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Disaster Capitalism and Resistance in Puerto Rico Raffle

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Topos Bookstore Cafe

788 Woodward Avenue

Queens, NY 11385

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With a donation of $5, you'll enter a raffle with great book prizes generously provided by New Directions Publishing, from authors including but not limited to Roberto Bolaño, César Aira, Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov, Susan Howe, José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Anne Carson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Coral Bracho, and more! A $10 donation gets you 3 raffle tickets, and $20, 5 raffle tickets. Tickets will also be available during the event. Winners will be announced on December 30th!

All proceeds will go to a fund to support writers, translators, and independent publishers in Puerto Rico. The arts are central to long-term resistance and self-determination, and in the present situation, sharing and redistributing resources to protect and enable criticism, experimentation, and free thought is crucial.

Please visit http://www.thepuertoricoreview.com/

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GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS IN PUERTO RICO:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17WTBHDSQ8Fa0Dds7z7HbPNh-XUhwZY-cXEIKN2mhzV4/edit

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Event Description from Thursday November 30:

The colonial relationship of mainland USA to Puerto Rico is long, strong, and currently unfolding. Yet, it is elided in the education system and rarely included in discussions of contemporary US imperialism. This teach-in is a chance to learn about the US-Puerto Rico historical relationship, the ravages of neoliberalism and the current state of the island, as well as what, concretely, can be done to begin dismantling the colony in our own backyard.


Seven weeks after hurricane Maria, the majority of Puerto Rico is still without electricity. Black mold festers in buildings soaked by the storm, where people have to cook and clean as well as they can with limited supplies and lack of clean water. Doctors operate under the light of cellphones. The old and the infirm die in unsanitary conditions with no respite from heat and humidity. By many accounts, the official death toll at 51 is vastly underestimated. A not insignificant number of those who can and deem life here increasingly impossible leave the island in search for dignity elsewhere––a de facto forced migration. A nurse delegation that visited two dozen urban and rural towns described the situation in Puerto Rico as far worse than the aftermath of both Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.

Is it too bold to suggest that the inadequate response to the situation reflects a desire to depopulate the island and weaken its autonomy for monetary gains?

In English, hosted by The Puerto Rico Review and Topos Press.

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