Boston — Blasting bomba, merengue and salsa music, and chanting, “Cancel the debt!” the Raíces Borikén Collective fired up the blistering cold streets of Boston on Dec. 17, demanding “Decolonize Puerto Rico!” Patricia Chali’Inaru Dones of the United Confederation of Taíno People led the militant action, which blocked major downtown streets.Protesters were outraged at the U.S. government’s deadly neglect of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and Wall Street’s unnatural disaster of bankruptcy administration. They gathered in Plaza Ramón Emeterio Betances, named for the inspirer of Puerto Rico’s “Grito de Lares” armed uprising for independence in 1868.Ernesto Eroc Arroyo welcomed the hundreds gathered in the heart of Boston’s Puerto Rican community, Villa Victoria. “Where I grew up, over there on the third floor,” recalled Arroyo, “was born the Puerto Rican struggle to block bulldozers and stop racist ‘urban renewal.’ Villa Victoria was a victory for decolonization.”Jasmine Gómez described Raíces Borikén Collective as “artists, activists and organizers, the majority of us women and queer, who work through education, culture and direct action to dismantle the imperialist, white-supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal system that has kept Puerto Rico under U.S. colonial subjugation for 120 years.”Powerful artwork displayed the collective’s demands. One showed a mother clutching a child below M16-toting colonial soldiers and bristling barbed wire. It declared: “Release the aid! Repeal the Jones Act! Cancel the debt! Decolonize Puerto Rico!”Another poster blasted the U.S. Trump Congress, in which Puerto Rico has no vote, for its new, “reformed,” 20 percent tax on goods made in Puerto Rico — a de facto blockade of the island’s economy.The march blocked Massachusetts Avenue at the offices of Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group, a hedge fund that “owns” nearly $1 billion of Puerto Rican bond “debt.” The action further highlighted Boston’s role as an administrative and financial center of colonial rule.Boston boasts of its 18th-century “anti-colonialism” against Britain, while the city operates as a financial and legal center for the U.S. colonial project in Puerto Rico. It is home to Puerto Rico’s federal district court as well as the Boston Group, which has funded massive school closures and privatization in Puerto Rico, and the Blackstone Group of financiers, who are rapidly turning the people’s beaches into playgrounds and casinos for wealthy elites.Outside the Baupost Group offices, Gillian Mason of MA Jobs with Justice spoke on behalf of 160 labor organizations in that coalition. Mason blasted “the economic system and the vultures who orchestrated the crisis in Puerto Rico.”“We are sick of these capitalists like Seth Klarman of Baupost making money off the backs of working people in Puerto Rico and here in Massachusetts,” Mason continued. “It is time to decolonize Puerto Rico now, with the first step being to cancel the debt to capitalists!”Steelworkers Local 8751 — the Boston School Bus Drivers — provided a mobile sound truck and handed out a statement in solidarity with Educamos, a Puerto Rican teachers’ union, saying: “While thousands of families have been forced out of Puerto Rico in recent months — many of whose children are now riding our school buses in Boston — we will continue to fight with you in the hopes that our combined efforts will soon end this criminal plot of forced migration of your people from your land and your nation.”Every speaker denounced and called for an immediate end to the U.S.-imposed Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa), which, even before the hurricane, had forced Puerto Rico to slash pensions and the minimum wage, close hundreds of schools and health facilities, lay off thousands of service workers, privatize social services like water, electricity and education, and liquidate people’s meager savings, much in scam “funds” pushed by UBS, Fidelity and other global financial institutions, while demanding extortionate, high-interest payments to Wall Street that can never be met.Steve Gillis is the financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 8751.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Rajan Kumar Gupta agreed to call off the strike on the assurance that their demands would be considered and examined and those found genuine will be implemented.
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The problem can be solved, loss and violence.Do lived experiences form the basis of your work Do you see a continuity between memory and imagination when you write Displacement destabilises the very foundations of reality which is not a bad thing for a writer to experience I think that history memory and story operate and formulate themselves on a continuum with a great amount of overlapping No history can be comprehended unless it’s personal which means it can be remembered which means it can be narrated (and) conveyed as a story In one of the essays in The Book of My Lives you talk about your professor Koljevic who says to you “Stay out of this stick to literature” Can the arts remain divorced from reality from the violence of everyday lives Of course it can’t Literature is part of everyday life and history to the exact same extent to which it is dependent on language which is always both entirely personal and entirely public Across the globe we are witness to a rise in intolerance to a disregard for the rights and freedoms of others As a writer and also as someone who had to seek a new life for himself