carmen yulín cruz
intro’d to her via Maria.. lots posted about her on puerto rico page
adding page this day
San Juan Mayor’s Message to the Diaspora
[a scattered population whose origin lies within a smaller geographic locale. Diaspora can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland – from wikipedia]
young people of the diaspora.. w/o you we are done.. the world will not know what is happening here.. it’s on us.. but it’s on you..
Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (born February 25, 1963) is a Puerto Rican politician who is the current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruz is affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). She served as a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013, as mayor since 2013 and is expected to run for governor in 2020.
In September 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Cruz made frequent appearances on national and international television, criticizing Federal aid efforts for not getting the aid shipments into the hands of the people who need them, accusing Donald Trump and his administration of “killing us with inefficiency”, and giving pleas for help in numerous media interviews.
“We are dying here”, Cruz said in a September 29 press conference. “And I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long… People are drinking off a creek. So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell… So I am asking the members of the press, to send a mayday call all over the world. We are dying here… And if it doesn’t stop, and if we don’t get the food and the water into people’s hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide”.
Responding to Cruz’s statement, FEMA director Brock Long said that unity of command was the main thing needed for the relief effort to be successful, and suggested the mayor needed to go to the joint field office and “get plugged in”. Angel Perez Otero, mayor of Guaynabo, a neighboring city to San Juan, stated that his experience with FEMA has been very good and criticized Cruz for not participating in FEMA and HUD meetings.
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:55 AM – 19 Feb 2018 :
“Wheels are spinning but things don’t seem to get off the ground… [There is] a 55% increase in suicide rate, which tells you the mental state where people are at because of the dire situation and living conditions that we’re still in.” – @CarmenYulinCruz #DNlive https://t.co/3BS1gCgcne (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/965585589398593536?s=17)