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Saturday, July 7 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
After the Storm: The Struggle Against Disaster Capitalism in Puerto Rico

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The unnatural disaster of Hurricane Maria fundamentally changed the fabric of Puerto Rico for some time to come. Still to this day the electrical system is in tatters and thousands are without electricity. The health care system is in a state of emergency and people continue to die preventable deaths. Those in power have spoken openly about seizing the storm as an opportunity to further their plan to cash in on the illegal debt, privatize the public sector and continue to attack workers rights. But  the movements in Puerto Rico for self determination and workers rights have a long and rich history. Come to this meeting to learn more about the reality in Puerto Rico today, almost one year after the hurricanes and the movement for a different Puerto Rico, one organized for human need.


Monique Dols

Monique Dols is a socialist and early childhood educator in New York City. She went on a solidarity delegation to Puerto Rico in October 2017 and is a regular contributor  and translator for Socialist Worker newspaper.
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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez is the president of the Federacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR). The FMPR is the educators' union in Puerto Rico and waged a successful strike in 2008 to prevent the privatization of the school system. The FMPR has led two one-day strikes in Puerto Rico since... Read More →

Saturday July 7, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grant Park A/B