in a new land how do you react to it Intolerance is too weak a word to express the ways in which power employs difference as a way to enforce obedience There are all kinds of writers including fascists and bigots As for me I want to find a way delimit a field in my writing in which difference is exposed as insubstantial and non-essential Your last book The Making of Zombie Wars dealt largely with the dehumanising of immigrants How do you respond to the immigrant crisis in Europe and the way it is being handled Europe is failing daily ethically and politically The way that the plight of refugees is ignored or treated as a nuisance to the pleasant life of Europeans is shameful But I also don’t understand what Europe thinks will happen to a child starving on a Greek island becoming aware that her life means nothing to some rich Englishman or Belgian It is the kind of thing that will never be forgiven nor should it be Did you ever contemplate moving back to Sarajevo once the war got over Do you go back I go back all the time and often I think I should spend more time there I love Sarajevo deeply with all its problems and pain It is the city that defined me I don’t think however that I’d move back there I’ve lived in the US most of my adult life and my writing career is here In some ways Sarajevo is closer to Chicago than Chicago is to Sarajevo In a way your own story – stranded in Chicago in 1992 learning to speak English and then going on to become a celebrated writer – echoes the great American story of equal opportunities But America can also be a land of inequalities How do you look at it I did all right but there are so many people who couldn’t So I don’t want to serve as an excuse for a system of exploitation of immigrants — and Americans — that I escaped with luck to a large extent We’re in the middle of an election season in which one of the Republican candidates is pretty much inviting Americans to a lynching party of immigrants People get killed for appearing un-American I do not wish to serve as an excuse for a false narrative of America as welcoming Ask my Mexican friends or Sikhs who get randomly shot by anti-Muslim bigots what they think of “equal opportunity” You have often spoken about how male power is deeply ingrained in America’s political system With Hillary Clinton contesting as a presidential candidate this year do you think the country is ready for a woman at the helm I think that a part of the country is The other part however will have a chance to reach the darkest depths of misogyny The United States is hurling toward a conflict Hillary will not be a leader to the whole nation I fully expect wide-spread right-wing terrorism to be the consequence of Hillary’s running for president I have read your essay on why you adore Chicago but did you never feel the urge to move out to a more mainstream cultural hub such as New York No I deplore New York which suffers from something I call metropolitan provincialism: the belief that anything and everything that is worthwhile is either already there or on its way there In another words nothing really interesting is happening anywhere else I like to be outside of that and not to be involved in that kind of cultural entitlement What does writing mean to you It is the primary way for me to engage with the world I am stupid when I don’t write which is I want to write all the time I don’t have enough time to write everything I’d want to Tell us about your relationship with language How does mastery over two linguistic traditions inform your work Literature is made of language and the fact I have two languages makes everything twice as good Once I realised that I did not have to choose between the languages I was liberated — I had twice as much to work and play with Back in the Nineties I realised I would have to write in English because I would live in the US for a very long time likely through the end of my life so I had to enable myself to write in English The way to go to about that was to read a lot and absorb the language that way Who have been your literary influences Everything I read influences me and I always want to read more But I’m very fond of (Vladimir) Nabokov (Anton) Chekhov Danilo Kis (Franz) Kafka and lately Elena Ferrante One of the things that strikes me about your work is the lack of a defined “closure” I cannot stand closure There is a particular kind of bourgeois literature that likes to resolve all the conflicts and restore the image of the world as harmonious The world for me is confliction which is what makes it tragically beautiful Is there an architecture to how you write I delimit the space within which my characters and I will conduct our expeditions and explorations I never know where exactly we will go but I also know that there is an end to our journey You have often spoken about your discomfort with distinctions such as fiction and non-fiction What about it do you find most troubling The notion of truth as self-evident bothers me when deployed in narration I think that truth does not precede narration but rather it emerges in the course of it What are you working on at present I have three or four projects plus my engagement with the Netflix show Sense8 For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | London | Published: October 8 2009 1:34 pm Related News Pop princess Britney Spears is preparing to acquire full custody of her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline because she’s concerned her boys are picking up bad habits from their dad The ‘Toxic’ hitmaker was recently granted an extension on the equal