Unless they read, listen to, or look at independent media, not corporately owned media, most Americans do not realize that incremental ignorance, arrogance, indifference, and shirking of responsibility prevented our members of Congress from exercising their mandate to provide for the welfare and safety of our fellow U.S. citizens who live in Puerto Rico. Early on, Congress turned a blind eye to the pillaging of Puerto Rico's rich natural resources by multi-national corporations like United Fruit, while their ignorant draconian legislation and morally lazy neglect eviscerated Puerto Rico's environment, economy, means of livelihood, and the Puerto Ricans' sense of dignity and self worth.
For those of us who still don't understand that we, the United States, are responsible for the stewardship of our U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico, I urge you to look at an eight-minute YouTube clip from the Oct. 18 Democracy Now program entitled "Freed Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera on U.S. Colonialism After Hurricane Maria." Mr. Rivera castigates the ubiquitous foreign gentrification that displaces the natives and the hedge fund vultures who pick clean any shred of Puerto Rican pride. Mr. Rivera goes on to explain how FEMA and Homeland Security treat them "like animals," allowing them no say in their ignominious, condescending treatment. "Puerto Rico," says Mr. Rivera, "shall die of neglect."
The Green Party, aware that Congress fails to understand how crucial aid is to the devastated islanders, urges immediate cancellation of Puerto Rico's un-payable debt and the dehumanizing torturous policies under the Puerto Rican Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act PROMESA, and thereby enable Puerto Ricans to declare independence and end their castrated status as an unacknowledged colony of the U.S. since 1898.The Green Party also calls for massive and ongoing aid beyond the House's $36.5 billion disaster aid to cover the desperate need for water, food, medicine, fuel, generators, shelter supplies , and repairs for dams, bridges, roads, and other damaged infrastructure. We must help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and demand that Congress make restitution for their shameful, far-reaching dereliction of duty.
Agnes Merrick, Cockeysville
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