Puerto Rico (Spanish for “Rich Port”), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit. “Free Associated State of Puerto Rico”) and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea.
It is an archipelago among the Greater Antilles that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller ones, such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques. The capital and most populous city is San Juan. Its official languages are Spanish and English, though Spanish predominates. The island’s population is approximately 3.4 million. Puerto Rico’s rich history, tropical climate, diverse natural scenery, traditional cuisine, and attractive tax incentives make it a popular destination for travelers from around the world.
Originally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, the island was claimed in 1493 by Christopher Columbus for the Crown of Castile during his second voyage. Later it endured invasion attempts from the French, Dutch, and British. Four centuries of Spanish colonial government transformed the island’s ethnic, cultural and physical landscapes primarily with waves of African slaves, and Canarian, and Andalusian settlers. In the Spanish imperial imagination, Puerto Rico played a secondary, but strategic role when compared to wealthier colonies like Peru and the mainland parts of New Spain. Spain’s distant administrative control continued up to the end of the 19th century, helping to produce a distinctive creole Hispanic culture and language that combined elements from the Native Americans, Africans, and Iberians. In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired Puerto Rico along with other Spanish colonies under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.
Puerto Ricans are by law natural-born citizens of the United States and may move freely between the island and the mainland.
but can be ignored in times of trouble.. ie: maria
The Trump administration says it is not planning to waive federal restrictions on foreign ships’ transportation of cargo to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by Hurricane Maria, as it did following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
As it is not a state Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the United States Congress, which governs the territory with full jurisdiction under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950. As a U.S. territory, American citizens residing on the island are disenfranchised at the national level and do not vote for president and vice president of the United States. Congress approved a local constitution, allowing U.S. citizens on the territory to elect a governor. A 2012 referendum showed a majority (54% of those who voted) disagreed with “the present form of territorial status”, with full statehood the preferred option among those who voted for a change of status, although a significant number of people did not answer the second question of the referendum. Another fifth referendum was held on June 11, 2017, with “Statehood” and “Independence/Free Association” initially as the only available choices. At the recommendation of the Department of Justice, an option for the “current territorial status” was added. The referendum showed an overwhelming support for statehood, with 97.18% voting for it, although the voter turnout had a historically low figure of only 22.99% of the registered voters casting their ballots.
In early 2017, the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis posed serious problems for the government. The outstanding bond debt had climbed to $70 billion at a time with 12.4% unemployment. The debt had been increasing during a decade long recession. This was the second major financial crisis to affect the island after the Great Depression when the U.S. government, in 1935, provided relief efforts through the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration. On May 3, 2017, Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board in the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico filed the debt restructuring petition which was made under Title III of PROMESA. By early August 2017, the debt was $72 billion with a 45% poverty rate.
adding during maria devastation
ie: from Adam Burk fb share
From a friend in Puerto Rico:
Key points to take to your congresspeople and anyone you can get to listen and pay attention to Puerto Rico right now:
* People are in survival mode and rationing all resources.
Inability to communicate is biggest impact on coordination efforts
* Hospitals and elderly homes don’t have diesel fuel
* No one can access cash and no electronic purchasing or bank processes are working
* Supplies of drinkable water are rapidly decreasing
* Six days after the hurricane and still many communities in the mountains that have gone unreached
* People in San Juan are getting supplies and managing – but outside of the metro area things remain very challenging
* The government has not been able to communicate with several remote towns
* People are beginning to get hysteric with lack of food, water, fuel, and cash. There is spirit and community amidst the challenges. And . . .
* There is a 7pm curfew
* Dealing with elderly is top priority
* Fuel is needed for generators and to provide transportation to get to and help family in remote areas
US Ignores Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Crisis: https://t.co/lj9cmjoyNF via @YouTube
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/TheYoungTurks/status/912520267192324096
3.5 Million Americans without power, potentially for months while Trump draws on divisive playbook, this time w NFL. https://t.co/yTLm19UC7K
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/nirvan/status/912519993614405633
Azeem Ibrahim (@AzeemIbrahim) tweeted at 5:52 AM – 25 Sep 2017 :
Can we add #Myanmar to Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia…? Genocides we knew were happening but chose to ignore. https://t.co/dAlhOxby1U (http://twitter.com/AzeemIbrahim/status/912283781830254593?s=17)
and too puerto rico..? no..?
