The Battle for Paradise: Resisting Disaster Capitalism in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7 - 10pm

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"Greetings from Puerto Rico" postcard, c. 1940

"Greetings from Puerto Rico" postcard, c. 1940

Join us for a free, public conversation about how a radical, resilient vision for Puerto Rico's post-Maria recovery struggles against shock politics and disaster capitalism.


• Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE

• Naomi Klein, author, The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

• Juan González, co-host, Democracy Now!

• Katia R. Avilés-Vázquez, Organización Boricuá

and other guests, with a welcome by Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept.

With videos from JunteGente and The Intercept, art build, community tables, and a book signing by Naomi Klein.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

All royalties from the sale of Naomi Klein’s book in English and Spanish go directly to JunteGente, a gathering of Puerto Rican organizations resisting disaster capitalism and advancing a fair and healthy recovery for their island.

Presented by Our Power Puerto Rico, UPROSE, Climate Justice Alliance, The Intercept, and Haymarket Books

Co-sponsored by: Strand Books, The Cooper Union Department of Public Programs

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.