Hurricane Relief

6 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Pope Francis (His Holiness) (His Holiness)

Humanitarian Appeal to the International Community on Behalf of Puerto Rico

WHEREAS Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many Caribbean islands including Barbuda, Antigua, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, andWHEREAS the island of Puerto Rico has been completely devastated by Hurricane Maria, with power outages still in over 85% of the island, andWHEREAS the people of Puerto Rico are reduced to drinking water that is dangerously contaminated according to the United States' own EPA, in violation of their human rights to clean water, andWHEREAS contaminated water and other conditions may lead to epidemic disease, and WHEREAS the people of Puerto Rico are suffering widespread food shortages in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, in many cases having lost ALL food stocks available to them, andAND WHEREAS economic conditions on the island have been manipulated by investors in the United States, causing widespread poverty and inability to purchase food in Puerto Rico, andAND WHEREAS the President of the United States, who was elected by a minority of voters and does not represent the people of the United States, has engaged in racist insults towards the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need, and demonstrated a lack of empathy with people who have suffered tremendous loss, andAND WHEREAS the response of the government of the United States to the dire situation in Puerto Rico has been slow or nonexistent, and its institutions of aid have been corrupt and ineffectual, so much so that the treatment of Puerto Rico by the government of the United Stateshas been characterized as GENOCIDE, andAND WHEREAS the mayor of the capital city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has called on the United Nations for assistance, THEREFORE, we, the citizens of Puerto Rico, of the United States and of the world appeal to you as someone who commands worldwide attention to do everything in your power directly to relieve the suffering of the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; andAND WE IMPLORE you to use all the diplomacy at your disposal to urge the Government of the United States to care for its citizens.                                                      References 1. 2.  3. 4.

Romi Elnagar
60 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to David Hall

US Virgin Islands, you are not forgotten - We support The UVI Rise Relief Fund

"No University has faced what UVI has encountered in the last two weeks. We could not have imagined that our two beautiful campuses would be severely harmed by two catastrophic events that attempted to take away the dreams of our students. Yet it is in the face of unimaginable destructions and challenges that we must imagine a future that embraces and exceeds our dreams. UVI will not only rise again, but it will be more creative, profound, resilient and prosperous than it was before, or than we ever imagined." - UVI President David Hall (1). After hurricanes Irma and Maria, the University of Virgin Islands is trying to raise close to $1,000,000 to rebuild their campuses and reimagine possibilities for their students, staff, and beyond. Sign, share, and donate to help SOSOADAE raise the profile of this issue (2). The truth is, we have two crises in the US Caribbean post hurricanes Irma and Maria. The USVI is a close neighbour to Puerto Rico. Their student athletes share an intercollegiate league. So why haven't we heard about the suffering of USVI Americans in our outrage over US Caribbean hurricane relief? Instead of raising the plight of US Virgin Islanders with Puerto Rico, the media has given us what can only be understood as anti-Black micro-aggressive comparisons to the US disaster response in Haiti (3) after the 2010 quake and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The sad irony is that along with these comparisons, neither Puerto Rican relief activists, national progressive leadership, nor the media in general have raised the plight of the US Virgin Islands in their hurricane relief narratives, despite knowing that the USVI is in a situation as dire, if not worse, than that of PR. At a recent press event for Puerto Rico Hurricane relief, I had the opportunity to speak with Rep. Raúl Grijalva  - longtime AZ congressional district three representative and respected member and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (4) - to raise the question of why post-Maria hurricane relief in the US Caribbean is a discussion of Puerto Rico alone and not Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He suggested that the matter rests with Black local and national leadership in raising the profile of the USVI issue. If this is true, is unfortunate given that Black leadership often raises the profile of so many underrepresented populations, regardless of race, while raising their own -  But if this is true, and Black leadership, in helping others, will not acknowledge and raise the plight of the US Virgin Islands, we at SOSOADAE desire to disrupt this quiet process. The UVI Rise Relief Fund In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the University of Virgin Islands sustained significant damage, and their classes are suspended indefinitely, but this isn't how they intend to end this story. The institution is presently trying to raise almost $1,000,000 to feed, clothe, and house students and staff in recovery and rebuild their campuses so that classes can resume. As I am writing this, the UVI has raised around $16,500. We believe that given the voice raised for Puerto Rico, UVI Rise Relief could twice exceed its goal.  Help SOSOADAE raise the profile of this issue - And let’s end the silence and let US Virgin Islanders know that they are not forgotten as Americans. Here's how you can help: Text 2017Irma14 to 71777 and make a 100% tax deductible donation to the UVI Rise Relief Fund, or Make an online donation. Sign and Share! If the donation links do not work, please copy and paste this link to your browser: Other ways you can support USVI Hurricane Relief: Donate: 21 US Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands disaster funds: USVI in the media, post Irma and Maria: People: Victims of Hurricane Irma in the US Virgin Islands: Don't forget us. After Hurricane Irma, Bloomberg heads to devastated US Virgin Islands to raise awareness. NYT - In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria drowned what Irma didn't destroy. Sources: UVI President David Hall's statement on UVI after Irma and Maria. SOSOADAE stands with USVI (for the full version of this petition) Washington Post compares PR disaster response to 2010 Haitian earthquake Congressman Raúl Grijalva. 

