Special coverage in the Trump Era

From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- shorter version

Local Futures offers a free 19-minute abridged version  of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. It "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

What's New?

September 27, 2017


So much of Puerto Rico's land, homes and infrastructure is in ruins. See latest reports and this list of where to donate to locally run aid and reconstruction efforts.

From Democracy Now!, September 26, 2017:
Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amidst Catastrophe: "We're American Citizens. We Can't Be Left to Die"  

As of September 26, 2017


People in Puerto Rico are ready to receive supplies and tools to clear roads. They need chainsaws between 14-20 inches, echo brand, with extra chains and a cleaning and safety kit available at Home Depot. FOR WHOM: Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, Waldemar Alcobas and the community safety corps of Hatillo, Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard and the Diaspora PR Civic Response.

You can donate here: MONEY CAN BE SENT THROUGH PAYPAL TO:  colibrisanfiorenzobarnhard(at)gmail.com // write chainsaw in the memo line


  1. The Maria Fund is aimed at helping poor communities in Puerto Rico, which confront the greatest destruction and slower recovery. These communities are often forgotten in reconstruction efforts. The funds will be distributed to community organizations providing immediate relief, long-term recovery, and reconstruction. It is supported by the Center for Popular Democracy in the United States that will serve as a fiscal sponsor and Taller Salud in Puerto Rico, which has a long career in the area of Loíza and was already attending to the victims of #Irma . You can donate here: www.mariafund.org
  2. Acciones Alimentarias Sustenibles Puerto Rico. Some see potential for something positive to come out of a disaster. Agricultural officials are hoping this will be the island’s chance to modernize its outmoded agriculture industry. This is the moment to listen to the hundreds of sustainable farmers who have grown with little government support. They have also suffered but are proposing actual healthy solutions for Puerto Rico. They look to develop a food system focused on local production that will, first and foremost, feed islanders, respect ecosystems, human health, community building, and more. #prresiliencyfund #growuppuertorico #eldepartamentodelacomida. 
    tara(at)efectosombrilla.org for donations or go to: https://fondoderesilienciapuertorico.tumblr.com/donate 

Independent Coalitions

Eco Kit Puerto Rico – Eco Kit Duffle Initiative

Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico - Prxpr.org

Puerto Rico Rises - puertorriquenos.nuevayork(at)gmail.com - Puerto Rico Rises

Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico

P.O. Box 191914

San Juan, PR 00919

tel: (787) 728-8500;  fax: (787) 728-7099


Caritas Puerto Rico

201 Calle San Jorge

Esquina Baldorioty de Castro

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
P.O. Box 8812, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00910-0812
787 300-4953  


Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico

1719 Ave. Ponce de León

San Juan, PR 00909-1905




Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund


1511 Ave. Ponce de León Suite K, La Ciudadela

San Juan P.R. 00909



Casa Pueblo, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Casa Pueblo has a long history of working for environmental and social justice http://www.casapueblo.org

Needs include tools like saws to cut trees, solar charging stations, solar flashlights and other equipment since the energy is prolonged necessity. Casa Pueblo has suggested that students buy a solar lamp, an inverter (operating from lighters truck or connected to the battery) or an awning (all from $10-20) to place in a box and send to Adjuntas. Make contact DONATE via PayPal to support the initiative.