Please join us on May 21 at 12:30 PM outside of the Moakley Courthouse to stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico as the Federal Court holds a bankruptcy hearing that will determine the future of the island!
For over a century Puerto Rico has been a U.S. Territory subject to colonial, neo-imperialist rule. This small island has endured much over the last century, including many humanitarian abuses.
More recently, Puerto Rico has been under attack from predatory bankers looking to privatize public resources and make massive profits while leaving PR burdened with debt and a crumbling infrastructure. Last year’s Hurricane Maria only added to that crisis, leaving the island and its people still struggling, months after the storm.
Now, the Wall St investors who created the crisis are demanding that Puerto Rico’s precious few resources go toward paying off the debt instead of recovering from the storm. Government officials are pressing for more privatization of education and other remaining public services.
Those in Puerto Rico who have stood up and demanded better conditions are facing increasing government suppression. At a May 1st protest in San Juan, police violated the human rights of peaceful demonstrators, viciously attacking them as they protested dismal new austerity policies. Clearly, the police have become a tool for enforcing colonial rule.