In New York City, the Justice Center en El Barrio, the community hub where the ANSWER Coalition office is located, has been serving as a drop-off point for direct grassroots aid efforts in Puerto Rico.
Thanks to the hard work of Justice Center volunteers and community members, on October 7 the first major shipping container from El Maestro, Inc., which the Justice Center has partnered with, was packed and is being shipped to Puerto Rico! Below are photos and video.
The Justice Center en El Barrio and El Maestro, Inc., continue to be drop off centers for future shipments. See below for details. The next shipment is being packed on Oct. 21 (details and RSVP here).
Emergency Campaign for Hurricane Relief for Cuba
Much of Cuba has been devastated by Hurricane Irma, the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba's history. Thousands of homes, agriculture, electrical plants, the infrastructure, have been seriously damaged. The Cuban people, government, and mass organizations are working hard in the recovery efforts. Even more damaging than natural disaster is the U.S. economic blockade, which has cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars and hampers its development. Cuba is renowned for extending international solidarity to people around the world with medical workers and teachers; even as Hurricane Irma hit Cuba, Cuba was sending 750 medical personnel to other islands in the Caribbean which had been devastated by the hurricane.
It is our turn to come to Cuba's aid! The Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee is launching an Emergency Campaign to assist Cuba with direct material aid. Every dollar, every contribution made here will go to Cuba for the recovery effort. Please make a donation today and give generously. Contact us if you have access to material aid or can help in other ways.
Click here to donate, or call us at 415-821-6545 to find out how you can help. The Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee is also involved in providing relief for Puerto Rico.