We All Rise Together
Artists for Vieques
WVQR - 90.1 FM - Radio Vieques
In 2013, Willie Nelson & Family, Calle 13, Los Lonely Boys, Zoraida Santiago and recordings artists from Puerto Rico and Austin, Texas helped build a public radio station on Vieques Island off the eastern coast Puerto Rico.
In the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Artists for Media Diversity re-releases "Artists for Vieques".
We support the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques and WVQR 90.1FM - Radio Vieques.
Democracy Now Special Report:
Puerto Ricans in Vieques Cope with Devastation
And Fear Toxic Contamination from Maria
"There are two things that slow down the development of individuals and nations: fear and censorship. The people of Vieques forgot about fear and fought side-by-side with many other conscientious Puerto Ricans until US Navy was driven out of the Island after 60 years of destroying Vieques’ beaches and marine life systematically, devastating its environment and lands and endangering the health of its population. Vieques is now in the process of recovering and rebuilding. A public radio station like Radio Vieques (WVQR 90.1 FM) can represent an uncensored voice for Vieques and for all Puerto Ricans. If anything has characterized Calle 13, it is for not allowing the voice of the people to be silenced by governments' economic interests. We must defend freedom of expression and the best way to promote it is to practice it.
“We invite other artists to join in the efforts towards hearing Vieques’ voice without censorship.”
~ Calle 13
Willie Nelson was inspired by his daughter Amy's dream when he wrote the song "A Peaceful Solution" in 2006. He recorded it into a voice recorder and within hours, his daughter Lana Nelson and tour manager, David Anderson created a video and posted it on the web. Since then it has been adapted, recorded and posted by over a hundred musicians and activists in name of peace. Because world peace begins at home, Willie gathered most of the Nelson family into the Pedernales recording studio to create this family version of "A Peaceful Solution" in 2009.
"Willie and the Nelson Family are honored to include our version of "A Peaceful Solution" on Artists for Media Diversity's Digital Album. This song that was born from a dream now has a chance to bring to reality the dreams of the people of Puerto Rico and her sister island, Vieques. Music can and will heal the world."
~ Willie Nelson