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Month: July 2019

Corruption, Telegram scandals roil Rosselló administration

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, is refusing to step down amid scandals involving text messaging and corruption. Some top Puerto Rican officials have already resigned amid the outcry, which is so tremendous that demonstrations against Rosselló have grown violent. Federal officials have also begun to chime in, with Representative Raul Grijalva (D) of Arizona calling on the Governor to resign. The Representative’s call for resignation is a big deal, because Grijalva chairs the House committee which oversees the US territory of Puerto Rico. Congress can’t depose Rosselló outright, but does hold power over Puerto Rico in other...

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US Territories’ July 8-14, 2019 news week in tweets

Ricardo Rossello is Refusing to Resign Amid Scandal BREAKING: Puerto Rico’s Governor @ricardorossello is refusing to resign amid public pressure that he should, all while he is dismissing members of his cabinet and staff over scandalous text messages, many of which, the Governor himself was engaged in sending. — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 13, 2019 Amid a growing scandal of corruption in Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rosselló refuses to resign. Scandalous text messages emerging from Rosselló have only heighted the public pressure for his resignation. Jeffery Epstein Attempted to Use US Virgin Islands Property to Avoid Checks by NYPD...

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What to do this week of July 14, 2019

155 weeks down, 68 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. I value democracy. With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. ▢ Action 1: Empower returning citizens to vote in Florida. [h/t We Got the Vote, Brennan Center, ACLU of Florida] Floridians restored the vote to returning citizens, then state legislators ignored the will of the people by passing a new, oppressive law requiring all fees and fines to be...

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US Territories’ July 1-7, 2019 news week in tweets

Solar Power has Seen a Boom in Puerto Rico https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1147316262760058881  Puerto Rico has placed a goal of moving to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Without much government help, foundations, charities, individuals and communities are pushing for a more self-sufficient energy grid. Puerto Rican Veterans Vulnerable in the Event of Natural Disaster  https://twitter.com/Nicolemarie_A/status/1146802967221325830  Puerto Rico might not be able to care for 9,000 bedridden veterans in the event of another natural disaster. The high-risk veterans need intensive medical support that the territory fears they cannot provide during a natural disaster.  The US Virgin Islands Celebrated Emancipation Day July 3rd https://twitter.com/MrLankee/status/1146434968790425603 ...

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What to do this week of June 30, 2019

153 weeks down, 70 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. I value democracy. With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. ▢ Action 1: Engage your elected officials during this week’s Congressional recess. Many Members of Congress will be visiting constituencies for Independence Day celebrations. Encourage them to hold town hall meetings as well. Call: On Monday, your one House rep and two senators’...

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