Monday, November 08, 2010

Campaign for Oscar Lopez and Update on Avelino Gonzalez Claudio

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign's New Campaign

458 is not Enough! Forward this out far and wide! Oscar needs your Support!
In solidarity with the National Boricua Human Rights Network's (NBHRN) new campaign
to ask for parole for Oscar Lopez Rivera, one of our two Puerto Rican Political
Prisoners, ProLibertad has started an online petition to pressure President Brack
Obama to give Oscar parole or to commute his sentence.

We are asking all freedom loving people to support both the online petition, which
will be sent to President Barack Obama once we have reached our goal of 10,000
petitioners, and to support the letter writing campaign by the NBHRN. Our letters
and online support will help us bring one of the longest held political prisoners

Both campaigns are important! We must use all avenues available to help win
parole/commutation for Oscar.

Sign our petition:

and send a letter out:

"Agitation, organization, resistance, struggle and love are the ingredients that
will guarantee us VICTORY!" -Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican Political Prisoner

For more information on Oscar Lopez Rivera and to write to him:


The Friends and Family Committee of Avelino Claudio Gonzales is relieved to Know and
happy to share the fact that our Political Prisoner has finally been taken to a U.S.
Federal medical Facility. His son Juan Antonio informed us of this fact late
yesterday evening. For almost two months Avelino has been in transit from
Connecticut to where he is expected to serve the remainder of his seven year

While in Federal custody Avelino was diagnosed with Parkinson's decease. At the time
of his sentencing in late May, the Federal Judge recommended that he be transferred
to a Federal correctional Medical Facility either in Texas or Florida in order to
have his medical needs met while in prison. It must be noted that Judges can make
recommendations to the Federal Prison System but cannot dictate

Avelino was placed in transit to a Federal medical detention center in Texas. The
Federal Beaurou of Prisons sent Avelino to the Brooklyn Detention Center instead.
Neither the family nor his attorneys were notified. The family became aware by
tracking Avelino via the Internet.

As a prisoner in transit, Avelino was placed in Solitary Confinement, at the
Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center. Under these circumstances Avelino was
isolated from the general population, has no right to visits by anyone but attorneys
and the right to only one phone call a month. Once in the Brooklyn Metropolitan
Detention Center Avelino was denied the medication medically prescribed for

We want to thank N.Y.C. Attorney Michael Warren who made himself immediately
available to take the necessary steps to have the situation corrected. He visited
Avelino at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center and confirmed his
circumstances. We want to thank ProLibertad We want to thank Espie Martel, Melisa
Montero, Diana Crowder who all worked with members of the National Congress for
Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR) NYC Chapter. Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez and the Chief
of staff of Congressman Jose Serrano were contacted about Avelino’s situation.
Velasquez office working with Michael Warren and phone calls from Serrano’s office
made possible that Avelino be provided with his medication.

In recent days Avelino was first moved to a detention center in Oklahoma and now he
is finally at a medical facility. We must remain vigilant to insure that he receives
all the medical care needed.

Lastly, lets continue to work diligently to Free Avelino Claudio Gonzales, Oscar
Lopez and all Political Prisoners

The new mailing address of our Puerto Rican Political Prisoner is:
Avelino González-Claudio
FCI Bastrop
PO Box 1010
Bastrop, TX 78602

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