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The Government Failed To Help Them So Drug Cartels Stepped In To Deliver Lifesaving Aid

In the aftermath of the tropical storm Priscilla, the Jalisco cartel has stepped in to provide humanitarian aid to victims. Fortunately, by the time Priscilla hit Mexico’s southwestern coast last week, it was downgraded to a tropical depression as it weakened after making landfall. 

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel was recorded on video using their organized crime infrastructure to distribute packages of food in Tomatlán. 

Cartel caught on video delivering aid to victims.

“Here we are with all the people giving them aid. The people are very grateful for this support. . .” a suspected CJNG gunman says in a video. 

Another man in the footage says the aid comes courtesy of Señor Mencho also known as Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes. 

“This aid . . . comes from the boss, our boss, the señor Mencho,” the man says. “[I’m telling you] so that you know where it comes from, so that you don’t think that it’s from the [family services agency] DIF or another company.” 

In the video, two pickup trucks filled with packages of food and aid arrive. Residents of the community in Morelos are seen taking the package. 

This isn’t the first time the Jalisco cartel has done social work. 

According to Mexico News Daily, children in 15 municipalities in the Veracruz’s mountainous region received toys from the cartel on Children’s Day this summer. 

Each gift came with a card that read, “the CJNG wishes you a happy Children’s Day.” The cartel said on social media that it would deliver gifts to the “towns most forgotten by the authorities.” 

“We bring a moment of joy and happiness to the children. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel not only looks after the safety of the people of Veracruz, it also seeks to give support to those who need it the most,” they said. 

The cartel claims its job is, “is to look after and defend the rights of the working people.” As far as being up for the task? “We are here, steadfast and ready,” they wrote. 

Mexico News Daily says the cartel’s humanitarian efforts are really just recruitment methods to groom young children into trusting them. 

“The practice appears to be a part of efforts by organized crime to recruit new people. Security Secretary Alfredo Durazo said last September, before he took up his post, that at least 460,000 young people were employed by criminal gangs, according to estimates by various civil organizations,” the newspaper wrote. 

Cartels have provided emergency aid in Mexico before. 

In 2013, according to Mercury News, the Gulf Cartel which controls the country’s northeast, provided food, water, and medical supplies to a rural town effected by Hurricane Ingrid in Tamaulipas state. 

Mercury News notes that it is a common practice for cartels to present themselves as a positive force in society. 

“The powerful drug gangs strive to present themselves as the ‘good bad guys,’ interested only in smuggling narcotics to consumers in the United States while leaving Mexican communities in peace,” they wrote. 

In a 2014 video, the Gulf Cartel shared a YouTube video of members handing out cakes traditionally eaten by Catholics before Epiphany. The cartel members visited schools, hospitals, poor neighborhoods, and nursing homes. 

“We take care of our people and always help,” the video caption read, according to Newsweek. 

Cartels use social media to change their public image just like anyone else.

Newsweek suggests that as cartels used more inhumane tactics including throwing human heads into busy dance floors, sewing the face of a victim onto a soccer ball, and hanging bodies off bridges — they’ve also sought to rehab their public image. 

The public relations helps the public to “not see them as enemies but rather, as people who can help, so that when there is a police operation, the community does not report them,” says Jorge Chabat, a drug and security expert, told Newsweek

The practice was also used by Pablo Escobar, who built soccer fields and public housing in Colombia during the 1980s. However, with the rise of social media cartels have taken to YouTube and Facebook to create positive reputations. 

In a 2011 YouTube video, cartel members dressed in black with their faces obscured, holding rifles delivered a message.

“Since 2006, we have been fighting for the tranquility and safety of each and every one of our compatriots in the state,” a voice-over said. 

Like the social outreach initiatives of American gangs, cartel public service in Mexico exists in a morally grey area. As social services fail the poor, sometimes the more nefarious members of society are the only groups willing to help the most vulnerable. However, the help of the cartel will always come at a price if not for the individuals who face future recruitment than for the society at large.

