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Statement of Thanks to the People of Vieques: May 2003


Click here to view photo collage from FOR/Caribbean Project for Justice and Peace International Delegations to Vieque

The Fellowship of Reconciliation celebrates and expresses solidarity with the triumph of the people of Vieques and your allies in Puerto Rico and the rest of the world.

We express our gratitude to the people of Vieques. We thank you because you have shown us that a people can forge a consensus in its diversity. Because a small community with its determination and nonviolent resistance has provoked the support and solidarity of people in the furthest corners of the world. We thank you because you have shown us that the weapons of metal and jets are not all-powerful, but that behind every attempt at war and preparation for war are people whose will to destroy can be changed and even transformed. We thank you because you have demonstrated how colonialism need not and should not diminish the dignity of people, the quality of being people, people who aspire and work and enjoy their island and struggle against abuse and illness of both the body as well as of the society in which all of us are born to live. We thank you because in a moment of apparently unstoppable war, that a community, that you, dear ones, have managed to change the militaristic will of those above with power, and because you have allowed us to participate in your struggle, in your lives. And we thank you because you have declared the tasks that lay ahead, the struggle for the cleanup and recovery of lands and to heal what is damaging the health of your people. We thank you, and we commit ourselves to continue with you, because life is so sweet, so short, and because the road is made so much better walking together. Thank you, people of Vieques. Thank you.

May 1, 2003

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El Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) celebra y se solidariza con el triunfo del pueblo de Vieques y sus aliados en Puerto Rico y el resto del mundo.

Le agradecemos al pueblo de Vieques. Le agradecemos porque nos han mostrado que un pueblo puede forjar consensos en su diversidad. Agradecemos porque un pueblo pequeño con su determinación y resistencia pacífica ha provocado el apoyo y la solidaridad de personas en los más lejanos rincones del mundo. Le agradecemos porque nos han enseñado que las armas de metal y de aviones no son todopoderosos, sino detrás de todo intento de guerra y preparación de guerra hay personas cuyas voluntades para destruir se puede desviar y hasta transformar. Le agradecemos porque nos han demostrado como el colonialismo no tiene que, ni debe, quitar la dignidad de las personas, la calidad de ser gente, gente que aspira y trabaja y goza de su isla y lucha contra el atropello y la enfermedad tanto del cuerpo como de la sociedad en que todos hemos nacido para vivir. Le agradecemos porque en un momento de guerra aparentemente infrenable, que un pueblo, que ustedes, queridos y queridas, han logrado cambiar la voluntad militarista del poder de arriba, y porque nos han permitido participar en su lucha y en sus vidas. Y le agradecemos porque han declarado el quehacer que tenemos adelante, la lucha para descontaminar y recuperar las tierras y sanar lo que está dañando a la salud de su gente. Le agradecemos, y nos comprometemos a seguir con ustedes, porque la vida es tan dulce, tan corta, y porque el camino se hace mucho mejor caminando juntos. Gracias, pueblo de Vieques. Gracias.

1 de mayo de 2003

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