On his last day in Puerto Rico, Bernie Sanders chose to visit the poorest community in Puerto Rico and one of the poorest in the entire caribbean region, located in San Juan, the Comunidad del Caño Martín Peña, a community that was born along with the industrialization boom of the island in the mid 20th century, it is located in mangrove wetlands bordering a long tidal channel. In 2015 it received the United Nations World Habitat Award.
Sanders speaks with Ms. Rodríguez, the executive director of Corporación Proyecto Enlace Caño Martín Peña
Rodriguez told Sanders that the more than 2,000 residents had formed a community land trust to protect their neighborhood from encroaching developers. She said the land trust was modeled on an affordable housing initiative which Sanders pioneered in the 1980s when he was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
The Martín Peña land trust gave residents a legal, long-term claim to land where their families have lived for generations.
Sanders told Rodriguez that he was “deeply impressed” and called the land trust “an excellent effort by a very poor community to fight to stay in homes they have lived in for decades against the forces of gentrification.” — berniesanders.com
My favorite photo from his trip is this one below
Sanders leaves Puerto Rico, returns to US after an almost 3 day stay
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