SCHEDULE for February 16 Vieques events in Washington, DC (Note room assignments and new times for meeting with Congressman Gutierrez and Congressional Briefing):
10:00AM PRESS CONFERENCE, at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, N.E., across from the U.S. Supreme Court.
1:30PM-2:00PM MEETING with The Honorable Luis Gutierrez, Congressman from Illinois, on Capitol Hill (Room 2220 Rayburn House Office Building).
2:00PM-3:00PM: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON VIEQUES, on Capitol Hill (Room 2220 Rayburn House Office Building).
4:00PM DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, on Lafayette Park and the White House sidewalk.
Except for the 1:30PM meeting with Congressman Gutierrez, the media is invited and encouraged to attend all events.
Vieques fishermen blocking US Navy military maneuvers
on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Vieques, an inhabited island of 9,400, off the east coast of
Puerto Rico, has been occupied by the US Navy since 1941 and used
as a bombing range for live ammunition, shelling, strafing, and
illegal chemicals such as napalm and depleted uranium, contributing
to deaths, injuries and a cancer rate among Viequenses which is
26.9% higher than the rest of Puerto Rico. After a US Navy bomb
dropped in Vieques killed David Sanes, a Viequense civilian, and
injured four others on April 19, 1999, the movement to get the
US Navy out of Vieques was intensified and several civil disobedience
camps were established in the Live Impact Area, where protesters
have been acting as human shields against further bombing, which
President Clinton has announced may begin in March. Please join
the representatives of the civil disobedience camps in Vieques
on Feb. 16, when they will be in Washington in order to reiterate
the demands of "not one more bullet, not one more bomb"
and provide updates and reports on the situation in Vieques. For
more information, please access www.viequeslibre.org, The Committee for the Rescue and Development of
Vieques, PO Box 1424, Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765, e-mail: email@example.com.