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What Do You Know About Puerto Rico?

52 minutes

Puerto Rico is experiencing a humanitarian crisis following the slow and inept response to Hurricane Maria. Senator Gustavo Rivera and renowned organizer and independent journalist Rosa Clemente give us a history lesson on the political and economic reality of the U.S. territory.

3:14 - But first, L. Joy reiterates for us why she is so deeply committed to doing this show and that our audience knows that civic participation goes far beyond election day and weaves that into her take on the current discussion the nation is having on civility.

8:10 - L. Joy welcomes back our friend New York State Senator for the 33rd District and History Professor Gustavo Rivera. You may remember Senator Rivera as our guest for our Political Science vs. Civic Engagement episode. This time, he’s back to give us a history lesson on Puerto Rico providing the context we need to understand the structure, history of neglect and how colonialism have affected the island. Also, you may not think the US Tax Code has anything to do with Puerto Rico, but Senator Rivera has a surprise for us, it does!

26:11 - Organizer, independent journalist and 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Rosa Clemente joins L. Joy to discuss present day Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the work she and her team did on the ground for 3 weeks/11 days producing #PROnTheMap to tell the untold/unreported stories of what was really happening in the hurricane’s aftermath, and shares a deeply personal story that gives context to the struggles of the people surviving on the island.

37:00 - Rosa expands on Gustavo’s conversation on PROMESA (Public Law 114-187 Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act) and gives her recommendations to #TakeCivicAction and offers two book recommendations War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony by Nelson Denis and The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists by Naomi Klein.


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