Join The Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club for the upcoming “bake sale” on Wednesday, April 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Bloomingfoods East. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to “De Pueblo a Pueblo” in their efforts to help people from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands devastated by recent natural disasters.
Many relief organizations had come and gone by the time IU senior Korbin Clark arrived on the island. Clark, who studies marketing in the Kelley School of Business and documentary filmmaking in The Media School, traveled to San Juan and Humacao from Feb. 4-8 to plan and gather content for the creation of a website and documentary to help the campuses rebuild. His project is part of a partnership project between The Media School and Bloomington’s Pueblo a Pueblo, an organization that provides programs in health, education and food security in rural communities in Latin America.
What: “Borinquen: A Puerto Rican Dance Party”
What else: Live salsa music
Where: Serendipity Martini Bar, 201 S. College Ave.
When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Cost: $5 Cover ($4 goes to charity). Age 18 and up.
Why: To raise funds for ‘De Pueblo a Pueblo’ initiative
For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/327541691070287/
De Pueblo a Pueblo (From People to People) was sparked by a group of concerned citizens in Bloomington Indiana after the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María, and the two large earthquakes in Mexico in September of 2017. Then and still now there is an urgency to help. Neglected by their respective local and federal governments, the people in these nations need a humanitarian hand to uplift them so they can stand back on their feet again. Guided by the words of Nobel Prize Elinor Ostrom, we started to contact “the people on the spot” (Governing the Commons, 1990) to learn about their their needs and assess solutions. As a result of several weeks of conversations with various people raging from community leaders to everyday citizens, we will focus our fund drive efforts toward a common pillar of our community: Education.
By addressing the needs of institutions that focus on education, we are helping the core and future of the reconstruction process. A functional school and university provide the normalcy and stability younger generations need in the midst of destruction and chaos. It is critical for college students to continue their education, as this will prepare them to creatively find effective solutions to the pressing problem of these societies. In addition, schools and universities give back to the local communities by providing needed employment and working on projects that address critical needs.
The strength of De Pueblo a Pueblo lies in its research ability and connections in those places to identify the critical needs and effective projects led by the “people on the spot.” We are calling these efforts ‘People to People’ precisely because the aid will go directly from our local community to benefit a number of grassroots, people-led community projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Rather than supporting one big single project, De Pueblo a Pueblo is contributing to different endeavors that facilitate local people’s efforts to address critical community needs and rebuild in a stronger and sustainable way. We believe that contributing, even in small ways, highlights and empowers people-led projects which provide needed emotional support and encouragement to those working on the spot.
These are the education projects De Pueblo a Pueblo will focus on:
- Elementary schools: Given the financial hardships that the educational system in Puerto Rico is going through after Hurricanes Irma and María, schools that have literature-based curricular projects currently struggle to acquire and replace lost and damaged books in their children’s literature collections. De Pueblo a Pueblo is working with five elementary schools in critical need and in areas that still lack power like Bayamón and Humacao. Your contribution to De Pueblo a Pueblo will help provide quality children’s books for elementary schools as well as needed school supplies.
- De Pueblo a Pueblo will contribute computer equipment to improve access to and preservation of invaluable cultural heritage and research collection at risk through digitization. Due to structural damaged caused by hurricanes, humidity inside these buildings is causing a major mold outbreak that is affecting many library resources. As a result, many libraries in the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) system are currently closed as they pose a health hazard for both library patrons and staff. Providing digital access to library collections can effectively meet the needs of library users, and also contribute to ensure the long-term preservation of library resources.
- For the University of the Virgin Islands, De Pueblo a Pueblo will contribute to its rebuilding general fund that is effectively addressing their campus as well as its community needs.
- Innovative college students’ and grassroots projects that address critical community problems:
- De Pueblo a Pueblo will contribute to student-led community kitchens that help both students and local communities in need. Our efforts will focus on the soup kitchens developed by the Centro para el Desarrollo Político, Educativo y Cultural (CDPEC) at several campuses of the Universidad de Puerto Rico. Much more than a soup kitchen, this grassroots promotes agriculture, sustainability and solidarity.
- Comité Melendre is a local business effort based in Oaxaca that has channeled aid to people affected by the September earthquakes. Established in 2004 in Juchitán, this non-profit organization seeks to empower civil society, focusing on sustainability as well social, cultural and educational projects. Its program Canasta básica istmeña supports local business—buying directly from producers and sellers in Istmo de Tehuantepec. More info is available at here.
De Pueblo a Pueblo is working in partnership with The Narra Foundation, a local Bloomington non-profit, to make a difference in our sister communities. Your contribution will be tax-deductible and will directly benefit those in need, from people to people.
Roundtable, Wednesday, January 24, 4.00pm
Four months after hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, creating a vast path of destruction across the island and coinciding almost to the day with a series of major earthquakes in central and southern Mexico leaving millions of people without homes, there is need for reflecting on the long term consequences of natural disasters like these, beyond the material damage they caused. Some of the questions posed at this roundtable, organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with the De pueblo a pueblo initiative, will be the following: what longterm strategies for rebuilding and development have been successful after preceding major disasters like the earthquake in Haiti (2010), or Hurricane Katrine? How have disasters contributed to reshaping the relationship between governments and local communities? What is the role of public and social media channels in reporting and encouraging, but also at times distorting a public conversation on regions and communities affected by natural disasters? What is “natural” and what is “human” or “social” about disasters like the recent hurricanes and earthquakes? What are the large-scale effects of natural disasters beyond the immediate destruction created, on the collective well-being of communities, and considering especially vulnerable populations such as the disabled, the elderly, and children?
The roundtable will bring together scholars of History, Education, Geography, and Political Science, to discuss these topics. Additionally, there will be testimonials offered by IU faculty and students from Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Join us at Needmore Coffee Roasters (104 N. Pete Ellis, 47408) for a bilingual poetry reading by members of the Bloomington community. We will read poetry from poets Alejandro Tarrab (Mexico), Minerva Reynosa (Mexico), and Mara Pastor (Puerto Rico). We will have a donation bucket to help victims of Mexico’s earthquake and Puerto Rico’s Hurricane. If you are interested in reading or have questions about the event, email us to firstname.lastname@example.org Cardboard House Press would like to thank the Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) of the City of Bloomington and Needmore Coffee Roasters for their support. https://www.facebook.com/
The Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality presents a panel event addressing Puerto Rico’s past and present economy and the U.S. laws that have influenced it. The event will be catered and is open to all and will also provide an opportunity for attendees to donate to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Speakers will include Maurer J.D./Ph.D. candidate Joel Bonilla-Blondet and IU Associate Professor of History Arlene Diaz.
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Room 123 (Moot Court Room), Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 211 S. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN