Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million American citizens and a deepening debt and humanitarian crisis with profound implications for its people and for who we are as a country. Nearly 60% of Puerto Rico’s kids live in poverty. Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee for the mainland each year in search of a better life, breaking apart communities and families and further eroding the tax base and the pool of doctors and other professionals willing to work on the island. In response, Puerto Rico’s religious leaders are working with U.S. religious communities and the interfaith non-profit Jubilee USA to win solutions to the crisis. Their partnership pushed Washington to act to avoid catastrophe – and now the next few months are critical to resolve the crisis. Learn more about Puerto Rico and its crisis and what you can do to help.
Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Network