FEMA Stalls Health Center for Vieques

The successions of bureaucratic setbacks for the reconstruction of the Vieques health center includes false information from the Resident Commissioner and FEMA’s insistence to reverse its own decisions and repeat studies that have already been completed. An elderly woman who dies from complications from diabetes that has been poorly treated, a young athlete who got hurt and cannot be evaluated with x-rays, a community leader with cancer who has to travel on a dirty cot in the back of a plane because, in Vieques, they cannot tend to complications due to surgery, a sick newborn who is transferred by helicopter in an emergency because there is no equipment on the island municipality to monitor his oxygenation, women who have to plan their deliveries and end up doing c-sections because they can no longer give birth in Vieques. They are all victims of the lack of adequate medical services in Vieques, a municipality nine miles East of the “big island” of Puerto Rico, aggravated after Hurricane María destroyed the only Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDT, in Spanish), and a maritime transportation system that barely works. Some basic services have been temporarily reestablished in a school that served as a shelter. But the health care needs of the “Viequenses” require a permanent medical facility, better than the one there was two years ago, which was already precarious.

A Guide to Understanding the Bureaucracy of “Recovery” in Puerto Rico

When the wind slowed down on September 20, 2017, Puerto Ricans went outside their homes, walked through their neighborhoods, made their way through the rubble and began to account for their losses. Estimates in dollars and cents of what Hurricane María destroyed would take a while. A generalized sense of uncertainty and doom was everywhere. A day later, while then governor Ricardo Rosselló assessed the conditions in which the island was left, Cándida González, a linguist, went to see what remained of the house that her first son’s father had built more than 30 years ago, and found it destroyed. On the eastern part of the island, Josué Ruiz, a university student and part-time employee, was traveling from his father-in-law’s house in Las Piedras to Punta Santiago, in Humacao, on the eastern side of the island where he lives with his wife, Natalie Torres, and their three children.

En el aire los esfuerzos de recuperación por la anunciada renuncia de Rosselló

Omar Marrero Díaz confirmó que continúa siendo el representante autorizado del Gobernador ante FEMA, pero dijo que no tiene garantía de que permanecerá en el puesto a partir del viernes a las 5:00 p.m., cuando Rosselló Nevares se irá de La Fortaleza. La persona designada como GAR representa y lleva a cabo a nombre del gobierno territorial todo lo relacionado con los fondos asignados por FEMA.

Putas y gatitas

Muchos, de derecha y de izquierda, vociferarán su rechazo, pero en lo íntimo, saben que también, con sus amigos, hablan de putas y gatitas. Hablan así de sus jefas, de sus compañeras de clase, de las manifestantes en el Capitolio y La Fortaleza. Esa hipocresía es el germen de la violencia a las mujeres.