Puerto Rico post-hurricane eyewitness report: recovery and resisting attacks on public education

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Tuesday, December 12
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Koltoff Hall room 135

Hear a Puerto Rico post-hurricane eyewitness report from from AFSCME Local 3800 Secretary Brad Sigal, who went on a solidarity trip to Puerto Rico in October. This will include a presentation and pictures from his trip. Sigal brought donations from our union, other unions, and many individual workers to the Puerto Rican Teachers Federation, a union that is doing work brigades to help with people’s immediate dire needs throughout Puerto Rico, and is also mobilizing to defend public schools and public education. The government has tried to use the hurricane as a pretext to try to close and privatize schools, like happened in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The scale of devastation in Puerto Rico is overwhelming, and the government’s response has been less than inadequate. Unions in Puerto Rico are helping the island recover while also fending off attempts to privatize energy, education and other sectors as the government tries to impose painful austerity measures.