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The Evolution of Casa Pueblo, Puerto Rico: From Mining Opposition to Community Revolution

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Massol-González, Alexis; Johnnidis, Avril Andromache; Massol-Deyá, Arturo
Date: 2008
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: Gatekeeper 137b
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5897
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): political parties
social change
revolutionary movements
Abstract: "Casa Pueblo began as a grassroots’ citizens group formed to oppose the Puerto Rican government’s plan to allow large-scale open-pit mining by international corporations in the central region in 1980. Its aims have since evolved to promoting community self-reliance and community-based self-management, while conserving cultural heritage and local and national ecological integrity. Its philosophy is based on a 'social transformation model': the affirmation of cultural (local) values, reinforcement of self-esteem, and promotion of self-reliance and self-responsibility. It implements this through community culture (i.e. through the use of art, music and field action), information gathering, sound science and research, and self-sufficiency through community enterprises, such as coffee production, a community store and eco-tourism."

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