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Vieques celebration/reflection (english)
by James Alexander
17 Jul 2003
Vieques: Lessons for the global peace and justice movement
Victory in Vieques!
Lessons for the global peace and justice movement
Thursday, July 24th
Cargill Room 97
Northeastern University School of Law
On May 1, 2003, after years of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience
actions and mounting political and legal pressure, the Puerto Rican
people and their allies forced the U.S. Navy to abandon the bombing
range which it had held since the 1940s, and which occupied two thirds
of the small island of Vieques.
Please join us for a public forum to discuss the lessons, both
political and legal, that we can take from this historic campaign, as
well as on what remains to be done there: the decontamination of the
island, the return of the land to the people of Vieques, and the
sustainable redevelopment of the island.
Giovanna Negretti, Executive Director of Oiste, Massachusetts' primary
Latino political organization, is a former Viequez resident whose
grandmother still lives on the island. She was part of a four-day
fact-finding mission to Vieques in 2000 which included state law-makers
and other officials. Negretti also led a delegation of activists from
Boston to Washington DC to join an international civil disobedience
action at the White House.
Antonio Torres is an author of "Puerto Rico: Economic Conversion and
Sustainable Development", a draft prepared for the Comit? Pro Rescate y
Desarrollo de Vieques (CPRDV-Committee for the Rescue and Development
of Vieques) in 1996 and a more recent report, "Sustainable Development
in Vieques", which describes strategies for redevelopment on the island
now that the Navy has left.
Agma Sweeney is founding member of Todos Con Vieques Committee for
Massachusetts and was instrumental in passing resolutions in many
cities and towns in Massachusetts calling for an end to the bombing in
Vieques. She grew up on Vieques and has family there.
Prof. Lee Breckenridge specializes in environmental and natural
resources law. She will speak about the problems of chemical
contamination and environmental degradation caused by the U.S. military
activities, and the availability of legal remedies under environmental
The program will also feature a short documentary, "Vieques: un pueblo
forjando futuros/a people making the future?" by Johanna Bermudez Ruiz,
a filmmaker from Vieques.
hors d'oeuvres from El Taino restaurant and recorded music begin at
The program will begin at 7pm.
Co-sponsored by the Latino/Latina Student Cultural Center at
Northeastern, Latin@ Law Students Association(LaLSA), Northeastern
School of Law Committee Against Institutional Racism, National Lawyers
Guild Mass. Chapter, Northeastern International Law Society, Lucy
Parsons Center, Northeastern School of Law Anti-War Society (list
still in formation)
The Northeastern University School of Law Anti-War Society
(http://www.slaw.neu.edu/students/nuslaws/) formed this past winter in
opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. We are dedicated to the promotion
of peaceful methods to solve international conflict all around the
world, not just in Iraq. We have held vigils and forums to raise
awareness of opposition to U.S. militarism.