These moves show how powerful public opinion can be in persuading political leaders to take action. They also highlight how dysfunctional the White House has become.
Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox: Public pressure is forcing the White House to respond to the crisis in Puerto Rico
These moves show how powerful public opinion can be in persuading political leaders to take action. They also highlight how dysfunctional the White House has become in responding effectively to major crises — even when it’s a matter of life or death for millions of US citizens.
“People should keep putting pressure on their elected officials to make sure Puerto Rico is not forgotten,” said Rick Trilsch, who created a petition asking the military to send the USNS Comfort to Puerto Rico. “Democracy only works if you take part of it.” CONTINUE READING
Hermes Ayala, Huffington Post: The Nowhere-To-Run Diaries: A Week After Maria, Hope Is Fading Fast In Puerto Rico
Problems are a dime a dozen here in paradise lost.
There’s what many believe to be governmental ineptitude ― local and federal ― or, simply put, apathy. “I find it very hard to understand what is going on here,” Florida state Rep. René Plasencia (R) told HuffPost on Wednesday. “It’s a political issue. I don’t know where, but it’s a political issue somewhere.”
Plasencia arrived in Puerto Rico earlier this week with 400,000 pounds of food, water and other essentials collected in central Florida by the Boricua diaspora, other communities and the private sector. CONTINUE READING
Louis Nelson, Politico: Trump faces growing backlash over Puerto Rico response
The tension over the Trump administration’s self praise spilled out on Friday morning, with the San Juan mayor lashing out at acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, who said on Thursday that the Maria relief efforts are a “good news story.”
“Damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a people are dying story. This is a life-or-death story,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on CNN. “When you have to pull people down from their buildings — I’m sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me. You know, I would ask her to come down here and visit the towns, and then make a statement like that which frankly it is an irresponsible statement.” CONTINUE READING
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