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The Here And Now
The real story in Puerto Rico
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2CfTUXs on December 28, 2017 at 02:11PM

The real story in Puerto Rico:

“All Americans ought to keep the people of Puerto Rico in mind as they go about their end-of-year charitable giving.But they can do so not with a sense of pity but with a feeling of rejoicing in the resilience being expressed by Puerto Ricans. From all over the island have come reports of neighbors helping neighbors, sharing what they have and checking in on each other. Some have worked with whatever tools they could find to clear debris and open the roads; many are rebuilding their homes with whatever materials they can find, not waiting for outside aid. 

Writer Rebecca Solnit studies disasters and how people respond to them, from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the 2005 hurricane that flooded New Orleans. Too often, she says, the wrong stories are told. 

“[E]verything we’ve been told about disaster by trashy Hollywood disaster movies …, everything [in] the news – is that human beings are fragile” and will quickly revert to me-first looting and even savagery.

“When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers,” she says. “And that purposefulness and connectedness brings joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss.”

As we acknowledge the ability of Puerto Ricans to help themselves we’ll find ourselves encouraged to join with them in our prayers and with charitable donations.”

List of place to donate: 



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