Two hurricanes have devastated Puerto Rico, but the greatest threat comes from the Trump administration’s callous and racist response to the disaster and the ongoing crisis created by US colonial policies. Already, the people of Puerto Rico along with ordinary working class people in the US are mounting relief efforts while Trump drags his feet, complains about a “big, big ocean” and attacks the Mayor of San Juan. The ISO is organizing and participating in actions and relief efforts in solidarity with Puerto Rico and hosting meetings to discuss the current crisis, the climate catastrophe, how the debt and history of US colonialism are compounding the crisis, what it will take to recover and rebuild – as well as what it would take to win full liberation for the people of Puerto Rico. Actions and events listed below. We will update as we get information on events, so please reach out to us to share any relevant actions or efforts.
RELIEF COLLECTIONS: we are tabling and collecting cash donations for Puerto Rico. We are working with the left-wing, grassroots Puerto Rican teachers’ union (FMPR) and with teacher activists locally to get funds and goods directly and as quickly as possible to get involved. Contact us or connect with a branch to find out more. You can bring donations to any ISO meeting.
Tuesday, 5:30pm at Trump Tower: All Out for Puerto Rico
Hosted by Pro-Libertad
Join us in demanding an end to the COLONIAL CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO! DEMAND AN END TO THE JONES ACT! DEMAND HURRICANE RELIEF AND OTHER FORMS OF REPARATIONS!
Wednesday, Noon – 1pm at Foley Square: Relieve/Rebuild Puerto Rico – NY
Hosted by Vamos4PR and NY Communities for Change
Join us to demand that federal authorities give Puerto Rico what it needs. The devastating damage that Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico has come on top of the storm caused by the public debt crisis and the recession that has made Puerto Rican families suffer for decades.
Even as families have been struggling to survive, and as a Category 5 hurricane hit the island, banks have been relentless, pushing in the courts to ensure they’re paid. On October 4, one of these hearings will take place in federal court in New York, moved from storm-stricken San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It’s immoral to insist that before Puerto Rican families can rebuild their homes, their hospitals, their schools and their roads, they must first pay back the banks. It’s time to eliminate Puerto Rico’s public debt altogether! MORE AID! ZERO DEBT!
Solidarity with the People of Puerto Rico!
Against debt, floods and U.S. Colonialism!
The Socialist German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote that “famines do not simply occur; they are organized by the grain trade.”
A similar observation could be made about Puerto Rico today. Replace “famine” with “natural disaster,” and the “grain trade” with “U.S. colonialism,” and you have a succinct summation of the human disaster that is unfolding on the island today. Come to meetings to discuss the current crisis, how to fight for real relief and for full liberation. Find out what you can do to get involved.
Wednesday, October 4th at 7pm at the CUNY Grad Center, Room 5/414 at 34th and 5th Avenue
Wednesday, October 4th at 7pm at 178 Bennett Avenue
Thursday, October 5th at 8pm – location TBA
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Wednesday, October 11th at 7pm at the Brooklyn Free School at 372 Clinton Avenue