Recently Puerto Rico has seen large protests by workers in the public sector, demanding raises, better working conditions, and more secure retirement. Dr. Adriana Garriga-López, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kalamazoo College & Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey campus, joined The Freedom Side Live to break down the context of the protests, their demands, and what it means for the future of Puerto Rico.
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Eugene Puryear is a longtime journalist and community organizer currently-based in New York City. Eugene helped to organize a number of the large-scale demonstrations that took place against the continuing U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, he was a key leader In the struggle to free the Jena Six in 2007, and a founder of the anti-gentrification group Justice First, the Jobs Not Jails coalition, DC Ferguson Movement and Stop Police Terror Project-D.C. Puryear is the author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, and spent five years in radio prior to helping found BT News.