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Puerto Rican Unions to Hold Biggest National Strike since 2019

Today in Puerto Rico, workers and activists are calling for a national strike and mobilizations in response to the privatization of Puerto Rico’s electric grid under the U.S. and Canadian company LUMA Energy.

Maryam Alaniz

June 3, 2021

Puerto Rico is Crumbling. The U.S. is Responsible

Puerto Rico has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters since 2017. Though it is a U.S. “territory,” the U.S. government has failed to provide adequate aid or assistance. U.S. colonialism---combined with natural disasters that are frequently the byproduct of capitalist-created climate change---have mired Puerto Rico in a permanent state of disaster.

Carmin Maffea

January 27, 2020

A Revolutionary Perspective for Puerto Rico

The resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló marked a victory for Puerto Rico’s popular uprising. Yet the Fiscal Control Board and the colonial regime remain. How can the island throw off the yoke of U.S. imperialism? What role could a Constituent Assembly play?

Jimena Vergara

August 3, 2019

Forget the Mueller Report: Puerto Ricans Show Us How to Fight Trump

After 12 days of the largest mobilizations that Puerto Rico has ever seen, Governor Ricky Rosselló resigned last night. The same day, Robert Mueller’s testimony in congress was a big dud. If we want to beat Trump, more strikes, fewer hearings.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

July 25, 2019

Nine Theses on the Puerto Rican Mass Strike

A million people in Puerto Rico toppled their governor with protests and strikes. But the U.S. socialist left was underprepared to fulfill its internationalist duties. The Summer Socialist Discussion Circle (SSDC) from New Orleans presents theses for a balance sheet. 

Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt Now!

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans took to the streets and forced the governor to resign. But this isn’t about one politician. This is a product of the colonial debt regime imposed on the island.

Francesca Gomes

July 25, 2019

Popular Uprising and the Fight for Independence in Puerto Rico

The massive protests that have rocked Puerto Rico are about more than Governor Rosselló. They are the product of a rising anger against decades of colonial rule and neoliberal disorder. 

Outpouring of Rage Hits Streets of Puerto Rico

Facing down tear gas and police, thousands of people took to the streets for three consecutive days in Puerto Rico, demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. 

Jimena Vergara

July 16, 2019

Hurricane Maria Death Count over 5,000–not 64, New Study Finds

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine estimates the number of deaths caused directly or indirectly by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico at over five thousand.

Juan C

May 30, 2018