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  Vieques, Puerto Rico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Teófilo José Jaime María Le Guillou, who is recognized as the founder of Vieques as a town, arrived in 1823, marking a period of economic and social change for the island of Vieques.
Young Milivi Adams, a Vieques native who was a cancer patient, became the protester's symbol child in their quest to liberate the island of the bombings.
Vieques' small airport is the hub of Vieques Air Link, which flies to Fajardo and San Juan in mainland Puerto Rico as well as St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands from there.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vieques,_Puerto_Rico   (917 words)

 Cause for Vieques - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cause of Vieques was a protest movement that emerged in Puerto Rico during the Navy-Vieques protests.
The Cause of Vieques is also used in reference to the cause followed by those who supported the cease of the bombing target practices in Vieques.
The Cause of Vieques movement emerged a few months later after the beginning of the protests and played a pivotal point in the abandoning of the military facilities on Vieques by the U.S. Navy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cause_for_Vieques   (270 words)

During the 1940s the United_States military purchased 60% of the land area of Vieques including farms and sugar plantations from locals, who in turn were left with no employment options and many were forced to emigrate to mainland Puerto Rico and to St._Croix to look for homes and jobs.
In March, 1999, Vieques native David_Sanes was killed by a bomb dropped by a military jet during bombing exercises.
Vieques' small airport is the hub of Vieques_Air_Link, which flies to Fajardo and San Juan in mainland Puerto Rico as well as St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands from there.
www.palfacts.com /Vieques,_Puerto_Rico   (867 words)

 Vieques protesters bring cause to nation's capital   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Carlos Zenon, president of the Vieques Fishermen Association, accused the Navy of contaminating the island.
The representatives of the teachers' union told of the disruption to schooling, and the fishermen complained that the military was ruining the fishing grounds.
Carmen Valencia of the Vieques Women's Alliance displayed a greeting card for the president that was drawn by an 11-year-old boy and signed by the children of Vieques, she said.
gbgm-umc.org /mission/news2000/umns021700jpsc.stm   (966 words)

 MADRE: An International Women's Human Rights Organization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
DU is widely believed to be the cause of serious illnesses plaguing victims and veterans of the 1991 Gulf War (when the US fired 300 tons of DU munitions on Iraq) and the 1999 NATO war against Yugoslavia (where hundreds of thousands of rounds of DU missiles and bullets were fired).
Vieques is contaminated with metallic residues left by detonated missiles and by the heaps of scrap metal that the Navy confirms are never cleaned up.
Vieques is one of numerous poor communities of color (including Okinawa, Japan and Richmond, California) that have been littered with environmental hazards by US military and industry.
www.madre.org /res_vieques.html   (1481 words)

 Vieques Victory
The Navy's official exit Thursday from Vieques lands it had held since World War II will give Ventura the chance to fulfill a promise he made to his father to walk the 20-mile-long island from end to end.
Thousands from Vieques, the main island of Puerto Rico, several U.S. cities and various countries around the world gathered on the island Thursday to sing and party for four days and offer up prayers of thanks that the Navy has finally left its premier Atlantic Ocean training facility for good.
Vieques became a cause célèbre among stateside politicians and celebrities such as actor Edward James Olmos, environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
students.syr.edu /span/vieques.htm   (850 words)

 Vieques in the News
The misunderstanding of her role as commissioner of Vieques by a significant number of people on the island, and her failure to fulfill some of the measures prescribed by the law has no doubt contributed to an increased sense of resentment and frustration in the conflict of Vieques.
That an Office of the Commissioner of Vieques be created by law, as an interagency mechanism for the effective coordination of the work of all the agencies that must, within the scope of their duties, contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the people of Vieques.
Vieques is one of the worst examples in the world of military training and testing, carried out without regard to the health and well-being of the local population.
www.forusa.org /programs/puertorico/archives/0800delegation.html   (7318 words)

