||The Bar Association, 808 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Santurce,
Puerto Rico (San Juan area)
||Dr. Carlos Reina, former President of Honduras and current
President of the Central American Parliament (probable)
The Rev. Oscar Bolioli,
Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Office, National Council of Churches (NCC)
Bishop Rafael Malpica Padilla, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Chair of the
NCCs Committee on the Caribbean and Latin America
Bishop David Alvarez, Episcopal Church (Puerto Rico)
Bishop Francisco Sosa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Caribbean Synod
Bishop Juan Vera Mendez, United Methodist Church (Puerto Rico)
||Four people who are symbols of the struggle in Vieques
against U.S. Navy occupation will be honored with an annual award given by the National
Council of Churches (NCC) to people carrying out exceptional work for justice in Latin
America and the Caribbean. Since 1940, the U.S. Navy has carried out military exercises
and test shellings on Vieques, occupying up to 26,000 of the islands 33,000 acres.
Local fishermens, womens and development groups have organized against the
U.S. Navys occupation because it has disrupted the local fishing industry.
||Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: Worship Service at the
Episcopal Cathedral, Santurce. A broad sector of Puerto Rican society has been invited,
including human rights and church groups.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.: Awards
Ceremony, Fuerte Conde de Mirasol Museum, Vieques
Participants include: Award recipients Ismael Guadalupe, Rescue and Dvelopment
Committee for Vieques; Carlos Zenon, former President, Fishermens Association;
Carlos Ventura, Vieques Fishermens Rights Committee; Luz Delia Tirado, Vieques
Womens Sector (Posthumous Award); Local bishops; Rev. Felix Ortiz, Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ); Attorney Noemi Espinoza, Vice-Chair of CCLA, and Dr. Rodney Page,
Executive Director of Church World Service for the NCC.