Friday host Esty Dinur talks about the present, past and future of the disaster in Puerto Rico today. Our guests explain how the US is failing in terms of providing aid, who stands to gain from rebuilding Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, and what the future is likely to bring in terms of physical and economic recovery.
Nelson Antonio Denis is a first-generation immigrant from Puerto Rico. He’s a former New York State Assemblyman, representing East Harlem. He’s the author of War Against All Puerto Ricans, a book about the Puerto Rican revolution of October 1950. And this week he wrote about the Jones Act for the New York Times, which was temporarily suspended by President Trump on Thursday.
Dr. Hilda Lloréns is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race, and Gender During the American Century (2014). Currently, she is conducting ethnographic research on environmental injustice, racism and women’s activism in Puerto Rico.
Marisol LeBrón is Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College. She is currently at work on a book about the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico, and she is one of the creators of the Puerto Rico Syllabus, a digital project about the Puerto Rican debt crisis. She recently wrote a piece in The Guardian criticizing Congress’ indifference to Puerto Rico.