How you can help Puerto Rico

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How you can help Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is suffering from a recent wave of high-magnitude earthquakes and hundreds of tremors that have rattled the island over the past month, leaving the people and infrastructure devastated once again.

Buildings on the southern part of the island have been completely flattened. Homes have been damaged beyond repair. Many of the island’s 856 schools—we believe up to 20 percent—have been deemed structurally unsound, forcing the start of the semester to be delayed.

Schools are the centers of communities. When schools are open, children have set schedules, warm meals and adults checking in on their well-being. In Puerto Rico, without schools and the stability they offer, communities cannot begin to recover.

Our union family in Puerto Rico, the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, has been working around the clock to check in with our members, their families, students and communities.

The AFT and the AMPR are working diligently with local officials in the areas most affected by the earthquake to create safe and welcoming school environments so educators and students can return to teaching and learning as quickly as possible.

As we wait for Puerto Rico’s infrastructure to be rebuilt, we are bringing tents and supplies to the island to create temporary classrooms, in addition to providing first-aid kits, Operation Agua water filters, solar-powered lights and other necessary resources.

Please consider contributing today so that we can provide desperately needed resources to the people of Puerto Rico.

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If you prefer to mail a check, make it out to AFT Disaster Relief Fund and mail to: AFT Disaster Relief Fund; 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW; Washington DC 20001. Please note: PR Earthquake Relief on the memo line. Checks will be deposited electronically to your bank so you may see a debit on your account rather than a check deposited through your bank.

Thank you for your contribution to the AFT Disaster Relief Fund.

Do you know others who would like to help? Share this link to tell others about the Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Fund.

Thank you again for your donation,

Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers
Evelyn DeJesus, AFT Executive Vice President

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Asking Congress for help

AFT president Randi Weingarten, AFT Exec VP Evelyn De Jesus and AMPR president Elba Aponte Santos sent a letter to Congress asking for federal aid for Puerto Rico.