NEWYORICANGIRL.COM partners with “Adopt a Puerto Rican Family”

15 Nov

Adopt a Puerto Rican Family

Too many families in Puerto Rico remain in crisis; living without the bare necessities like electricity and clean water. 

Lilly Zeller is determined to help them by securing volunteers willing to sponsor families desperate for essentials that can be shipped to them on the island. Donors can sign up for a one-time designation or, choose to build long term relationships with recipients. 

Your fellow American citizens are in dire straits and need your help. Please contact Lilly via her website (link above) for more information. Now is the time for our Diaspora to rise up to this challenge. 

P.R. Flamenco #2

 

NEWYORICANGIRL. COM establishes AMABLE Awards in wake of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. Bethenny Frankel, Entrepreneur, honored…

15 Nov

NYG AMABLE Award Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel has been awarded an AMABLE Award; recognizing her herculean, compassionate and selfless efforts to assist Puerto Rico’s victims of Hurricane Maria.

Bethenny stepped up to help my island and our people when few were doing so. She chose to interupt her professional commitments and personal life to instead race head first into the catastrophic devastation; providing essential supplies, donations and hugs to SO many who were traumatized, suffering and grieving. 

Puerto Rico’s road to recovery will be a long and arduous process. To survive and thrive, we’ll need many others to step up to the challenge in similar ways as Bethenny has; displaying such dynamic servant leadership.

Ms. Bethenny, thank you from the bottom of our Boricua hearts. 

NEWYORICANGIRL.COM establishes AMABLE Awards in wake of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. CBS’ David Begnaud honored…

15 Nov

NYG David Begnaud AMABLE 2017

The calamitous devastation caused by Hurricane Maria has been gut wrenching to Puerto Rico’s Diaspora living around the world.  While many of us were frantic to connect with our loved ones, communications were virtually nonexistent except for the coverage provided by journalist, David Begnaud of CBS News.

Somehow, Mr. Begnaud was able to broadcast in the middle of the storm, in it’s chaotic and dangerous aftermath and currently, as the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico anemically progress. His coverage has both soothed our worried minds and, stirred the outrage Puerto Ricans stateside are now using to galvanize Congress into action on behalf of our beleaguered island.

In an effort to express gratitude to David Begnaud for his dedication to this natural disaster event and, for empathetically remaining deeply immersed in Puerto Rico’s plight, it was my honor to offer this recognition. In response, David kindly stated the following:

“I wanted to offer my heartfelt thanks for this award. All of us at CBS News are grateful to you for following our coverage. As you know, the story of Hurricane Maria is far from over, and the recovery is still in its early stages. Puerto Rico is so important to us all—and it’s a story we will continue to follow. Our reporting was a lifeline to many Puerto Ricans after the storm, and I am grateful to everyone we met who allowed us to tell their story. This story has matured me in a way that no other story ever has before. We will be back. And we will continue to shine a light on the island and its wonderful people. So thank you again. I am truly humbled by this recognition.” 

Gracias, David Begnaud and CBS News for all your dedicated coverage of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. You’ve shown great respect to our people and we are forever grateful.

9 Nov

Bereft & Bruised after Hurricane Maria

11 Oct

La Fortaleza Flags

Exactly three weeks after Hurricane Maria, my island remains in tatters, bereft – not just because of it’s devastated infrastructure but because now, 21 days later, it’s suffering from a bruised and broken heart. 

We all understand that the wrath of Mother Nature cannot be controlled. But, as United States citizens, we presumed the American cavalry would arrive to save us the very moment the rain stopped. Three weeks later, it is clear that our frantic S.O.S. is not being answered in time to save our Brown lives. 

Here on the mainland, our Diaspora is frantic and frustrated; racing against the clock (the heat, the dehydration, the mosquitoes) to evacuate their loved ones because America is moving too slowly.

What is to become of our beloved Puerto Rico – the island of enchantment now stripped bare of it’s lush beauty? Where will my people go to seek shelter, water and enough food to survive? Will the U.S. Congress do anything at all to elevate their own standing from colonial ruler to compassionate healer? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, please say a prayer for Puerto Rico and then, call your congressional representative at (202) 224-3121 to remind them that any U.S. citizen is worth saving. 

NEWYORICANGIRL asks “Where’s the Love for Puerto Rico?” via Huff Post Latino Voices…

19 Oct

Huff Post Latino Voices: “Where’s the Love for Puerto Rico?”

An open letter to Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Perez:

This Boricua LOVES all of you and is so proud of your success. BUT, I’m shocked not to have heard from any of you regarding the VERY dire situation in Puerto Rico. If you haven’t heard, the island’s economy is collapsing and many people are fleeing the island after losing their homes, their jobs and their homeland. More than 50% of the children living in Puerto Rico live in poverty and go hungry every, single day. 

NOW is the right time to hear from any one of you to lead our people to a better place. Use your star power to rally the people in demanding that Congress provide the financial assistance that Puerto Rico needs RIGHT NOW. Coordinate a political rally in Washington, D.C. so that President Obama can be held accountable for his complete abandonment of his fellow legal American citizens. Or, collaborate on a song for Puerto Rico! Anything, but do SOMETHING!!

If you found the time to take to your stages and your Twitter accounts to stand with Mexico when the Donald made annoying statements, then WHY aren’t you doing the same for your OWN gente? Please step up Marc and Ricky and Jennifer and Rosie. We support you and have helped you amass your celebrity mega wattage. Now please support us and help Puerto Rico keep the lights on.  NEWYORICANGIRL

New Yorican Girl Word Press

My Forced Adoption Trauma…

11 Oct

The Death & Resurrection of my Spanish Name

Mom as biker chick

I’ve rarely spoken in public about the trauma I suffered when I was forcibly adopted at the age of 14. It broke my heart and stung like hell to learn that my biological father had signed me away; giving in to the relentless two year pursuit of my biological mother’s attorney who hunted my father in Puerto Rico. Mom thought it best to strip me of my beloved Spanish surname in favor of a Jewish one that, overnight, changed the way the world perceived me. I became a hollow shell, while it was demanded that I blend into our White American culture pronto.

Thank you to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College in New York for empowering me to share my cautionary tale of one girl’s traumatized adolescence at the hands of the adults around her. I share my story to enlighten and educate others – contentious parents, divorcing couples, unscrupulous attorneys, caregivers, etc. – to think long and hard about how you’re impacting the lives of your/our children due to the fallout of your failed relationships. NEWYORICANGIRL

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