September 20 marks one year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Over 4,600 people died in this catastrophe, meanwhile the poverty rate has surged over 50% since the disaster. One year later, the destruction of Puerto Rico has not ended, rather it has escalated. Nearly 300 schools have closed. Around 400,000 Puerto Ricans have since left the islands. All aspects of life in Puerto Rico are under attack by the dictatorship of the banks, the Fiscal Control Board. The cause of the suffering of millions of Puerto Ricans is no longer a natural disaster, but rather 120 years of US colonialism and exploitation.
September 23, El Grito de Lares, will be the 150 anniversary of Puerto Rico’s uprising for independence. During this week, September 20-27, join the over 50 organizations and leaders of the struggle for Puerto Rico to demand Decolonize Puerto Rico!
Visit http://puertoricotribunal.org/action/ to submit details of actions you’re planning or to find events near you!
**September 20: One Year Since Hurricane Maria – Day of Action**
Support local Boricua-led actions in your area! (list in formation)
If there are no Boricua-led actions, organize a local demonstration at Santander Bank or US Federal Building in your area to demand: Reparations and Decolonization for Puerto Rico!
** September 21: Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico Call-in Day**
Call & Tweet Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Education, gringa Julia Kelleher, to demand: Stop Closing Schools! Stop privatizing education! Quality education is a right!
Tweet: @educacionPR, @SecEducacionPR
**September 23: Grito De Lares- Puerto Rican Uprising for Independence**
September 23, 2018 marks the 150 year anniversary of the Puerto Rican uprising for independence. Engage during this significant date by: Supporting Local Actions: (list in formation); Organizing a showing of a film on Puerto Rico like Lucha Si! Fight for Public Education in Puerto Rico
**Sign and Share the Petition to the US Government— Decolonize and Pay Reparations to Puerto Rico Now!** http://bit.ly/PRSolidarity
**Build the Puerto Rico Tribunal – October 27, 2018 – Holyrood Church (715 179th Street) in New York City
Plan to Attend the Tribunal in New York on 10/27: Organize a contingent to attend the Puerto Rico Tribunal in New York City on October 27
Donate to the Puerto Rico Tribunal: https://www.gofundme.com/tribunalpuertorico
Endorse the Tribunal: Get local unions and organizations to sign on as endorsers of the Puerto Rico Tribunal in New York: https://puertoricotribunal.org/endorse/
Follow the International Tribunal against US Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico on Twitter and Facebook