Grassroots organizing in the diaspora has made a difference for Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from the recent earthquakes.
Hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico in the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 7, Philly Boricuas, a local grassroots organization in Philadelphia, called for an emergency planning meeting at Providence Center, in Fairhill, Philadelphia.
Organizers decided to spearhead a relief drive for those in the hardest-hit areas in the southern part of the island, and start collecting donations to create emergency backpacks.
The group, which as of Jan. 28 has sent 1,276 pounds of donations to the island, worked with other partners in Philadelphia and on the ground in Puerto Rico to collect and distribute the vital supplies.
They are a local example of the pattern of grassroots organizing throughout the Puerto Rican diaspora and on the island which…