Francisco J. Fortuño Bernier

is a socialist activist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, currently studying political theory at the CUNY Graduate Center.

"Cerrar para abrir": Puerto Rican Student Struggles and the Crisis of Colonial-Capitalism

“Cerrar para abrir”: Puerto Rican Student Struggles and the Crisis of Colonial-Capitalism

The stu­dent move­ment has tak­en an action that exceeds its char­ac­ter as a nar­row, stu­dent effort cir­cum­scribed to the aca­d­e­m­ic set­ting. In order to under­stand how these thou­sands of stu­dents stopped act­ing “like stu­dents” and began delib­er­at­ing, act­ing, and demand­ing in a clear and self-con­scious­ly polit­i­cal field of strug­gle, it is nec­es­sary to look at the his­to­ry of stu­dent strug­gle in Puer­to Rico.