The Survival of the Island of Vieques : Resilient Agriculture and Community Solidarity
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The island of Vieques has been a US colonial territory for centuries. This paper will examine the colonial violence of the United States in Vieques, Puerto Rico, in particular, looking at the realities of the occupation of the United States Navy on the land. Through ethnographic work gathered in the summer of 2019 from working with La Colmena Cimarrona, a resilient agro-ecological organization, I was able to gather stories of the realities of Vieques. The ethnographic work collected allows for an understanding from the Viequenses who have faced centuries of colonial oppression but have used their power and community solidarity in order to rise up and survive. The resilience of the Viequenses are observed through the stories shared by residents who have worked to become autonomous. I use the work of other authors in order to situate the historical context of Vieques. Additionally, the stories shared allowed me to understand the theory of community solidarity, agroecology, and food sovereignty.