11. Interview with María Velázquez B 2004

Dublin Core

Title

11. Interview with María Velázquez B 2004

Date

2004

Description

María Velázquez, wife of Carmelo Felix Matta, tells the story of her family's eviction and migration out of Vieques. Then, she talks about the origins of the land rescue efforts she undertook along with her husband Carmelo. She describes the origins of Bravos de Boston, Villa Borinquen, and Monte Carmelo, and discusses the legal problems her family confronted for participating in this land rescues. She also narrates the process of eviction against her family in 1989, and how they resisted the eviction by releasing bees to the eviction officers sent by the Navy and the government of Puerto Rico. She expresses concerns about the land rescues today in relation to the polluted lands left by the Navy. Other topics include land speculation and the land transfer to Vieques people.

Format

video

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Cristina Urios

Interviewee

María Velázquez

Files

VELAZQUEZ_B.jpg

Collection



Citation

“11. Interview with María Velázquez B 2004,” Vieques Struggle: A Digital Video Archive, accessed June 15, 2024, https://vieques.iac.gatech.edu/items/show/144.