By Amy Durr
In the six months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico recovery efforts have been painfully slow. According to Vox: "Federal workers there are still in emergency mode: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still distributing food and water supplies; the Army Corps of Engineers is still picking up hurricane debris and installing blue roofs on damaged homes."
Puerto Rico, a territory of the US, is home to 3.3M Americans. The residents of Puerto Rico are citizens of the US, but citizens without a political voice: Puerto Rico elects no members to congress and the residents of Puerto Rico are not eligible to vote in Presidential elections. The lack of congressional representation allows the Federal Government to ignore even the most critical issues of Puerto Ricans because there is no possibility of political fall-out.
Although relief efforts are making progress the major challenges facing Puerto Rico today are serious, including:
Here are some ways to help the citizens of Puerto Rico:
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