We needed to counter the neoliberal forces that was knocking us down. De facto, they had usurped Puerto Rican political power in the moment when PROMESA and the Fiscal Control Board was put in place. Well, in the face of that, we wanted to present an opposing plan to build the country we want from the left’s standpoint, from a social justice standpoint. That was JunteGente’s invitation, and to me, the most beautiful part of it, whether it worked or not.
Say no the Oversight BoardVirtual poster expressing JunteGente’s position against the Financial Oversight and Management Board imposed on Puerto Rico.
From the disasters of capitalism to disaster capitalism: resistance and alternativesPoster announcing a symposium between Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Ruth “Tata” Santiago, Eva Prado and Mariolga Reyes about disaster capitalism in the context of Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and María. Carried out on January 26th, 2018, at the Faculty of General Studies of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.
The state of the pandemic: Consequences of a neoliberal destruction of the welfare stateConversation between Bernat Tort and Juan Carlos Rivera Ramos from JunteGente, where they discuss the incapacity of the neoliberal state to respond to emergencies focusing on the common good. Specifically, they consider this phenomenon in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. Both participants highlight the contradictions of neoliberal capitalism respecting environmental destruction and eco-social human coexistence; and they criticize the role of the neoliberal state in fomenting a transformation of human and social relationships into relationships of merchandise, as well as its emphasis on radical individualism. Additionally, they discuss the fallacy privatized efficiency in the Puerto Rican context, and the necessity for vindication that balances the role of the state and the role of communitarianism, instead of separating them entirely.
Politics and climate crisis: Towards an Eco-social New DealConversation between Lourdes Pérez, Amy Huertas, and Ramón Cruz, with Gustavo García and Fernando Tormos as co-moderators from JunteGente, where they discuss the prevalence and dominion of northern voices and structures of privilege inside the new movements for climate justice. The participants focus on the issues of energy and fossil fuels, as well as their present and future impact on the communities most affected by need or exploitation. They establish the necessity of imagining new “bottom-up” eco-social deals, and a new democracy that includes the most affected communities in the decision-making processes. The participants point out the importance of developing solutions related to a just transition into a new eco-social an equitable system founded on the Puerto Rican context and the communities most affected by climate change.
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