Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have battered the southern coast of the United States as well as wreaking untold damage across the Caribbean. Many of the most heavily hit areas have not been heard from yet, and this page will be updated as new information from partners is received.
Please continue to hold all of those impacted in your prayers.
You can make a gift towards the recovery work by following the links
- One Great Hour of Sharing Response (UCC)
- Week of Compassion Response (Disciples of Christ)
- Global Ministries Partners Response
In the final days of his administration, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a victory for the Puerto Rican independence activist.
It has been part of the ministry of our partners in Puerto Rico (Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico, Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Council of Churches) to advocate for the liberation of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner imprisoned for more that 34 years.Read more
11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. - Matthew 2:11 NRSVRead more
October 25, 1925 – November 3, 2016
Flor Maria Piñeiro
July 4, 1922 – July 11, 2016
Join in a National Call-in Day on Wednesday, April 27!
We are joining with Jubilee USA to help organize tens of thousands of people to call Congress and urge solutions to Puerto Rico's crisis that protect the vulnerable.
Use the Justice and Peace Action Network tool to identify and call your member of Congress.
When you call, identify yourself as a person of faith with strong ties to partners in Puerto Rico. Tell your member of Congress not to pass the current control board legislation. Urge the instead to support legislation that includes the following:
- very strong debt restructuring tools
- clear targets to reduce child poverty
- solutions that respect local democracy
- strong budget transparency provisions
Take Action! Call your Member of Congress to tell them any debt relief legislation should protect rather than punish the people of Puerto Rico
Congress is debating legislation that would place Puerto Rico under a restrictive Fiscal Control Board that would do more to ensure funds are used to repay creditors than to provide essential services to the people of Puerto Rico. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for the office of your Representative in the House. Tell them you support an agreement for Puerto Rico that allows them fairly and fully to restructure their debt and prioritizes a plan to meet basic social service needs on the island.
Puerto Rico civil society organizations and religious leaders, including Global Ministries' partners, have rejected the proposed legislation, and especially the Fiscal Control Board that they claim undermines their rule of law and establishes a neo-colonial model of administration.
- “IT AIN’T PRETTY” denounced Church leaders on the proposed solutions to Puerto Rico fiscal crisis
- Jubilee USA Alert on Puerto Rico debt proposal
The Interim President of the Puerto Rico Council of Churches, Bishop Felipe Lozada, concluded that the solution given by the US Congress to address the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico, though it includes provisions for a stay on the debt for 18 months and after a period of voluntary negotiations to force creditors to take reduced payouts, will face wide opposition among the Puerto Rican leadership to the proposed Control Board. He cited Congressmen José Serrano and Nydia Velázquez saying that the proposed Control Board, modeled after the Washington control board of the 1990s, “undermines Puerto Rico’s rule of law.” He also cited Congressman Luis Gutierrez adding that "the Republican recipe is a new stage of colonial supervision. The solution to the crisis is not a more firm control over its self-determination, but a growing economy and work for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico." The three congressmen mentioned by Bishop Lozada have deep roots on the island.Read more
Take Action! Click here to send a letter or make a call to your elected officials.
Puerto Rico is at risk of defaulting on $72 billion in debt and is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. Congressional leaders have promised to take up legislation that will help with urgently needed financial protections, but your voice is needed to encourage members to support these debt relief proposals.Read more
Puerto Rico's current situation is unique in that it is not a sovereign nation and therefore cannot request financing or a low-interest loan from the IMF (International Monetary Fund), but neither does it have access to the municipal bankruptcy protections afforded to US cities and states (i.e. Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013) to help alleviate their more than $70 billion debt. Puerto Rico is inching closer to defaulting on its loans and has been asking Congress and the US government for help.Read more