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Global Lens

The driving mission of For Our Liberation’s Global Lens is demonstrating the interconnectedness of working class liberation struggles against capitalism and imperialism worldwide. By platforming the voices of those organizing resistance internationally through a Marxist-Leninist ideological lens, we strive to build class consciousness and material solidarity across borders. Global Lens entries spotlight the common impetuses faced by oppressed communities globally—be they economic exploitation or racial/colonial subjugation—while underscoring the urgency of unified working class revolt against bourgeois dictatorships locally and worldwide. The series chronicles both ongoing battles and historic precedents of popular uprising, with analysis emphasizing the dialectical relationship between base conditions and political movements reacting to shape history’s trajectory. Overall, Global Lens seeks to nurture proletarian internationalist solidarity and strategically intersect aligned struggles worldwide as instrumental to dismantling entrenched systems of oppression.

Haiti

There is no present without a past. There’s no way to properly and accurately contextualize our present position(s) without accounting for our past position(s). From the moment African descendants led the revolution for their liberation from the French imperialist terrorists, the people and land of this great country have been under attack by western regimes. The people of Haiti and their historic uprising against colonization sparked a fire in the hearts of all colonized people in the region (and beyond!). This is why the French regime pathetically tried to send a message to any other Black and Indigenous peoples who now had the seeds of revolution and creating organized struggle amongst their people against their oppressors sown even deeper into their souls: “revolt and we will economically hold you for ransom”. This egregious ransom has been described by scholars as the “greatest heist in history.”

The current state of Haiti is dire. Located on a fault line between the Caribbean tectonic plate and the second largest tectonic plate in the world, the North American plate, Haiti unfortunately experiences some of the most catastrophic earthquakes. The worst one in recent history that struck Haiti was of a 7.0 magnitude in 2010. Due to lack of proper investment in environmental infrastructure, an adequate healthcare system all attributed to the economic state western intervention has left the country in, the magnitude of the death and destruction has only intensified.

Leading up to our most present position, which as we stated is contextualized by our past, In 1994 Jean Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by a amerikkkan backed coup. Then again in 2004, another amerikkan-packed coup was orchestrated against Aristide. Then in 2019, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by Colombian mercenaries who had received much of their training from the Amerikkkan military and immediately Amerikka swept in to back the unelected replacement for president,  Ariel Henry. Now with Henry in power, the U.S. aids violent gangs by providing them with arms and funds to inflict harm and death upon Haitians, which only validates Henry’s calls for foreign intervention from Kenya and the United Nations and the strengthening of the national police force. 

A quick note on the call for strengthening the national police force, as abolitionists, we know that more police does not stop violence. Stable housing and income, community engagement and development, assured access to affordable and nutritious food, and equitable access to resources are what stop violence, not kkkops. The strengthening of the national police force in Haiti, that will be under the control of an unelected government will only create more violence across the already vulnerable country. Additionally, never believe the word of our oppressors… if Amerikkka is fueling the gang violence in Haiti in order to legitimize calls for foreign intervention, why would they have any real vested interest in stopping said violence which legitimizes their very presence in the region? They can spin the narrative all they want but rest assured, you cannot make sense out of nonsense. 

The western imperialists, knowing that they could not possibly garner the support of the masses to militarily  intervene in a country that they have played a major role in destabilizing, have now called upon an African nation to do their dirty work—peak liberalism. These agents may not look like archetypal white supremacists but they act just the same, and thus they are white supremacists. How is this possible? Capitalism. The answer is plain… capitalism breeds race traitors because these agents of white supremacy will align with whatever they falsely believe will bring them power that is adjacent to their oppressors. In 2010, under the similar current smokescreen sloganeering of “fighting terror”, Somalia was invaded by Kenyan troops and they willingly accepted the military aid Amerikkka had to offer for doing their dirty work.