Céline (@krustelkram) tweeted at 6:43 AM – 26 Sep 2017 :
#PuertoRico can’t get help from other countries unless the US gives permission, allows foreign ships to bring cargo.
pammoran (@pammoran) tweeted at 4:10 AM – 27 Sep 2017 :
Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson signed Jones-Shafroth Act. #historymatters (http://twitter.com/pammoran/status/912982840815636480?s=17)
Angela Blanchard (@CajunAngela) tweeted at 5:25 AM – 27 Sep 2017 :
Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens https://t.co/J08vdfky3C (http://twitter.com/CajunAngela/status/913001542256644096?s=17)
“You can’t get money out of ATMs right now in Puerto Rico… a lot of people… are simply going hungry” https://t.co/bedHCOY6TC
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/913415552986746880
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/thehill/status/913778419153932288
WOW. San Juan mayor: “I am going to do what I never thought I would do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying.
NBC News (@NBCNews) tweeted at 3:02 PM on Fri, Sep 29, 2017:
San Juan mayor: “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island…” https://t.co/R1N0xDT0fz
Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery brutal – here’s why https://t.co/TTXNAfSida
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Salon/status/914128834366201856
owe 70 bn.. military up 80 bn
David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) tweeted at 2:52 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :
@NaomiAKlein thank you for inspiring me to write this. https://t.co/GhtF1BYusF (http://twitter.com/DavidOAtkins/status/914412764612878336?s=17)
Don’t Let The Vultures Shock Doctrine Puerto Rico
Peg (@ethnobot) tweeted at 6:14 AM on Fri, Oct 06, 2017:
FEMA leaves only stats that support Trump’s assertions. But full reports available on Puerto Rican website https://t.co/W7R1GTehlU https://t.co/ZFZhvrYFty
Puerto Rico Governor Responds To Elon Musk’s Offer To Have Tesla Rebuild The Island’s Power Grid
lovely.. along with.. let’s proto a deeper energy
Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) tweeted at 8:52 PM – 5 Oct 2017 :
Puerto Rico 2.0 could be one of the first major steps to Earth 2.0
This could actually be happening. https://t.co/16Ca9mYmAD (http://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/916134079820713984?s=17)
Nick Stewart (@nickstew_art) tweeted at 5:33 AM – 6 Oct 2017 :
This from @elonmusk – first really positive news re #PuertoRico since the storms … https://t.co/FgKCh7aOW1 No thanks to #Trump (http://twitter.com/nickstew_art/status/916265086163013633?s=17)
first lady: @BeatrizRossello
rt by @BeatrizRossello:
Replying to @ricardorossello @elonmusk
If you make this happen, Puerto Rico and all future generations will be forever thankful. Probably less hurricanes for them too!
Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) tweeted at 5:13 AM – 7 Oct 2017 :
White supremacy, the shock doctrine, disaster capitalism and climate catastrophe are all intersecting in Puerto Rico right now #PRontheMap (http://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/916622502767546369?s=17)
BREAKING: FCC issues experimental license to Google to provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico through Project Loon balloons.
