Other private citizens answered the call to help Puerto Rico as well:
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lent point guard J.J. Barea the team’s plane to bring relief to the NBA player’s home country. Barea flew in 32 generators as well as thousands of pounds of food, water, and medical supplies. “As soon as I told them I was doing this, they were like, ‘Go, go, go, go, go,'” Barea said.
Rapper Pitbull quietly sent his private plane to ferry cancer patients off the island, bringing them to New York for treatment. When his involvement became public, he responded: “Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part.”
And music artists Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, whose parents are Puerto Rican, came together to create humanitarian initiative “Somos Una Voz,” which will expedite food, medicine, and other resources to those in need in Puerto Rico. With over a 100 million followers on Twitter and Instagram, Lopez posted a video on Instagram asking for others to help, after donating $1 million herself to relief. Their alliance already has over 30 other celebrities involved, including Hamilton’s Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ricky Martin, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
For more on the Jones Act and how it affects Puerto Rico past and present, including how it has even caused the island’s bankrupt economy, read HERE.