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At The Unity March For Puerto Rico Rita Moreno Called Trump’s Paper Towel Throwing ‘Obscene’

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On Sunday, Puerto Rican icon Rita Moreno joined Lin-Manuel Miranda and thousands of other protestors to support the “Unity March for Puerto Rico” in Washington D.C. With half of the island still without electricity and many without clean drinking water or food, protestors took to the capitol to demand more be done for Puerto Rico.

Miranda could be seen at the head of the march taking selfies with the crowd.

They marched to the Lincoln Memorial where Miranda stopped to address the large group.

Protesters sang classic Puerto Rican chants along the march route.

From “¡Que bonita bandera!” to “¡Yo soy Boricua, pa’ que tu lo sepa!” the crowd shouted the classic chants heartily along with Miranda and his family.

Many marched with anti-Trump signs that showed their frustrations with the government’s tepid hurricane relief efforts.

President Trump visited the island two weeks after the Hurricane Maria disaster. Many felt he made a public display of ignorance by throwing rolls of paper towels at survivors. He also openly celebrated that “only 16” people, at that point, had died. He later claimed that Puerto Ricans wanted “everything done for them” on Twitter.

Although Trump claimed that Puerto Ricans want “everything done for them,” the administration hasn’t really spent as much for Puerto Rico as it did for Texas and Florida.

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According to information obtained from FEMA by “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper,” Puerto Rico has gotten significantly less aid than other parts of the U.S. for similar hurricane disasters.

Moreno spoke to the crowds at the march and brought up the paper towel incident.

Moreno spoke passionately to the crowd saying “Our people are hungry, thirsty, sick, and as a panacea, are having rolls of paper towels thrown at them as though they were animals. That is insulting. That is obscene.”

The march took place on November 19th, a date that is symbolic in Puerto Rico’s history.

November 19th marks the 524th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ accidental landing in Puerto Rico. His arrival marked the beginning of the end for Los Taínos, the indigenous people of the island. Puerto Rico is still marred by the continuing effects of colonialism and continues to be neglected by the United States.

Moreno and Miranda both addressed the crowd.

Buttoned up for warmth, Moreno threw her fist in the air, the universal symbol for unity, solidarity, and resistance.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez also addressed the crowd.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat, waved a Puerto Rican flag while marching with the crowd.

Listen to Moreno and Miranda address the crowd that gathered at the Lincoln Memorial.

Participants in the Unity for Puerto Rico March made it to the Lincoln Memorial and were rewarded with speeches from Rita Moreno and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Takeaways from the day are that Puerto Rico needs more help and more aid; that the Jones Act be lifted for the island to receive help much more easily; and that the islands $70+ billion in debt, which has mostly been created by the Jones Act, be forgiven; and that not only is the current administration’s reaction to the disaster inadequate, it is also a slap in the face.


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