12 min video via Rosa
AgitArte (@AgitArte) tweeted at 3:43 AM – 9 Oct 2017 :
“People are burying loved ones in their backyards” – @rosaclemente reporting #PRontheMap
michel fb share
this is how change happens, through pedagogical catastrophes …
Puerto Rico to Get Power Relief From German Microgrid Supplier
michel in comments: and yet, this is the opposite of the shock doctrine
Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) tweeted at 6:56 AM – 9 Oct 2017 :
Day 20 of a humanitarian crisis and massive human rights violations by the US government against its own citizens #PRontheMap (http://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/917373087091392514?s=17)
Tim Kaine (@timkaine) tweeted at 12:25 PM – 9 Oct 2017 :
Was in #PuertoRico Saturday. Only 15% have power after 2wks. Hope to hit 25% by next month. 25%! Where else in USA would this be acceptable? (http://twitter.com/timkaine/status/917455975661162496?s=17)
Samantha Matson (@samanthamatson) tweeted at 12:25 PM – 9 Oct 2017 :
@timkaine Flint, MI. #DoSomething (http://twitter.com/samanthamatson/status/917456111178891264?s=17)
Larry La Fountain (@larrylafountain) tweeted at 9:12 PM – 10 Oct 2017 :
US Authorities Are ‘Whitewashing’ the Devastation and Death Toll in Puerto Rico https://t.co/E9INWhOx4d via @angel15amc (http://twitter.com/larrylafountain/status/917950955257286656?s=17)
Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) tweeted at 4:48 AM – 11 Oct 2017 :
2 days ago people asking how we could say maybe 400 or more Pricans have died,how do we know?Were listening to Puerto Ricans #PRontheMap (http://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/918065765894541312?s=17)
Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) tweeted at 5:32 AM – 12 Oct 2017 :
There are lots of people who haven’t even received first response yet. People need water. Roads still collapsing. Superfund sites flooded https://t.co/EUV3Z6nMbW (http://twitter.com/fivefifths/status/918439324072341504?s=17)
CNN (@CNN) tweeted at 3:55 AM – 13 Oct 2017 :
Satellite images show how dark Puerto Rico has been due to little or no power days and weeks after Hurricane Maria https://t.co/tKQsL9kjjFhttps://t.co/18IS0mL1Kt (http://twitter.com/CNN/status/918777080967557120?s=17)
Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) tweeted at 4:30 AM – 13 Oct 2017 :
Can’t with #WomenBoycottTwitter instead why not #WomenHelpPuertoRico,what a privilege to silence 1 of the forms of communication #PRontheMap (http://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/918785933549424641?s=17)
Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) tweeted at 5:01 PM – 13 Oct 2017 :
This man is feeding about half as many people in Puerto Rico as all of FEMA. https://t.co/oVBMbplTyS(http://twitter.com/samswey/status/918975063449309184?s=17)
Mary Jane Amato (@ThurberLouise) tweeted at 5:26 PM – 13 Oct 2017 :
@samswey Where to donate for Jose Andres Puerto Rican efforts – https://t.co/ABFY4jPHNL (http://twitter.com/ThurberLouise/status/918981258406854656?s=17)
30,000 US citizens of Utuado, Puerto Rico have NO water. They are drinking contaminated water from the river. I am sitting next to them crying. – @KrapelsMarco
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/919319996471349249
Carl Zimmer (@carlzimmer) tweeted at 7:07 AM – 17 Oct 2017 :
27 days after Maria hit Puerto Rico, 82.3% have no power, 34.5% have no drinking water. [*up* 6.5% from yesterday] https://t.co/O329M8IoxZ (http://twitter.com/carlzimmer/status/920275066969116672?s=17)
CNN (@CNN) tweeted at 6:58 AM – 18 Oct 2017 :
Google drones will drop burritos into people’s yards in Australia https://t.co/6XsYMaHuHAhttps://t.co/pKyTg5x7kh(http://twitter.com/CNN/status/920635125393707008?s=17)
so .. why not in pr..?
Rosa Clemente on pr on democracy now
anti shock doctrine
Brand new piece by @yeampierre + me: “Imagine a Puerto Rico recovery designed by Puerto Ricans” #AntiShockDoctrine https://t.co/pIZjJe3deN
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/NaomiAKlein/status/921416538271440896
given the tools to become true partners and save themselves.
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) tweeted at 5:51 AM – 22 Oct 2017 :
AT&T and a Google-born moonshot project have teamed up to beam cell service to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico from… https://t.co/K92XIoI9sZ (http://twitter.com/ASE/status/922067818908147712?s=17)
Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) tweeted at 6:08 AM – 23 Oct 2017 :
#PuertoRicoRelief story is both failure of nation & resilience of people. That’s why artists find it @mollycrabapple https://t.co/tMndVFf5EFhttps://t.co/zECUpq8SRQ (http://twitter.com/rafaelshimunov/status/922434654443048960?s=17)
Days now revolved around the maintenance of life. Wake up with the sunrise, the insect bites, the stultifying heat. Fetch and purify buckets of water. Make coffee, if you have coffee, on a sterno. Wash clothing in a bucket, shower in a bucket, scrub dishes in a bucket. Clean out your hurricane-wrecked house. Clear the downed trees with a machete. Cook on a fire. Sleep at nine, because there is no light. Don’t get sick — the hospitals are hazardous because there are too many bodies rotting in the morgue. Don’t tell yourself it will get better anytime soon.
