This has been a particularly horrific hurricane season made even more horrific by the ineptness and cruelty of the government's response. Here are the books that I will be reading to try to deepen my understanding of the situation. I am by no means an expert on any of the topics of colonialism, Puerto Rico, climate change, disaster relief, or hurricanes. If you are or if you have better resources(or if any of mine are prolematic in some way) please let me know and I will update this.
Some Places to donate or find out more:
Buy "Almost Like Praying" a song by Lin-Manuel Miranda. All the benefits go to the Hispanic Federation. Also, the song is beautiful and will make you ugly cry.
Call your Representative and Senators:
It's Time to Fight: Your source for all things political. Practical advice, breaking down the process, and a daily list of what to call for. Celeste is amazing. There is literally a script to follow. Do Eet!
Discourse on Colonialism
by Aimé Césaire
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"But this is all a mystification; the fact is, while colonialism in its formal sense might have been dismantled, the colonial state has not. Many of the problems of democracy are products of the old colonial state whose primary difference is the presence of black faces."
This seems to be a classic. Let's start here.
Dona Licha's Island: Modern Colonialism in Puerto Rico
by Alfredo Lopez
"I don't like to take anything from anyone (...) especially the Americans. They send the food stamps and we eat from them. (...) But if it wasn't for their factories and that smoke, I would be living frommy boat and fish. So I suppose they owe me this. (...) Anyway, they benefit from the smoke; I benefit from the stamps. We end up even. That's the American way of doing things."
Storms Of My Grandchildren: The Truth About The Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity
by James Hansen
"But once we see a slosh coming, we can project how it will play out. That is what weather forecasting consists of—mapping the current sloshes and looking upstream at where the next ones are coming from. In winter in the United States, if the next slosh is coming straight down from Canada, watch out!"
“Life and death in the critical first hours of a calamity typically hinged on the preparedness, resources, and abilities of those in the affected community with the power to help themselves and others in their vicinity. (...) In the end, with systems crashing and failing, what mattered most and had the greatest immediate effects were the actions and decisions made in the midst of a crisis by individuals.”
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
by Michael Eric Dyson
“Charity is no substitute for justice. If we never challenge a social order that allows some to accumulate wealth--even if they decide to help the less fortunate--while others are short-changed, then even acts of kindness end up supporting unjust arrangements. We must never ignore the injustices that make charity necessary, or the inequalities that make it possible. ”