Call to Action - HELP Puerto Rico!
For the last 15 days Puerto Rico has been afflicted with multiple earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 5.9 to 6.4. Buildings are collapsing, there are massive power outages, and with roads destroyed, there are portions at the south of the island that are completely cut off. People are sleeping outside for fear of buildings collapsing upon them as they sleep. The situation is DIRE.
This situation is made infinitely worse by the fact that under the Trump Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has delayed sending $18 BILLION in post-Maria aid - money that was already appropriated by Congress - to Puerto Rico.
THERE ARE THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO.
ONE: SEND AID
An Amazon wish-list has been created with items like hygiene kits, portable water filtration, first aid kits, batteries, power bars, and earthquake bags. If you purchase from this list, when you check out, select the "Providence Center's Gift Registry Address" from the available shipping locations. Then your purchase will be collected at the Providence Center of Philadelphia, and from there it will be shipped to Puerto Rico.
You can also donate to the Puerto Rico Earthquake Recovery Fundraiser by Puerto Rico Rise Up. This organization is highly recommended for its previous work following Hurricane Maria and its careful use of funding. This is their Facebook donation page.
TWO: TURN OUT
The People for Puerto Rico and PA Statewide Indivisible, along with allies from Make the Road PA, will be going to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mid-Atlantic Region office. They are located at 100 Penn Square East in Philadelphia. The protest will be held at 4PM on Wednesday, January 15th. For more information, see this Facebook event link.
THREE: JOIN the TWEETSTORM
On Wednesday, January 15th at 8:00PM there will be a Tweetstorm to put pressure on HUD to release Puerto Rico's long-delayed aid. Use the hashtag #ReleaseThePRAid. And any time that evening, search for that hashtag, and retweet or comment upon any of the content you see there.