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A Local Food Revolution in Puerto Rico

A Local Food Revolution in Puerto Rico

A year has passed since Hurricane Maria first made landfall in Puerto Rico, destroying homes, roads and vehicles in its path—and taking thousands of lives. The island languished for months as an insufficient emergency response campaign attempted to restore basic services like water and power. After a recent independent study, the official death toll was […]

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    Ripping ‘Greedy Wall Street Vulture Funds’ Profiting From Misery, Warren and Sanders Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt

    Ripping ‘Greedy Wall Street Vulture Funds’ Profiting From Misery, Warren and Sanders Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt

    By Jake Johnson As advocacy groups urgently warn that Wall Street firms are moving to capitalize on Puerto Rico’s plight in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by extracting debt payments and pushing for the privatization of public services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and several other Democratic senators on Wednesday to […]

    Hurricane Maria Aftermath: FEMA Admits to Deadly Mistakes in Puerto Rico

    Hurricane Maria Aftermath: FEMA Admits to Deadly Mistakes in Puerto Rico

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency was sorely unprepared to handle Hurricane Maria and the subsequent crisis in Puerto Rico, the agency admitted in an internal performance assessment memo released last week. FEMA’s after-action report details how the agency’s warehouse on the island was nearly empty due to relief efforts from Hurricane Irma when Maria made […]

    A Coder and a YouTuber Provide DIY Power for Puerto Rico

    A Coder and a YouTuber Provide DIY Power for Puerto Rico

    By Tom Cassauwers Before the hurricane came, I was a software engineer. I’d graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and animation, but here in Puerto Rico there weren’t many jobs in that field, so I taught myself how to code. When I began, I didn’t even know how to make “hello world” appear. […]

    ‘Privatization Is Not the Answer’: Grave Warnings as Wall Street Vultures Circle Puerto Rico’s Water System

    ‘Privatization Is Not the Answer’: Grave Warnings as Wall Street Vultures Circle Puerto Rico’s Water System

    By Jake Johnson Previous attempts by Wall Street financiers and government officials to privatize Puerto Rico’s water system have produced “disastrous results,” but private equity vultures are exploiting the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria to plow ahead with yet another privatization effort—one that environmentalists warn could further imperil the island’s public water infrastructure. […]

    ‘The Battle for Paradise’: Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico’s Future

    ‘The Battle for Paradise’: Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico’s Future

    Six months since Hurricane Maria battered the island of Puerto Rico, the island is the site of a pitched battle between wealthy investors—particularly from the technology industry—and everyday Puerto Ricans fighting for a place in their island’s future. The Puerto Rican government has pushed for a series of privatization schemes, including privatizing PREPA, one of […]

    Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations

    Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations

    By Adam Lynch Marámellys Castro-Pérez is a Puerto Rican refugee living in Orlando with her husband and twins after the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Maria, in particular, scrubbed the island clean of electricity, working toilets and phone service. It dragged Castro-Pérez’s world into the dark ages and pitted the island’s modern, cosmopolitan […]

    Puerto Rico Needs Your Help for Recovery, But Also for Reform

    Puerto Rico Needs Your Help for Recovery, But Also for Reform

    From Jan. 28 to Feb. 7 my wife and I were in Vieques, Puerto Rico, helping as best we could with recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit on Sept. 20, 2017 almost five months ago. Help is very much still needed. I don’t think I realized how much that is true until I got home […]

    FEMA to Shut Off Food and Water Aid to Puerto Rico

    FEMA to Shut Off Food and Water Aid to Puerto Rico

    UPDATE: Since the release of NPR report and a flood of angry reactions from politicians, FEMA said it never intended to stop giving aid to Puerto Rico and will continue to hand out supplies for as long as necessary. William Booher, an agency spokesman, told the New York Times that Wednesday was not the actual […]