US Territories’ June 10-16, 2019 news week in tweets
Tom Perez, DNC Chairman, Supports Puerto Rican Statehood
Tom Perez, DNC Chairman, reiterated his support for Puerto Rico and DC statehood during his speech before the Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC) meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ”The territorial status of Puerto Rico does not afford equal rights to its US citizens” pic.twitter.com/fyn8V2QMUk
— Charles A Rodriguez (@CharlesARodrig2) June 15, 2019
Tom Perez the DNC Chairman reiterates his support of Puerto Rican statehood in a speech in Santa Fe. Perez stated, “The territorial status of Puerto Rico does not afford equal rights to its US citizens.”
Governor Ricardo Rosselló Rescinds Religious Freedom Bill
I’m relieved that the governor of Puerto Rico has requested that this bill, which would allow religious freedom to be used as an excuse to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community, be withdrawn. Now let's keep fighting for the LGBTQ+ community. https://t.co/CxM3t9YH3F
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 14, 2019
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed her support of Governor Ricardo Rossello for rescinding a religious freedom bill in Puerto Rico. The bill was feared to be utilized as an avenue for discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community.
EPA Proposes to Approve US Virgin Islands Solid Waste Program
EPA Proposes to Approve U.S. Virgin Islands Solid Waste Program #epa https://t.co/WEI12WWtLR
— JSI Time (@jsitime) June 10, 2019
The EPA proposes to approve a solid waste program for the US Virgin Islands. It would allow for the expansion of existing landfills, construct new of landfills, and allow the use of alternative daily cover and other operational flexibilities at the landfills. Public hearings will be held from July 23 to July 25.
Bernie Sanders Unveils Legislation to put US Territories on Par With States
Four million Americans live in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. But their health care is not funded at the same level as the rest of the country.
These inequities cannot stand, and today, I am introducing new legislation to fix them. https://t.co/YMHsVdkR5i
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 11, 2019
Bernie Sanders unveils legislation to deal with the immediate humanitarian needs in the US territories of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The bill would correct inequalities in federal health care funding.
Pro-Life Demonstration on Guam in Response to Island’s Efforts to Recruit a Doctor to Perform Abortions
A pro-life prayer rally at Adelup is happening in response to the administration's efforts to recruit a doctor to perform abortions on Guam. pic.twitter.com/hdJkaqU9Dh
— KUAM News (@kuamnews) June 14, 2019
Pro-life demonstration breaks out on Guam in response to the island’s efforts to recruit a doctor to perform abortions.
Tsunami Warning for American Samoa
New warning from @NWS_PTWC of possible tsunami waves of less than a foot on coasts including Fiji, American Samoa, New Zealand, and others pic.twitter.com/eyXYt7ihzB
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) June 15, 2019
A Tsunami warning has been issued for American Samoa. Waves are projected to be less than a foot in height.
Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands Discovered an Illegal Navy Strategy to Construct Bombing Ranges
“You rent someone your home, and they decide to torch it,” said Cinta Kaipat, an activist in the Northern Mariana Islands. https://t.co/79Egp1S7sI
— The Nation (@thenation) June 12, 2019
Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands have discovered a possibly illegal strategy by the US Navy to construct bombing ranges. The military, with little consultation of the locals of the Northern Mariana Islands, is looking to expand bombing ranges to practice launching mortars, firing rockets, and dropping bombs.
NOAA Fisheries Proposes a 2,000 Ton Limit on Tuna for American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
NOAA Fisheries proposes a 2019 limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) of longline-caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).
— Aquaculture Hub (@aquaculturehub) June 15, 2019
NOAA Fisheries proposes a 2,000 ton limit of longline-caught tuna in 2019 for each US Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands).