Daily Struggles for Transformation: Mutual Aid and Popular Resistance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico explores the relationship between food sovereignty, autonomy, and mutual aid in the wake of climate crisis in Puerto Rico. My thesis looks to the daily struggles for survival and liberation in Post-Maria Puerto Rico as transformational solutions to the global climate crisis. It centers the work of grassroots activists and popular education projects to build solidarity and resistance to disaster capitalism and rebuild Puerto Rico from the bottom-up.
My thesis analyzes the decentralized mutual aid model used by Red Apoyo Mutuo Puerto Rico (RAMPR) and Centros de Apoyo Mutuo (CAMS). Within this network, I look at Agit Arte, a working-class community-run art CAM, and how they build solidarity and popular resistance through popular education projects. I am interested in how these organizations embrace the concept and practice of autonomy in their strategies and processes and address climate change through a critical framework of holistic healing as part of their vision for Puerto Rico’s future. My thesis looks to popular resistance and mutual aid to argue why indigenous and grassroots struggles are essential to understanding the radical and systemic changes that are necessary in a collective effort to save humanity and our planet.
|Commitee:||Verba, Ericka, Fried Amilivia, Gabriela|
|School:||California State University, Los Angeles|
|Department:||Latin American Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American Studies, Social research, Caribbean Studies|
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