Can you please join me and make a tax-deductible donation to Jubilee USA so we can even the playing field on our campaign to reduce child poverty in Puerto Rico? Your contribution will be matched up to $10,000.
Jubilee USA is the only group running a continuous campaign to move Congress in the right direction on Puerto Rico legislation. How we resolve the crisis in Puerto Rico will have ripple effects on financial crisis across our nation and around our world.
Financial crises threaten our schools, our pensions and our communities. We need long-term structures to prevent these crises, but we also need to make sure that when a crisis does strike, we protect the most vulnerable first.
That's why we are moving Congress to include specific language in its Puerto Rico legislation to reduce child poverty, prevent austerity, provide tools to restructure the debt and respect local democracy.
Last July we began our campaign with the leadership and partnership of Puerto Rico's religious leaders. It was San Juan's Catholic Archbishop, the island's head of the Bible Society and all major religious leaders in Puerto Rico who raised the alarm on the humanitarian crisis.
Congress refused to act, but we refused to take no for an answer.
We organized across the United States and focused the international media on the plight of Puerto Rico's most vulnerable. We helped Republicans and Democrats build a bridge and a way forward. By December the White House, Treasury and Congress were supporting our path forward. In the passing of the Omnibus Bill in December we were able to actually start implementing solutions to support public budget transparency and curb austerity in Puerto Rico.
In February, I testified to Congress and then - Congress started to build bipartisan legislation around my testimony. Two weeks ago we were negotiating that legislation with both sides of the aisle.
Then last week the draft legislation was introduced and we found the lobbyists were able to remove several key provisions we had won in earlier drafts.
That's why we need your help now. We can only win a real solution with your partnership. Our voice is louder than the lobbyists. Your donation of $500, $100, $25, $250 or $10 is needed, is tax-deductible and will be matched up to $10,000.
I'm so grateful that you believe in us.
We've only come this far because of your support and our refusal to take no for an answer. With your continued support now, we can continue to get the "yes's" we need to win.