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July 25, 2019

VAMOS4PR STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR ROSSELLÓ

This statement can be attributed to Shirley Aldebol, Vice President 32BJ SEIU and VAMOS4PR steering committee member.

 

"Governor Rosselló's resignation proves that people joining together have the power to achieve positive change through democractic, participatory means. Puerto Ricans on the island and around the world showed they would no longer tolerate mockery and disregard for their lives.

July 20, 2019

VAMOS4PR Statement: Governor Rosello Must Step Down

The following statement can be attributed to Shirley Aldebol, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU and steering committee member of VAMOS4PR:

We at VAMOS4PR share the deep frustration and disgust of millions of Puerto Ricans on the island and around the world at the allegations of widespread corruption and misconduct by Governor Rossello and members of his cabinet. We agree that Governor Rossello must step down. But the underlying issues go deeper than the latest scandal. The passionate protests by hundreds of thousands of people speak to a decade long economic recession, a public debt crisis that has decimated the island’s education and health system, and compounding damages from Hurricane Maria that have not been adequately addressed.

July 03, 2018

Judge Extends FEMA Aid for Hurricane Maria Evacuees Pending Formal Hearing

Today, Judge Timothy S. Hillman issued an order backing extension of temporary restraining order (TRO) to July 23rd pending a formal hearing on the class action complaint seeking Relief for Hurricane Maria Evacuees. The plaintiffs seeking relief were represented by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and the Law Office of Héctor Piñeiro.

May 25, 2018

VAMOS4PR STATEMENT ON DEATH OF ANGELO FALCÓN

"We are terribly saddened to learn of the untimely death of an important member of the VAMOS4PR family, Angelo Falcón, one of the most fearless and tireless advocates for Puerto Ricans and Latinos in New York.

October 12, 2017

VAMOS4PR STATEMENT ON TRUMP REMARKS TO WITHDRAW FEDERAL AID AGENCIES FROM PUERTO RICO

"President Trump's remarks about abandoning federal relief efforts in Puerto Rico are more than cruel. The president of the United States should continue reminding the American people that three weeks after Hurricane María hit the island, more than 3 million American citizens are still without electricity, the island's health system is on life support, with patients dying, right now, because of minor complications.

September 21, 2017

VAMOS4PR STATEMENT ON RELIEF EFFORTS FOR HURRICANE MARIA

A complete account of the devastation created in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria is still being assessed, but  damage caused by Hurricane Irma just days before had already shown the fragile state of the island's infrastructure, especially its power grid, water system and telecommunications. One of the biggest contributing factors to these vulnerabilities is an economy weakened by decades of disinvestment, recession and laws that have hobbled Puerto Ricans' ability to secure their present and determine their own future.

August 03, 2017

Orange County Spanish-speaking parents receive more resources in public schools

Orlando – The Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) board approved funding at their July meeting last week for three measures requested by a group of Hispanic parents in the district, to have greater access to information and to communicate better with school personnel.

June 28, 2017

VAMOS4PR STATEMENT ON FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT BOARD DECISIONS ON PUERTO RICO 2018 BUDGET AND PREPA DEBT RESTRUCTURE

Just days before the one-year anniversary of the passage of PROMESA, Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight Board announced decisions that will deeply affect the lives of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents. VAMOS4PR members were heartened by the Board’s rejection of the proposed restructure deal for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority (PREPA), an agreement we criticized because it favored bondholders and would have most likely raised electricity rates for consumers already struggling under a terrible economy.

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For any media requests, please contact Carolina Gonzalez at CAGonzalez@seiu32bj.org.

April 27, 2017

Powerful International Unions Reject Bill 938

Leaders from three powerful international unions sent a letter this week to the presidents of Puerto Rico’s legislative bodies expressing their strong, united opposition to the approval of House Bill 938, calling it " a disaster for the already troubled economy of the island [that] would further impoverish the working people of Puerto Rico." 

April 22, 2017

Puerto Ricans and community and labor allies denounce Puerto Rico government’s “anti-democratic and repressive” response to protesters Groups support reinstatement of an independent audit of $72B public debt

New York – VAMOS4PR, a coalition of labor, community and civil rights groups supporting Puerto Rico, denounced the reported use of pepper spray and force by police to turn away protesters seeking access to legislative chambers in the Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Crisis Needs Urgent Solution Says the VAMOS4PR Network as Financial Oversight Board Names Carrion Chair

New York – VAMOS4PR today calls for a real solution to Puerto Rico’s massive debt crisis that focuses on the needs of the island’s 3.5 million residents and invests in their future.

 

The call comes as the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico met in New York officially for the first time today and announced Jose Carrion III as the chair of the board.

SOME OF PUERTO RICO’S $72B PUBLIC DEBT MAY VIOLATE PR LAWS & CONSTITUTION, ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY REPORT

New York – Members of VAMOS4PR, a network of stateside organizations and individuals taking a stand for a fair economy for all Puerto Ricans, released today at the offices of LatinoJustice PRLDEF in downtown Manhattan the preliminary results of a report by Puerto Rico’s Independent Debt Audit Commission, which is preparing a complete audit of the island’s $72 billion public debt. The report was released this morning by the Commission, appointed by Puerto Rico’s legislature, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it highlights how several portions of the public debt may have been incurred in violation of Puerto Rico’s laws and constitution.

LABOR, COMMUNITY NETWORK FINDS APPOINTMENTS TO PR FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT BOARD "PREDICTABLY DISAPPOINTING"

New York -- Today’s White House announcement of the seven appointees to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico is predictably disappointing. VAMOS4PR partners are troubled by what the composition of the board indicates about how it will likely structure its work to address urgent and long-term economic issues on the island.

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