Social struggle against the U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Two movements in history

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Abstract

The grassroots struggle against the U.S. Navy in Vieques transcended highly divisive colonial politics to build unprecedented political solidarity in Puerto Rico. The success of the recent Vieques movement in shutting down a U.S. Navy live-fire training facility contrasts with the experience of an earlier grassroots struggle in the 1970s. Whereas cold-war politics impeded the earlier activists from forging the alliances and formulating the vision that might advance their cause, a changed political context in the 1990s opened up a new space for protest to develop. Activists' new focus on peace was crucial to strengthening, expanding, and internationalizing the Vieques movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-101
Number of pages19
JournalLatin American Perspectives
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

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Keywords

  • Peace
  • Puerto Rico
  • Social movements
  • U.S. Navy
  • Vieques

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