Rosie Perez Makes a Stirring Plea For Aid to Puerto Rico: ‘We Need to Wake Up, America!’

Actress Rosie Perez paid a visit to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin to beg Americans to help Puerto Rico after the death toll from Hurricane Maria was revealed to be thousands more than was initially reported by the federal government. “It broke my heart that Roseanne Barr was the topic of social media and not the 4,600 deaths in Puerto Rico,” Perez said. “You know, it begs the question: who are we as Americans? What are we becoming as Americans, that we do not concentrate on our fellow Americans who are suffering, suffering endlessly in Puerto Rico and, as you stated, tomorrow is hurricane season. And the island is not prepared.” “Officials have been warning the residents of Puerto Rico to begin to stockpile on supplies that will last them up to ten days or more, just in case a category five hurricane comes and hits,” she continued. “Now, there was Continue reading "Rosie Perez Makes a Stirring Plea For Aid to Puerto Rico: ‘We Need to Wake Up, America!’"

Shocking New Study Finds Puerto Rican Government Has Underreported Hurricane Maria Death Toll By Thousands

In a study released Tuesday, the New England Journal of Medicine estimated Hurricane Maria’s death toll reached the thousands in Puerto Rico, despite the federal government’s official number remaining at 64. It is believed that the count is a staggering 4,645, with NEJM noting that it could be even higher. “Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria,” the study concluded. “Our estimate of 4,645 excess deaths from September 20 through December 31, 2017, is likely to be conservative since subsequent adjustments for survivor bias and household-size distributions increase this estimate to more than 5,000.” Researchers explained that the actual toll was more likely 5,740 when they accounted for deaths among people who had been living alone. The results indicated that the total number of casualties were “more than 70 times the official estimate. Continue reading "Shocking New Study Finds Puerto Rican Government Has Underreported Hurricane Maria Death Toll By Thousands"

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.