from Jubilee USA
Last week, our executive director Eric LeCompte testified before Congress on the human impact of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis and urged Congress to act on clear solutions to protect the 3.5 million Americans living on the island.
Please watch and share Eric’s 7 minute congressional testimony. This is a critical moment for Puerto Rico and spreading Jubilee USA’s solutions to the crisis across social media can make a big impact.
Eric was a powerful witness to Congress. “Self-imposed austerity in Puerto Rico is already proving harmful and counter-productive,” Eric told a packed hearing room and a dozen members of Congress. “At the root of today’s hearing lies the question, ‘How do we prevent a future debt crisis in Puerto Rico?'”
At the hearing, Eric noted that nearly half of Puerto Rico’s population lives in poverty. He talked about how some special education teachers on the island aren’t being paid, 200 schools have closed, funding for law enforcement is declining and 10% of the population has left in the last ten years. He noted that Puerto Rico even slashed its health budget, and is now more vulnerable to the Zika virus that is spreading on the island.
With Congress debating solutions right now – some good, some bad – we need your help.
Please call Congress and urge your representatives to support bankruptcy protection for Puerto Rico. After Eric testified, the House of Representatives is now scheduled to advance legislation in weeks and your phone call can make the difference in shaping the outcome.