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100 Days and Counting in Puerto Rico, 1.4 Million Still Without Power, Protesters Demand for Aid to the Island Nation

Close to a thousand New Yorkers gathered to show support for Puerto Rico's marking of 100 days since the Island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
organized by a broad coalition under the banner of #OurPowerPRnyc, they were supporting the following demands:

. Drop the debt
. Repeal the Jones Act
.Show solidarity & support
.Say "No" to PROMESA (the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and
Economic Stability Act)
.Push for a Just Recovery and Transition
.Support Puerto Rican Climate Refugees
.Reject the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act"

This action was supported by a broad coalition made up of the following
organizations: the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Center for Constitutional Rights, Climate Justice Alliance, Defend Puerto Rico, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, MUEVETE, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, Queer Kitchen Brigade, The CHULO brand, The Staten Island Urban Center, and UPROSE.

One of the lead organizers of this action Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE, explained, "Let us be clear, the feeble response we have seen from this federal administration is not out of passive indifference, but rather active cruelty. It is consistent with the second-class citizenship that Puerto Ricans have long suffered. Climate disasters expose and exacerbate inequality and injustice. But it also gives us an opportunity to build a better future from the grassroots up."

"The present conditions in Puerto Rico must be defined as genocidal," according to Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. She stated further that "As taxpayers and citizens, the Puerto Rican Diaspora and all communities committed to human rights
must hold our government accountable before the United Nations and World Court."

The demonstration's organizers call on all concerned about the future of Puerto Rico to join them in demanding that the U.S. government provides a just recovery for Puerto Rico as a path towards decolonization.
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
please notify us if you plan to broadcast this program - knash@igc.org

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