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People Before Debt: Rebuild Puerto Rico

  • John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse 1 Courthouse Way Boston, MA, 02210 United States (map)
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Please join us on May 21 at 12:30 p.m. outside of the Moakley Courthouse to stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico as a judge in federal bankruptcy court decides on the fate of Puerto Rico’s debt – and the island’s future!

Eight months after Hurricane Maria struck, Puerto Ricans are still suffering from lack of reliable access to power, drinkable water, food and needed medical care. For many, conditions have not improved, and are unlikely to do so anytime soon. 

Long before Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rico has been suffering from a different kind of storm, caused by a public debt crisis which has made life harder and harder for Puerto Ricans on the island. Many of the loans given to the government of Puerto Rico are probably unconstitutional, so the illegal debt should be eliminated. Recovery aid must be used to help Puerto Rican people, not to pay big banks! 

Instead, the Junta (Fiscal Control Board) is looking to privatize public resources and allow private corporations to make massive profits while leaving PR burdened with debt and a crumbling infrastructure.

As federal bankruptcy courts continue to hold hearings to determine what will happen to Puerto Rico’s debt, we demand that the courts and the Fiscal Control Board place the interests of the people of Puerto Rico ahead of those of the banks. We will not let our federal government, which holds the most power to decide what happens to Puerto Rico, forget about the millions of people who have suffered enough. We demand sufficient resources for a #JustRecovery.