It goes without saying that within the past month, #Teamsters Local 901 in #PuertoRico has been through quite the ordeal.
#HurricaneMaria left their headquarters without any electricity. After the storm, three generators were brought into the building, and the local was converted into a temporary disaster response center. The building now has phones, lights, and computers, but still no air conditioning in the blistering heat of the island.
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Local 901 was unable to contact their membership, but they have since been able to speak with a majority of their workforce. They are now in the process of attempting to bring some level of normalcy back to the lives of Teamster members in Puerto Rico.
Local 282 member Pedro Maldonado has been working with Teamsters Disaster Relief to help not just Local 901, but Teamsters back in the mainland who are trying to contact their families. “We just get the job done,” Maldonado said. “We don’t ask ‘what’s your rank, what’s your title,’ we just ask what the job is that needs to be done and we get on it. A lot times we’re working next to guys where we don’t know their name, we don’t know where they’re from, we just get to it, no questions asked.” #PuertoRicoRelief#UnionsUnited#1u#solidarity
Tomorrow, October 18, 2017, marks the 119th anniversary of the day the American troops fighting the Spanish-American war raised the US flag in Puerto Rico officially taking control of the Spanish-held island. On this anniversary starting at 8:30PM at Radio Bean, Marcie Hernandez and Daniel Gaviria will play an all Spanish set of originals and eclectic covers until 9:30. Available at the show for a very small price will be 4 different prints of photos from a shoot Marcie and I recently completed here in town called "Lady Libertad". All proceeds from print sales will be donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief Fund. Come out for some great music, pick up a print and show your support for Puerto Rico. They need our help now more than ever.
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Several police vehicles, an armored tactical vehicle, and law enforcement personnel including swat team pointed their guns at relief workers while surrounding and then entering our base of operations in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in the early hours before dawn of October 16th, 2017. Law enforcement communicated that they were acting from a call that Mutual Aid Disaster Relief volunteers were engaged in “kidnapping”. After checking everybody’s belongings without consent, they forced volunteers out of what was the Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Puerto Rico hub at gunpoint and the threat of arrest.
Law enforcement intimidation also included aggressive questioning of our purpose there and whether or not we were protestors or Antifa, had we ever used the raised fist, if we were distributing propaganda, and if we were planning to overthrow the government.
The state used similar intimidation and disruption tactics against revolutionary disaster relief workers in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Brandon Darby being just one example.
We know that repression from the state intensifies when our organizing is perceived by those in power as effective. Rather than be intimidated into silence and passivity, this just furthers our resolve to continue organizing from below to support people’s survival and self-determination.
And to answer the question, no. We are not planning on seizing state power and overthrowing the government. We do not need to. The state is decaying and will fall by its own weight. We are building relationships of support that can withstand every crisis and give people fertile imaginations full of the possibilities of what can be built in the power vacuums for when the inevitable does happen.
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Just edited a piece called "Dreams of the East" for @steviepittman_ Now live on @stab (Link in Bio). Still blown away at the level this guys at. Clips collected so far in this hurricane season... @cheesecake_smasher @rsmallcheck & myself. Enjoy