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Marisol Morales Presentation
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Marisol Morales Presentation
Marisol Morales Presentation
Marisol Morales Presentation
Marisol Morales Presentation
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Marisol Morales Thesis Presentation

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  • 1. Puerto Rican National Unity Through the Development of a Puerto Rican Human Rights Agenda: The Campaign to Free the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners & its Relationship to the Vieques Movement
  • 2. The Question?
    • Considering the heavy divisions amongst Puerto Ricans regarding the status issue, how was it that such diverse sectors of the population were able to put their political differences aside and support a movement such as Vieques? Did the campaign to free the political prisoners create a foundation to unify Puerto Rican society, both on and off the island, such that the Vieques movement was able to capitalize on that foundation and use that momentum to achieve the successful removal of the navy?
  • 3. Methodology
    • Primary Sources
    • Participant observation
    • Interviews
    • Rare printed materials
    • Legal articles
    • FALN communiqués
    • FBI records
    • Secondary Sources
    • Books
    • Academic journal articles
    • Reports
  • 4. The Continuous Colony
    • Spanish colonialism of Puerto Rico 1493-1898
    • United States colonialism of Puerto Rico 1898-Present
    • Political/economic policies created the Puerto Rican migration to the US in the late 1940s.
    • Oppression produces resistance
  • 5. “ Yo Seria Boricano Aunque Naciera en la Luna: The Puerto Rican Political Prisoners
    • Oppression produces resistance
    • Nationalist Attacks 1950 & 1954
    • 1966 & 1977 riots in Chicago: rebellion breeds Puerto Rican political activism
    • National/World context: civil rights movement, Vietnam war, & 3rd world social movements
    • Importance of US-based Puerto Ricans to the status debate
  • 6. Roots of Political Activism
    • Confronting racism
    • Identity & Culture as a form of resistance
    • Campaign to Free the 5 Nationalists
    • Youth Activism
  • 7. The Arrests
    • 1976 - Grand Jury
    • April 4, 1980
    • May 29, 1981
  • 8. Seditious Conspiracy
    • “the agreement among two or more people to oppose the authority of the US government by force”
    • “The impossible crime”
  • 9. The Campaign to Release the Prisoners
    • Immediate organizing
    • Focus on humanizing the prisoners
    • Created the dialogue of a Puerto Rican human rights agenda
    • Intentionally sought support amongst Puerto Ricans first
    • Was able to change paradigms with changing world
  • 10. Vieques Movement
    • Two Phases
    • Pre-1999 - Angel Cristobal Rodriguez
    • Independence movement
    • Post 1999 - popular movement
    • Peaceful, non-violence, civil disobedience
    • Broad-based - across political lines
  • 11. The Relationship
    • Prisoners campaign activated a broader base through fostering a Puerto Rican human rights agenda as part of a Puerto Rican/Latino agenda
    • Vieques was able to capitalize on the activated base to gain success quickly
    • The importance of US-based Puerto Ricans
    • Cultural Nationalism on the Island
  • 12. Rescuing our Sovereignty
    • Cultural Nationalism - political, collective action
    • Human Rights Agenda - highlighting the contradictions
    • The potential to build on this to begin the status dialogue
  • 13. Questions???