After-effects of the Disaster: Puerto Rico and Mexico, four months later

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.

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Thanks to all who attended the benefit concert and who donated throughout the day.

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IU faculty partner with city, organizations for concert to benefit Latin American relief efforts

When a string of tropical storms ripped through Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands in late August and early September, many Latin Americans in Bloomington had the same reaction: shock.

After scrambling to track down family members and friends living in the area, shock turned quickly to mobilization. Now, several Indiana University faculty and staff members have turned that mobilization into the fundraising initiative de Pueblo a Pueblo, or in English, From People to People.

“There was a real sense of urgency from people here at IU to not sit passively and to actually do something,” said Carmen Medina, associate professor in the School of Education and one of the founders of From People to People.

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How will ‘People to People’ aid be used?

Our support will focus on  social and cultural sustainable community projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and  the Caribbean. These efforts will boost grassroots projects that:

  • Address concrete needs of the people in the communities they help
  • Have a functioning and reliable on the ground work force
  • Have an excellent track record in the following areas:
    • Rebuild disenfranchised communities
    • Promote sustainable and long lasting solutions  
    • Use renewable sources of energy
    • Support local business
    • Facilitate economic activities that provide revenues to a community
    • Promote education, health care, music and the arts
    • Reestablishing communities mental, health, and general well-being.

“From People to People ~ De Pueblo a Pueblo” will select the community projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean that best fit the goals described above.

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