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‘The Simpsons’ Have Not Stopped Keeping Their Fans Informed About What Is Happening In Puerto Rico

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been showing appreciation for “The Simpsons” and their continuous efforts to help Puerto Rico. The popular television show and the people who work on it have used their major platform to bring more attention to the humanitarian crisis involving Americans who call the island home. After an episode that aired Oct. 1, a still image of all the residents of Springfield showing support for Puerto Rico aired for five seconds. The image was so widely spread that Cruz saw it, printed it out and thanked “The Simpsons” for supporting Puerto Rico in their time of need.

One month after first putting their name behind relief efforts, “The Simpsons” has done it again.

In the above tweet, Springfield bartender Moe Szyslak directly addressed the American people about the importance of standing up for Puerto Rico. Szyslak even took a shot at President Trump and his highly-ridiculed paper towel photo op.

“I personally know how it feels when somebody comes and throws paper towels at you,” Syzslak says in the video. “In my case, it was flaming toilet paper but the principle is the same. It’s humiliating, even though it’s clearly a cry for help!”

Szyslak then announced that “The Simpsons” is donating $25,000 to the relief effort. It is mainly thanks to Barney Gumble, who finally paid his tab.

And, again, Mayor Cruz reached out to “The Simpsons” to express her gratitude.

❤️ ?? ❤️ ??

Fans of the animated show can’t get enough of this kind of humanitarian philanthropy.

It is pretty rad to see a global pop culture phenomenon step up to the plate to make something like this happen.

People definitely caught on to the dig Syzslak took at President Trump.

Tbh, Trump does make it easy to criticize his response to Puerto Rico given his frequent golf outings.

In fact, Trump was golfing the weekend after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. According to The Washington Post, the decision to take a long weekend golf outing just a week after the storm slammed the island negatively impacted recovery efforts.

But mostly, Puerto Ricans who are still suffering are just grateful for the much-needed help.

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This Organization Is Offering Undocumented Immigrants Facing Deportation Free Legal Help

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This Organization Is Offering Undocumented Immigrants Facing Deportation Free Legal Help

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Undocumented immigrants facing deportation in some cities will soon have free legal representation through the Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Cities Network.

Credit: Mikael Owunna / U.S. Customs and Border Protection / Flickr

The program, according to a press release, includes 11 cities offering publicly-funded legal assistance.

SAFE aims to defend immigrants in the U.S. as they navigate the judicial system. Jurisdictions or cities applied to be part of the network through a proposal process. Those chosen were able to demonstrate “their commitment to deportation defense by investing public dollars,” as stated in the press release.

“Immigration is part of our nation’s past, present, and future, and our communities will find more opportunities to grow and thrive when we recognize and embrace this fact,” says Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice. “That means that all residents must see their justice systems—from our law enforcement to our courts—as delivering on our country’s promise of fairness.”

Turner believes “common sense immigration policies” like the SAFE Cities Network ensure “that all people, regardless of background, income, and history, are guaranteed a fair day in court.”

Using public funding to aid immigrants facing deportation helps build trust, increases public safety and keeps families together, says Turner.

The Vera Institute of Justices, the organization that launched SAFE, created the network after studying the impact of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). NYIFUP started in 2014 and has represented immigrants facing deportation who otherwise didn’t have access to legal resources.

According to the study, Vera found that immigrants that had adequate representation in court had a higher chance of winning their case before an immigration judge. Forty-eight percent of immigrants who had proper representation in court were successful in their cases – an increase of 1,100 percent. It’s a stark contrast to the four percent success rate typical in similar cases.

The SAFE Cities Network includes:

Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dane County in Wisconsin, Oakland/Alameda County in California, Prince George’s County in Maryland, Sacramento, CA, San Antonio, TX and Santa Ana, CA.


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