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Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
How America’s colonial history
in Puerto Rico is reflected in its current political and economic crises,
and how shock doctrine policy threatens us all
In Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still operating
50 Disaster Recovery Centers to help residents recovering from Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, FEMA is running 18 Disaster Recovery Centers to help residents there after Hurricane Irma. In Puerto Rico 83% of the people living there – all U.S. citizens – remain without power after being hit by Hurricane Maria. But Trump threatened Thursday to withdraw FEMA, the military and other federal officials from the struggling island. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders in P.R. forever!” he tweeted. It had been 22 daays since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.
To characterize Trump’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico vs. his response to the same in Texas as “racist” is a foregone conclusion. But to better understand the U.S./Puerto Rico relationship helps us to understand the “Shock Doctrine” politics that threaten us all. As we have seen in a rapidly growing number of circumstances, when colonialism, imperialism, racism, free market capitalism, (including debt crisis), and climate change converge, the population is left reeling and vulnerable to man-made disaster.
Indeed, at a news conference last week, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló warned that without significant help, “millions” could leave for the U.S. mainland.
“You’re not going to get hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans moving to the States you’re going to get millions,” Rosselló said. “You’re going to get millions, creating a devastating demographic shift for us here in Puerto Rico.” The draconian immigration policies introduced by the Trump regime are the icing on the cake.
OccupyForum will be led by our frequent contributor Professor George Wright, who will take us through Puerto Rican-American relations up to the present, and help us understand the warning signs for us all.
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