COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S “UNPAYABLE DEBT” WORKING GROUP RELEASES DIGITAL RESOURCE TO THINK AND TEACH ABOUT PUERTO RICO’S DEBT CRISIS
NEW YORK, May 1, 2017 – The “Unpayable Debt” working group at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference announces the launch of PRSyllabus, a resource to study Puerto Rico’s $70 million debt crisis in the context of over one hundred years of colonial governance by the United States.
“The syllabus comes at a critical time,” says working group co-director Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University). “Today unions throughout the island have declared a national strike. Students at the University of Puerto Rico are also on strike to protest extreme budget cuts and to support demands for an independent audit while an unelected board with ties to the lending industry in the United States, supports extreme austerity measures that have been unsuccessful elsewhere in the world. To guide more effective policy, we need to reorient our thinking and become better informed about the roots and consequences of the crisis. Our work suggests that participatory and transparent governance, economic revitalization, and full investment in fundamental human needs, like education and health, are better ways forward.”
I tend not to take much notice of press releases upon matters economic that don’t know the different between million and billion.
But you know Chicano Studies departments have to have something to do with their time.