The veil over American Puerto Rico has been lifted by Hurricane Maria. Business, as usual, has run afoul and is as devastating as the hurricane, more so. The US embargo and boon to the maritime industry known as the Jones Act of 1920 must be eliminated. The brief moment it was lifted in Puerto Rico’s moment of crisis is evidence that it is meant to do harm. The American Jones Act or maritime law is the evil cousin to the American Cuban embargo which is identical to sanctions placed on our enemies around the world which are meant to do harm or punish. Lift the American Jones act and maybe American Puerto Rico will have a chance to pay its debts in the form of trade because it forbids American Puerto Rican Trade. Every last stereotype of a banana republic after this storm has played out. There are reports of Officials stealing Aid, Gangs in control, lawlessness, People not getting Aid, hospitals and Old age homes turning into death traps, Disease is rampant, no infrastructure, no transportation, food or water. Senator Tim Kain among many has seen American third world status first hand and how we are doing nothing. I myself have not been able to sleep because of this tragedy and it is not the hurricane it is the response that mortifies. The aid package that is going before Congress will offer more loans to an island wiped clean, a loan that Americans cannot repay because of the American Jones Act. The cycle continues. There is no blood in that stone. Big pharma, the military, and other industries made sure of that when they came used American Puerto Rico all up then left. Congress made sure of that. The tarnished and sullied reputation of America is beyond repair. Congress can fix this problem and they are challenged to do it for America. “No hay mal que el por bien no venga.” Means there is no bad thing that cannot be turned around and America needs to turn full tilt 365 degrees. Please Call your Rep here (866) 220-0044 and ask to repeal the Jones Act.
Star on Broadway with Multiple Grammy winners Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades in "Paul Simon's The Capeman", Star in Academy Award winning Dir. Steven Soderberg's "The Knick". Songwriter & Vocalist on the Grammy Award winning Album by Norman Brown "Just Chillin", Star on Showtime at the Apollo and percussionist for Christina Aguilera at Radio City Music Hall at the MTV Video Music Awards. Lugo Headlined at the Jazz Cafe in London, at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and at SOB's in New York. Lugo is an Armed Forces Entertainment / USO Artist headlining Latin Soul music for United States Service men and women all over the world including Afghanistan. Lugo is a Songwriter and Composer, some artists he has penned for are Fania Legend Yomo Toro, Freestyle's Judy Torres, Jazz legend Ronny Jordan, R&B's Traci Spencer, composer for Grammy winner Jay-Z's film "State Property" directed By Abdul Malik Abbott, MTV's "Made" and for the UK in the BBC's "Ben's Zoo". Lugo Starred in "The Children of times Square" with Oscar Nominee Howard Rollins Academy Award-winning Dir. Curtis Hanson, on HBO's "The night of" Dir. Academy Award Winner Steven Zaillian, Multiple Academy Award Winner Robert Deniro's "The 2-2", on "The unbreakable Kimmy Shmitt" Dir. Todd Holland on "Law and Order SVU" Peabody Award-winning Dir. Jean De Segonzac and on stage in "Stand Up Tragedy" at the Hartford Stage Co. / Ron Link at and at Academy Award Winner Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre Reading 3 pays in three weeks with Emmy winner Carol Burnett, Tony, Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award winner Glen Close and six Emmy Award, Tony Award winner Tyne Daly. Edwin Lugo studied at Performing Arts High School in his native New York and is a YOUNG ARTS Scholar and Alum. He interned at National Medal of Arts Recipient Rossetta Lenoire's AMAS Repertory Theatre and majored in Theatre and music at The University of Texas at Austin. Edwin Lugo is an Ensemble member of the the Hudson Guild Theatre Company in Chelsea where he lives. Fun fact: Nuyorican Lugo is The Nephew of American Baseball Hero and Puerto Rican Icon Roberto Clemente Walker.