Puerto Rico, Capitalism, and the Hurricanes: What does it mean for the fight ahead?

Posted: October 18, 2017 in Call to Action, For your information, for your reflection, knowledge is power, Real Food For Thought, resistance
Puerto Rico, Capitalism, and the Hurricanes: What Does It All Mean for the Fight Ahead?
Friday OCt. 20th * 6:30pm* Elmwood Community Center
1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT
(Gain Access via 11 Burgoyne street on GPS)
Hosted by Socialist Action: facebook.com/SocialistActionCT 
$5 suggested donation, No one turned away for lack of funds
Contact David: dkkiely@gmail.com or 203-400-3246
Featured Speakers:
* Jason Ortiz – CT Puerto Rican Agenda
* Milly Guzman-Young – Puerto Rican Activist returning from Cuba
* Alexis Rodriguez – CT Puerto Rican Agenda
“Washington set up for Puerto Rico for disaster”. . . Hector Figueroa, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

“While Wall Street vultures circle amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis and try to entice Puerto Rico with “relief” offers in the form of more debt. . . Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams.

“The mounting humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico shows that climate chaos is hitting the people of our nation today. And it’s not going to be Wall Street that protects us from climate chaos. If we are going to face these disasters head on, we have to start standing up for policies that not only move us off of fossil fuels, but also policies that respect the human right to water and prioritize local accountability. That’s why the worst thing we could do is privatize Puerto Rico’s utilities, as some are now eyeing to do—and as others have done in prior disasters, what Naomi Klein calls “disaster capitalism.” Instead, we should consider forgiving Puerto Rico’s debt and federally fund its reconstruction. It’s important to demand federal funding for our precious water infrastructure before disasters happen as well; indeed, this funding was cut off to Puerto Rico because of its debt, making a bad situation much worse when the hurricane hit. . . Wenoanah Hauter, Food and Water Watch.

Join us in a discussion of Puerto Rico, predatory capitalism, and what it all means for the fight ahead.


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