 Vieques History / Vieques Navy History, Photos & all about Vieques. History is
Teofilo Jose Jaime Maria Gillou, who is recognized as the founder of Vieques as a town, arrived in 1823, marking a period of economic and social change for the island of Vieques.
Milivi Adams (1997-November 17, 2002) was a young cancer patient from the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico who had become a symbol in the battle against the presence of the military in that island.
Many people have blamed the military's bomb testings in Vieques as the cause for those chemicals to be present in her blood, although that opinion is based on ideas and not specific scientific findings.
www.viequestravelguide.com /vieques-pr-history.html   (1350 words)

 ATSDR - PHA - Vieques, Puerto Rico: Air Pathway Evaluation, Bombing Range - Public Comments
The comment raises the possibility of Vieques residents being indirectly exposed to air contaminants (i.e., the residents possibly being exposed to contaminants that settle from the air onto soils and plants).
These evaluations have shown that the residents of Vieques were not exposed to contaminants from the military training exercises at levels that are associated with adverse health effects.
Because the frequency and intensity of air-to-ground bombing on Vieques increased during the 1970s, it is reasonable to assume that the air quality impacts and any associated exposures prior to the early 1970s were lower than the concentrations we predicted in our models.
www.atsdr.cdc.gov /HAC/PHA/vieques4/vbr_p6.html   (8858 words)

 The Militant - Vol.64/No.35 - September 18, 2000 -- Protesters: U.S. Navy threatens health of residents of Vieques   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
VIEQUES, Puerto Rico--More than 150 residents of Vieques and supporters of the struggle to oust the U.S. Navy from their island gathered on the evening of August 19 for a weekly vigil just outside the gate to the Camp García naval base.
Participating this week were six members of the group All Connecticut with Vieques, two students from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, a group of medical interns from the Bronx, New York, a group of poets from New York, and a delegation of 10 people from the newly formed Vermont-Puerto Rico Solidarity Committee.
The cancer rate for Vieques residents is 27 percent higher than that on the main island of Puerto Rico, Castaño reported.
www.themilitant.com /2000/6435/643555.shtml   (1114 words)

 Alice Colon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Vieques has been in the limelight particularly since April 19, 1999, when a security guard working in the area controlled by the U.S. Navy, David Sanes, was killed by a bombarding jet, in a still not fully explained accident.
Vieques, with an area of 51 square miles and a population of over 9,000 persons, is located 6 to 8 miles to the south east of the larger island of Puerto Rico.
The situation of Vieques thus calls for a redefinition of security that is based on justice and social development and not on the preparation for war and arms development.
www.fire.or.cr /AliceColon.htm   (1462 words)

 Letter to the Senate on Vieques
We hold that the real cause of the Vieques controversy is rooted in colonial conditions under which the 3.9 million American citizens of Puerto Rico have lived for more than a century.
As the debate on the Vieques issue proceeds in the Senate, the undersigned urge members to recognize the legitimate root causes of Puerto Rican protest of the Navy's practices.
Vieques is but 52 square miles in size - roughly the same as the District of Colombia - and the U.S. Government owns 2/3rds of its total acreage.
www.lulac.org /advocacy/issues/puertorico/viequltr.html   (1101 words)

 Nonviolent Resistance in Vieques
During a visit to Vieques in March, I had the opportunity to visit the camp at the entrance to Camp Garcia (one of 14 camps scattered in various parts of the military areas) and meet some of those working to end the military domination of their island.
The people of Vieques particularly remember Angel Rodriguez Cristobal who was arrested with 20 others for protesting the military presence on their island in 1979.
Vieques will receive a miserly $40 million for economic development and a referendum will be held within the next two years to determine the ultimate fate of the bases.
home.twcny.rr.com /magerandy/PENSWORD/VIEQUES2000.HTML   (1387 words)

 GBGM Feature
Ecumenical chapel that was dismantled by the Navy is being rebuilt in Vieques.
It is the first day in which the people of Vieques are free from the bombing and other military exercises that for over 60 years contaminated the environment and deteriorated the health of the people.
Still as part of the Vieques agenda is the devolution of the land to the people of Puerto Rico and its sustainable development in ways that are friendly to the environment.
gbgm-umc.org /global_news/full_article.cfm?articleid=1595   (462 words)

