Standing in Vieques today you may still see bombs exploding as the result of detonation, or hear that local lands remain in federal hands or notice that the ferries from Vieques to mainland Puerto Rico are full of Viequenses seeking health services, many for complicated and serious illnesses.
I am writing you today to respectfully request that you uphold the promise you made during your presidential campaign in February 2008: to use all available resources to address the man-made health and environmental crisis that afflicts the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
We dug around, harangued the concierge, talked to locals, drove in circles, went off paved roads, paddled, peddled, stayed up late, woke up early, and ate everything in sight. Here's what we discovered.
The island of Vieques in Puerto Rico recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of a struggle that ended 60 years of U.S. Navy test bombing there. Yet the legacy of Navy devastation is sobering, and Viequenses remain dispossessed of their lands.