Puerto Rico and Mexico Need Us

Friday, September 29, 2017

From the Latino/a/x Faculty and Staff Association


In the aftermath of the string on natural disasters that have caused enormous devastation and loss of life in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands we, the board members of LFSA, write to express both grief for and solidarity with those who've lost lives, the communities that are still waiting for safety and those that will spend the next decades rebuilding.


To highlight a couple of the issues we're talking about, Puerto Rico was directly in the path or Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, on September 6th and 20th respectively. The hurricanes have left Puerto Rico without electricity, adequate access to food water, without a way to communicate with their family and friends off the island, and a rising death toll of 16. As of today a comprehensive bill has not been passed to provide disaster relief to the US territory and have been relying in part on the kindness of the international community to get by.


At the same time Mexico was the site of several earthquakes that have taken the lives of 320 people. Oaxaca, Mexico was the epicenter of an 8.1 earthquake on September 8th and a gain on September 23rd by a 6.1 quake, then in September 19thCentral Mexico was shaken by a 7.1 quake which has halted life in the region and caused untold structural and emotional damage, this quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake which caused similar devastation.  


Moving to action will be key to recovery. LFSA Board Members stand in solidarity with all people affected by these tragedies, and call on our community to come together in support.


How we can help:

Donate Unidos por Puerto Rico

Call congress to urge a comprehensive aid package

Center for Popular Democracy

Hispanic Federation's "Unidos" page

Former U.S. presidents have expanded their One America Appeal to include recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

All Hands Volunteers

Catholic Relief Services


Direct Relief

Save the Children, which focuses specifically on the needs of families and their children.

Global Giving has a $2 million goal for victims of Hurricane Maria

UNICEF Disaster Relief Fund


Red Cross Mexico

Oxfam Mexico

Save the Children Mexico (page is in English)

Project Paz

Topos Mexico

Global Giving(page in English)

International Community Foundation(page is in English)

World Vision (page is also in English)

GoFundMe(page is also in English)


How Bias could inform decision about Puerto Rico's aid (OP ED)

University of Minnesota International Emergency Phone Number: 612-301-CALL (2255)

Latino USA ORG

We also encourage you to check in with other U of MN folks who may be affected. This campus has been quite silent about these issues and we can't ignore how damaging invisibility can be--especially when folks are in crisis.



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