Radiothon, donation site set to accept help for Ecuador earthquake victims

Resolution calls for President Obama to grant temporary protected status

Minneapolis residents and businesses wanting to help people affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador can donate directly to a website or through a two-day radiothon. The City, the Ecuadorian consulate, La Raza radio and members of the Minneapolis Ecuadorian community formed a partnership to channel both food and dollars to Ecuador in the wake of the earthquake disaster April 16. The City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges passed a resolution April 29 honoring the victims of the April 16 Ecuadorian earthquake and calling for President Obama to grant temporary protected status to victims of the Ecuadorian earthquake.

The local Ecuadorian community is holding a radiothon on La Raza radio 1400-AM, noon until 7 p.m., Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, to raise funds for those devastated by the earthquake.

Anyone can donate any time using this link: https://www.gofundme.com/minnesotaporecuado.

The resolution states that the Ecuadorian community is an essential part of Minneapolis and contributes to the rich diversity of our city through a spirit of entrepreneurship, participation in civic life, and unflagging work ethic that makes Minneapolis a world-class gastronomical city. Thousands of Ecuadorian people have made Minneapolis their home and have contributed to the revitalization of Central Avenue and East Lake Street.

The resolution also calls on President Barack Obama to provide immediate and ongoing assistance to those impacted by this tragedy and to use his executive power to grant temporary protected status to people affected by the earthquake and to immediately cease the deportation of Ecuadorian nationals.

On April 16, Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 650 people with many hundreds still missing, caused extensive damage to infrastructure, and displaced thousands of families. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa estimates that the relief effort will cost more than $3 billion.

Published Apr 29, 2016