Puerto Rico

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Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico

A conversation with the union and movement leader on toppling the governor and “proving the impossible” in Puerto Rico. Read more


San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has pushed for a transformation of Puerto Rico that returns autonomy to the island's people, a key strategy for responding to climate change. Read more




To prepare for what we are likely to face in our struggle for a just contract, Seattle educators recently organized a panel that included a representative from the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers. Read more

Public School Shakedown

Mercedes Martinez, President of the Teachers Federation, describes how thousands of people protested austerity measures that would close nearly 300 schools and lay off 7,000 teachers—and how the police were ready for them. Read more

Public School Shakedown


U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Puerto Rican teachers are struggling to get their schools up and running after the hurricane, but they are in danger of being privatized too. Read more



Michael Jastremski

“We are in a process of extreme austerity measures; seeing the privatization of our school system and our electrical grid, while at the same time an exodus of people just fleeing the island because it's not getting the resources it needs to rebuild.” Read more



USAF Nicholas Dutton

A playground of shady financial centers, high-end hotels and mega-casinos for the super-rich? That’s a future the people of Puerto Rico must avoid — and green energy is one way to do it. Read more


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Teamsters Union

The Teamsters sent workers down to the island for weeks of volunteer work. Maldonado was one of them. Read more


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Tom Vazquez

There is now an opportunity for a distributed, renewable power grid that could save lives in Puerto Rico. Read more

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Eric Pancer

Labor organizer Javier Morillo and others have been fighting Puerto Rico’s unsustainable, predatory debt crisis. He joins us to connect the dots between man-made and natural disasters on the island. Read more