What we can all do now is strengthen our calls for HANDS OFF HAITI! The people of Haiti are being governed by a puppet government whom they firstly did not elect and secondly are backed by the very people who have held their country economically and politically hostage for decades. AMERIKKA, HANDS OFF HAITI! The Unsham Council voted to adopt Resolution 2699 which approved the Kenyan led multinational military intervention in Kenya… the very council is made up of regimes that have continuously sought to undermine Haiti and align themselves with Haiti’s oppressors. UN AND KENYA, HANDS OFF HAITI! Haitians are saying HANDS OFF HAITI by going after the amerikkkan fueled gangs to protect their communities by any means necessary. The people of Haiti are resilient fighters from past, to present and into the future we will stand with them.

Climate and Violence Displacement [Abstract]

Capitalism is BRUTALITY. No system vested in the power of the oppressor, vested in capital or vested in consumption, can exist in harmony with the proletariat. The aboriginal people of Africa and the Americas were the first to learn this. The technologically advanced, culturally rich, and intentionally living peoples of the world were torn apart by blue-eyed devils on conquest for an impossible dream. This world, our resources, they are finite. But this system intends to consume INFINITELY. 

When white colonizers went to what is known today as Nigeria and cut down their vast, breathtaking forests, they said they would wait for the trees to grow back. They said in their propaganda that the forests wouldn’t be destroyed because nature would heal itself. This joke of a lie, this biologically impossible lie, was a part of their bastardization. On top of this, the capitalist would act as if the people were enriched- that these supposed “poor” people living in the forest and other land in modernly known Nigeria were now just humble, well compensated workers. The white man is a pathological liar and the promise of capital that slips so manipulatively from his wretched tongue has been the propagandistic backbone of the operation. Of course, those trees wouldn’t grow back immediately, of course the wildlife wasn’t taken into consideration, of course those living in the forest were an afterthought, of course the people became slaves. But even then, they knew these evils needed justification, that their new expansion of power would also need to create new forms of reasoning to destroy us. 

Today, the right continues its claim that global warming is not real – that deforestation and over-industrialization, and land ownership itself, is justified. Environmentalism is antithetical to capitalism. As mother earth gasps for air, they only consume more. At this point in time, 43 million children have been displaced, with the number to reach around 100 million in less than 30 years, if radical change doesn’t revolutionize the entire scope of capitalist’s environmental destruction by 2050. In that same year of 2050, around 200 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance due to climate change. Not 200 million in total, 200 million annually. Meaning in only a few years after this point, nearly a billion people will be in extreme danger. In West Africa’s Sahel region, the temperature is rising at 1.5 times the global average. This creates violence and socioeconomic depravity amongst the people because now- due to the nature of capitalist expansion their land, that most people live off of, is unusable and unviable. Now, displacement might be inevitable. 

Despite what the media’s deceitful, negligent and violently nonchalant reporting will tell us,  global warming’s brutal climate disasters do NOT account for most of the 43 million children displaced. 60% of this displacement of children is due to violence against the working class, brutality of colonial powers and conflicts fueled by capitalism. Just like you may have read for the Haiti section of Global Lens, violence amongst people is often not of their own volition, but a symptom that is groomed and coaxed by the predators of capital, a flame that’s scolding scarlet heat consumes all in its wake.

EU migrant abuse with surveillance and ai technology 

 

The European Union is an economic and political figure that accounts for 28 out of 50 European countries. These countries are Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, United KKKingdom(The UK left in 2020). These countries formulated a separate but convergent governance in 1993 but this was not the first time European Countries have united in this way. 

It is in the vested interest that the European Colonial powers unite- despite their supposed ideological differences. Europe has almost always chosen to unite-if not literally than in their protection of hegemony, even after the expulsion of nazi germany, the most vile war criminals were welcomed into the west with open arms and bright smiles. Amerikkka has vacuumed clean the carpet of western evils and did not dispose of the contents- but rather welcomed them into the home. Those who pretended to be against nazism also weaponized Jewish whiteness against black people.  Amerikkka backed fascist dictator of The Dominican Republic, Trujillo, for example, sent out hope to the oppressed people of Germany. He offered them asylum and safety -while only dealing with them in order to whiten up the mainly black island of DR. The European powers, western powers and all those in favor of maintaining the quilt of violence, repression and exploitation put forth by europe, will never disassemble by their own volition. Currently about 10 different european countries desire to join the european union. This union gives some forms of benefit to its subjects, through a lack of borders, encouragement of bourgeois expansion across europe and so on.  

