The toppling of Puerto Rico's centrist governor is a beautiful display of people power. The next target: La Junta, the Washington-imposed board pushing austerity and privatization.
Ed Morales is the author of Living in Spanglish, Latinx, and the forthcoming Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico. He is currently a lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
The widespread jubilation over Oscar López Rivera’s release shows that anticolonial struggle still resonates in Puerto Rico.
Will the evisceration of democracy in Puerto Rico be allowed to proceed unnoticed?
Puerto Rico is mired in debt and facing default. And US colonialism is one of the main culprits.