Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, colloquially known as the Jones Act, requires that shipments between two U.S. ports be on U.S.-built, U.S.-manned, and U.S.-owned vessels. Because of the Jones Act, it is often more expensive to ship supplies between U.S. ports than it is to ship supplies abroad. The Act is often justified as a boost to U.S. shipbuilding and naval preparedness.
But is it time to scale back the Jones Act? The U.S. energy export boom is leaving U.S. consumers behind because it is cheaper to ship oil and liquefied natural gas all the way to Europe or Asia than to the U.S. East Coast. And the Jones Act, long a drag on Puerto Rico’s economy, is also raising the cost of all the aid necessary to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria. This expert panel will explain the Jones Act controversy and discuss whether it can be reformed without endangering national security.
February 17, 2018-
Mision Boricua presented via live video, Nelson A. Denis, author of the “War Against All Puerto Ricans,” who defined the Jones Act and provided insight on the history and challenges of repealing this legislation. The second part of the event featured Julio Pabon via live video, a New York Community Activist, who initiated a working session for the audience about how to inspire community activism within the Puerto Rican Diaspora of Central Florida and contribute to Misión Boricua’s Campaign for the Exemption of Puerto Rico from the Jones Act of 1920.
Misión Boricua encouraged the participation of the audience and several local candidates. Mision Boricua is summarizing recommendations for an Action Plan on the Campaign for the Exemption of Puerto Rico from the coastwise laws of the United States, commonly known as the Jones Act.
We want to invite you to Misión Boricua’s First Recovery Summit on Thursday November 16th from 5pm – 8pm. This is the initial conversation of the several that we will have regarding the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. We will be discussing two major topics: Jones Act and voting. Phillip Arroyo, JD., will be one of our speakers with his presentation “The Jones Act: Breaking Puerto Rico’s Shackles” as well as Doug Head, Chairman of County Watch, who will be presenting “Secret of Success for Community Voting.” We will also be registering people to vote and taking voter restoration signatures. In addition, we will also be accepting grocery and household donations for recent arrivals from Puerto Rico which will be donated to Latino Leadership. For food count, please RSVP at https://
Queremos invitarlos a la Primera Cumbre de Recuperación de Misión Boricua el jueves 16 de noviembre de 5pm – 8pm. Esta es la conversación inicial de las varias que tendremos sobre la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico. Discutiremos dos temas principales: el Acta Jones o Ley de Cabotaje y votación. Phillip Arroyo, JD., será uno de nuestros oradores con su presentación “El Acta Jones: Rompiendo las Cadenas de Puerto Rico”, y Doug Head, presidente de County Watch quien presentará “Secreto de Truinfo en las Votaciones Comunitarias”. También estaremos registrando personas para votar y tomando firmas de restauración de votantes.Ademas estaremos colectando alimentos y articulos del hogar para recien llegados de Puerto Rico. Por favor hagan reservación para la comida en https://
On Puerto Rico and the Jones Act.
Posted by Dr Reality – Dave Champion on Thursday, September 28, 2017