During the summer of 2016 the University of the Phoenix sent Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton to Puerto Rico, an island nation colonized since 1898 by the United States. Thanks to the legacies and realities of this external control, the Puerto Rican economy is today in protracted recession and its government owes over $76-billion in debt, largely to Wall Street banks and “vulture funds” who are demanding cuts to health, education and public services, as well as the privatization of public and common lands, beaches and community wealth.
During their visit, our researchers visited a number of communities and investigated a variety of grassroots struggles, from ecological reclamations of land to new political parties, from artistic agitation to agro-ecological initiatives. They also conducted long-form interviews with a diversity of people about the effects of debt and colonization on the imagination.
- To access the online version of our short publication “El Cubo Blanco | The White Cube,” please visit: http://universityofthephoenix.com/the-white-cube.
- Article by UotP faculty Max Haiven “Black Flags and Debt Resistance in America’s Oldest Colony” via ROAR Magazine.