9 months ago
Please take the time to read this message from an amazing person, friend, and revolutionary in Puerto Rico. She needs to raise money to pay her tuition for University of Puerto Rico. Anything you can give please do. Her PayPal email is Nicolle.firstname.lastname@example.org and her Venmo is @NicolleTeresa. Some may suggest we do a gofundme or something like that. Unfortunately most of those services don’t work at all in Puerto Rico because they aren’t compatible with any Puerto Rican banks. The others have really high rates they charge for transfer to PR banks. Any amount you can give would be greatly appreciated. “I am one of many students of the UPR system, that if I do not collect over a thousand plus dollars, I will be kept out of the university completely. I returned a year ago, after 6 years of working to survive, taking care of my son, struggling with his health condition, which thankfully is now stable, and learning other things like being a Community Doula and Agroecology. Now I only have 3 semesters to graduate from my Bachelors Degree, but as some of you may know and some of you may not I pay twice to the UPR due to tuition hikes. Because of government exclusions I have not been eligible to receive scholarships since I returned.
It gives me a lot of courage, anger and a thousand other emotions that this is happening to us. I am monomarental mother, worker, community organizer, feisty Puerto Rican literature student and I want to finish my Bachelors Degree. I do not need that diploma, I want to finish because I'm the first in my family who had the opportunity to be in the UPR, I want to finish because I fought to return and complete each semester, child on my back and full-time work, with A and B my classes. Nobody paid anything for me, I want to finish because I love Puerto Rican literature and culture that we are rewriting. I want to finish my Bachelors Degree because in these times it is an act of resistance.” (Translated by Me)