The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign denounces the recommendation of the Parole examiner
who met with Oscar Lopez Rivera today! The recommendation that Oscar continue his
sentence until it expires in 2023 is compeltely unjust and abusive.
As many of you know Oscar has been a model prisoner, teacher, artist, and mentor
within the prison sytem. The fact that the parole Commission allowed the family
members of the Frances taven bombing in NYC in 1975 to influence the examiner's
decision is clearly an attempt to sabotage Oscar's chance for Parole.
Oscar was not convicted for that bombing and had nothing to do with it. Now is the
time for us to redouble our efforts to free Oscar and Avelino Gonzalez Claudio.
We will not allow this recommendation to become the final decision.
ProLibertad will be sending out an email out soon to let folks know how they can
support the responce to this horrible decision.
Parole hearing goes poorly for Puerto Rican nationalist
Chip Mitchell January 5, 2011
A parole hearing did not go well for a Chicagoan that Puerto Rican nationalists call
The prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, has served more than 29 years on a conviction of
seditious conspiracy. Federal authorities accused him of leading a Puerto Rican
independence group, the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), that set off
dozens of bombs, many in Chicago.
On Wednesday, a U.S. Parole Commission examiner visited a federal prison in Terre
Haute, Ind., where López Rivera is serving his sentence. The examiner heard from the
inmate and some victims of a deadly 1975 blast for which the FALN claimed
In the end, the examiner said he’d recommend at least another 12 years for the
prisoner, according to his attorney, Jan Susler of Chicago.
“It was shameful,” Susler said on her way home from the prison. “The Parole
Commission had no business allowing these people to attend or to attempt to
influence the decision.”
Susler points out that López Rivera was convicted of seditious conspiracy, not a
particular attack. She claims he had nothing to do with the 1975 bombing.
Johanna Markind, assistant general counsel for the commission, said the parole
recommendation will go to an executive reviewer and, eventually, a four-member board
that heads the commission. She said a final decision could take months.
¡BOMBA Y PLENA pa' los presos!
Happy Three Kings Day Celebration!
Happy 68th Birthday Oscar Lopez Rivera!
Sat. January 8th, 2011 @ 7pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
521 w126th St.
(Btwn. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Take the 1 train to w125th St.
Suggest donation: $10 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds!)
Join ProLibertad for a night of incredible CULTURE, RESISTANCE and
CELEBRATION! Come and have a great time as we celebrate Three Kings Day and the 68th
birthday of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera with:
The incredible BombaYo:
BombaYo emerges from the streets and schoolyards of the Bronx, where salsa and hip
hop were born. Under the direction of Jose L. Ortiz aka Dr. Drum and Melinda
Gonzalez, this group of teens brings youthful energy to a centuries old Afro Puerto
Rican music and dance tradition. BombaYo starts from within. At the core is a
connection to the soul, where drum and dance become one. African inspired call and
response singing complete the synergy.
Three Kings of Poetry:
The Powerful Bonafide Rojas
Nuyorican Poet/Activist Papoleto Melendez
The Incredible Rafael Landron
The Spectacular Music of DJ Carlito and DJ Che
The ASTONISHING Boricua Arts/Crafts/T-shirts/Books of: