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Blog # 20

Blog # 20

More than half of Puerto Ricans live in levels of poverty, Senator Elizabeth Rosa Vélez points out, we must accept reality and transform it.

This coming Sunday, October 17, 2021, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is commemorated worldwide, and in the Senate, a meeting is held for this purpose with various specialists and academics, under the direction of the Senator for the Arecibo district, Elizabeth Rosa Vélez, who chairs the Special Commission for the Eradication of Poverty.

“We begin with the importance of facing our reality as a people: it is estimated that poverty in Puerto Rico went from 44.3% to 52.3% after the passage of Hurricane María and many Puerto Ricans do not accept that we have compatriots living in poverty. There are people who go to bed without eating. This is an issue that cannot be hidden, for this reason today, we make it visible, to denounce that it has to be a priority issue as a Country ”.

The dramatic data that the senator exposes: 52.3% of poverty, comes from the Survey on the Community of Puerto Rico of the United States Census. In the same document, it is stated that thirty-six (36) of the seventy-eight (78) municipalities of the Island have a 50% poverty level, where we have Maricao, Guánica, Adjuntas, Lajas, Jayuya and Comerío with six (6) out of every 10 people living in extreme poverty.

“With regard to child poverty, Puerto Rico is the highest jurisdiction in the United States with this situation. According to a study published by the Institute for Youth Development, 58% of the boys and girls living in Puerto Rico live below the poverty level, while 37% live in extreme poverty, "added Rosa Vélez, who is also social worker. *

My/MI opinion: 
I understand that many do not want to read more “bad news” in these times. If this is your feeling, skip this post. Poverty existed in pre-pandemic times, and it can’t be better post-pandemic, since the root causes of poverty are systemic. Capitalism, as we have observed, is no panacea, particularly for those in isolated areas away from healthcare, education, transportation, or jobs. This is true worldwide. Myths about poverty are often used as arguments to ignore these populations. Religion is often complicit in its praise of poverty, as a way to heaven. Politicians just manage facts in a way to stay in power. Childhood poverty perpetuates this condition for generations./////Entiendo que muchos no quieren leer más “malas noticias” en estos tiempos. Si ese es su sentimiento, siga a leer otro articulo. La pobreza existía en tiempos previos a la pandemia y no puede ser mejor después de una pandemia, ya que las causas fundamentales de la pobreza son sistémicas. El capitalismo, como hemos observado, no es una panacea, particularmente para aquellos que viven en áreas aisladas lejos de la atención médica, la educación, el transporte o el trabajo. Esto es cierto en todo el mundo. Los mitos sobre la pobreza se utilizan a menudo como argumentos para ignorar a estas poblaciones. La religión a menudo es cómplice de su elogio de la pobreza, como un camino al cielo. Los políticos simplemente manejan los hechos para mantenerse en el poder. La pobreza infantil perpetúa esta condición durante generaciones.