Though migrants populate the EU by over 23 million, the pressures against migrants have caused ,arguably, more deress than ever- much like under the disturbing rule of Obama, Trump, Genocide Joe and all that came before them, the heads of state take turns handing off the country to eachother and worsening it. Empowering the capitalist and white-supermacist structures that created and binded the europe since its inception. 

 

Ever since the proclaimed migrant crisis in europe that saw 1 million migrants seek asylum in 2015, the EU has been emboldened with further advancing technologies and further class solidarity between the Bourgeoisie. Moving away from analog technologies, moving into computing systems and now artificial intelligence, the military and other private enforcers of state power have conjured a nightmarish, automated system of brutality and exclusion. 

 

Thermal imaging cameras, night-vision goggles, special sensors for detecting mobile phones, tracking devices and surveillance towers, Mixed reality glasses, unmanned underwater vehicles, 3D radars, radio frequency analysers, AI facial recognition, AI racial determination technologies and illegal “pushback” tactics have bestowed abilities to the capitalist hellscape like never imagined. 

 

Remote Biometric Identification (RBI) are technologies that can automatically detect the “race” and personal identity of those under its use.  Though “banned”, (which is a term that should always be used loosely when speaking on the laws of colonizers and oppressors) the tech can still be used on asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants- some of the most vulnerable, exploited and overworked in the working class. Similar tech is being used in order to segregate visa applications into europe. When racism, colonialism, and other forms of white supremacy exist in analog forms, they are only as fast as the oppressor who controls them. As these technologies become more automated – then begin to have minds of their own, the racism, colonialism and white supremacy is expedited past what any human can do and takes weight off the capitalist class’s backs for more time to deteriorate any form of “human rights”

 

Any technology MADE BY OPPRESSORS will work FOR OPPRESSORS. Any technology made UNDER OPPRESSION will be STOLEN BY OPPRESSORS. ANY TECH used by an oppressive regime will REPLICATE the oppression of said regime. The only way to ensure the fair, moral and ideologically proper use of these technologies is to gut capitalism until it is no more, to gut the oppressors until they are no more.

Child Labor [Abstract]

Children are the gems of our community. They are the future of our societies, they are the cornerstones to the trajectory of the future world’s history. Despite this, children can be beaten, exploited, verbally abused and left vulnerable by their caretakers even in public, in school or (usually the worst of it all) isolated at home.With arguably even less rights and acknowledgement than dogs, children are the one of the most exploited classes of our society and this fact is often swept under the rug with a simple, dismissive, “You can’t tell me how to parent”. We as human beings have abandoned the healthy, restorative and often advanced teaching forms of child-care that existed across thousands of different cultures. This pathway we have been pushed onto was paved by white supremacy, conjuring a devaluation of children under colonial attitudes that’s damaging and regressive. 

 

Working class radicals ought tooth and nail to remove children from the workforce. Empowered by psychological research and empathy,today we have been able to not only shorten the time that children work but have in-depth understanding of the negative impact, physical and mental, that come upon working children. The colonial attitude toward people is that of a slave owner, the worker is rented for a dirt cheap hourly cost where they produce labor for the capitalist to steal. The kids are even easier to exploit- this is perfect for the capitalist. Capitalism is predicated on the rule of consumption. The more the capitalists can consume, the closer they move to the profit motive, the more valuable their assets are considered. Using children, the capitalist can cut expenditure even further and upheaval the sanctity children deserve and need to have healthy growth. 

 

Globally, capitalists have abused the innocence and exploitable nature of children for their profit motive. Workers rights for children have decreased, children’s autonomy is not just ignored, but scoffed at by the bourgeoisie. Conservatives weaponize the existence of trans people, deploying scare-tactics to the masses and turning the working class against each other- meanwhile striking down children’s rights with constant cycles of legislation and the removal of protections. 

