We received this letter from Amanda Bloom, a physician assistant and registered nurse who volunteered her time and energy for 2 weeks right after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Amanda is a long time Bay Area activist and an organizer with the International Committee for Peace Justice and Dignity. – Resumen editorial
I got back Monday night. It’s taken me a couple of days to write. I am so furious with the way the Puerto Rican people are being left to suffer and die. The US government, military, FEMA, Rossello and PR State government have mounted little response. Everything you have hear is true and worse by 100 times. The military’s a policing presence rarely actually helping the people…no surprise there. Unconfirmed word is that Tiger Swan (Blackwater spin off) may be coming in to handle security. I was told repeatedly by aid organizations that it was unsafe to go places without armed guards…not at all true. False reports spread to intimidate people.
There are still trailer tractors of donations sitting at the airport and port not getting out to people. There are trucks and cars willing to transport supplies. Many grassroots folks are distributing tons of supplies despite harassment by police or difficulty in getting their supplies out of the airport.Learn More