Denomination leaders urge Congress to act on Puerto Rico debt crisis
Disciples General Minister and President Sharon Watkins and UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer, along with the Co-Executives of Global Ministries, Julia Brown Karimu and James Moos, wrote a letter to U.S. Congressional leaders appealing for Congress to act on legislation that would help solve the severe economic debt crisis being faced by Puerto Rico.
The letter, dated December 7, 2015 responds to the request from our partners, including the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico (CCDPR), to seek Congressional action “regarding the devastating effects on people caused by the debt crisis on the island,” which is a U.S. territory, but which does not benefit from the same rights and privileges as U.S. states, including legal options to seek relief of the commonwealth’s excessive debt, estimated at $72 Billion.
Take Action! in support of Puerto Rico religious leaders’ call for Jubilee debt relief by urging Congress to give Puerto Rico bankruptcy protection.
You can add your name to a Jubilee USA petition to the U.S. Congress to pass legislation giving bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, an appeal to the Federal Reserve to grant debt relief, and a case to the White House to help resolve Puerto Rico’s desperate situation.