PILF, Puerto Rico, and Player Protests – Loyola’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) hosts its annual PILF auction on Saturday, October 14. This year’s celebration marks the 25th anniversary of this event. The theme this year is James Bond. Do get your costumes and tickets, and / or donate, for this wonderful Loyola tradition. Click here for more information.
On a national note, Puerto Rico continues to struggle after the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, strongly criticized President Trump’s lack of urgency. In a tearful press conference last week, Mayor Cruz begged for assistance, plainly saying that Puerto Ricans were dying as a result. Two weeks after landfall, Trump finally visited the island, yet quickly chastised Puerto Rico for having “[t]hrown our budget a little out-of-whack.” He also was pictured in a photo-op lobbing paper towels to emergency-ridden citizens in need of food and water. Another slight includes that the Administration refused to provide Puerto Ricans with a waiver to use food stamps to purchase prepared hot meals, such as at those served at fast-food restaurants. Waivers were provided to both Texans and Floridians in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A recent poll found that 49% of Americans expressly disapproved of Trump’s response to Puerto Rico. Only 32% approved.
Player protests at professional football games during the playing of the national anthem continued this week. The goal of the protests is to call attention to the nation’s long and ongoing history of institutionalized racism. The protests spilled over to high school athletics, with differing results from administrators. Two high school football players in Crosby, Texas were kicked off the team after taking a knee and raising a fist during the national anthem. By contrast, high school cheerleaders in Charlotte, North Carolina who took a knee during the playing of the national anthem were praised by their high school principle, who posted a picture on Instagram and stated that he was “proud of ‘em.”
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