 Caribbean is PARADISE - DR1 Forums
Nilda Medina, of the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques, said: "For years we have denounced the relationship between the military contamination and the exaggerated levels of cancer on Vieques.
Vieques became a cause célèbre 21 months ago after a misdirected shell killed a civilian security guard, and became the catalyst for a re-examination of Puerto Rican relations with the US.
Anti-American slogans are daubed throughout Vieques, an 18-mile long island on which civilians are confined to the middle third.
www.dr1.com /forums/showthread.php?t=10264   (618 words)

 ¡Vieques Libre! Archive: June / July
Vieques Peace and Justice Camp (PJC), in front of the entrance to the Navy facility, Camp García here in Vieques, where the US Navy does its bombing practice, plays a central role in the struggle against the military presence on the island.
Thousands of people from Vieques and from the main island, came to the event that was organized by the Cayo Yayí Collective with the cooperation of the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques (CRDV) and several other community organizations.
Carlos Zenón, Vieques fisherman and leader of the Mount David Camp; Lucy Saldaña of the Peace and Justice Camp and Ismael Guadalupe, veteran leader of the Vieques struggle and principle spokesman for the CRDV, travelled to Asia to speak on the case of Vieques.
www.peacehost.net /Vieques/June-July.html   (3567 words)

 La Lutta Dispatch Media Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Since then, the September 11 terrorist attacks have occurred and the cause of Vieques - emblematic as it is of resistance to US colonialism and militarism - has been drowned in the din of war mobilization.
Last July, 68% of the residents of Vieques voted in an island-wide referendum for the US Navy to stop the bombing immediately, leave Vieques, clean up the contamination, and return the lands to its citizens.
The call for the Navy to withdraw from Vieques was supported by Puerto Rico's governor, Sila Calder—n, and was part of a galvanizing mobilization of Puerto Ricans on the mainland of the United States.
www.lalutta.org /dispatch/viequesrefp.html   (275 words)

 CNNfyi.com - Puerto Ricans rally against bombing exercises - April 27, 2001
VIEQUES, Puerto Rico (CNN) -- One day after the Puerto Rican and U.S. governments faced off in a federal court, the U.S. military locked horns with protesters opposed to bombing exercises on the territory's Vieques Island.
A Pentagon representative who asked not to be identified said the pauses were part of normal procedure and were not in response to eight demonstrators who managed to make their way onto a small island in the security area surrounding the range.
Vieques' 9,400 civilians live between the eastern training ground and a former weapons depot to the west.
archives.cnn.com /2001/fyi/news/04/27/vieques   (1166 words)

 Rubén Berríos biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He led the Navy-Culebra protests, is a leader for the Cause of Vieques and was arrested and imprisoned for civil disobedience.
He stayed in the Gilberto Concepción de Gracia encampment —baptized in honor of the PIP founder— for 362 days in an uninterrupted manner; even when the encampment was devastated by storms, and when his health was seriously affected after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Civil disobedient for the Navy-Culebra protests (1971) and the Cause of Vieques (1999)
ruben-berrios.biography.ms   (954 words)

 PUERTO RICO HERALD: Key PIP Leaders Won't Participate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Castelo Branco said he believes the noise levels of the Navy bombing are enough to cause vibroacoustic disease.
Democrats charge that Pataki's interest in Vieques is really designed to win him votes among New York's 1 million-plus Puerto Ricans in the 2002 election.
VIEQUES (AP) - The U.S. Navy posted public notices that informs Vieques residents that they will be initiating their military practices on Vieques on April 27.
www.puertorico-herald.org /issues/2001/vol5n17/Media2-en.shtml   (831 words)

 Used by the Navy for target practice
And again, the Navy was met by resistance from a population that is determined to stop the U.S. war machine from using their land for target practice.
The rate of cancer in Vieques is 30 percent higher than in the rest of Puerto Rico.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s governor Sila Calderón is clearly wavering on her election promise to champion the cause of Vieques.
www.socialistworker.org /2002-2/421/421_02_Vieques.shtml   (341 words)

