On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Americans stateside celebrated Independence Day with BBQs and fireworks, while compatriots in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico continued to reel from a devastated infrastructure and environmental catastrophe. Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster to impact the island, which occurred amid the island’s outstanding debt crisis. As a result, hundreds of public schools closed, families lost their homes, and people were left destitute of running water and electricity. A painful casualty, Puerto Rico also suffered a death toll of nearly 5,000. And with Tropical Storm Beryl now at the Caribbean’s doorstep, we tap into the enduring power of music and spirituality, both in times of struggle and as a token of solidarity.