Puerto Rican Government Admits Hurricane Maria Had a Much Higher Death Toll Than Previously Reported

In an effort to secure additional, and more appropriate aid from Congress, the Puerto Rican government has admitted that Hurricane Maria incurred a much higher death toll than previously reported—though the number is still likely inaccurate. Per a new report issued last month, the government acknowledges 1,427 lives…

At Least 4,645 Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria, Contradicting Official Government Death Toll of 64

In case you need further proof that the United States government doesn’t give a shit about the people of Puerto Rico or the ongoing, systemic damage Hurricane Maria caused the U.S. island last fall: at least 4,645 people died there because of the storm and its aftermath, according to a new Harvard study released…

Hurray for the Riff Raff's 'Pa’lante' Celebrates Puerto Rican Perseverance

The latest single from indie band Hurray for the Riff Raff, fronted by Bronx-born boricua musician Alynda Lee Segarra, is titled “Pa’lante,” which translates to “forward.” It’s a concept that speaks not only to Puerto Ricans but colonized people of all backgrounds—the perseverance inherent in those identities, the…

Over Half a Million Puerto Rican Power Customers Are Still Reportedly Without Electricity

On Friday, Governor Ricardo Rossello and interim director of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Justo Gonzalez announced that, months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, only 55 percent of Puerto Rico’s roughly 1.5 million customers have power. That’s a slow crawl from the 50 percent reported in November…

The Situation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Remains Shockingly Dire 

Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, only 18 percent of the US territory has electricity. On Thursday morning, Puerto Rico was around 43 percent electrified—an outrageous percentage, already, constituting the worst power outage in US history—when a main power line serving the northern part of the island …

Citing 'Inadequate' Response From US Government, Oxfam Will Step in to Aid Puerto Rico

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria, as Donald Trump heads to a devastated Puerto Rico whose residents he claimed “want everything to be done for them,” there is still very little cell phone service, only 5 percent of the electrical grid is back up, roads and bridges are destroyed, and over half the island lacks running…

After a Day of Fury on Social Media, Aid Reportedly Rises for Puerto Rico  

A vocal cheese-fried golf ball who’s been tweeting bitterly from a golf course all weekend may have helped Puerto Rico after all. Trump’s whining, self-aggrandizing remarks to San Juan’s mayor on Saturday received wall-to-wall slams, a Kim Kardashian tweet, and an SNL spoof, all of which happened to synch with a…