Puerto Rico was devastated by hurricane Maria and Trump delayed sending help, which has caused people to die. Most of the people on the island have no electricity, food, or drinking water. The mayor of San Juan has been begging for help.
This delay was not an accident. It is intentional, criminal negligence.
While this was happening, Trump was tweeting to denigrate and attack football players kneeling to protest police brutality. The lack of aid sent to Puerto Rico and the attack on football players keeling during the anthem to protest police brutality are not two separate issues. They are both attempts to silence and eliminate people of color from America.
I can’t help thinking of the people of Ukraine under Stalin. This is not accidental. This is intentional neglect.
The USA has been like the Soviet Union for a long time. It’s just that mostly Black people have been sent to the American gulag under mass incarceration. I believe the Trump administration is intentionally trying to kill “undesirables,” in America, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, the poor, and anyone who is in the Resistance. They just can’t justify camps. Yet? I don’t know if genocide is the right word. But I believe the Trump admin is intentionally neglecting Puerto Rico to kill people.
For the last twenty years I’ve been warning people about what’s happening now and they shook their heads at me and said I was overreacting. I’m sure some of you will read this and shake your head now. But, I told you so. And I’m not happy about it.
I’m not the only one who thinks Trump is a monster.
As always, Amy Siskind covers everything, week by week.
What Can We Do Next?
Call and fax your Congressional Rep and Senators and ask them to:
- Send more help to Puerto Rico immediately.
- Promote and pass a clean DACA law (aka DREAM Act).
- Prevent a corporate-controlled internet.
Help your friends and neighbors renew their DACA. If it expires before March 5, 2018, it must be renewed before Oct 5, 2017! Find a DACA clinic.
Help your friends and family sign up for Obamacare (ACA). The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Trump and his minions are trying to make it hard or impossible for people to sign up.
This is a wonderful message from Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin. The part about resiliency and making connections is perfect for knitters. We can use knitting as a way to make ourselves grounded and resilient in the resistance. Some craftivism is making things as a form of protest. Some craftivism is getting together and supporting each other in times of stress and darkness.