A Instagram page on food philosophy and affordable health through real food, developed into a series of zines by the same name.
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We made a 750 sq foot flag and wrote #PuertoRicoIsDying 764 times. We are bringing this to the Puerto Rico Unity March this Sunday @ 10am at the National Mall in D.C. Tell everyone to come through. It's important.
@democracynow today. Katia Avilés-Vázquez from the U.N Climate Summit explaining it better than I can. The 3rd video is the most important. Swipe left to watch. Day 52. #PuertoRicoIsDying
Right now. My partner's father works in an ER. I just received this from Kansas. It's happening right in front of our eyes. #PuertoRicoIsDying
FYI when you hear that federal aid is ending in Puerto Rico because things are getting better, know that it is BULLSHIT. Just yesterday, the capital, was plunged BACK INTO DARKNESS. The little job that the bullshit company Whitefish did failed and now we are back to almost total darkness. And when I say day 51, that's 51 days since Maria fucked things up. It's actually more like 63 days since people last had electricity or phone service before Irma (OVER TWO FULL MONTHS) and it's 120 years since Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States.
Yes, I'm heated. Because the longest blackout in U.S. history is ruining the lives of 3 million people and the federal government is saying things are fine. How? Tell me how.
This hurricane has blown the cover off of all the scandals and crimes committed against millions of people. It's just my hope that atleast the general public realize that this is all the result of the remaining colonization of millions of people. That the reason children will have to repeat grades, that adults won't finish university as planned, that millions. Of people. Are still. Unemployed. The reason that the economy, already so badly beaten, is bleeding out in front of our eyes. The reason that #PuertoRicoIsDying is because of the colonizer'a grip and refusal to let go, or to help when they begged for it. Don't forget that.
Currently making my photos from Puerto Rico into a series with essays that I will be sending to every U.S. Senator. (I'll also be selling a few to help fund this if you're interested). Any tips and tricks on how to make sure it gets in their hands would be greatly appreciated. Or grants, etc.
Translation: "FUCK Wake up Puerto Ricans!" I found this in the rubble of a house completely obliterated by a landslide.
It is for that family that we all must wake up. Through this page I've received help from Alaska, the U.K., and even Tokyo, that is incredible. We can move oceans with this solidarity.
I am going to keep doing what I can do. There is a unity march in DC on November 19th, please come and tell your friends that #PuertoRicoIsDying. Still. Day 50. Wake up.
*ALL ARTISTS* I know you got some perfectly good supplies you're not using. Send them to PR!
These images are from a small school in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, where a number of families have sought refugee since the storm. Imagine 50 days in an abandoned school with other families who lost everything. It's hard to imagine the list of things that they need, but a major priority remains to be their mental health.
The amazing members of the brigada have been reaching out to this community, bringing supplies and food, but also painting, making crafts, playing music, and dancing with the children. These people are farmers who lost everything themselves, but remain so giving. Every Friday they will be holding these workshops, trying to keep hope and togetherness at the top of everyone's minds during the CONTINUED longest blackout in U.S. history. I just got these pictures from last week's workshop.
If you would like to send a small care package of whatever art supplies you've got: paper, paints, crayons, crafts supplies, etc. they will put it to great use for some great people. DM me for the address you can send to. Thank you.
As of Monday, my grandparents became apart of this 58,000 person statistic of Puerto Ricans to come to the states (which is much more conservative than other figures I've seen). They are now in Miami and trying to find employment and housing, leaving nearly everything they had behind on the island. They are nearly 80 and will be living the at least the foreseeable future out of suitcases. But still they are lucky enough to have family stateside who can put them up.
A few alarming consequences that will come with this mass migration include:
1) Landlords on the island will still demand rent and banks will still demand mortgage. Many people will just not have houses to go back to.
2) My grandmother left for 5 weeks and when she returned to pack up her house, her food stamps had been revoked. About half of the island is on welfare, so as people leave for even a short time until things 'get better' thousands will be left without the government aid they depended on. Yes theoretically they will be able to get it back once they reapply,
But not only is this a pain in the ass but I would not be surprised if the rules change up in their absence.
And 3) people are leaving a crisis, leaving their houses and all their belonging behind, and praying that the millions of people who are still stranded with no electricity, water, or employment won't run up on their houses out of desperation.
Today is day 49 in the longest blackout in U.S. history.
It's been a minute since I've posted just because of the mental strain in processing all of this, but stay with us, we're going to keep the fight moving. I'll be giving a photo lecture about PR on VCU campus on November 18th, stay tuned.
I love you all! @homegrownfreshfood just mailed off 55 seed packets to help La Bridgada get back on their feet. People are sending homemade herbal medicine and tinctures (SOME FROM ALASKA!!), others are organizing to make art or to make a trip themselves. You are all incredible. We are so grateful.
If you would also like to send some seeds to some farmers who lost everything, my favorite farming couple wrote a list of seeds they are going to write @bakercreekseeds to ask for donations of. Please only organic seeds. DM me for the address you can send to. You can help wherever you are. Thank you.
I'm back in the states now. My flight to Miami was packed and as they were about half done filling up the seats, they announced they ran out of overhead storage space. Aka people were taking everything they had with them 💔. So far the number of people to leave the island is well over 70,000, some estimates saying over 100,000. And the expected number of people to leave in the next few months is over half a million.
The majority of the mass of people are going to Florida, Orlando specifically. And the overwhelming new population has led to the start of tent cities. Most of the people have no idea when, if ever, they will be able to go back home.
What is most heart breaking is that when I got off this plane, as one of the last 25 people, there were 7 airport employees waiting with wheelchairs to help the elderly people on the flight. This flight was a majority elderly people who will likely never see their home again. My grandfather and uncle are slated to leave November 6th and they also have no idea when they will be back. 💔🇵🇷🇵🇷
And on the 41st day, they gave us Twix. This was the first sign my uncle and grandfather saw of FEMA, even though Guaynabo is one of the richest areas and borders the capital. However, they live on the poor side, so although many people in their neighborhood work for FEMA, no organized aid of any kind has reached them until now. And this was just coincidence that we happened to drive by the truck and stop and ask.
Of the many many millions that were gifted, it's easy wonder, if there's still no power, light, cell service, clean up crews, or medical aid reaching my family's block a month and a half later, is this all it went towards? A ham and cheese sandwich, a small apple, a Twix, and 4 cookies. How long do you think you could sustain on this?