Puerto Rico Sliding Silently into Catastrophe

September 24, 2017

Clearly the worst disaster potential since Katrina, and maybe much, much worse, given lack of urgency on part of American Government.

While the President tweets, 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico (comparable to Iowa, but of course, not as white) have no electricity, no water, little food – they are still flooded, trapped on an island, in tropical heat, subject to waterborne and mosquito borne diseases.
This has all the makings of a first class humanitarian disaster, and I don’t see anyone with their. hair on fire.
Wonder why?

Here’s a place to start.

 

Hispanic Federation:

A coalition of New York City civic leaders including Mayor Bill DeBlasio, U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have joined the Hispanic Federation and its partnering community based organizations to launch “Unidos” (United), a hurricane relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The fund will be managed by the Hispanic Federation, a leading Latino nonprofit organization with more than 25 years of experience in providing disaster-relief assistance to Latinos in the United States and Latin America. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help hurricane victims and the recovery efforts through fellow community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico.

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4 Responses to “Puerto Rico Sliding Silently into Catastrophe”

  1. wpNSAlito Says:

    Sorry, but there ain’t nothing “silent” about it.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Perhaps you mean that the cries of the few victims interviewed are loud when we do hear them? Or is it loud in a figurative sense to those of us who understand how badly damaged PR is? I live less than 30 miles from DC, and I hear almost NOTHING coming from Trump Land except platitudes—-he is too busy engaging in his twitter wars to pay attention to “real” news about 1% of the American population.

      We now hear very little about the aftermath of Harvey and Irma either. The media wore itself out with its coverage of the heroics of people helping other people and how strong and resilient the “victims” are and how they WILL rebuild and how well government responded etc etc ETC. That kind of stuff is now “old news” and has been worn out after Harvey and Irma—-besides, we have to devote reporting time to how SOB football players should be fired, the playground fights of Rocket Man and The Orange Menace, and how the Russia Thing is a hoax and a witch hunt.

      Yes, PR is NOT as white as Iowa by a long shot—-all them folks with hispanic and black ancestry in PR—-and that is, IMO, going to keep anyone’s hair from lighting up, just as it didn’t for Katrina and won’t for the poor black and brown folks impacted by Harvey in Houston and Irma in Florida. America IS from its beginnings a racist institution, after all, a SLAVE NATION (subtitled How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American Revolution) a book published back in 2005 that got almost no attention then or now. I’m in the middle of reading it now, but here’s a synopsis

      “This carefully documented, chilling history presents a radically different view of the profound role that slavery played in the founding of the republic, from the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution through the creation of the Constitution. The book begins with a novel explanation about the impact of the Somerset Case on the founding of the republic.

      “In 1772, a judge sitting in the High Court in London declared slavery “so odious” that it could not exist at common law and set the conditions which would consequently result in the freedom of the 15,000 slaves living in England. This decision eventually reached America and terrified slaveholders in the collection of British colonies, subject to British law. The predominantly southern slave-owners feared that this decision would cause the emancipation of their slaves. It did result in some slaves freeing themselves.

      “To ensure the preservation of slavery, the southern colonies joined the northerners in their fight for “freedom” and their rebellion against England. In 1774, at the First Continental Congress John Adams promised southern leaders to support their right to maintain slavery. As Eleanor Holmes Norton explains in her introduction, “The price of freedom from England was bondage for African slaves in America. America would be a slave nation.”

      “Thomas Jefferson relied on this understanding when carefully crafting the stirring words of the Declaration of Independence. In 1787, about the time Benjamin Franklin proposed the first affirmative action plan, negotiations over a new Constitution ground to a halt until the southern states agreed to allow the prohibition of slavery north of the Ohio River. The resulting Northwest Ordinance created the largest slave-free area in the world. Slave Nation is a fascinating account of the role slavery played in the foundations of the United States that traces this process of negotiation through the adoption of Northwest Ordinance in 1787, and informs our understanding of later events including the Civil War and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

      PS. There has been very little said about how climate change DID contribute to all three disasters, and that has what little hair I have left on fire as well.

  2. indy222 Says:

    Thanks DOG. Good post. To remind folks as well, slavery owes it’s end as much or more to the discovery of coal and oil and the incredible energy density it contains, supplanting the need for the rather paltry 0.7 kwh per day that a human can do. My guess is that w/o that source of energy, we’d have found enough excuse for not ending slavery to not end slavery – polemics notwithstanding. We do what is convenient, in the end. And if we can posture moral superiority while we do it, that’s 10x better. Not saying there aren’t true moral heroes in this history story, but the civilization as a whole? Not so much, when push comes to shove.


  3. For this trademark POTUS ignoramus to look away from a humanitarian crisis,
    in order to look in hatred at a humanitarian,
    that takes racism emboldened by white supremacy.

    This is a whole new level of testing any American’s patience with the man.
    May it be the end of him!
    In the meantime, we have to step up and help our kin in Puerto Rico, because the executive office is destitute and without a rational leader.

    An initiative called ‘Crowd Rescue’ has come out of social media and is forming teams of data mining volunteers, to scour the internet for information coming out of Puerto Rico regarding infrastructure. They’re coordinating, verifying, and relaying it, in turn to first responders and FEMA.

    Anyone with spare time can help. Contact @RogueEPA or @CrowdRescue on Twitter.


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