Since Mr. Trump was elected, various protests have taken place in response to the president and his administration’s policies, related to women’s rights, climate change, race, and immigration. As Hurricane Florence pummels the east coast, another important protest is being planned.
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
‘Leaders of the Central Florida Puerto Rican community laid out plans Wednesday to converge on President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach on Sept. 22 “to mourn the victims of Hurricane Maria and demand justice for Puerto Rico.”’
The president of the Orlando-based Alianza for Progress, Maros Vilar, reported that his organization and the group Power 4 Puerto Rico are expected to have between 1,500 to 2,500 people in attendance between three events on Saturday.
Jimmy Torres Velez, founder of Boricua Vota, said:
‘It’s been a year since one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Puerto Rico, and we here in the United States want to fight so that the world never forgets.’
The Sentinel reported:
‘First, a morning caravan of more than 20 buses will coordinate with local police to travel from Broward County to Mar-A-Lago, where it will attempt to circle Trump’s Winter White House.
‘It is interesting the president chose 9/11 to pat himself on the back. It’s sort of a contrast of how he views citizenship and how citizenship really works. A democratic government has a pact with citizens. A citizen has a responsibility to participate and be active in civic life … and the government, in turn, has a responsibility to protect citizens and help citizens. We feel this administration has broken that pact.’
‘(Trump) is personally responsible for the failed response to Puerto Rico [and] should respond to our claims. … If you compare the response of the federal government to those affected by Harvey, it’s a ridiculous thing. Other American citizens of Texas and Alabama were given up to 17 months of assistance.’
‘Our mission changed to something bigger to help Maria’s survivors. That took us to the airport [to help in setting up tables for arrivals] and then to see people sleeping in cars and in hotels. We began to advocate for the rights of the people who were in the hotels. We enter that world of the survivors, protecting their dignity.’