 

Today, around 79 million children are engaged in hazardous work. Seventy percent of child labour is concentrated in the agriculture sector with an estimated 108 million children working on farms and plantations around the world. These children are subjected to brutal conditions on and off the worksite. The duality of oppression at home and at work, through the set up of ownership through capitalism causes a cycle where working is required for all members of a family- even the children- to afford basic necessities. Often, the children working in the agricultural sectors are at even higher risk to the exposure of the harmful chemicals that are used on these plantations. The work is not only backbreaking, but the means of production used for the work itself is destroying their bodies. 

 

Children across various African countries, like the Congo, are subjected to all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labor, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict. To free these babies and children from their chains, capitalism must be obliterated with the same swiftness and power that the capitalists use to break what little rights and dignity we have. The people cannot be silent while the children are made to be cattle for the consumption of the world’s resources. For Our Liberation calls to the people to speak and fight for the rights of the children. These conditions must be no more!

Palestine

Broader Context

The Al-Aqsa Flood operation reflects coordinated escalation by Gaza’s Joint Operations Room of factions aligned through the transnational Unity of the Fields. Decades of Western-backed Israeli aggression and atrocities against occupied Palestinian locales precipitates this, as warnings from Palestinians went unheeded.

Palestinian Liberation

For Palestinians, anti-Zionism means total dismantlement – not reform – of Israel’s apartheid military occupation, the only just resolution. They well understand that any colonial “equality” discourse erases the intrinsic rights and violent displacement of indigenous Palestinians across the land, not just in 1967 territories.

The entire Zionist regime remains an illegal imperial imposition and extreme provocation against Palestinian self-determination. Even amid Western hypocrisy over expanding illegal settlements, liberation seeks complete decolonization “from river to sea”, returning Palestinian refugees, destroying apartheid infrastructure and freeing thousands of political prisoners.

Understanding Palestinian Resistance

Whether through armed capacity or global solidarity campaigns, Palestinian resistance employs a diversity of legitimate tactics against unrelenting state terror. Western media frames obscuring the colonial nature of oppression must be confronted.

Palestinian civil society follows its own autonomous leadership, not compromised intermediaries like the Palestinian Authority birthed by Oslo’s failure. This revolution is not a “conflict” but the latest anti-colonial intifada in a century-long continuum marked by persistent collective struggle.

Any professed solidarity or peace advocacy not centering explicit anti-Zionism, decolonization and correcting historical crimes essentially sustains the oppressor. From camps in Syria to the rubble of Gaza, let us stand firmly behind Palestinian liberation.

Current context

After nearly 4 months of intense Israeli bombardment and infrastructure demolition, over 1 million displaced Palestinians find themselves trapped in the bombed-out southern Gaza city of Rafah which faces an impending full-scale ground invasion by Israeli forces.

To underscore the dire humanitarian catastrophe, Rafah spans only 25 square miles in area, even smaller than the size of Disneyworld’s 39 square mile property in Orlando. Yet Israel continues to indiscriminately bombard this captive civilian population of over 1 million, transforming neighborhoods into free-fire kill zones littered with slain children’s bodies.

Aid groups warn that an invasion would lead to utter collapse as Rafah’s basic infrastructure buckles under supporting a displaced population larger than entire medium-sized cities, but tragically cramped into an area over a third smaller than Disney World’s massive tourist attraction.

 

So far, Israel’s offensive on Gaza has killed over 28,000 Palestinians, including 15,000 women and children. Recent attacks have transformed civilian neighborhoods in Gaza into free-fire kill zones, with slain children’s mutilated bodies left lying in the streets.

Yet despite the catastrophic humanitarian situation, Israel continues to indiscriminately target Rafah’s captive population with airstrikes, tanks and snipers. Aid groups warn that an invasion would lead to thousands more dead and the complete collapse of Gaza’s last remaining hospitals, water networks and shelters.

The UN and rights groups have strongly condemned Israel’s actions and the US’s ongoing military support that arms the aggression. However, decades of biased discourse legitimizing state terrorism against Palestinians persists, with Israel facing no accountability.

In response, Gaza’s resistance forces represented by the Joint Operations Room remain defiantly prepared to defend the trapped civilian population, heeding the call of the martyrs to continue the liberation struggle. Their perseverance underscores decades of anti-colonial resistance that has galvanized generations.

