We are scholars committed to supporting Puerto Rico relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Hurricanes Irma and Maria thoroughly devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. We join others who are increasing awareness of the humanitarian and environmental crisis in Puerto Rico and raising funds. All funds raised by Scholars for Puerto Rico will be donated to three community-based organizations who are integral to both immediate and long-term sustainable recovery in Puerto Rico:
- , an organization dedicated to community empowerment and the protection of natural and cultural resources;
- (OPAS), an environmental organization whose programming efforts focus on education about and management of sustainable resources; and
- , which works to improve the lives of girls and women, particularly in under-resourced communities.
Since the passage of Hurricane Maria, numerous accounts continue to circulate of the widespread destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, and even whole towns in Puerto Rico. Many Puerto Ricans, both there and in the diaspora, remain unable to reach family and friends throughout the territory. It is estimated that once communication and transportation are reestablished, the official death toll from Hurricane Maria could soar. Still, the U.S. federal government’s response to the crisis in this US territory has been lackluster at best, even though Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.
A colony of Spain until the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Puerto Rico was a war prize awarded to the United States. In 1917 the Jones-Shaforth Act granted Puerto Ricans a limited citizenship. While residents of Puerto Rico can be drafted into the military, they cannot vote for President and lack voting representation in Congress. Limited representation has left the territory with few advocates to push for meaningful and sustained federal relief during this time of crisis.
Please give as generously as you are able, and please use your professional and personal networks to spread the word by linking to this campaign, posting to Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks. The money from this fundraiser goes directly to ,, and, where we will designate that we want the money to go to Hurricane Maria relief and recovery. We are happy to provide paperwork verifying our donation to anyone who asks. We will be sending the money to these organizations within two weeks of the campaign’s end.
Scholars for Puerto Rico*
*Scholars for Puerto Rico is not a group, but rather an effort to raise funds for recovery efforts in the territory. Several scholars worked collaboratively to bring this fundraising campaign to fruition: Frances Aparicio (Northwestern University), Arlene Dávila (New York University), Zaire Dinzey-Flores (Rutgers University), Lorena Estrada-Martínez (University of Massachusetts Boston), Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (University of Michigan), Marisol LeBrón (Dickinson College), Marisol Negrón (University of Massachusetts Boston), Jade Power-Sotomayor (University of Washington Bothell), Lorna Rivera (UMass Boston), Petra Rivera-Rideau (Wellesley College), and Wilson Valentín-Escobar (Hampshire College).
Scholars for Puerto Rico is in partnership with Scholars for Haiti and thanks Yveline Alexis, Madeleine ClitAndre, Marlene Daut, Darlene Dubuisson, April Mayes, and Kyla Wazana Tompkins for their support.