#1190 Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico ​

Air Date: 6–15-2018
Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism

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Ch. 1: Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11 Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-30-18


Ch. 2: Colonialism during hurricane season - On the Media - 6-6-18


Ch. 3: Elizabeth Yeampierre on Puerto Rican colonialism and disaster capitalism - Infinite Earth Radio - Air Date 2-22-18


Ch. 4: The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico’s Future - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-18


Ch. 5: Help Disaster Victims Resist Disaster Capitalism via @MutualAidRelief - Best of the Left Activism


Ch. 6: Naomi Klein on Puerto Rico and Disaster Capitalism - Touré Show - Air Date 4-25-18


Ch. 9: Final comments on the lessons of Mister Rogers that we could use right now



Get involved with/support Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

MARD Skillshare Trainings (Links for request forms are at the bottom of the blog post)

Read more about MARD ongoing work in Puerto Rico


FEMA Blamed Delays In Puerto Rico On Maria; Agency Records Tell Another Story (NPR/Frontline)

About a quarter of Puerto Rico’s schools are shutting down. Here’s a look inside one. (Vox)

"Justice was served": Judge halts school closures in Puerto Rico (CBS)

New bill pushes for commission to investigate federal response to Puerto Rico hurricanes (NBC)

At Issue In Florida Senate Campaign: Who's Fighting For Puerto Rico? (NPR)

Hurricane Maria Casts Shadow Over Puerto Rican Parade (NY Times)

Puerto Rico's Push For Food Independence Intertwined With Statehood Debate (NPR)

The Shame in Puerto Rico (NY Times)

Fighting for Those Who Can No Longer Speak (SocialistWorker.org)

Resisting Disaster Capitalists and Building Solidarity in Puerto Rico (Grassroots International)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Front Runner - Union Hall
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Comma - Codebreaker
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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