Help for Puerto Rico

The need is extreme – Please help

As bad as the situation was in New Orleans after Katrina – and it was dire – conditions in Puerto Rico are exponentially worse. Approximately 60,000 New Orleanians were stranded in the city for nearly a week.

Over a month after the Hurricanes Irma and Maria, over 3 MILLION Puerto Ricans are still without electric power and medical and other basic services and many still have no access to potable water or reliable food supplies.

We ask every Jazz on the Tube subscriber to do whatever they are able – share these pages, spread the word, contact your Congress people, donate money.

Where to send help

We have vetted this thoroughly and these are our current recommendations (as of 10/26/2017)

The Hispanic Federation

This organization founded in 1990 has a clearly defined program for bringing and distributing emergency aid throughout Puerto Rico and has already delivered over 1.5 million pounds of emergency provisions to distribution centers throughout the island.

They are well organized, committed, focused on Puerto Rico, and in it for the long haul.

Charity Navigator which rates charities on fiscal responsibility and transparency has rated this group 95.47 out of a possible 100 which is the equivalent of AAA.

http://hispanicfederation.org

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater

These two cultural powerhouses of New York’s Puerto Rican community – Pregones Theater (founded in 1979) and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (founded in 1967) – joined forces recently and have established a direct cash grant program for performing artists in Puerto Rico who have suffered losses from the hurricanes.

100% of all funds received for this purposes go directly to artists in need. As of October 30, they have provided direct aid to more than 50 artists and their families.

This special drive will continue through December 31, 2017. Any amount, large or small, is welcome and will be put to good use in Puerto Rico.

http://pregonesprtt.org

The Jazz Foundation of America

This group provides medical, financial, legal, and vocational services to jazz, blues and roots musicians in the United States. Their exact plans and programs for helping Puerto Rico are at this time not known because they have not disclosed them.

If you want to contribute to this group specifically for Puerto Rico relief, you must do so by CHECK ONLY and include a cover letter stating your intention and with a memo to the effect written on your check. You cannot contribute specifically to Puerto Rican relief using their online site.

On its website, the Foundation says it reserves the right to use donations it receives for any purpose at its sole discretion.

Jazz Foundation of America
322 West 48th Street, 6th Floor ·
New York, NY 10036
(212)245-3999 · info@jazzfoundation.org


Some facts

1. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. They have been citizens since 1917 when its young men were drafted to fight in World War I.

2. The U.S. government has the material, personnel, transportation, infrastructure and expertise to address this situation on a massive and rapid scale. That it has not done so is a decision based on the assumption by those in control of these public resources that there will be no political consequences for failing to do so.

If you disagree with this deliberate government policy of minimal emergency aid, please contact your political representatives and tell them you want to see meaningful help for the people of Puerto Rico.

Where to send help

We have vetted this thoroughly and these are our current recommendations (as of 10/26/2017)

The Hispanic Federation

This organization founded in 1990 has a clearly defined program for bringing and distributing emergency aid throughout Puerto Rico and has already delivered over 1.5 million pounds of emergency provisions to distribution centers throughout the island.

They are well organized, committed, focused on Puerto Rico, and in it for the long haul.

Charity Navigator which rates charities on fiscal responsibility and transparency has rated this group 95.47 out of a possible 100 which is the equivalent of AAA+++

http://hispanicfederation.org

The Jazz Foundation of America

This group provides medical, financial, legal, and vocational services to jazz, blues and roots musicians in the United States. Their exact plans and programs for helping Puerto Rico are at this time not known because they have not disclosed them.

If you want to contribute to this group specifically for Puerto Rico relief, you must do so by CHECK ONLY and include a cover letter stating your intention and with a memo to the effect written on your check. You cannot contribute specifically to Puerto Rican relief using their online site.

On its website, the Foundation says it reserves the right to use donations it receives for any purpose at its sole discretion.

Jazz Foundation of America
322 West 48th Street, 6th Floor ·
New York, NY 10036
(212)245-3999 · info@jazzfoundation.org

– Ken McCarthy
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