Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Daily Struggles for Transformation: Mutual Aid and Popular Resistance in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
by Ortega, Lindsey Elizabeth, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2020, 82; 27668003
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ochoa, Enrique
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
Keywords: Climate crisis
Publication Number: 27668003
ISBN: 9781392827536
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