May Day in Puerto Rico: Mass marches combat austerity & privatization

Photo: The Teachers’ Federation of Puerto Rico (FMPR) continued its militant opposition to the government closing of public schools (left) during May Day in San Juan. Contingents from all regions and sectors of the people united against the assaults of U.S.-imposed austerity. By Berta Joubert-Ceci, originally posted on Workers World, May 8 On May Day, the extreme political devastation in[…]

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Puerto Rico Homeowners Brace for Another Disaster: Foreclosure

by David Dayan “Maybe they believe the land is worth more than keeping people in the homes.” Lenders to Puerto Rican homeowners have kicked foreclosures into high gear in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, skirting local and federal borrower protections. According to attorneys and experts, lenders have ignored federal moratoria on foreclosures; placed notices of default in newspapers where they’re[…]

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The Invisibility of Poverty in Puerto Rico

by Oscar Oliver-Didier, originally published on CounterPunch It has been more than two months since Hurricane María, a catastrophic category four hurricane, took a heavy toll on Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and dismally affected its local residents. People in the mainland saw pictures and videos of entire communities being physically disconnected due to bridges collapsing and roads being covered with debris.[…]

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Puerto Rico Shock and Awe Exposing Capitalism’s Criminality

by Raymond Nat Turner, Poet in Residence at Black Agenda Report           Water is life…and Saliva’s even in short supply… for drum-tight mouths, sandpaper throats. Yodeling bellies cave in on spines, as evil scents of sewage and death float in, Remaking an island into a spreadsheet. Cell towers, power lines tumbled like legos—electricity’s a distant memory—[…]

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