Originally posted on Filosofa's Word: Quite probably the single most crucial issue facing us today is the environment, and not only climate change, but dangerous agricultural chemicals, contaminated water supplies, and the killing of our wildlife as well. Recently,…
What was the magnitude of disaster exposure and mental health outcomes on Puerto Rican youths after Hurricane Maria?
Results from a public school–based survey administered to 96 108 students revealed that 83.9% saw houses damaged, 57.8% had a friend or family member leave the island, 45.7% reported damage to their own homes, 32.3% experienced shortage of food or water, 29.9% perceived their lives to be at risk, and 16.7% still had no electricity 5 to 9 months after the hurricane. Overall, 7.2% of youths reported clinically significant symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, with demographic and risk variables accounting for approximately 20% of variance in symptoms.
Puerto Rican youths experienced significant disaster exposure and reported trauma-related symptoms that warrant evidence-based mental health services.
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And this is the Puerto Rican reality … has been since 1898!! … “I come from a colonized land,” said one of the group’s members Andres Rodriguez in a speech, according to Hyperallergic. “I don’t have a nation. It was stripped away from me by force. As a Puerto Rican, I don’t have power over myself. I don’t have power of my land.”
“… to protest island’s colonial status.” Yara Simón (Remezcla) summarizes a recent Hyperallergicarticle explaining how Puerto Rican protesters and supporters, led by Decolonize This Place, took over the Whitney Museum’s lobby to bring visibility to the colonial question and the austerity measures put into place by the US Fiscal Control Board.
As Bad Bunny and El Alfa’s “La Romana” blared through the speakers in the lobby of the Whitney Museum of American Art, protesters held signs that read “tear gas is deadly,” “humanity has no borders,” and “who profits from tear gas?”
The protesters – who belong to several different grassroots group – were led by Decolonize This Place, which launched a nine-week protest calling for the removal of Warren B. Kanders, vice chairman of the Whitney board of directors. Kanders is the owner of Safariland, a company that produces tear gas and manufactures defense weapons. This weekend’s protest (the…