June 30, 2001 |
Politics and pop music make stimulating bedfellows. The most powerful and inspiring artists seem to emerge during times of social change, when music becomes a vehicle to express a new vision or affirm deep convictions. During the '60s and '70s, artists such as Bob Dylan in rock and Ruben Blades in salsa infused their music with values that changed the world--racial equality, social justice and opposition to the war in Vietnam.
June 19, 2001 |
The U.S. Navy began a round of bombing practice Monday on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques despite protesters' efforts to infiltrate a bombing range and halt war games. The bombing, with dummy weapons, began on schedule about 2 p.m. EDT and was "going fine," Lt. Cmdr. Awilda Tereira said. Navy security officers arrested eight protesters on the bombing range before the exercises began. Nine more--including Jacqueline Jackson, wife of the Rev.
June 18, 2001 |
Protesters and security forces braced for renewed demonstrations when Navy bombing exercises resume today on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, despite President Bush's announcement last week that training will end by May 2003. On the eve of the practice, many Vieques residents spent the day at church or with their families. But murals and painted slogans were testimony to the simmering anger here.
June 12, 2001 |
Robert Kennedy Jr. is set to appear in federal court July 6 in Puerto Rico on trespassing charges stemming from protests on Vieques island, an attorney for the environmentalist said. Former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo will be representing Kennedy and New York labor leader Dennis Rivera, said Scott Edwards, a lawyer for Kennedy's White Plains, N.Y.-based environmental group, Water Keeper Alliance. Kennedy and Rivera were among about 180 people arrested this year during protests against U.S.
May 1, 2001 |
Navy ships and fighter jets blasted a firing range with inert ammunition despite protests on Monday, the same day the Navy gave up more than a third of its land on this Puerto Rican island. The transfer of the 8,100 acres was part of an agreement reached last year between the White House and Puerto Rico as a compromise to quell rising tensions over the Navy's use of Vieques. "It represents a great opportunity for the Navy to demonstrate we are great neighbors on Vieques," said Lt.
April 29, 2001 |
The U.S. Navy urged Puerto Rican authorities to send out riot police to quell protests on Vieques that were increasingly hampering the Navy's efforts to conduct controversial military exercises on the island. Dozens more activists protesting the training on Vieques, a small island off the U.S. Caribbean territory, made their way onto Camp Garcia naval base. The protesters say the exercises damage Vieques residents' health and the environment.