As global outrage builds, solidarity efforts now have an urgent responsibility to materially confront and obstruct the machinery perpetrating slaughter in Gaza through escalating direct action campaigns until Palestinians achieve return and freedom. 

The time for action is now. As the Zionist regime persists with its ethnic cleansing of Palestine undeterred, it has become unequivocally clear that this colonial project will not cease its violence of its own accord without confronting forceful opposition.Therefore, it is incumbent upon all people of conscience globally to promote the unequivocal demands put forth by Palestinian resistance groups on the frontlines – for the complete dismantling of apartheid, return of exiled people, and liberation from the river to sea.

But the sacrifices of the martyred only galvanize generations forged through decades of struggle. With nothing left to lose and growing global outrage, they continue prosecuting a battle beyond ending symbolic apartheid or forfeiting their rights through compromised negotiation. Total liberation and return remains their objective, carrying the banner of this ongoing Nakba towards inevitable victory against injustice through unity and refusal to abandon righteous principles however extreme the odds.

Their steadfast cry for escalation under bombardment challenges world citizens to rally behind self-defense without equivocation or else be complicity in genocide. Let their resilient courage guide global solidarity efforts from boycott to protest to material obstruction of the machinery of civilian slaughter until the bombs at last cease falling.

Sudan

Sudan at a Crossroads: Revolution, Counter-Revolution, and the Struggle for liberation

 

Sudan’s recent history has seen a complex interplay between internal and external forces shaping its political trajectory. In 2019, a popular revolution toppled the oppressive 30-year regime of Omar al-Bashir, driven by a diverse civil resistance coalition demanding people power. But progress remains very fragile against remnants of the old regime.

The 2019 Revolution and its Hopes

 

The uprising was propelled by resistance committees consisting of workers, students, women and other marginalized groups tired of authoritarian rule. They remain active today organizing strikes and protests to keep revolutionary hopes alive despite brutal crackdowns. Their demands center on justice, security sector reforms, fair economic policies focused on people rather than elites.

The Counter-Revolution

 

While the revolution led to a transitional power-sharing agreement, tensions simmered with the military uneasy about losing its privileged political and economic position. In 2021, the military staged a coup, fragmenting along two factions competing ruthlessly for supremacy:

 

  • General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s faction retains links with Sudan’s traditional military elite and regional backers like Egypt, Saudi Arabia.

 

  • The notorious Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), arose from the Janjaweed militias accused of war crimes in Darfur. With the UAE’s financial support and Russia’s economic ties, they continue posing a violent threat.

The Perils of Foreign Interference

 

Sudan’s continued volatility provides opportunities for foreign powers to intervene for their own agendas. Western engagement with the military causes deep concerns about prioritizing counterterrorism over democracy. The UAE backs the human rights-abusing RSF to wield regional influence. Russia cooperates with the RSF on gold extraction for profit. Their meddling empowers military rule over civilian transition.

 

Sudanese activists have taken resistance beyond streets by hacking Chad’s telecom to disrupt a military ally and waging online battles in solidarity with Palestinians also struggling for liberation; these risky digital tactics complement mass mobilization sustaining public defiance against internal repression and foreign powers backing military rule that denies the Sudanese people their right to self-determination and freedom.

 

Despite odds, Sudan’s citizens persist in their calls for dismantling abusive militias, accountability for past crimes, and economic reform centered on social justice. They continue bravely defending the dream of a Sudan governed with the consent and for the welfare of all her people. Their voices and vision cannot be ignored.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the heart of Africa lies the Democratic Republic of Congo, a nation steeped in a tumultuous history of colonization, exploitation, and conflict. To comprehend the present challenges, we must revisit the echoes of European powers carving up Africa, leaving scars that persist today. The DRC’s past resonates with the footsteps of colonial rulers who plundered the land’s immense mineral wealth, including coltan, cobalt, and diamonds – a curse for the Congolese people. Even after the end of formal colonial rule, the legacy of exploitation persists as multinational corporations and foreign interests continue to profit from the DRC’s natural resources, often at the expense of local communities. Corporations such as Glencore, a major player in the mining industry, and Freeport-McMoRan, known for its copper and cobalt mining, have been implicated in exploitative practices. These companies benefit from minerals essential for electronic devices, evading accountability for their actions.

