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Chicagoans among residents from 22 cities to protest U.S. bombing in Vieques

Puerto Rican community residents and human rights
activists from more than 22 cities will gather in Washington, DC this Friday, September 22, to protest the U.S. Navy's resumption of bombing on the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Chicago, IL: Organizers in more than 22 US cities are mobilizing across the country to send contingents of supporters to Washington, DC this Friday to protest the U.S. military's resumption of bombing on the Island of Vieques, and to call on President Clinton to end the U.S. government's occupation of the island.

The protest is scheduled for noon in front of the White House. Over a hundred people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience as part of the mobilization to oppose U.S. military policy on the island, with this portion of the action scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. near the protest’s central rallying point.

Friday's protest is being coordinated by the Chicago-based National Boricua Human Rights Network – in conjunction with a broad coalition of community, labor, and religious groups and U.S. elected officials – as part of a ‘Day of Solidarity with the People of Vieques, Puerto Rico.’ Friday's speakers will include members of a delegation of representatives from the Island of Vieques, who will provide evidence and speak out about the detrimental environmental, economic and health impact the bombing has had on the lives of 10,000 American citizens of Puerto Rican heritage who live in the Island of Vieques.

Bus departure
7 p.m., Thursday, September 21
2607 W. Divison St., Chicago

Noon, Friday, September 22
The White House, Washington, DC

Civil Disobedience
2:30 p.m., Friday, September 22
The White House, Washington, DC



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