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Puerto Rico: Colonialism and Resistance
Date Wednesday April 04
Time 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorSanta Cruz Museum of Art & History
Location Details
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St, Santa Cruz
Learn about the U.S. and Puerto Rico relationship and their response post-Hurricane Maria with Juan Carlos Dávila. This multimedia presentation and discussion will get you engaging in dialogue of how activists and alternative recovery efforts can move a community forward when neglected by the government.

This event costs $10 (includes admission to the museum), and is FREE for Members.

Made possible in part by Nordic Naturals and MAH Members.


Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States that faces two major crises – first, the largest economic recession of its history, and second, the consequences of the worst natural disaster in 100 years. Puerto Rico is comprised of a group of islands that are culturally independent, but politically and financially controlled by the U.S. Government. When hurricane María made landfall in September 2017, it unveiled the precarity of the tropical paradise.

"Puerto Rico: Colonialism and Resistance after Hurricane María" will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the limitations that the Puerto Rican government has to lead recovery efforts due to its colonial relationship with the United States. This includes a large dependency on U.S. federal resources, a large debt to Wall Street bondholders, and being tethered to the Jones Act, a law that permits only U.S. vessels to enter in Puerto Rico ­– even for aid purposes. This situation worsens when the U.S. government has established military control over Puerto Rico and disaster capitalists make their way in.

In light of these issues, some residents of Puerto Rico are imagining and enacting a recovery led by the people. Under the idea that “only the people will save the people,” there has been an emergence of autonomous and self-sustaining initiatives led by activist organizations. These initiatives range from popular kitchens, agricultural restoration projects, debris cleaning brigades, and providers of solar energy to rural communities. This presentation will profile some of the activists participating in these alternative recovery efforts.


Juan C. Dávila is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and PhD student of Latin American and Latino Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). His work focuses on environmentalism, social movements and globalization. He has directed two feature documentary films: Compañeros de lucha (2012) and Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016). Dávila currently works as a correspondent for Democracy Now!

He holds a Bachelor in Arts of Communication from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico (2011) and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation from the UCSC (2015).
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