Disaster Relief And Colonial Politics Through The Eyes Of Georgia's Puerto Rican Community

Oct 3, 2017

Hurricane Maria slammed the entire U.S. territory of Puerto Rico two weeks ago. Maria came hard on the havoc of other recent storms, leaving the entire island damaged, flooded, without basic necessities, with disrupted supply lines and no electricity.

Nearly 90,000 Puerto Ricans live in Georgia, about a fourth of them in Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. We talk with one Atlanta family originally from Puerto Rico, about the relief effort back home, and the politics beneath the crisis. Cynthia Román-Hernández is a Managing Director of Atlanta’s Latin American Association. Juan Carlos Rodriguez is her husband, and a professor at Georgia Tech, he also joins the discussion.