Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Puerto Rican Religious Leaders Call for End of US Military Exercises in Vieques

August 16, 1999
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and top Puerto Rican religious leaders this weekend joined dozens of protesters who have occupied a bombing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, and who are demanding that the US Navy halt its live-fire exercises there.

The delegation took a boat to visit the protesters at the range, which is littered with unexploded munitions. The Navy recently acknowledged that they have used napalm in Vieques during their years of military exercises. The admission has further enraged Vieques residents, who stepped up their campaign to expel the US military after a civilian was killed by a US bomb several months ago.

Guest:

  • Juan Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now!, just returned from Vieques.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.