CWA Calls for Halt to Vieques Bombing

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Communications Workers of America

    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Communications Workers of America
 issued the following statement urging the Bush administration to stop naval
 bombing exercises on the island of Vieques and to remove the Navy's training
 facility.
     The Communications Workers of America joins with the government and people
 of Puerto Rico in demanding an end to the Navy's renewed bombing exercises
 that threaten the health and safety of the 9,000 people of Vieques as well as
 the destruction of the national environment on the island.
     Using this island as target practice for the U.S. Navy and military forces
 of other countries over the past 60 years has caused civilians to be killed
 and injured and has created other health hazards for residents of Vieques,
 including a very high incidence of cancer and cardiac problems.
     Damage to the environment also has placed plant and animal species there
 on the endangered list and has threatened the fishing industry, one of the
 most important sources of income for the island's population.
     Despite recent discussions with the government of Puerto Rico over these
 concerns, the U.S. military's decision to renew its bombing on Vieques shows
 incredible arrogance and callousness.
     The public outcry and demonstrations we have seen the past several days
 are evidence that the people of Vieques and Puerto Rico have had enough, and
 that they are joined by religious, community and labor groups throughout the
 United States in elevating this as a serious human rights issue.
     CWA represents more than 1,500 Puerto Rican members in broadcasting, print
 journalism -- members of UPAGRA -- and telecommunications.   Overall, CWA
 represents some 740,000 workers in communications, media, manufacturing,
 airline passenger service and other fields.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Communications Workers of America
 issued the following statement urging the Bush administration to stop naval
 bombing exercises on the island of Vieques and to remove the Navy's training
 facility.
     The Communications Workers of America joins with the government and people
 of Puerto Rico in demanding an end to the Navy's renewed bombing exercises
 that threaten the health and safety of the 9,000 people of Vieques as well as
 the destruction of the national environment on the island.
     Using this island as target practice for the U.S. Navy and military forces
 of other countries over the past 60 years has caused civilians to be killed
 and injured and has created other health hazards for residents of Vieques,
 including a very high incidence of cancer and cardiac problems.
     Damage to the environment also has placed plant and animal species there
 on the endangered list and has threatened the fishing industry, one of the
 most important sources of income for the island's population.
     Despite recent discussions with the government of Puerto Rico over these
 concerns, the U.S. military's decision to renew its bombing on Vieques shows
 incredible arrogance and callousness.
     The public outcry and demonstrations we have seen the past several days
 are evidence that the people of Vieques and Puerto Rico have had enough, and
 that they are joined by religious, community and labor groups throughout the
 United States in elevating this as a serious human rights issue.
     CWA represents more than 1,500 Puerto Rican members in broadcasting, print
 journalism -- members of UPAGRA -- and telecommunications.   Overall, CWA
 represents some 740,000 workers in communications, media, manufacturing,
 airline passenger service and other fields.
 
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