During the Cold War, Western powers vied for influence in the DRC due to its strategic mineral resources. The West targeted then-Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, whose economic nationalism threatened their interests, exemplifying the contradictions between advocating for democracy and undermining it when it serves Western interests. The concept of conflict minerals, mined in war zones and funding armed groups, is a harsh reality in the DRC, where minerals like coltan, tin, and tungsten end up in our electronic devices. The link between natural resource exploitation and human rights violations dates back to colonial times, yet Western countries have often turned a blind eye to these abuses while benefiting from the DRC’s resources. International actors, including governments and institutions, perpetuate exploitation through a lack of transparency in global trade agreements and policies related to the DRC’s resources.

Amidst this turmoil, political instability further compounds the challenges, as contested elections, power struggles, and corruption have shaped the nation’s trajectory. Yet, Congolese civil society stands resilient, with grassroots movements, activists, and organizations tirelessly advocating for change. The echoes of Kwame Nkrumah’s Pan-African legacy resonate, urging recognition that the DRC’s fate is intertwined with Africa’s collective destiny. The DRC’s story is not merely about conflict and suffering; it is about a people who refuse to be silenced. The Congolese people, like the Congo’s mighty rivers, flow with determination – an active reminder that the struggle for justice, dignity, and self-determination continues. In honoring the past, we pave the way for a more just and equitable future for the land that cradles the heart of Africa, calling for global consciousness, international awareness, and action to address the ongoing contradictions between professed values and actions on the ground.

Directs people to who’s actually exploiting the congo, name different organizations

  • Colonial Legacy: Kambale emphasizes the lasting impact of colonialism on the DRC. European powers, particularly Belgium, extracted immense wealth from the region during their colonial rule. The brutal exploitation of rubber, ivory, and other natural resources left scars that persist to this day. Despite the end of formal colonialism, the legacy of exploitation persists.
  • Multinational Corporations: He points out that several multinational corporations continue to exploit the DRC’s resources. These corporations, often with global reach, benefit from the country’s vast mineral wealth. Some notable ones include:
    • Glencore: A major player in the mining industry and Freeport-McMoRan: Known for its copper and cobalt mining, this company has also been implicated in exploitative practices.
    • They continue to benefit from the DRC’s vast mineral wealth. These corporations profit from minerals like coltan, tin, and copper, which are essential for electronic devices. Yet, they often evade accountability for their practices.
  • Cold War Influence: During the Cold War, Western powers vied for influence in the DRC due to its strategic minerals. The West targeted then-Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, whose economic nationalism threatened their interests. Lumumba’s tragic fate exemplifies the contradictions between advocating for democracy and undermining it when it serves Western interests
  • Conflict Minerals: Kambale discusses the concept of conflict minerals, which are mined in war zones and fund armed groups. The DRC is rich in minerals like coltan, tin, and tungsten, which end up in our electronic devices. Companies that indirectly benefit from these minerals need to be held accountable.
  • International Complicity: He highlights the role of international actors, including governments and institutions, in perpetuating exploitation. The DRC’s resources are often traded on global markets, and transparency is lacking. International policies and trade agreements must address this issue.
  • Human Rights Violations: The link between natural resource exploitation and human rights violations dates back to colonial times. Western countries have often turned a blind eye to these abuses while benefiting from the DRC’s resources
  • Western countries’ historical and ongoing involvement in the DRC’s exploitation reveals contradictions between professed values and actions on the ground. Addressing these contradictions requires

Remember, understanding the complexities of exploitation in the DRC requires ongoing research and vigilance.

  • Point out contradictions other people/entities have with the congo

Puerto Rico

Struggle for Justice and Self-Determination

We stand in unwavering solidarity with the resilient people of Puerto Rico, who, for generations, have faced the consequences of colonial rule. The ongoing struggle for justice and self-determination endures as Puerto Ricans navigate the intricate challenges posed by colonialism, economic adversity, and environmental crises.

