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Trump’s Negligence Is Still Hurting Puerto Rico, So Hundreds Marched to Demand Action

Today (Sunday), hundreds of protesters marched through Washington, D.C. and gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to demand action on behalf of Puerto Rico.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Take Hamilton to Puerto Rico, Reprising His Lead Role

"In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet/for just a moment/a yellow sky..."

Of all the places Hamilton will play as it tours the world, few will be quite as meaningful as this. Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced that he will be returning to the title role and bringing a production to Puerto Rico.

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Scarlett Johansson Assembles the Avengers (and Other Celebrity Friends) to Benefit Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Imagine Captain America as the narrator of Our Town. It's kinda perfect, right? Well, I don't know if that's the role Chris Evans will be reading, but what I do know is that Scarlett Johansson is gathering her Avengers buddies, as well as some other celebrity friends, for a staged reading of Our Town, which will benefit Puerto Rico's disaster relief effort.

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“Almost Like Praying” Bathroom Demo Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Brilliance, but the Finished Version’s Better, Obvi

Demos are fascinating in that they give us a glimpse into the creative process of musicians we love. We all know what a brilliant songsmith Lin-Manuel Miranda is, and so it's really cool to hear how "Almost Like Praying," a song that not only manages to make music from the names of places on the Puerto Rican map, but that eventually combined the talents of 21 other amazing Latinx, got its start.

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Trump Decides Helping the U.S. Through a Natural Disaster is Too Hard, Blames Puerto Rico For Its Own Suffering

It has only been three weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall on the U.S. island commonwealth of Puerto Rico completing the devastation started by Hurricane Irma before it. Yet the U.S's so-called President has already grown impatient with how slow relief is going to be in coming to the island, and he's ready to take his toys and go home. While people die.

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San Juan’s Carmen Yulín Cruz Emphasizes Grassroots Donations to Puerto Rico In Light of Trump’s Disastrous Publicity Stunt

If you want to see what real leadership looks like, sadly you'll have to look beyond the so-called leader of the United States. Instead, turn your eyes to Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan who is working diligently to not only help her own city, but to work with other Puerto Rican mayors to save lives all over the island. And she is not having any of Trump's publicity stunts.

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In Case You Were Thinking About Underestimating the Damage In Puerto Rico and the USVI, Oxfam America Says Don’t.

We've been talking a lot about Puerto Rico (and we should also be sure to remember the U.S. Virgin Islands, as their damage was no less severe and is no less important) in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria lately, and it might be tempting as time goes by to let this, like so many other stories, bleed into the white noise of the news, and assume that it'll all be taken care of. Well, Oxfam America is reminding us that it won't be "taken care of" for a long, long time.

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AT&T’s Mobile Cell Tower Fits in a Suitcase, Could Help First Responders

Communication is vitally important in the wake of a disaster, especially for the first responders that arrive on the scene. But in cases of widespread destruction like the recent earthquakes in Japan, using the ubiquitous cellphone can be nearly impossible when cell towers are inoperable. AT&T's recently announced Remote Mobility Zone portable cell towers aim to solve that problem by providing cell coverage with a device that fits inside of a suitcase. The device is comprised of the suitcase which contains a "picocell" communication system, and a separate satellite dish. As the name implies, the picocell can't handle huge volumes, only about 14 simultaneous calls. It can also supply limited data access, though far less than a full-size tower would. The device can function anywhere AT&T is licensed to operate, giving them a large area of operations. But because of its small size, it has no internal power supply and must be connected to an external generator.

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