Sell OFF Part of Puerto Rico? Hell Nah. Returning My Voice to My Island Today. Hands Off Vieques !!


I am a Viequenese.

Puerto Rican. Yo soy boricua.

dad birth

Boricua. 100.

My family is from the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

 

My grandmother, with my young father in tow,

dada baby

was kicked off that land that she and my father were born on,

dad gaga

with less than 24 hours notice.

Way back in the 1940’s, she was forced to leave.

And, although she was already a US citizen with full constitutional rights, her rights were violated and her property was stripped.

They were kicked off, the houses were bulldozed by our US government, and the US Military moved in.

pr bomb

For over half a century, the people of Vieques fought to get their land back. They won.

Now, a politician from Utah wants to sell it off for a profit.

Not today, Sir.

Not today.

We are all watching. And, we are ready. You won’t take that land today, Sir. Not without a fight. Here is a message directly from Vieques. Heed wisely:

“On the grounds of Vieques referred to in the draft bill to create the board of control federal prosecutor for Puerto Rico:
Recently came out in the press of the country that the borrdor of law to create the board of control federal prosecutor on Puerto Rico includes the idea of selling to private interests 3 thousand strings in the western part of Vieques currently under the control of the Service of fish and wildlife of the department of the interior.
Pedro Pierluisi, resident commissioner of Puerto Rico in Washington and a congressman in Utah, apparently, are the authors of this suggestion that is consistent with the neo-Liberal thoughts of the privatization of everything.


My thoughts:
All the land that the navy can’t even imagine us in Vieques must return to the people of Vieques under a trust of land, with the aim of ensuring the control and community use of that heritage.


Fish and wildlife (Doi) was imposed in Vieques for the Congress of the US, as a way of punishing people for having taken your marina. Here as in many other places in the us, pvs / doi come into control of contaminated land by the armed forces or other federal agencies as a strategy to minimize the level of responsibility of cleaning.


The people of Vieques, with the support of large sections of the Puerto Rican nation and with enormous sacrifices, put an end to the military use of approximately 23 thousand strings in the island baby. Those sacrifices were part of a historic struggle of decades of fishermen, workers, religious leaders, academics, women and young people to rescue their island and undertake a project of healthy development for the next generations.
Any attempt to sell the land to the vultures speculators and so-called “developmental” will face a united people with a new wave of militancy and civil disobedience to the 1999-2003.
It’s urgent a serious conversation between the sectors in Vieques and the caring people of the rest of the Puerto Rican nation – here and in the diaspora – to create the necessary strategies to ensure the return of every inch of Vieques territory to the people. Key part of this process will be the establishment of mechanisms – as a community land trust – to ensure the appropriate use of these resources for the benefit of the people of Vieques, now and in the future.


R. Rabin, Vieques, 7 April 2016

Director Museo Vieques at Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and Director atArchivo Histórico de Vieques/Museo de la Memoria Histórica de Vieques

Translation:

Sobre los terrenos de Vieques mencionados en el borrador proyecto de ley para crear la Junta de Control Fiscal Federal para Puerto Rico:

Hace poco salió a relucir en la prensa del país que el borrdor de ley para crear la Junta de Control Fiscal Federal sobre Puerto Rico incluye la idea de vender a intereses privados 3 mil cuerdas en la zona oeste de Vieques actualmente bajo el control del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre del Departamento del Interior.

Pedro Pierluisi, comisionado residente de Puerto Rico en Washington y un congresista en Utah, aparentemente, son los autores de esta sugerencia que concuerda con los pensamientos neoliberales de la privatización de todo.

Mis pensamientos:

Todos los terrenos que la Marina de Guerra de EU expropio en Vieques deben regresar al pueblo de Vieques bajo un Fideicomiso de Terrenos, con el fin de asegurar el control y uso comunitario de ese patrimonio.

Pesca y Vida Silvestre (DOI) fue impuesto en Vieques por el congreso de los EU, como manera de castigar al pueblo por haber sacado a su Marina. Aquí como en muchos otros lugares en EU, PVS/DOI entran en control de terrenos contaminados por las fuerzas armadas u otras agencias federales como estrategia para minimizar el nivel de responsabilidad de limpieza.

El pueblo viequense, con el apoyo de amplios sectores de la nación puertorriqueña y con enormes sacrificios, puso fin al uso militar de aproximadamente 23 mil cuerdas en la Isla Nena. Esos sacrificios fueron parte de una lucha histórica de décadas de pescadores, trabajadores, lideres religiosos, universitarios, mujeres y jóvenes para rescatar su isla y emprender un proyecto de desarrollo saludable para las próximas generaciones.

Cualquier intento de vender esos terrenos a los buitres especuladores y mal llamados “desarrollistas” se enfrentará a un pueblo unido con una nueva oleada de militancia y desobediencia civil a la 1999-2003.

Es urgente una conversación seria entre los sectores viequenses y la gente solidaria del resto de la nación puertorriqueña – aquí y en la diáspora – para crear las estrategias necesarias para lograr la devolución de cada pulgada de territorio viequense al pueblo. Parte clave de este proceso será la creación de mecanismos – como un Fideicomiso Comunitario de Tierras – para garantizar el uso apropiado de estos recursos en beneficio del pueblo viequense ahora y en el futuro.

R. Rabin, Vieques 7 de abril de 2016

Director Museo Vieques at Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and Director atArchivo Histórico de Vieques/Museo de la Memoria Histórica de Vieques

Mi abuelita never made it back to her island of Vieques. She tried many times, right until the end of her life. My father never made it either.

dad gaga trip

Vieques was liberated and the US Military was kicked out, after many decades, but not before they passed.

If they were here today, they would be standing with Mr. Rabin, fighting, fists high, hearts strong.

Please speak up against the privatization of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Speak up today… before it is too late … again. #HeedWisely