Against these difficulties, Luis and Christine began to carry out their plans for a comedor social.
Like many activists, Luis and Christine saw in Maria the potential for change. “Hurricane Maria is an opportunity to see the power is in ourselves and not America,” Christine told me. “This is a great educational experience for us, to prove to ourselves we’re actually capable of rebuilding. That’s in complete dichotomy of generations on generations believing we needed another country to survive.”
It came from the community itself
For a long time, we told ourselves we were lazy, because that’s the story we’ve been told,” she said. “That we’re not capable of building or managing the country. If you tell yourself that, you’ll start like it acting it is true. This moment when, literally, the lights go off, is a great opportunity for us to ask ourselves what stories we are telling ourselves, and what stories we want to tell.
Elizabeth Yeampierre (@yeampierre) tweeted at 5:57 AM – 24 Oct 2017 :
About to go on @democracynow to talk about #justrecovery #ourpowerPR (http://twitter.com/yeampierre/status/922794252253327361?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:26 AM – 24 Oct 2017 :
.@yeampierre: “The Jones Act not only is delaying support for Puerto Rico… It’s also been responsible for the high cost of living” #DNlive https://t.co/kJ45fuyKUS(http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/922801469920858112?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:27 AM – 24 Oct 2017 :
“Puerto Rico is a model of extraction. For generations, the U.S. has basically extracted our land, our labor” – @yeampierre #DNlive https://t.co/rZK3b7y6Fm(http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/922801830261870593?s=17)
Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) tweeted at 6:51 AM – 28 Oct 2017 :
Puerto Rico’s Government Just Admitted 911 People Died After The Hurricane — Of “Natural Causes”https://t.co/kKPkZn7wd1 (http://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/924257360062943232?s=17)
#PaperBallots (@myminutia) tweeted at 7:48 AM – 24 Oct 2017 :
@KevinMKruse What a kakistocracy: “Whitefish Energy Holdings, which had a reported staff of only 2 FT employees when Hurricane Maria touched down….” (http://twitter.com/myminutia/status/922822178541842432?s=17)
Daily Kos (@dailykos) tweeted at 7:02 AM – 29 Oct 2017 :
Baseball players step up to the plate to fight for Puerto Rico’s survival https://t.co/vg6a4hkyKz (http://twitter.com/dailykos/status/924622432362749952?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:20 AM – 3 Nov 2017 :
Prof. Martin Cobian says Hurricane Maria “uncovered what was already a national crisis… It feels like we have been under austerity forever” https://t.co/d2dIChwZpU (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/926423723082579968?s=17)
My dad wrote an amazing piece about Puerto Rico, the US, and the history of hurricanes https://t.co/hLbbX0O2W1
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/927658735467683840
Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) tweeted at 5:57 PM – 5 Nov 2017 :
Most people in Puerto Rico have gone without electricity for over 6 weeks- the longest blackout in US history https://t.co/Ke10N6Q6cq(http://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/927339134905176064?s=17)
Frances Robles (@FrancesRobles) tweeted at 1:25 PM on Fri, Nov 10, 2017:
The director of emergency management in Puerto Rico has resigned.
Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) tweeted at 6:01 AM – 18 Nov 2017 :
Puerto Ricans are invoking their rebel history as they rebuild their country https://t.co/urCsbmUSla (http://twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/931869860103155714?s=17)
Puerto Rico is also a captive market for US products. The island has more Walmart stores per square mile than any place on earth; its concrete suburbs are packed with fast food outlets and strip malls. Pharmaceuticals and hedge fund debt have replaced coffee, tobacco, and cane.
Natural disasters have a way of clarifying things. They sweep away once-sturdy delusions, to reveal old treasures and scars.
Many Puerto Ricans told me that they believe the poor response from the federal government and the slow pace of the recovery are deliberate, part of a strategy to depopulate the island, so that it can be remade as a luxury hotel-filled playground for the rich. More than 139,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Maria—so many that Orange County is considering making a displaced persons’ camp near the airport to house them. And many of the people I spoke to while in Puerto Rico had plans to leave.
