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.

Thoughts on Reconstruction, Imperialism, and the Unfortunate Case of Puerto Rico

“Thoughts on Reconstruction, Imperialism, and the Unfortunate Case of Puerto Rico” by Luis Fuentes-Rohwer
December 7, 4:00pm
IMU Maple Room
CRRES Speaker Series presents a lecture with Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at IU’s Maurer School of Law.
Puerto Rico is in the middle of a historic bankruptcy, yet unable to enter into traditional bankruptcy protection. Puerto Rico is in the middle of a historic rebuilding process post Hurricane Maria, yet, according to President Trump, relief workers will not stay on the island “forever.” This talk will make sense of this unfortunate condition, both as a question of US constitutional law as well as the racial identity of those who live on the island. For, make no mistake, the question of Puerto Rico is directly intertwined with the question of race at the heart of the American experiment. This talk is presented by the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society.

Bilingual Poetry Reading

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 Cardboard House Press would like to thank the Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC) of the City of Bloomington and Needmore Coffee Roasters for their support.

We also want to encourage people to donate to “De Pueblo a Pueblo” efforts.

Bootstraps and PROMESAs: The Law and History of Puerto Rico and its Economy

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

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

If you missed the concert last night. You can replay it on our Facebook page

Puerto Rico México and US Virgin Islands Benefit concert ❤️ Donations appreciated at

Posted by De Pueblo A Pueblo on Monday, November 6, 2017


De Pueblo a Pueblo: A Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico, Mexico, and US Virgin Island




7:00 p.m.

‘De Pueblo a Pueblo: A Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ serves as the kickoff event to raise funds for communities in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean recently impacted by devastating natural disasters. The event will showcase a diverse collection of Latin American and Caribbean music, performed by artists who have made Southern Indiana their home, including performances by cellist Emilio Colón, Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, Orquesta Escuela Vieja, Soneros la Caliza and other special guests. It will also feature a series of short presentations by Bloomington community members who have recently visited the affected areas.

‘De Pueblo a Pueblo ~ From People to People,’ is a volunteer-based initiative of concerned citizens from Bloomington, Indiana, many of whom have personal and/or professional roots in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. This effort counts with the support of the City of Bloomington, local community leaders and organizations, Indiana University faculty, students and staff, as well as the collaboration of the Centro Comunal Latino, the Center for Sustainable Living and the Narra Foundation.

Charity event – “Day of the Dead” Costume Dance Party

Saturday, November 4, 9:00pm @ Serendipity, 201 S. College Ave.

The $5 cover and sale of Mexican food will contribute to hurricane and earthquake victims ( as well as the UndocuHoosiers Alliance (

The dance party, themed around the Mexican celebration of “Dia de los muertos,” includes bachata, soca, and other forms of Latin American music, provided by DJ Good Peoples. The event will also will offer “calavera” and “catrina” (skull) face painting, homemade tamales, and homemade salsa. Attendees must be 18 years or older. For more details:

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.