Hello. Welcome to hell. That’s sort of how I’ve been feeling the last few weeks. As Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin said on her Facebook feed the other day, Mother Nature is pissed at America. And on top of that, Donald Trump is turning America into a place that is as corrupt and uncaring as the Soviet Union was under Stalin. Nope, I don’t think I’m exaggerating.
Right now people are starving and dying in Puerto Rico because Donald Trump’s FEMA isn’t getting help to them. I truly believe that Trump and his regime would be satisfied if everyone in Puerto Rico died.
(There are a lot of other things going on as well. Amy Siskind has the skinny on everything. And she’ll have another new list posted sometime tomorrow.)
I can’t help focusing on Puerto Rico, where after three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, most people are still without food and safe drinking water. Trump actually threatened to stop sending any help to Puerto Rico this week. If that’s not a death threat from an evil overboard, I really don’t know what is. And it’s based entirely on racism.
“I ask every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE,” [Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan] said in a statement she sent to Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, and asked him to publicize on Capitol Hill.
“I ask the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in our eyes and seeing the pride that burns fiercely in our hearts and souls,” the mayor continued.
Puerto Rico is part of America. But that’s not the only reason we should be helping. Puerto Ricans are human beings. It’s really that simple. And that’s something Donald Trump does not understand. All human beings have value and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. All human beings are worth saving.
What You Can Do Next
Donate to my Resistance Fund. This year, I’ve made less than half the money I usually do in a year because I’ve spent so much time on resistance work in 2017. I’m not complaining. But I have been feeling the pinch all year. If you want to donate a few bucks to my resistance fund, so I can keep spending so much of my time making free resistance patterns, posting updates on social media, and keeping you updated on all the craftivism and activism opportunities, I truly appreciate it. (I’ll be setting up Patreon soon, but it’ll take me a while to pull that all together!)
Buy Crafting the Resistance and start your next Craftivism project. I have two patterns in this book: a Black Lives Matter hat and Protest Ornaments that you can knit up and hang up with printed posters around town. I’ve been hanging up posters all over where I live and it’s a great way to spread the word about issues and messages no matter where you live. Buy Crafting the Resistance now.
Give money directly to Puerto Rico. If you’ve got more money than time, give directly to causes that are getting food, water, and help directly to the people of Puerto Rico.
Lin-manuel Miranda has been recommending https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/
This article has a list with links where you can donate directly to the charities on their websites. There are also tips on where and how you can volunteer to help, if you have more time than money.
Help with the fires in California. There are also fires all over California, and that disaster is not to be belittled either. The official death toll there is on part with Puerto Rico so far, over 500 people are missing, and entire towns have been evacuated.
The Unique Sheep has created a Santa Rosa colorway, with all profits going to charities in the areas with the fires. The shop says:
We will be donating 100% of profits from this special, limited edition kit to nonprofits working in the area. We will be getting input from those personally affected on which nonprofits are doing the most good to help us decide where to send the money.
Here are a couple of places where you can donate directly to help California: