As NAHREP prepares to release its formal strategy to provide support for the victims in Mexico City and Puerto Rico, I have received numerous emails and private messages from members expressing their heartache and frustration by the government’s relief efforts. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from one of our members in NYC:
“It saddens me that I’ve had to read posts from “friends” on Facebook, who openly post we should be helping Americans first – specifically, the United States citizens in Texas and Florida, NOT an island in the Caribbean. I’ve attempted to educate them that the island is a U.S. territory, everyone born after April 25th 1898 are automatically U.S. citizens. 20,000 Puerto Ricans served in WWI, & 65,034 in WWII, but unfortunately these facts go on deaf ears-as we don’t “look” or “appear” American enough. My grandfather taught me as a small child to respect other people’s opinions – to try to educate them with facts in a respectful way. But at some point you just have to walk away and accept the fact that they’re not ready to receive the truth. Puerto Rico is America’s responsibility!” Aida Lublin
Aida is one of many, including several others who are serving on the NAHREP National Board, who are more grief stricken than I have ever seen. This is a far bigger deal than most Americans realize. We all need to do what we can to help with this effort.
To find out more about how you can get involved with NAHREP’s efforts go to www.nahrep.org/relief