Before last year’s hurricane season struck Puerto Rico, the first US territory to be hit hard was the US Virgin Islands. As the controversy over the failed US response to give relief to Puerto Rico continues to unfold, almost no coverage has been given to the 100,00+ Americans in the USVI. The LMC speaks with poet and novelist Tiphanie Yanique about what we need to know about her home islands. Tiphanie Yanique is also an associate professor in the English department at Wesleyan University.
Puerto Rico was not the only country hit hard by last year’s hurricane season. The LMC speaks with Dr Matthew Quest about the struggle for social and environmental justice in Antigua & Barbuda. Dr Quest is a lecturer of Africana Studies @ the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Puerto Rico is still recovering from two disasters: last year’s Hurricane Maria and the continued onslaught of US neo-liberal economic policies. So what is the future of the Puerto Rican Left? Is statehood or independence the answer? The LMC asks these daunting questions with Fernando Tormos. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri-St Louis.