Greece, Spain & Puerto Rico: Current Struggles and Building Solidarity




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Published on Sep 29, 2015

Vicente Rubio-Pueyo, Rafael Bernabe, and Despina Lalaki, with moderator Ed Morales, discuss the struggles of their countries with debt and austerity in a forum hosted by David Galarza Santa at Camaradas El Barrio in Manhattan September 28, 2015 video by Joe Friendly

Rafael Bernabe: Puerto Rican Professor, Author and candidate for Governor. Bernabe sees his participation in the Working People's Party of Puerto Rico as a logical and consistent continuation of the social commitment that he has shown throughout the years. Without a doubt, he feels that there is certainly a possibility of facilitating the implementation of the three principles he has long defended: democracy, solidarity and sustainability. That's why he struggles to rescue the hope for Puerto Rico.

Despina Lalaki is an activist and sociologist currently teaching at CUNY- City College of Technology. She holds a PhD from New School University in Historical Sociology and she has also studied at SUNY-Binghamton University (M.A.) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-Greece (B.A.). Her articles have been published in scholarly journals and newspapers while she often contributes commentary to radio programs and social media on current developments in Greece. Despina is also a founding member of AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement (www.akny.org), an independent political organization, established in 2012, that works to build a grassroots movement in support of the struggles of people in Greece against neoliberalism, authoritarianism and racism.

Vicente Rubio-Pueyo – Activist and Scholar. Teaches at Fordham University. He collaborates with activist/academic organizations such as the Left Forum and the Global Platform on Protest and Participation. Has been active in building connections and mutual understanding between US and Spanish social and political movements: Occupy Wall Street, 15M, Podemos.

Ed Morales is an author and journalist who has written for publications like The Nation, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, and City Limits, among many others. He is a former Village Voice staff writer and Newsday columnist. Morales is the author of two books, Living in Spanglish (St. Martins) and The Latin Beat (Da Capo Press), and the upcoming Raza Matters (Verso Press). He is currently a lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and John Jay College, hosts a show on WBAI-FM and maintains an influential blog at edmorales.net.


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