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August 01, 2018

Judge Extends FEMA Housing Program For Evacuees Of Hurricanes Maria And Irma

From NPR - The Rev. Jose Rodriguez, an Episcopal priest in Orlando, Fla., and a member of the steering committee for Vamos4PR, an organization that works with hundreds of families enrolled in the temporary housing program, said people are desperate to find stable housing.

July 06, 2018

Survey of Puerto Ricans in Florida finds many plan to stay, language barrier a top challenge

From the Orlando Sentinel - Nearly half of Puerto Ricans surveyed in Florida said they are not returning to the island, while most listed not knowing English as their number one challenge in adjusting to life on the mainland, a new survey shows.

July 03, 2018

Federal Ruling Allows Displaced Puerto Rican Families To Stay In Hotels Through July 23

From WUSF News - Displaced Puerto Rican families who were preparing to leave their hotels and motels on Thursday will get to stay a bit longer.

June 29, 2018

These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane Maria’s destruction built a community at a motel. Now, they have to leave

From Herald Mail Media - For a few hours each day, the doors in this cobbled-together community are flung wide open. The younger kids wander in and out of their neighbors’ rooms and play with donated toys

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March 22, 2017

Puerto Rican alliance protests austerity measures on island

From Florida Politics: Insisting that the people on Puerto Rico can endure no more austerity measures, a coalition of Puerto Rican, labor, and religious groups marched in Kissimmee Wednesday to protest the federal plan being pushed to resolve the commonwealth’s debt crisis.

June 07, 2016

Who Is Responsible for Puerto Rico’s Debt?

From The Nation:  Hillary Clinton’s decisive victory over Bernie Sanders in the Puerto Rico Democratic primary on Sunday was not surprising. She won for the same reason she enjoys strong support from blacks and Latinos in the States: Previously established political networks that get out the vote, and the loyalty to local leaders and elected officials, translate into her margin of victory. Despite his more progressive policies, Sanders is not strongly enough embedded in this ground-level political discourse

June 10, 2016

Puerto Rico deserves a better Promesa (Opinion)

32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa, City and State NY:  Washington’s lawmakers insist that Puerto Rico’s only hope to avoid a total economic collapse is the Promesa bill, which passed in the House of Representatives yesterday and now goes to the Senate for a vote. Supporters say the bill will address the debt crisis through an appointed board that would determine Puerto Rico’s fiscal decisions, forcing it to meet its debt obligations or, if it cannot, give the U.S. territory access to bankruptcy proceedings.

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