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The “Autogestión” of Puerto Rico

A new consciousness, based on “autogestión” (self-reliance), has taken hold in Puerto Rico, where grass-roots movements are looking not just to rebuild, but to shape a more resilient future.
“They had lost everything, and they were in shock, but they started smiling,” says cofounder Pedro Adorno Irizarry. “We laughed together, and we cried together.”
“José Andrés told us, ‘We’re going to give out a million meals,’” Yareli recalls. “I thought, ‘This guy is crazy!’”
“The first step to make a change is to confront reality,” he says. “We are becoming more aware that we have to solve our own problems. People here are responding.”