Artists for Vieques is Born!
From Vieques we extend a warm embrace of gratitude and solidarity to artists in Puerto Rico and in the United States who donated songs for the virtual album, Artists for Vieques - a project of Artists for Media Diversity to support the creation of Radio Vieques WVQR 90.1FM.
Your musical contribution reminds us of the unique dynamic of mutual inspiration between artists and the struggle for peace on Vieques that helped us put an end to half century of US Navy bombing here on May 1st, 2003. Now, as we are about to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of that great victory, your artistic solidarity will help us establish Radio Vieques, a key tool in the continuing struggles for decontamination, return of our lands, sustainable community development and attention to the health crisis we suffer, due in great measure, to military toxics that sicken and kill our loved ones.
We particularly thank three women for their commitment to Vieques and their work on this project: Puerto Rican singer and songwriter, Zoraida Santiago; Barbara Kooyman, Executive Director, Artists for Media Diversity; and Ileana Rivera Santa, Manager, Latino Public Radio Consortium/National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
Vieques is Puerto Rico! Vieques is Austin!
Robert Rabin Siegal, CPRDV Director, Radio Vieques
Dear Friend of Vieques:
Your solidarity was key to the success of the Peace for Vieques Movement that celebrated the end of US Navy bombing here in May, 2003. In this decade of post bombing life, the struggles continue for environmental cleanup, health for our families and community based sustainable development. The Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques (CRDV) played a crucial role in the peace and justice movement and now works on projects related to health and socio-economic development.
The Federal Communications Commission approved a CRDV petition to establish a non profit, educational, full power FM radio station on frequency 90.1 that would cover Vieques, Culebra and the Eastern region of Puerto Rico. We have until July, 2013 to begin transmission, according to FCC regulations.
Radio Vieques (WVQR) will be a valuable tool for all sectors of Vieques society as well as the communities of Culebra, Ceiba and Naguabo, areas also affected for decades by US military activities. Over the past two years the CRDV works with local municipal governments, academic and cultural institutions, environmental, labor, women and youth groups, among others, to help shape the nature of RV and identify human resources needed.
To build the facilities – antenna (on nearby island of Culebra) and studio (Vieques) – we need to raise around one hundred thousand dollars. Technical advisors and help from important organizations in the community radio field like Latino Public Radio Consortium, Prometheus Radio, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, provide us with the necessary information to obtain the best possible equipment with a humble budget.
We appeal to your solidarity with Vieques at this important juncture in our history. Radio Vieques has great potential to become the leading mechanism for collective dialogue, dissemination, education and mobilization around crucial issues for our communities that seek recovery from half century of environmental, social and economic degradation. Your support for Radio Vieques will help us continue the struggle for a better quality of life now and for future generations.
In struggle, in solidarity, Robert Rabin, CRDV/Director Radio Vieques - WVQR 90.1FM
Recording Artists Make Musical Contributions
Artists for Media Diversity is accepting musical contributions for the next virtual album in support of Radio Vieques - WVQR 90.1 FM.
Robert Rabin, Director of WVQR along with Zoraida Santiago, singer and songwriter from Puerto Rico, and Ileana Rivera Santa, Latino Desk Manager, Latino Public Radio Consortium / National Federation of Community Broadcasters, will coordinate the next virtual album in support of WVQR 90.1FM.
To find out how to contribute to the next virtual album of Artists for Radio Vieques, visit A4MD.org/ARTISTS.
“Hay dos cosas que atrasan el desarrollo de las personas y de los pueblos: el miedo y la censura. El pueblo de Vieques se olvidó del miedo y dio la batalla junto a muchos puertorriqueños conscientes, hasta que se logró sacar a la marina de los Estados Unidos, después de 60 años destrozando sus playas, la vida marina, la salud, el ambiente y sus tierras. Ahora está en el proceso de recuperar y reconstruir. Una emisora de radio pública, como Radio Vieques (WVQR 90.1 FM) puede representar para los viequenses y para todos los puertorriqueños, una voz sin censura. Si algo ha caracterizado a Calle 13 es no dejar que los mensajes de los pueblos sean silenciados por los grandes intereses económicos de los gobiernos. Hay que defender la libertad de expresión y la mejor manera de promoverla es practicándola.
"Invitamos a otros artistas a que se unan al esfuerzo para que la voz de Vieques se escuche sin censura.” Calle 13