How a Collaborative Project Supports Reporting In Post-Maria Puerto Rico

The author is an NAHJ member, but is not affiliated with this initiative. Nearly half a million people are still without electricity more than four months after Hurricane Maria pummeled the tiny Caribbean island of Puerto Rico on Sept. 21. One of the biggest challenges for the entire island was the lack of functioning communications services, like cell phones and internet access. In response, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, a group established in 1984 to support Latino journalists, launched the Puerto Rico Emergency Communications Access and Journalism Initiative in October. NAHJ’s three-part initiative was designed to assist journalists in reporting news from the island, to allow local communities access to communication tools, to illuminate the humanitarian crisis happening on the island and to provide ongoing support for NAHJ members. People tend to overlook the need for communications and information during a disaster, but it’s a basic need as well,
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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz: ‘Disaster-In-Chief’ Trump Was ‘Disrespectful’ to Puerto Rico

A hundred days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, there are still huge swaths of the island without power. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the territory won’t be at 100% power restoration until May. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have migrated to Florida and it is estimated that more than 1,000 have died due to the storm and its aftermath. Speaking to ABC News about the federal response to the storm, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tore into both the feds and President Donald Trump. “He was disrespectful to the Puerto Rican people, he was disrespectful to the American people who were leaving their homes to come help us here,” she told ABC News. Cruz added, “Where he needed to be a commander-in-chief, he was a disaster-in-chief. President Trump does not embody the values of the good-hearted American people that have make sure that we Continue reading "San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz: ‘Disaster-In-Chief’ Trump Was ‘Disrespectful’ to Puerto Rico"

Celebrity Chef Who Closed Down Trump Hotel Restaurant Provides Thanksgiving Meals for Puerto Rico

As a part of his #ChefsForPuertoRico movement, celebrity culinary artist Jose Andres has provided the still-struggling island territory thousands of meals for Thanksgiving. “Our great team in Vieques cooking 2,000 thanksgiving meals! Thank you to Carlos and Eva! They are the leaders of an impossible dream… #ChefsForPuertoRico,” tweeted Andres. According to another one of his tweets, Continue reading "Celebrity Chef Who Closed Down Trump Hotel Restaurant Provides Thanksgiving Meals for Puerto Rico"

WATCH: Trump Gets Dinged By The Simpsons Over His Paper Towel Tosses in Puerto Rico

In a short video posted online, the hit FOX series The Simpsons took aim at President Donald Trump for his much-maligned paper towel tosses when he visited hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last month. In the clip, character Moe Szyslak is shown looking at a tweet from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz thanking The Simpsons for “keeping Puerto Rico in your hearts.” After wiping away a tear, the normally hard-hearted bartender walks out of his bar to directly address Cruz. And that’s when he dinged the president. “I personally know how it feels when somebody comes and throws paper towels at you,” the character said. “In my case, it was flaming toilet paper but the principle is the same. It is humiliating.” The clip ended with Szyslak going back into the bar and demanding barfly Barney pay up his $25,000 bar tab so that it could be donated to Continue reading "WATCH: Trump Gets Dinged By The Simpsons Over His Paper Towel Tosses in Puerto Rico"

Puerto Rico Governor Calls For Cancellation of $300 Million Whitefish Energy Contract

This morning, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello stated that he wants the controversial no-bid $300 million contract awarded to tiny energy company Whitefish Energy canceled. Quite a bit of attention has been paid to the contract, with speculation that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was involved in the decision as the company is based in his hometown of Whitefish. Montana. The Trump administration has denied the claim. CBS News’ David Begnaud provided additional details on the governor’s request.

Convicted Terrorist Rejects Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Honor, Will Still March

2017-05-18-YouTube-CBS_Chicago-Oscar_Lopez_Rivera Oscar López Rivera — who led the FALN and served 35 years in prison for his role in the Puerto Rican nationalist group’s terrorist campaign in the 1970s — decided to not accept an honor from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, after major sponsors withdrew from the event due to the resulting controversy. Rivera is still planning on marching in the annual event in New York City as a “humble Puerto Rican,” according to a Friday report from NBC News. The convicted terrorist revealed his intentions in a Thursday column published by the New York Daily News. The newspaper also disclosed that the New York City government had apparently been calling for “López Rivera to step aside.” Days earlier, top sponsors of the parade — including Goya, the New York Yankees, Coca-Cola, JetBlue, AT&T, and the Daily News itself — all dropped their sponsorship in the wake of the Continue reading "Convicted Terrorist Rejects Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Honor, Will Still March"

Sponsors Drop Out As NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Honors Convicted Terrorist

2017-05-18-YouTube-CBS_Chicago-Oscar_Lopez_Rivera Top sponsors of the annual National Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City have pulled out in recent days due to the parade board’s decision to honor a convicted criminal who was part of a group that conducted multiple bombings in New York City in the 1970s. Former President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a member of the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, just before he left office in January 2017. López Rivera was released from detention on May 17, 2017, after serving 35 years of a 55-year prison sentence for “‘seditious conspiracy’…attempted robbery, explosives and vehicle-theft charges,” as detailed in a January 2017 article published by Politico. The FALN, as part of its Marxist-Leninist campaign for Puerto Rican independence, killed four and wounded 63 during a January 1975 bombing attack at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan, the historic site of George Washington’s farewell to Continue reading "Sponsors Drop Out As NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Honors Convicted Terrorist"