This Video Brilliantly Explains Why #PuertoRicoCrisis is Trending

By Kenrya Rankin Apr 25, 2016

With 45 percent of residents living in poverty, schools and hospitals closing at an astonishing rate, and upwards of 80,000 citizens fleeing the nation for the United States, Puerto Rico is in the middle of a financial crisis. This morning, #PuertoRicoCrisis is trending, thanks to a segment on last night’s (April 24) “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” The video explains exactly why the U.S. territory is $72 billion in debt, what role the our lawmakers had in the economy’s decline and how Congress’ can right those wrongs. Be sure to stick around to the end for a performance from a certain Pulitzer Prize winner.