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2615jovenes boricuas en defensa de vieques desde Washington

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  • Robert Rabin
    Nov 14, 2013
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      13 de noviembre de 2013

      9:38 p.m. Política

      Universitarios boricuas levantan la bandera de Vieques en Washington

      Le escriben a Obama e inician campaña en las redes sociales



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      Los estudiantes afirmaron que no han sido suficientes los esfuerzos de la
      Casa Blanca, a través del Grupo de Trabajo sobre la Sustentabilidad de
      Vieques. (Archivo)



      WASHINGTON – Los estudiantes universitarios puertorriqueños que participan
      este semestre en Washington del internado Córdova-Fernós han adoptado los
      esfuerzos a favor de la descontaminación y limpieza de los antiguos terrenos
      militares estadounidenses en la isla municipio de Vieques.



      “Estamos extremadamente preocupados con la alarmante lentitud con la cual
      progresa la limpieza y descontaminación de la antigua zona de entrenamiento
      con armas de la Flota del Atlántico (AFWTF) en la Isla de Vieques”, indica
      una carta que le enviaron el pasado día 31 al presidente Barack Obama.



      Los estudiantes afirmaron que no han sido suficientes los esfuerzos de la
      Casa Blanca, a través del Grupo de Trabajo sobre la Sustentabilidad de
      Vieques.

      Y solicitan que se aumenten los fondos del Pentágono para la
      descontaminación de Vieques y atender la crisis de salud de los viequenses,
      que se han enfrentado a tasas muy altas de enfermedades crónicas, como
      cáncer e hipertensión.



      La carta es suscrita por los estudiantes Leslie Linares, Idaliz Ortiz, María
      del Mar Viera, Diana Sotomayor, Julyannette O’Neil, Nelson Schwartz,
      Wilfredo Santiago, Lorena León, Claudia Delbrey, Leisha Santiago, Pablo
      Díaz, Gisela Ruiz, Lireiza Rodríguez, Kenny Díaz, Emilio Cruz, Linnette
      Rodríguez, Eduardo Quijano, Jean Carlo Báez. Débora Aponte y Yamila Pino.



      Al adoptar como su causa los esfuerzos a favor de Vieques, el grupo también
      creó una página en Facebook (facebook.com/JusticeForVieques), una cuenta en
      twitter @Justice4Vieques, una página de internet (justiceforvieques.com) y
      han tenido reuniones con miembros del Congreso.



      El sábado, los estudiantes estarán en algunas de las principales
      instalaciones de Washington D.C. que atraen turistas- como la Casa Blanca,
      el Congreso, el Lincoln Memorial y el Tribunal Supremo – para distribuir
      información sobre la situación en

      Vieques. Al evento lo han llamado “Día de Concienciación sobre Vieques”.

      Texto de la carta:

      October 31, 2013



      The Honorable Barack Obama

      President of the United States



      The White House

      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

      Washington D.C. 20500



      Dear President Obama:



      As an active group of interns from Puerto Rico participating in the Córdova
      & Fernós Program for Congressional Internships in Washington D.C., we are
      extremely concerned with the alarmingly slow progress made to clean up and
      decontaminate the former Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility (AFWTF) in
      the island of Vieques. The Navy left behind a devastating legacy of toxic
      contamination and environmental degradation on the island as well as a
      crippling health crisis that must be properly addressed.



      While we appreciate the Administration’s awareness of the situation in
      Vieques and its establishment of a “Vieques Sustainability Task Force”, as
      recommended by the “President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status” in their
      March 2011 report, this is clearly not enough. The people of Vieques need
      your Administration’s active support and engagement now, more than ever. The
      negative impact resulting from the U.S. Navy’s presence on the island has
      caused immeasurable damage to Vieques’ environment as well as substantial
      health perils for thousands of U.S. citizens residing there.



      The people of Vieques have a 30% higher rate of cancer and a 381% higher
      rate of hypertension than of those living in the main island of Puerto Rico.
      These statistics reflect the devastating effects of more than 60 years of
      military activities and bombing. The people of Puerto Rico have not
      forgotten the promise you made five years ago to then-Governor Aníbal
      Acevedo Vilá when you wrote: “We will closely monitor the health of the
      people of Vieques and promote appropriate remedies to health conditions
      caused by military activities conducted by the U.S. Navy on Vieques.” Those
      promised “health remedies” have been absent. We urge you to fulfill your
      promise by providing adequate resources to complete the decontamination and
      environmental restoration process in a timely manner, and to finally address
      the island’s health crisis.



      On April 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released
      information stating that “work at the site will be completed in 2022 in the
      land areas and in 2029 for the underwater efforts.” This seems like an
      excessively lengthy timeline. The people of Vieques do not deserve to
      continue living in a toxic wasteland for almost 20 more years. Viequenses
      have already had to sacrifice more than enough in the name of national
      defense. Your Administration needs to act responsibly, be accountable and
      address the situation immediately.



      In order to help remedy the situation created by decades of unjust and
      undeserved treatment, an increase in the funds the Department of Defense
      currently dedicates to the clean-up and decontamination efforts is in order.
      This money will be used to improve the quality of life of more than 9,000
      U.S. citizens residing in the island of Vieques. Your administration should
      also finally provide sufficient federal resources to address the health
      crisis in Vieques. The people of Vieques deserve the attention and care you
      promised on February 12, 2008.



      Sincerely,



      Fall 2013- Córdova & Fernós students







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