Dozens Gather after response to Hurricane Maria Devastation.

 

Dozens of Puerto Ricans Gather in Rally for Emergancy Relief in Chicago.

 Dozens chant "Release the Relief" as the rally in Chicago ramps up.

As a photojournalist i'm pretty unbiased, so keep that in mind as I post this Picture Story. I had been traveling home after a Head shot client, when I received information from a contact that rally was being formed near the hotel in downtown Chicago. I then begin to cover this as a freelancer. This is all personal coverage from on the ground. All shown is purely information, and opinions expressed, or quoted are of the present individuals, not myself.

Dozens of Puerto Ricans gathered in solidarity in a rally near the Trump International Hotel in Chicago after President Trumps response to the devastation by Hurricane Maria.  All photos are of my coverage of the Rally.

 Manuel Macias leads music before the rally begins.

Pre-Rally led by Manuel Macias. Music is played before the Rally Begins.

Pre-Rally led by Manuel Macias. Music is played before the Rally Begins.

Vossang Rodriguez who led the Rally told Story of Jose, a victim in Puerto Rico that lived through the 6 day destruction of Hurricane Maria is read off.  It was horrifying, and flood water was everywhere. People are lined up to get gas, but only told that they could only get $10 to $15 dollars worth. The only relief was from diesel so they could power their homes on their generators. 10 days is not enough." 

Vossang Rodriguez who led the Rally told Story of Jose, a victim in Puerto Rico that lived through the 6 day destruction of Hurricane Maria is read off.  It was horrifying, and flood water was everywhere. People are lined up to get gas, but only told that they could only get $10 to $15 dollars worth. The only relief was from diesel so they could power their homes on their generators. 10 days is not enough." 

"I never knew I would I wouldn't see my family ever again. The only thing I can do now, is try to bring relief to those who can get it now, and come together in solidarity. I blame President Trump's for his delayed response. I haven't seen my family in a year. Now I may never get to" Gabriela Orta.

"I never knew I would I wouldn't see my family ever again. The only thing I can do now, is try to bring relief to those who can get it now, and come together in solidarity. I blame President Trump's for his delayed response. I haven't seen my family in a year. Now I may never get to" Gabriela Orta.

Rousemary Vega speaks to the crowd. "I haven't seen, or been able to hear my family's voice. I've only been able to contact them through Facebook since it began. I just want to hear their voices."

Rousemary Vega speaks to the crowd. "I haven't seen, or been able to hear my family's voice. I've only been able to contact them through Facebook since it began. I just want to hear their voices."

Homemade signs, and printed papers, like the one held by Peter Jacobson were held in protest to response by Congress to the relief effort.

Homemade signs, and printed papers, like the one held by Peter Jacobson were held in protest to response by Congress to the relief effort.

Individuals were asked to come up and tell their personal stories. Emman Kidd recounted her horror of hearing that ten days had passed without relief to her family over in Puerto Rico. She blamed President Trump's, and hoped to pressure the administration to do more. 

Individuals were asked to come up and tell their personal stories. Emman Kidd recounted her horror of hearing that ten days had passed without relief to her family over in Puerto Rico. She blamed President Trump's, and hoped to pressure the administration to do more. 

Nina Isabel, and Oscar Vargas are protesting the Jones Act, and are asking for it's repeal. "It's only hurting the victims, and now allowing relief to get to those who need it most. The Jones is only hurting victims. They need it now, not later."

Nina Isabel, and Oscar Vargas are protesting the Jones Act, and are asking for it's repeal. "It's only hurting the victims, and now allowing relief to get to those who need it most. The Jones is only hurting victims. They need it now, not later."

As the rally ramped down, the crowd begin to march on Trump International Hotel, but were turned away by Chicago Police. They then begin to march down the river walk chanting "Release the Relief."

As the rally ramped down, the crowd begin to march on Trump International Hotel, but were turned away by Chicago Police. They then begin to march down the river walk chanting "Release the Relief."