One year after Hurricane Maria, a National Day Of Action to support Puerto Rico

  • Published on September 20th, 2018

Today is #1YearAfterMaria. One year since the hurricane tore through Puerto Rico. One year since thousands lost their lives. One year since hundreds of thousands lost their homes and many continue to live with unstable electricity and FEMA tarps covering the roofs of their homes. And one year of constant and profound neglect on the part of the federal government.

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By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

This is why we must stand together during the #1YearAfterMaria National Day of Action.

You can support our fellow Americans by showing up, or by speaking out to demand action from Washington, DC. Justice requires that aggressive efforts to reduce global warming pollution be paired with swift and just responses to climate fueled disasters. Our response to Puerto Rico and other impacted islands has been unjust.

As of now, 100 vigils and actions are planned across the country from New York City to Florida, Pennsylvania, Chicago to Phoenix, and of course Puerto Rico itself (but none on the West Coast – yet). You can show your solidarity with survivors of climate change, and fight for Puerto Rico in the next year, by finding a vigil in your community.

If you can’t show up tonight, can you tell your Senator to cosponsor the Sanders-Warren Puerto Rico debt relief bill? Greedy Wall Street investment firms are placing a stranglehold on Puerto Rico’s economy, undercutting its ability to provide a normal life for its residents and holding back the potential for a new, renewably-powered electric grid. The Sanders-Warren bill would relieve the island from unsecured public debt and leave it free to make over its electricity grid with local renewables.

Host a vigil tonight.

Find a vigil near you.

Send a letter to your senators demanding that they cosponsor the Sanders-Warren Puerto Rico debt relief bill.

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.