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Warring Visions of Puerto Rico's Future

Harvey Wasserman
The Progressive
Warring visions have now erupted over the energy and economic futures of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Will the islands become a cutting-edge green-powered solartopia for the benefit of their long-time residents? Or a fossil-fueled robber baron playground like Hong Kong or Singapore, set to operate for the profit of outside corporate investors?

Colonialism’s Legacy: Neglect in Puerto Rico, Suffocation in DC

Bill Mosley
The Washington Socialist
By now the botched, indifferent response of the Trump administration to Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico has been well-documented. Puerto Ricans, however, are not the only US citizens whose lack of democratic rights has affected its quality of life, and for the worse. The same can be said for the residents of Washington, DC, the nation’s capital.

From Hurricanes to Protest Movements, Food Is a Way In

Kim Severson
New York Times
Food offers a powerful, surprising and sometimes uplifting path through difficult news events. For example, the story of emergency food relief in Puerto Rico shed light on the desperation across the island and underscored the lack of government aid, especially immediately after the storm. In Houston, after the hurricanes, cooks tried to instil a sense of normalcy by making makeshift kitchens. Post Katrina, its restaurants reflected NOLA's devastation and resiliance.

Imagine a Puerto Rico Recovery Designed by Puerto Ricans

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Naomi Klein
The Intercept
Much of Puerto Rico still has no power, people are not able to work, students cannot return to school, too many are forced to rely on contaminated drinking water. Under the banner of a “just recovery” for Puerto Rico, thousands have come together to design a bold and holistic plan for the island to be rebuilt as a beacon for a safe, resilient, and thriving society in the era of accelerating climate chaos, spiraling economic inequality, and rising white nationalism.

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