Organize Now to deliver 7,000 petitions demanding no more austerity for Puerto Rico - Florida Politics

Organize Now to deliver 7,000 petitions demanding no more austerity for Puerto Rico

Organize Now activists said it intends to deliver 7,000 petition signatures to three Orlando members of Congress this week demanding they prevent any more austerity measures for the people of Puerto Rico.

The Orlando-based progressive politics group has been gathering the petitions for several months, announcing its Puerto Rico-assistance campaign in early April at a press conference in Orlando.

Central Florida is the critical-mass center of the estimated more than 1 million Puerto Ricans who now live in the Sunshine State.

Organize Now will hand deliver the petitions to the office of U.S. Rep. John Mica, a Winter Park Republican, and mail them to the offices of Democratic U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Corrine Brown of Jacksonville, whose district stretches into Orlando.

The petitions are being delivered on the eve of the House of Representatives’ anticipated vote this week on a new bill addressing Puerto Rico’s deepening economic crisis. H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (known as “PROMESA,” meaning “promise” in Spanish, offers some assistance to the commonwealth, which is now in default on debt payments, but short of any bailout. It also offers a potential debt restructuring strategy.

Organize Now is calling on Central Florida lawmakers to block austerity measures on the island’s 3.5 million residents, who already are suffering from severe cutbacks in education, public services and health care.

“We are sending a clear message that we will not remain silent and will continue to fight for Puerto Rico. The PROMESA bill includes measures that not only go against the wishes of thousands of Central Florida constituents, but also fails to prioritize the needs of working families on the island,” Organize Now stated in a news release.

 

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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