Puerto Rico

Those of us who have experienced your magic will never stop singing your praises. Our flag always flies high, with its bright singular star. Glory to those Taino hands that labored. Glory to those black African hands that labored. Glory to those white Spaniard hands that labored. Because out of those hands, a people was born.

And glory to the hands that work and rebuild today, because out of their hands will come a liberated nation and people.

By: Gabriela Yareliz

We are a resilient people. We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty.  We are a people who worked the sugar cane fields, picked the coffee, laid down the pavement on mountain roads; we created and manufactured medications, we have had some of those brilliant philosophers and thinkers, and more than anything, we are known as a people who have brought joy and music to the world. We are a beautiful nation, with a big heart. We are never afraid to get loud and dance even if our hearts are hurting.

Our government is not doing enough for Puerto Rico. In fact, the government has recently sent a message to Puerto Rico that it is not going to go out of its way to help, given the fact that the Jones Act will not be waived. I am asking for your support for my island and my people.

As seen on Tumblr, forwarded by Tumblr staff:

Sometimes we feel powerless. 
This doesn’t have to be one of those times.
There are 3.5 million people in Puerto Rico (Americans, not that it matters) with limited or no access to potable water. And there’s a law called the Jones Act that is impeding supplies from getting through.
The law says that ships going between U.S. ports must be built in America, sailed by Americans, and fly the American flag. Problem is, only two percent of all the world’s cargo is carried by compliant ships. And most of those are off somewhere else.
President Trump can waive the Act to allow foreign vessels to dock. He waived it after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He needs to do it again.

Please call your representatives and have them demand a waiver for Puerto Rico. Here’s how:
1. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and follow the prompts to reach your Senator/Congress Member.
2. Read the script below, filling in the blanks with your information.
“Hi, my name is [NAME], I am a voting constituent living in [CITY/TOWN] and my zip code is [ZIP CODE].
I’m calling to urgently request that [YOUR SENATOR / CONGRESS MEMBER’S NAME] please call DHS to demand an immediate waiver of the Jones Act so that additional rescue and relief resources can get to Puerto Rico.
The destruction caused in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria has been significant, comparable in scale to Katrina. The federal government’s response needs to be increased immediately. We cannot allow a Caribbean “Katrina” to unfold. The safety of 3.5 million U.S. citizens is at stake.
Thank you so much for your time. ​
3. If you can, please consider a cash donation.
These are all good charities:
United for Puerto Rico
UNICEF
Global Giving”

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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