 Postings Archive Folder 6
And to try to divide the defenders of Vieques on Isla Grande from the fighters on Isla Nena, the federal district attorney¹s office invented a strategy that gives a privileged treatment to the viequenses with pending legal cases due to civil desobedience acts.
Vieques is Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico is Vieques." So declared Ismael Guadalupe, spokeperson of the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques, main community organization of the struggle for the desmilitarization of the Isla Nena.
Without exception, the arrested from Vieques indicated their rejection to the offer to be acquitted without the people from the Isla Grande receiving the same treatment.
www.peacehost.net /Vieques/archive7.html   (2225 words)

 Puerto Rico rejects Cuban offer / FT - Cuba News / Noticias - CubaNet News
Residents of Vieques have claimed that in addition to the dangers from the war games, the activities harm the environment, destroy marine life, stunt economic development and may be linked to an above-normal cancer rate on the island.
The US defence department and the navy say Vieques is irreplaceable, and that its use for live weapons training is critical to US national security.
Mr Castro's support for Vieques was made at the weekend during a demonstration at Havana's Revolution Square at which Fernando Martin of Puerto Rico's independence party appeared.
www.cubanet.org /CNews/y01/may01/31e2.htm   (496 words)

 Cause for Vieques -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Cause of Vieques was a protest movement that emerged in (A self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico) Puerto Rico during the (Click link for more info and facts about Navy-Vieques protests) Navy-Vieques protests.
The Cause of Vieques is also used in reference to the (Events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something) cause followed by those who supported the cease of the bombing target practices in Vieques.
During the (The decade from 1940 to 1949) 1940s the U.S. Navy purchased about 4/5 parts of Vieques grounds by compensated land expropriation, and then later started using them as bombing target practice grounds.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ca/cause_for_vieques.htm   (367 words)

 Comite Noviembre Pg 07
Speaking before a young crowd for a rousing evening of hip-hop, free Vieques and Puerto Rican nationalism slogans, Perez downplayed her fame, saying that the "Stop the Bombs" movement should be the focus of the evening rather than her star status.
The activity was organized by the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques, the Alliance of Women of Vieques and United Youth of Vieques.
Vieques youth is on the march for peace in our island and in defense of our human rights.
www.nyboricua.com /comnovpg07.htm   (1011 words)

 The Militant - January 24, 2000 -- King Day actions set to demand U.S. Navy get out of Vieques
The protesters "left their families to be with us, which shows their commitment and solidarity to the cause of Vieques," said Nilda Medina of the Coordinating Committee for Justice and Peace in Vieques.
The fund was raised by workers contributing $2 each and is dedicated to finding out the reason for the high cancer rates of Vieques residents.
He praised the federal installation of a new "anti-drug trafficking super radar" on Vieques that is to begin operation in the next two months as well as the recent recruitment of 6,000 more cops.
www.themilitant.com /2000/6403/640350.html   (628 words)

 H-Net Review: Katherine McCaffrey on Vieques, the Navy, and Puerto Rican Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Vieques is a fifty-two-square-mile island situated six miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico.
Barreto is interested in understanding the reason for this outpouring of support for Vieques from Puerto Ricans on the main island of Puerto Rico and in the United States.
The first is the question of why the Vieques movement generated such a groundswell of popular support at this particular historic moment, and what this implies for Puerto Rican politics and national identity.
www.h-net.msu.edu /reviews/showrev.cgi?path=6501073606132   (1401 words)

 PUERTO RICO HERALD: Calderon Criticized For Vieques Omission   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Although she was among those who gave Calderon a standing ovation when she announced that the Vieques legislation would be filed soon, New Progressive Party (NPP) Interim President Norma Burgos said it was "worrisome" that such bill was not filed.
After a visit to Vieques, Police Superintendent Pierre Vivoni announced that he saw no need to either increase the police force at Camp Garcia in Vieques or to stop plans to remove the Riot Squad from that area.
In his last order, Clinton ordered the Navy to get ready to leave Vieques because the election of Calderon, the new Legislature and a new mayor in the island municipality were all clear indications that the military body would not prevail in Vieques.
www.puertorico-herald.org /issues/2001/vol5n04/Media2-en.shtml   (1126 words)

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