Legacy of Colonialism

Since the ominous year of 1898, which was characterized by the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico has carried the enduring legacy of colonialism throughout its history as both a Spanish colony and a U.S. territory. Even with a semblance of self-rule, Puerto Rico finds itself ensnared in the web of limited representation in Washington. The loss of federal tax provisions, a sizable debt load, the cruel blows of natural disasters, the relentless onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, poor management by authorities, and a declining population all contribute to the island’s economic distress.

Amidst this struggle, some brave lawmakers and activists raise their voices, demanding transformative changes in Washington’s imperial stance. They advocate for a profound reevaluation of Puerto Rico’s political status, the abolishment of oppressive policies like the Jones Act, and a fervent call for substantial economic relief. In the spirit of anti-colonial resistance, they challenge the oppressive forces that perpetuate Puerto Rico’s subjugation, striving for a future where the island can break free from the chains of imperialist control.

Economic Challenges and Austerity Measures

The economic challenges facing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, home to nearly 3.3 million people, are intricately tied to its enduring colonial condition. Puerto Rico experienced a protracted economic downturn from 2006 to 2017, with the San Juan-Caguas metropolitan area accounting for approximately 75% of the island’s economy. A declining GDP, a dwindling population, and falling employment were the hallmarks of this time period. Hurricane Maria in 2017 served as a brutal exclamation point for this crisis, triggering the most extensive power outage in U.S. history and causing a temporary but severe setback to the already struggling economy.

The island’s economy continues to suffer from systemic problems despite sporadic growth, particularly after the initial shock of the pandemic. As of mid-2022, private-sector employment has reached a fifteen-year high, but this growth is riddled with disparities. The medical manufacturing cluster, a linchpin of Puerto Rico’s economy, remains vital, but employment is far below its 2005 peak. The tourism sector, while a relatively small player, stands out as one of the Commonwealth’s stronger job creators in recent times. Additionally, a nascent aerospace industry has taken root around Aguadilla and Arecibo.

Wages in Puerto Rico persistently hover at about half the level of the U.S., fueling stark income inequality. Educational attainment, only modestly lower than in the U.S., highlights the resilience and determination of the Puerto Rican people. However, beneath this apparent prosperity, the island continues to struggle with the effects of its severe financial crisis, a sign of the ongoing economic oppression that a population fighting for independence and freedom from colonial restrictions must endure.

Climate Justice and Puerto Rico’s Path to Self-Determination

The struggles Puerto Rico faces today, encompassing social, economic, and environmental challenges, find their origins in a complex history intertwined with colonial legacies. The island’s journey toward its present state took a critical turn in 1898 when Puerto Rico was handed over to the United States, disrupting the aspirations of self-determination and setting the stage for its current dilemmas.

In the realm of climate justice, Puerto Rico’s vulnerabilities to climate change are accentuated by its colonial status. The impacts of rising temperatures, severe hurricanes, and economic disparities disproportionately affect a population deprived of self-governance. Legislative acts and judicial decisions, coupled with recent privatization efforts, have perpetuated a dependence on federal aid, limiting Puerto Rico’s ability to make decisions that would enhance climate resilience.

The Puerto Rican Alliance (PRÁ) recognizes that true climate justice is inseparable from self-determination. Advocating for decolonization, PRÁ aims to break free from historical constraints, urging global awareness and engagement with decision-makers to address Puerto Rico’s unique challenges. Embracing self-determination becomes not just a call for justice but a pivotal step toward building a climate-resilient and equitable future for Puerto Rico.

Environmental Crises and Climate Justice in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico grapples with intensified environmental crises, notably hurricanes and earthquakes, exacerbating the dire impact of climate change. Climate justice becomes paramount as these challenges disproportionately affect communities with limited decision-making agency.

Rising temperatures, recurrent hurricanes like Maria and Fiona, and a fragile power grid underscore Puerto Rico’s vulnerability. Environmental injustice is starkly evident, with Puerto Rico contributing a negligible fraction of global emissions yet bearing a disproportionate burden compared to wealthier nations. The aftermath of Hurricane Maria exposes the urgent need for resilient, clean energy solutions. Advocating for clean energy, environmental justice, and sustainable futures is crucial to addressing these challenges.

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