A geography and history refresher, in the wake of Irma and Maria
I am really appalled by comments that I’ve seen about us coming to the aid of Puerto Rico, which has been brutally ravaged back-to-back by hurricanes Irma and Maria - comments about how they don’t deserve our “foreign” aid, they send too many “illegals” and “refugees” here…
So, I thought it would be worthwhile to share the following:
⭕ Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory! Therefore, they are not a “foreign” land. ⭕ Puerto Rico is not a U.S. territory by our virtue and goodwill - we took control of Puerto Rico in a war with Spain. ⭕ All Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Not a single person born on Puerto Rican soil, is “illegal.” ⭕ Puerto Ricans were made U.S. citizens by the U.S. Congress - despite Puerto Rican protests - in the 1910s, which meant that Puerto Rican men were subsequently drafted into World War I. ⭕ Puerto Rico has **ZERO** voting representation in Congress - therefore, they cannot vote on things like the budget (which includes hurricane relief), whether or not to go to war, etc. ⭕ Puerto Ricans are not Mexican. ⭕ Puerto Rico is an island - and therefore, they don’t share ANY border with the contiguous United States. This makes “Build That Wall” chants sound even more stupid and vile.
Let’s not spite our fellow countrymen and women, just because their native tongue isn’t English. 🇵🇷
Another great organization very transparent and easy with their donation process.
In person Donations
( non perishable food ite,s, diapers, water, first aid kits, clothes, books, hygienic products etc.)
Casabe Senior Houses, 150 E. 121 St., Manhattan, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
El Maestro, Inc., 1300 Southern Blvd, Bronx,Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Orlando: Harbor Community Bank (2320 S. Orange Ave. and 11681 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 1 and 430 N. Semoran Blvd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday). Acacia (1865 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday).
Kissimmee: Harbor Community Bank (2591 Simpson Road and 100 Park Place Blvd., Suite 101, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday). Rigo Tile (770 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday).
Altamonte Springs: Harbor Community Bank (420 E. Altamonte Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.)
Sanford: Harbor Community Bank (251 W. First St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday).
Puertorican Leadership Counsel will be collecting donations:
Mana Wynwood at 2217 N.W. Fifth Ave., Miami, Florida 3312
Isla Del Encanto Restaurant at 12850 S.W. 120th St., Miami, Florida 33186
Ana G. Méndez University at 15201 N.W. 79th Court, Miami Lakes, Florida 33016
Contact Luis De Rosa at email@example.com for more information
D.C. Ricans will be hosting an event on the 22nd to collect supplies and raise funds. find out more here
PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN AND PLEASE REBLOG THIS AND BOOST!!!
Aftermath of Hurricane Maria. El Condado, Rio Piedras, y mas. I have not seen any pictures on Tumblr of the destruction this hurricane has caused. I still haven’t heard from my mothers side of the family and I just pray that they’re okay.
WeatherNation aerial footage showing extend of damage, flooding, left behind after Maria slammed Puerto Rico. Sparse telecommunications, no electricity for the entire island, will takes months to restore power. Fears growing over those in more secluded areas who have not been reached.
Why is it so difficult to get news from Puerto Rico, Dominica, the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean nations and territories. Is it because the communication network isn’t so good, or is it because the media doesn’t care as much about those spots as the media cares about the mainland US, or both? Or something else?
Facing the damage on Wednesday in Roseau, on Dominica. A government spokesman said Hurricane Maria had killed 14 people on the island nation. CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images
For the past 24 hours, Puerto Rico has been continuously hit by Hurricane Maria with 160 mph winds and heavy rain. The last time I was able to communicate with my family was at 3pm where they were still inside the house, ensuring me that they will be fine that night and in the next day. Right now, they have no power along with the rest of the island with no possible way to communicate with them.
I was afraid that this moment would come. I thought we would be safe after Hurricane Irma left little damage two weeks ago. But yesterday was a wake-up call for me. Seeing pictures and videos of the damage Maria left behind in several towns was heartbreaking. Reports confirming that we may not have power for months didn’t make the situation better. And our financial situation, which came at its peak in May, illustrate the utter hopelessness of Puerto Rico. However, what I do know is that we will get better.
It will take a long time to recover from this but puertorricans have gone through horrible situations in the past and we always got up and became stronger. We are stubborn, risk-takers and persistent. And deep inside of us, we have hope. As Groundhog Day said constantly throughout the show: “Tomorrow, there will be sun; if not tomorrow, perhaps the day after.”
Puerto Rico, I may not be with you physically right now, but my spirit and love will always be with you