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From Puerto Rico To New York, Hurricane Isaías Has Devastated Millions

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From Puerto Rico To New York, Hurricane Isaías Has Devastated Millions

Hurricane Isaías is just one hurricane of an expectedly active season. The storm-battered the Caribbean islands before making its way to the Carolinas and up the east coast. The storm has killed 5 people and we are still at the beginning of hurricane season.

Tropical Storm Isaías slammed into Puerto Rico on July 31.

The storm knocked out power to thousands of Puerto Ricans as the storm approached. Dozens had to be rescued from the area of Mayaguez as flooding devastated the area. José Ortiz, the CEO of the state-run power company resigned after the power outages rocked the island still reeling from hurricanes and earthquakes.

The storm grew to a category 1 hurricane as it battered the Bahamas.

The storm killed at least one person in the Bahamas and weakened to a tropical storm as it hit the island. The storm triggered a series of warning along the Florida coastline from Boca Raton to Brevard county. The storm ravaged parts of the Bahamas with winds up to 80 miles per hour.

Florida was spared much of the storm as it changed course.

Florida, which is already grappling with a terrifyingly out of control Covid outbreak, was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Isaías. The storm turned north and brushed along Florida’s eastern coastline. The storm was headed directly to the Carolinas.

North and South Carolina braced for a direct hit from the storm as it made its way north.

The storm made landfall with 85 mile-per-hour winds in the Carolinas bring heavy winds and flooding. Millions of people lost power as the storm lashed the east coast for two days while making its way up to New York. Flooding was particularly devastating in Pennsylvania as the storm forced millions sin to some form of flood warning.

The storm arrived in New York on August 4 and packed a punch.

Tropical Storm Isaías devastated the tri-state region. Millions are without power in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut after the storm destroyed homes, power lines, and cars.

Officials for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are warning the east coast of a more active hurricane season. After Isaías, the season could bring 10 more hurricanes with potentially devastating effects. As the season picks up, it is important to be prepared. Makes sure you have an emergency plan and an emergency kit.

For more information, check out the National Weather Service.

READ: Hurricane Hanna Battered Texas But Did It Actually Knock Over Part Of Trump’s Border Wall?

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Mexican Couple Hailed As Heroes For Saving 10 Dogs From Flooding Caused By Hurricane Hanna

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Mexican Couple Hailed As Heroes For Saving 10 Dogs From Flooding Caused By Hurricane Hanna

Betty Vaquera Escandón / Facebook

Hurricane Hanna slammed into Texas and Mexico on July 26 as a Category 1 hurricane. Yet, the most resilient story to come from Mexico is that of a couple who rescued some sweet puppies. Their ingenuity is something that will make every Mexican proud.

This is one of the most touching moments from Hurrican Hanna.

Mis papás perdieron todo… pero lograron sacar sus bebés 😭

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Sunday, July 26, 2020

That’s right. Those sweet puppies owe it all to the loving couple who took them into their bucket and rescued them. We have seen so many heartbreaking images over the years of animals abandoned to die when places flood during hurricanes.

The videos, posted by the couple’s daughter, is being accepted with so much love and excitement.

This is a fact. These people are some of the most compassionate people by saving these puppies. Who wouldn’t want to take the time to make sure that their furbabies are okay?

She posted a follow up live video when the flooding subsided to show just how damaging it was.

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Monday, July 27, 2020

The storm dropped 18 inches of rain on southern Texas and northern Mexico. The video shows damage throughout the couple’s home and the daughter was there to document it all for them. It is clear from the level of the water that there was nothing else that could have bee done to protect these little puppies.

They did another follow up just to thank everyone.

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Just like any good Latino couple, they thanked everyone who has reached out to them. It is truly such a sweet and wonderful story. We will forever keep this couple in our hearts because of everything they did.

Tbh, it would be so hard not to protect these angels.

Mi antidepresivo 🐶🐶🥰💕 #Elmilaneso

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Friday, July 10, 2020

We can only hope to be as selfless and important as this couple.

READ: Hurricane Hanna Battered Texas But Did It Actually Knock Over Part Of Trump’s Border Wall?

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