Rallying Around Puerto Rico
The day Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, Marisel Moreno talked briefly on the phone to her mother there, who said the home’s walls were shaking and it sounded like a jumbo jet was trying to land on the roof. After that, her mother struggled to recharge her phone because her power was off for more than three months.
“People in the diaspora felt so helpless,” said Moreno, an associate professor of Latina/o literature at Notre Dame, referring to the more than 5 million Puerto Ricans living outside the island. “We wanted to go back, but didn’t want to become a further burden on resources. One of the first things I did was send a box with headlamps, batteries and dry goods. We wanted to do more … we wanted a Notre Dame response.”
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June 1, 2019