Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Puerto Rico – The Sun Still Rises This workshop is about hope – what the people of Puerto Rico, on the island and in the states, can do to raise themselves up. Hurricane Maria compounded the economic crisis on the island. Based on all environmental indicators and climate change, the next hurricane could be more powerful. In addition, the government is suffering from a severe debt crisis. Blaming the US for their slow response is legit – maybe that is the role of the US as ‘colonizer’ – the question is what ‘colonized people’ should do to free themselves? Capitalism and colonialism have clearly failed as a development model for island. What alternatives are springing up on the island, and what have other countries done in similar situations? What can progressives in the US do to help the island?