Reopening ‘War Against All Puerto Ricans’ in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico—leaving thousands of people without basic necessities like electricity and water—Nelson Denis’s 2015 book “War Against All Puerto Ricans” has only become more popular. But like the island, the book has a deep-rooted and tumultuous political past.

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Una llamada por ayuda y la verdad: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz visits Chicago

Seven months ago, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, leaving the island in a state of humanitarian crisis. But for San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and many others, it’s as if the hurricane happened yesterday. The mayor gave the keynote address at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s “Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria and the Crisis of Colonialism” symposium on Friday, April 20.

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Community solar for sustainability in Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria wiped out power to most of Puerto Rico, it showed the rest of the world what many on the island already knew. Puerto Rico’s energy system, run by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) government utility, was seriously outdated, unreliable and extremely vulnerable to the kind of extreme weather that frequently hits the island. Puerto Ricans knew they needed something different.

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