2016

Treasury Is In The Service of Wall Street And Its Junta With Our Money

The bourgeois electoral circus proved to serve the interests of Wall Street and the election of its candidate, Ricardo Roselló.  He travelled to New York to meet with the imperialist henchmen in order to “recover investor confidence.”  Recently, Roselló proposed loans up to $2 billion for January of 2017.  Jennifer González also met with various members of the Junta, including ...

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From Peñuelas to Standing Rock

The recent arrests of some 40 protesters in the area of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, a small town on the southern coast of the US colony, brings to light yet another example of environmental degradation and indifference to the collective health of the poor which characterizes the capitalist profit system. Protesters were arrested last week as they attempted to block over 50 trucks loaded with carbon ash (Coal Combustion Residuals or CCRs) destined for a landfill managed by the Alabama-based company EC Waste located on the outskirts of Peñuelas. The carbon ash is generated at a coal-fired electric power plant located in Guayama, a town on Puerto Rico’s southeastern coast, owned by the Virginia based Applied Energy Services (AES) and currently operating under a 25-year contract to sell energy to the highly indebted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). The Guayama plant, which generates about 15% of Puerto Rico’s electricity, was listed in 2011 by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) as one of the ‘dirtiest’ within US jurisdictions. Carbon ash from the coal-fired plant is legally deposited in at least two other landfills on the island and several other locations have been identified as illegal dumpsites, including rivers and agricultural land along the southern coast.

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Wall Street’s Energy Reform: Just Another Link in the Colonial Chain

By: Ramón The public debate over “energy reform” in Puerto Rico has centered on the high cost of electricity as well as the bankruptcy of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).  It is a priority for the Puerto Rican working class to understand how these colonial maneuvers obey economic forces directly related to the US economy and, at the ...

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The slow death of the bourgeois electoral system

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By: Rogelio Acevedo The past electoral event and its results have confirmed the monumental fraud that has characterized bourgeois democracy and its institutions in the territory of Puerto Rico.  The collapse is of such a magnitude that the colonial bourgeois elements have had no recourse other than to admit the debacle.  Figures provided by different bourgeois news outlets estimate that ...

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Workers, Revolution is on the agenda!

By Political Commission  PCPR The working class in Puerto Rico and internationally is the motive force of society.  We are a majority of wage laborers that is oppressed, abused and exploited by a minority, the capitalist class.  As we become conscious of this reality and the necessity of recognizing who oppresses us as well organizing, we will take the first steps to ...

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The workers don’t lie: The energy outage is privatization

By Ramón The breakdown at the Aguirre power plant on September 21st provoked the energy collapse of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) leaving more than a million subscribers without service for several days.  The power outage resulted in hundreds of cases of emergencies as well as several deaths among the poor that suffered from compromising health conditions.  It ...

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The Calm Before the Storm

By Moro The caravans of the political hucksters and their entourages of people obligated to accompany them, if they want to keep their precarious employment in some town or government branch, are being repeated every weekend throughout the country. Several decades ago these caravans overflowed with energy and political passion.  This year they are paltry expressions of a colonial system ...

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Poverty is the PROMESA for pensioners

By A. Rodríguez The dictatorial Wall Street Junta will govern with absolute powers and lead the working class to poverty while making the vultures of finance capital richer.  It has already taken control over various entities of the territorial government.  Among those, the government employee, courts employee and teachers’ retirement systems.  The seven members of the Junta will reduce pensions ...

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Pensions and the workers’ struggle on the international level

By Carlos Borrero The current wave of attacks on public pensions is an international phenomenon.  Just as in Puerto Rico, workers throughout the world are being forced to defend their right to a dignified retirement as capitalist governments use a combination of criminal swindling and cynical pretexts (e.g. public debt crises) in their efforts to renege on obligations. Retirement plans ...

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For an Active Boycott of the Colonial Elections! Let’s Build Workers Councils

By Political Commission PCPR Let’s make some points about the reality in which we live and under which the majority suffers but perhaps is not fully conscious. The malady of humanity is that we live in a capitalist society and if we do not exchange our labor for money we cannot live. If we agree with these broad yet important ...

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