Environmental activist Alberto de Jesús, also known as “Tito Kayak,” resumed his trans-Caribbean “kayaqueada”—kayak journey— Friday morning (August 31, 2012) in the name of of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. He had been forced to stop for a few weeks due to a number of factors that included bad weather at sea, the health issues and subsequent death of his father, and later, Tropical Storm Isaac.
Kayak explained, “We had to stop the trip due to weather conditions and at the same time my dad became ill, so I went to visit him. I had a [bad] feeling and I decided to act on it; so I was able to say goodbye and make in peace with my father, who a few days later went to live with the father of the seas.”
Alberto “Tito Kayak” de Jesus, has traveled over 800 miles since leaving the port of Macuro in Venezuela, paddling and sailing over 150 hours across 12 Caribbean islands. These are the islands that our Arawak and Kalinago ancestors used to communicate and populate the area all the way to the Greater Antilles. His journey stops included a Saudi-Venezuelan oil rig, Grenada, Bequia, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Kitts and St. Nevis, St. Barths, and St. Martin. “This pilgrimage through the Caribbean has helped us break out of the gap that Puerto Rico has with the rest of our Caribbean brothers, in part due to our colonial status with respect to the United States. [. . .].
Tito Kayak went to San Martin yesterday to resume his voyage with more energy to complete the last leg of the trip. From St. Martin he will go to Anquila and then cross the dangerous passage from Anegada to Virgin Gorda. After that, he will continue to Tortola, St. Thomas, Culebra, and Vieques, ending at the “Playas pal’ Pueblo” camp at Carolina Beach, where he will be received with a warm welcome.
For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.noticel.com/noticia/129487/tito-kayak-regresa-al-mar.html