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Archive for Friday, December 22, 2017



Intersection: Puerto Rico Family Response Center, Gator Bite: Two Years Later & Musician Craig Thompson

https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/122117_INTERSECTION.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOne of the first stops for some Puerto Rican evacuees is a non-profit billing itself as The Puerto Rican embassy in central Florida. The organization Latino Leadership has been helping families at its Puerto Rico Family Response Center in Orlando. We speak to a community organizer on the front lines in helping those fleeing the island with food, employment mental health assistance and hugs to give people hope. And a story of resilience. Its been more than two years since an ...
Published in Intersection Podcast

Access to Healthcare for Puerto Ricans in Florida

Glorimarie Rodríguez knows staying behind in Puerto Rico’s darkness would have meant certain death for her 2-year-old son. In the week before Hurricane Maria hit the island, Matthew González was in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer and complications related to his disorder that required surgeries. After the storm, most of the island lost electricity and access to running water, including hospitals. Rodríguez knew Matthew needed the care of specialists immediately, and the chances of finding that during a humanitarian crisis were slim. So like thousands of others fleeing deteriorating conditions, Rodríguez and her toddler boarded a plane to Orlando. Unlike many who have made their way to Florida and remained uninsured, Rodríguez says she was able to get Medicaid ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly





Intersection: Puerto Rican Voters, Valencia’s Poinciana Campus, & Caring For Florida’s Wildlife

More than two hundred thousand Puerto Ricans have left the island for Florida since Hurricane Maria. Their priorities are finding work and housing but politicos are already wondering how these new arrivals will affect the 2018 elections. Will Puerto Ricans, rebuilding their lives, be motivated to register and head to the polls in this purple-swing-battleground state?
Published in Intersection Podcast

Intersection: How Will Newly Arrived Puerto Ricans Affect Battleground Florida?

More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have fled the island since Hurricane Maria, with many choosing to call central Florida home. Welcome centers at the airport and beyond have been helping new arrivals with housing, health care and employment. Step one is rebuilding their lives. But already some community organizers, politicians and others are wondering how these new arrivals will affect Florida politics.
Published in Intersection, Puerto Rico



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