While San Juan and a few other cities are starting to recover, the countryside is not. It is now estimated that as many as nine hundred people may have died as a result of the hurricane. The federal government is offering Puerto Rico an aid package that contains over $4 billion of loans, while local officials of both major parties demonstrate egregious corruption, incompetence, and sloth. A viral video showed alleged FEMA officials partying at a hotel bar, while a much-shared post by an aid worker accused Unidos—the charity run by Puerto Rico’s first lady, which received millions of dollars from celebrities—of hoarding donations in the convention center and then distributing them to municipalities they hoped would support the incumbent governor in the next election.
Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) tweeted at 5:20 AM – 21 Nov 2017 :
Puerto Rico and PROMESA: Reaffirming Colonialism | New Politics https://t.co/SuNJzFhv5h (http://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/932946704533540870?s=17)
Puerto Rican officials revealed that, given the depressed economy, the government could never generate the revenues required to pay the staggering $73 billion debt. They warned that without federal assistance Puerto Rico would soon face a profound humanitarian crisis that the insular government was incapable of managing. The federal government’s response was the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, popularly known by its acronym, PROMESA. The law, signed by President Obama on June 30, 2016, authorizes the president of the United States to appoint a financial control board with extraordinary powers and with a mandate to enforce measures to compel Puerto Rico to repay its creditors. According to the law, the financial control board “holds supremacy over any territorial law or regulation that is inconsistent with the Act or Fiscal reform plans.”
One persistent issue is the measure of authority granted by the federal government to the Puerto Rican people to govern themselves
PROMESA revives a dormant and derogatory image of Puerto Ricans as colonial subjects who cannot be trusted and who lack the requisite aptitude to manage a complex political economy.
Retweeted Monisha Bajaj (@monishabajaj):
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/934615180037763072
in puerto rico they have refined colonialism..
puerto rico is lifting itself up
Global Voices (@globalvoices) tweeted at 5:30 AM – 28 Nov 2017 :
An Affordable University Education Is at Risk in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico https://t.co/mQ4hdHVVYo “They’re taking advantage of the tragic moment” https://t.co/JWRKJ3V47g (http://twitter.com/globalvoices/status/935486007050465280?s=17)
Retweeted Elizabeth Yeampierre (@yeampierre):
Over 1000 Puerto Ricans have died because of #HurricaneMaria & more… https://t.co/PGVYua2BvL
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rosaclemente/status/937906401640411136
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/939214525940846592
Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 62.
Actual Deaths May Be 1,052.
David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) tweeted at 3:56 PM on Sun, Dec 17, 2017:
People are understandably furious about the power outage at @ATLairport – but know this:
Sunday in Puerto Rico
88 days after Maria
*69% power generation
(Thousands of Americans have been without power for nearly 3 months; it may be May before everyone has it)
more by Molly:
“We stand atop his house, carefully avoiding the nails and beams that are the remnants of what had once been his rooftop shed. He tells me that, nearly two months after Maria, the taps in Paloma Abajo are still dry.” #PuertoRico https://t.co/iIiYKAS09R https://t.co/r1MjSyie6P
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/943613372053979138
In 1921, he graduated valedictorian of his class at Harvard. In the years that came after, he advocated for armed insurrection against U.S. colonialism and spent twenty-six years in prison, where the U.S. (allegedly) experimented on him with radiation. They only let him out to die of the cancer this radiation caused.
He points to ruined houses, the tarps thrown over missing roofs, and tells me about the people who climb the many steps into the mountains to get water from a well each day because, nearly two months after Maria, the taps in Paloma Abajo are still dry. But, he tells me, the people in the barrio are helping each other live.
Puerto Rico (@PuertoRicoPUR) tweeted at 5:35 AM – 10 Jan 2018 :
112 DAYS WITHOUT POWER (http://twitter.com/PuertoRicoPUR/status/951069883382591488?s=17)
Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) tweeted at 5:39 AM – 24 Jan 2018 :
FEMA Abruptly Cuts Housing Funds For Dozens Of Puerto Rican Families https://t.co/5111EKFfLW via @bri_sacks (http://twitter.com/Larryferlazzo/status/956144489726279680?s=17)
Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) tweeted at 5:00 PM – 29 Jan 2018 :
Puerto Rico, Day 131:
—More than 1 million people still w/o power (31% of the island)
—Hundreds of thousands still w/o clean water
—Still a humanitarian emergency
FEMA has decided to “officially shut off” food and water aid on Wednesday. Wow.
Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) tweeted at 5:47 AM – 3 Feb 2018 :
Puerto Rico, Day 136:
—More than 1 million people still w/o power (30% of the island)
—One hundred thousand people still w/o clean water
—Still a humanitarian emergency
Puerto Rico has been without power for 4.5 months. Hurricane season starts in less than 4 months. (http://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/959770221681807360?s=17)
Puerto Rico (@PuertoRicoPUR) tweeted at 3:31 AM – 13 Feb 2018 :
146 DAYS WITHOUT POWER (http://twitter.com/PuertoRicoPUR/status/963359885512663043?s=17)
Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) tweeted at 6:13 AM – 5 Mar 2018 :
Puerto Rico, Day 166:
—More than 300,000 people still w/o power (13% of the island)
—Tens of thousands of people still w/o clean water
—For those people, Hurricane Maria is still a humanitarian emergency (http://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/970648462323863552?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:33 AM – 21 Mar 2018 :
Journalist @NaomiAKlein, live on air at https://t.co/Xup8cdtnFB, outlines competing visions for Puerto Rico’s recovery as corporate forces seek to exploit the state of “shock, distraction and emergency” after Hurricane Maria: https://t.co/PK2UfsdX9L (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/976436620940455936?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:40 AM – 25 Mar 2018 :
Naomi Klein describes how the ultrarich are relocating to Puerto Rico to evade taxes and turn the island into a hub for virtual currencies, while island residents continue to weather a humanitarian emergency without power: https://t.co/Y9Rr502UqU (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/977887856990523394?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:55 AM – 21 Mar 2018 :
Anthropologist @yarimarbonilla notes Puerto Rico’s current government is recruiting ultrarich non-Puerto Ricans to take elite roles in the island’s recovery efforts, including leaders in blockchain and cryptocurrency. #DNlive https://t.co/DbRWJDPGhs (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/976442214548213760?s=17)
jan 2018 – Brainwash Festival: Naomi Klein, Srećko Horvat & Joris Luyendijk
1:00 – we’re in uncharted territory.. no place where we can look and say.. they’ve got it right..
i think there’s a crisis in connection that has to do w tech..ie: absent even in each other’s company.. multiple disconnection.. we are social creatures and that creates a crisis.. deeply longing for connection makes us ripe for demagogues to come in with these sort of cheap.. brands have been doing this for a long time.. and now politicians..
1:01 – when we think about what our alts are.. participation isn’t just for democracy .. it’s also about feeding this need.. deep longing for connection.. if that vacuum isn’t addressed.. it’s going to be filled…t
meeting maté basic needs
1:03 – we can’t simple say no.. we have to lay out a credible plan.. bring people along.. and build it in miniature wherever we can
let’s go ginorm small..
1:05 – one of the things i’m trying to do right now is support a plan for a people’s reconstruction of puerto rico
The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico
Thank you! https://t.co/tBj9AK0xPO
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/NaomiAKlein/status/983688936492077057
5 min – who is puerto rico for.. who has right to make these decisions..
reimagining how island regenerates energy
9 min – had been following the monoculture of farming.. and getting food imported.. but after.. now multiple crops.. ie: not just coffee and sugar.. so farmers don’t have to starve anymore..
11 min – solar oasis.. farm school.. tiny islands of functionality in a sea of desperation..
fear that schools will be shut down .. outsider opp for reform
Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) tweeted at 5:14 AM – 17 Apr 2018 :
New murals in El Centro de Imaginacion in Barrio Mariana, Puerto Rico. Each time I visit, I see the center coming more to life. Now, it has solar powered washing machines (there’s no electricity in Mariana), a tool library, and 2x week hosts meetings by social work students https://t.co/fKHRzp8oQt(http://twitter.com/mollycrabapple/status/986201302102347776?s=17)