13 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Rhonda J. Davis, France A. Córdova, Dean M. Evasius

NSF: Due to recent hurricanes, please extend the deadlines for the GRFP Fellowship Program

In light of the natural phenomena that have occurred recently - particularly hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – we are requesting that the NSF extend this year's deadlines for their Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).   The GRFP program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions” (GRFP website) by providing funding for up to three years, which includes student tuition, fees, and a living stipend. The program awards fellowships to outstanding students from U.S. states and territories, and has provided invaluable support to thousands of students in their pursuit of research.   The devastation brought by this year’s powerful hurricanes and storms has left millions of people without power, particularly in Puerto Rico and in the states of Florida and Texas, and in some cases power and phone service are not expected to be reestablished for months (see references below). Without power and/or access to internet, students affected by these storms may be at a great disadvantage, and consequently may have difficulties submitting all application materials by the current deadlines (October 23 – November 2 2017, depending on the discipline). For many students, this could limit their access to the programs they have worked so hard to enter, and/or to the research laboratories and projects that they are most passionate about.   Therefore, we are requesting that the National Science Foundation please consider extending the GRFP program's deadlines this year, in order to help the students that have already been so affected by these natural phenomena. We thank the foundation for the strong support it has brought to so many students, and we hope that it strongly considers our petition.   References:  

Jorge Santiago Ortiz, Ph.D.
895 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to CNN , ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Broadcasting Company, MSNBC

Give the US Virgin Islands equal media coverage during hurricanes as any state would have

On Sept 6, Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane headed towards the United States Virgin Islands as a direct hit and there was minimal media coverage. With winds upwards of 195mph, the small islands of St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix were bracing themselves to what everyone knew was going to be a catastrophic event.  The major broadcasting stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC only spoke of the impact Hurricane Irma might have on “Florida”. Hurricane Irma was days away from impacting that state. Thankfully Residents of the USVI could rely on their own local radio station, WSTA 1340 and Governor Mapp’s press conferences which were immensely helpful to try to prepare themselves. Friends and family here in the states were left anxiously trying to scramble through the internet to get real time updates about the impending category 5 hurricane and the possible impacts it would have to their friends/family living/visiting on the islands. St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix are territories of the United States however they are continuously left out of major media reporting when it matters the most. These 3 islands are usually lumped into the same sentence as their British Or Dutch neighboring islands. It seems like it has become a frequently forgotten fact that St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix are territories of the United States. It is now Sept 19 and here we are again with a Hurricane, Maria, another category 5 hurricane about to further devastate our small islands, our "United States" Virgin Islands and the major broadcasting stations barely give mention to what is about to happen. The USVI should not be an afterthought, they deserve the same media exposure, attention, aid and assistance that any other state in the US would get in the coming and in the wake of an event this significant. The USVI residents are Americans as well. It’s about time, the media starts treating them as such. #VIStrong

Jeannine Francis-Brown
3,218 supporters