Tag: Disaster relief

‘Puerto Rico wasn’t destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico was destroyed decades and decades ago.’

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June 12, 2018

Puerto Rico’s battered infrastructure has made it more difficult to deliver social services to those most in need, including impoverished women who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual assault. That’s the finding of Vilma González-Castro, a women’s rights and domestic violence activist who has worked to try to improve the delivery of social Read More »

“Welcome to Puerto Rico, this is what we know as ‘life’

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April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico once again was plunged into darkness earlier this week after a power blackout affected almost every islander, nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria caused havoc and fury. The blackout served as a reminder that Congress has yet to appropriate the funding the U.S. island needs to fully repair its infrastructure, including its power Read More »

Six months after Maria

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March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20 marks six months since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, killing more than 1,000 people, destroying tens of thousands of homes, darkening much of the island for months, cutting access to clean water and uprooting the lives of millions of U.S. citizens. Today protesters will gather in Washington, D.C. to denounce Read More »

Left behind after Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Children

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March 19, 2018

Even before Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico with historic, sustained, 155-mile-per-hour winds, the U.S. island was facing an economic catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude. For more than a decade, following a disastrous, U.S.-enforced tax policy that took effect around 2006, Puerto Rico shed jobs, suffered a loss of economic vitality, and saw such a significant increase Read More »

Resources from around the Coalition: DACA, CHIP and disaster relief

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January 19, 2018

Today’s the day – Congress will either come to an agreement on another short-term stopgap spending measure (known as a Continuing Resolution, or CR), or we’ll face a government shutdown. The House voted for a one-month bill on Thursday night; Senate action is still uncertain. Along with keeping the proverbial lights on, CHN has called Read More »

Ryan, McConnell and Trump’s Failed Leadership

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December 21, 2017

Congress’ leaders and President Trump care about getting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations – that much has been established. But how about carrying out the most basic responsibilities of government? Such as: ensuring the stable continuation of health coverage for children and operations of community health centers; helping to alleviate the suffering of Read More »

‘It’s sad that we have to have this happen for us to come together’ 

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September 1, 2017

The numbers are staggering: a death toll of 39, rising almost by the hour.  Nearly 50,000 homes in Houston alone flooded and uninhabitable.  30 percent of Harris County submerged – an area that is equivalent in size to Chicago and New York City combined.  294,000 people without power, from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur.  Nearly Read More »