Por: Olivia Sanchez
Publicado el 07/05/2011
This study documents how since 1980 Viequenses and Hawaiians have demonstrated a heightened solidarity in opposition to U.S. military bombing practices on Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Kaho’olawe, Hawai’i. Using personal testimonies collected from Viequenses and Hawaiians since 2009, as well as archival research, the study highlights the the ways in which resistance among these island nations was manifested against increased U.S. imperialism and heightened globalization during the second half of the twentieth century. Although the populations that inhabit these islands are geographically distanced and linguistically unique, the study shows that Viequense and Hawaiian solidarity challenges historical North American representations regarding newly acquired island populations and the indigenous concept of sacred land. In sum, the study gives a comparative overview of how Vieques and Kaho’olawe both came to be used as islands for bombing practice by the U.S. Navy. It reviews historical and political movements, as well as events and issues, and highlights themes such as attitudes of suffering and solidarity, ethnicity, intellectual and academic leadership, fallen leaders, and symbols of resistance.