Intifada: Church—State Conflict in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Lester Mcgrath-Andino

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI:
Intifada: Church—State Conflict in Vieques, Puerto Rico

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This chapter explores the role played by the Ecumenical Coalition of Churches for Vieques (ECCV) in the formation and struggles of a broad-based civil disobedience campaign being carried out since 1999 by the people of Vieques and Puerto Rico against the U.S. Navy. As a result of the ECCV's leadership, the campaign was conducted in a peaceful manner and contributed to the defeat of the prostatehood administration in the November 7, 2000, local elections. This movement may significantly contribute to the creation of an ecumenical social agenda for the Puerto Rican people. Thus, a group of religious leaders of eight Christian denominations has had a direct influence on the political and social development of Puerto Rico, even though in this religious context social commitment and activism are not seen as the responsibility or the everyday task of the church.

Keywords: Puerto Rico; civil disobedience; US Navy; activism

Chapter.  7784 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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