In the wake of continued failure from the White House to lead and support in this time of crisis, here at the local level, we can do better. We need to stand with brave leaders like San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
This is personal for us. The families of my staff members, Ramon and Monica, like many other supporters, are still reeling from this disaster. Yesterday, we dropped off two dozen cases of water and diapers for a collection effort by our friends from the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts. And we will continue to do much more.
The Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico fund has been created by Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker, The Boston Foundation, and several local community partners, in order to deliver response and recovery resources, and support Puerto Ricans who arrive here due to the storm. We are in the process of raising funds for this critical initiative, and encourage you to please give generously.
Since Hurricane Irma, we’ve remained in close contact with Sen. Warren’s office, Gov. Baker’s staff, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción’s (IBA) Executive Director Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, and residents of Villa Victoria like Sharon Bonet and Roman Lopez, to understand the deep impact of the storms and how we can help.
We’ll continue to do all we can and share updates of our ongoing efforts.
We have the power to take care of each other, near and far. Let’s show Puerto Rico, and Boston, what we can do, together.
-Mike and Team Kelley