A TEAM OF MEDIA MAKERS ARE DOCUMENTING THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE
Rosa Clemente and the PR on the Map Team are Sharing Images and Videos of People in Crisis
San Juan, P.R. – October 12, 2017 – Puerto Rico is experiencing a devastating humanitarian crisis. Media Cloud, a database that collects metrics on news published daily, shows that the devastation in Puerto Rico is getting relatively little attention from news outlets compared to its coverage on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Last week, not being able to sit back any longer, social activist, independent journalist, and 2008 Vice-President nominee for the Green Party, Rosa Clemente, quickly pulled together a dedicated and talented group of media makers, including, videographer Daniel Hernandez, video producer Kat Lazo, print reporter Raquel Reichard, videographer/photographer from DefendPR Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, videographer, creative director Mateo Zapato, organizer Stephanie Martin-Llanes and communications Strategist Yanira Castro.
Through Rosa’s production company, Know They Self Productions, initial money to support the cause was collected via peer-to-peer payment platforms. As the campaign began to grow, the team set-up a GoFundMe page to collect additional donations to cover travel and accommodations for seven people, ground transportation, food, gas, relief supplies, and cash for grassroots organizations, such as AgitArte, in Puerto Rico. With a generous donation from Tony Award Winner Eve Ensler, the team could put their plan in high gear.
“Rosa Clemente is an incredibly brave and brilliant independent journalist who is reporting the stories we need to hear now, from the field in Puerto Rico,” stated Eve Ensler. “As the president threatens to cut off aid to Puerto Rico we must rise in solidarity with brothers and sisters there who are living through a nightmare. Supporting Rosa’s work means supporting stories that will tell the truth about what is happening, and what is not happening on the ground – stories that will ultimately lead to aid for the Puerto Rican people.”
As people with family and friends living on the island, they have had direct access to those who have been impacted – going where others won’t. They are each personally and academically schooled in the politics, history and colonization of Puerto Rico, and bring an important, and currently unseen, lens to the reporting. They will continue to interact with the people and document the devastation, producing a short film, several written articles and a feature-length documentary from the trip and research.
The partner and fiscal agents of the fund is the well-known Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), founded by Dr. Marta Morena Vega and head by Deputy Director Melody Capote. Once the team returns from the first trip to Puerto Rico, the CCCADI will provide initial accounting and ongoing reporting of the funds.
Follow the team’s coverage in the following places:
- PRontheMap Website: http://pronthemap.com/
- FB Page: Rosa Clemente https://www.facebook.com/rosa.clemente.779
- FB Page: Report, Reimagine, Revive https://www.facebook.com/ReportReimagineRevive
- Twitter Page: @rrr_PR https://twitter.com/rrr_pr
You can continue to support their work: https://www.gofundme.com/reportreimaginerevive-puerto-rico
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It has been 2 months since the devastating Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico leaving majority of the island without power, clean water, access to healthcare, medicine, and food.
Even as Puerto Ricans struggle toward recovery the New York Times reported on Friday that the law that Congress passed before the hurricane to deal with Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis is hampering its post-hurricane recovery. And, there is now federal scrutiny into government contracts given to corporations hired to rebuild, including a small energy company from Montana that won a massive $300 million contract to fix the power grid.
Economists are estimating that it could be more than a decade before Puerto Rico recovers from the hurricane damage. For more information visit http://pronthemap.com
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The President has continued to try to deflect attention away from the post-Hurricane crisis and blame Puerto Ricans for a massive debt that he claims was their own doing.
Live from San Juan - the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico that mainstream media refuses to cover.
Puerto Rico was already on the brink of economic collapse before the storm hit. Compared to the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the damage from Maria has received relatively little media or government attention.