Mi Gente, what is happening in Puerto Rico is a humanitarian crisis. I would like to appeal to your humanity for roughly two minutes.

50% of American do not know that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. That’s wild. Don’t they teach this in school?

 I found this snippet on my first Google search, in case you’re wondering.

It has been one week since Hurricane Maria devasted Puerto Rico’s beautiful island.

Puerto Rico needs aid.

Due to The Jones Act, Puerto Rico is unable to receive aid from other countries.  As of today, September 27th, Congress has not – even temporarily – lifted restrictions which allow ships from foreign countries who wish to provide Puerto Rico with aid into their ports. The Jones Act was waived in the aftermath of Irma for Florida and Texas. Puerto Rico should be extended the very same waiver.

How can you help?

Call Congress. Contact your Senators. Tweet at them like crazy.

Tweet at the Cruise Lines who dock in the ports of San Juan. Perhaps they can provide aid. If cruise ships are American owned, perhaps they can haul in supplies, provide lodging, or help transport Puerto Ricans out of the island and into the states.

Get involved.

In the meantime, The Hispanic Federation has partnered with NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide disaster relief to Puerto Rico.

Please find information below:

  • The Hispanic Federation has launched the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to assist in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico. 100% of your donation will go towards recovery. Click here for more information and to Donate.
  • The Puerto Rican Family Institute is also looking for volunteers. Click here for more information
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City has launched an effort to collect critically-needed items, such as diapers, baby food, and first aid supplies. To find locations, please click here.
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo has also launched the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico to collect donations and volunteer. To find locations, please click here.

As a Caribeña, it is my job to sound the alarm and do what I can to support other Caribeños in their time of need.

Please consider helping Puerto Rico.

This is bigger than us.

Thank you.


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