Puerto Rico: Community-led Recovery Support Critical

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100 days after Maria, nearly half of island still without power.

100 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, grassroots efforts to restore full access to the island’s electricity, water, and medical infrastructure remain critical, especially in the wake of the Trump administration’s demonstrated neglect of and disrespect for Puerto Rican suffering.

Here are a few updated options for supporting ongoing grassroots- and community-led recovery efforts, which are animated by a larger vision of a just recovery and transition.

  • #JustRecovery campaign is led by a formidable alliance of fierce long-time organizers for climate, racial, and gender justice, including Climate Justice Alliance, UPROSE (United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park), It Takes Roots, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, LEAP, and Grassroots International.
  • The Sierra Club’s Maria recovery efforts promise that 100% of funds donated will go directly to organizations working on the ground in areas impacted by the hurricane.
  • Solarizing Puerto Rico, anyone? Check out this compelling post by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, which calls for donations to its Puerto Rico Emergency Solar Energy Fund, which would provide solar-power generators, lanterns, and chargers to the island as “the only short-term prospect for getting electricity to people who desperately require it for their most basic household needs.”

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Top image: Courtesy CNN

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