Hundreds march in Philly, call for elected officials to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria

John McDevitt
September 21, 2019 - 4:46 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two years later, victims in Puerto Rico still need help from Hurricane Maria. Supporters in Philadelphia called for action on Saturday. 

Hundreds marched along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from City Hall to the Art Museum in a rally to show support for the people of Puerto Rico.

Rhode Diaz of Make The Road Pennsylvania was one of the participants. She says aid is still needed on the island and elected officials need to step up.

"My mom's house, the roof fell off the house. There's a lot of people just trying to find jobs...there is not enough money."

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Laura Rose helped organize the march. She says conditions in Puerto Rico are still dire. 

"People are still sleeping with blue tarps as roofs. Roads are still washed out infrastructure and power is still not good," she said. "So they still need that federal aid money." 

Organizers also used to opportunity to get people politically engaged.  

"We are talking about voting registration today. We are talking about a fair and accurate count for the 2020 census and we are talking about civic engagement," Rose said. 

The crowd also paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the hurricane.