edgardo Miranda, creator of La Borinqueña
Nilda Medina, Executive Director, Incubadora Microempresa, Bieke, Inc.
Roberto Rabin, Director, Vieques Historic Archives & General Manager of Radio Vieques

 

 

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