custody agreement she has with Federline to share care of Sean Prestonfourand Jayden Jamesthreewhile she’s on tourNational Enquirer reported Federline was handed primary custody of the kids last year after Spears suffered a 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The NGO workers said 18 dogs and several birds were found poisonedof which 13 dogs have died Five of the dogs are still recuperatingone of them is in a critical state They are being treated by the NGO The dogs were brought in suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea The bodies of the birds (crows and kites) were found heaped in a dustbin in A-blockNizamuddin It is suspected that the birds ate the poisoned food as well and after they diedtheir carcasses were dumped in the dustbin by municipal workers The first dead dog was noticed at the Jhoolewala Park on Friday morning by one Rahul Sahniwho called the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to get the carcass removed Latermore calls poured inwith information about dead or semi-conscious dogs Residents said some dogs were removed by sweepers on Saturday morning Friendicoes personnel said the animals had been sterilised and had received anti-rabies shots as well A case was registered at the Nizamuddin police station after area residents and animal lovers filed a complaint We are looking into all aspects of the case Relevant sections will be added to the FIR soon? a STF official on Saturday described it as major breakthrough in the case. Apart from him,hospital principal Dr Rajeev Mishra his wife Dr Purnima Shukla Dr Satish Kumar (head of anesthesia) chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal and clerks Uday Pratap Sharma Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and Sudhir Kumar Pandey were also named In an enquiry conducted by thedistrict administration and later by the chief secretary Khan was found guilty of not adhering to the norms of the Indian Medical Council Through the probe it was also revealed that Khan had taken leave without seeking proper permission on August 11 the same day on which the hospital faced a shortage of oxygen supply Further it was found that he had delayed informing his seniors about the shortage of supply Read |42 children die in 48 hours in Gorakhpur On Friday non-bailable warrants were issued against seven of the nine people named in the FIR Meanwhile Mishra and his wife Shukla have been sent to 14-day judicial custody So far 1304 children have died at the BRD hospital this year Between August 27 and 29 42 children died in the span of 48 hours; seven were allegedly suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) Officiating principal of the hospital P K Singh had said “Till midnight on August 27 there were 342 patients in the paediatrics department out of which 17 died Till midnight on August 28 there were 344 patients on bed and 25 of them died” Kafeel was the nodal officer of the 100-bed AES ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Also read | Opinion:How Gorakhpur was choked (With inputs from agencies) For all the latest India News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 27 2017 12:58 pm Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff to light up our screens in January 2019 Related News It is a special treat for all you dance freaks out there because Bollywood’s most sought-after dancers Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are coming together to light up your screens Hrithik and Tiger are going to share screen space in a Siddharth Anand directorial to be produced by Yash Raj Films Grabbing the golden opportunity YRF has announced the project on the auspicious occasion of Yash Chopra’s 85th birth anniversary This is the first time that Hrithik and Tiger are going to star in a film together and that too a thrilling action film The film is said to go floors in April 2018 Sir @iHrithik You are my Guru But you should know when the game changes #HrithikVsTiger — Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) September 27 2017 Bring it on Presenting @iHrithik & @iTIGERSHROFF in YRF’s next film Directed by Siddharth Anand Releasing on 25th Jan’19 #HrithikVsTiger — Yash Raj Films (@yrf) September 27 2017 The BIGGEST Action event ever Exploding on 25th Jan’19 #HrithikvsTiger …Be Ready http://s.tco/tqw0GdtA5n — Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) September 27 2017 A Guru will always have that one trick he doesnt teach his student @iTIGERSHROFF #HrithikVsTiger — Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) September 27 2017 Confirming the news on social media Tiger teased Hrithik and wrote “Sir @iHrithik You are my Guru But you should know when the game changes #HrithikVsTiger” To which Hrithik replied “A Guru will always have that one trick he doesnt teach his student @iTIGERSHROFF #HrithikVsTiger” He also retweeted YRF’s tweet with the caption “The BIGGEST Action event ever Exploding on 25th Jan’19 #HrithikvsTiger …Be Ready” And while Hrithik Roshan returns to collaborate with YRF after 11 years post their blockbuster Dhoom 2 this is Tiger Shroff’s first venture with them The film is scheduled to release on 25 January 2019 Sidharth will also be directing Tiger in his upcoming film Rambo For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Vishnu Varma | New Delhi | Updated: March 24 2015 1:00 pm The Supreme Court of India Related News In a widely-appreciated judgment the Supreme Court scrapped the contentious section 66A of the Information Technology Act (IT)that empowers the police to make arrests over contentious social media posts?