ALTERNATE FAX NO: 202-492-5307
UPDATE: On February 2, the US Parole Commission
indicated that Oscar Lopez RIvera's case was
designated an "Original Jurisdiction" case, and
they expect to make a decision by THIS WEEK, by
Friday, February 11, to confirm or reject the
negative recommendation by the US Parole
Examiner. Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar
López Rivera, #87651-024, is currently
incarcerated at FCI Terre Haute. Oscar, 68 years
old, is presently serving his 30th year of prison
for struggling for Puerto Rican independence.
This means that we have this week to GATHER
SIGNATURES, CALL-IN and SEND FAXES. Please CALL, FAX and MAIL!
Summary of last week, Jan 31-Feb 4
The National Boricua Human Rights Network
estimates that the US Parole Board received
between 900-1000 calls from Puerto Rico, Mexico
and various cities across the US. The phone
lines, as well as the fax line, have been busy
for 20-25 minutes at a time and sometimes seem to
be permanently busy. PLEASE DO NOT BE
DISCOURAGED. KEEP TRYING. Various people have
been told that the only way to make their
opinions heard is ONLY through writing. KEEP
CALLING, FAXING AND MAILING YOUR LETTERS TO THE
US PAROLE BOARD THROUGHOUT NEXT WEEK. Spread the
word on your personal and organizational Facebook
account. WE WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW AS SOON AS WE
HEAR WORD FROM THE PAROLE COMMISSION.
FROM THE CAMPAIGN:
One caller from Chicago was told that the
Commission had received over 5000 letters, just from Chicago!
The USPC has been refusing to meet with
high-level delegations from the Church in Puerto
Rico (a coalition which includes the Archbishop
of San Juan), and other delegations from the US.
They have also denied requests to 6 media outlets
to travel to FCI Terre Haute, where Oscar is
imprisoned to interview him about his case.
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING 3 THINGS:
1) DAILY CALL-IN CAMPAIGN FOR THIS WEEK (FEB
7-Feb 11): CALL the Parole Board ONCE A DAY in
support of Oscar Lopez Rivera from 9:00am UNTIL
5:00 PM (EST) CALL and have others call. It only
takes 5 minutes. THE NUMBER IS: 301-492-5990 hit
0 to speak to operator. They will tell you that
you must send your opinion in writing. That is
fine. KEEP CALLING ONCE A DAY UNTIL FRIDAY, FEB
11. PLEASE DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED. Sample script is below.
Hi, I'm calling for the release of Oscar Lopez
and I live in Chicago [NY, etc.] The Parole
Commission should parole Oscar López # 87651-024
immediately, in spite of the hearing examiner's recommendation to deny parole.
IF YOU HAVE TIME, USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1) Oscar has the support of a broad sector of
Puerto Rico's civil society as well as Puerto
Rican and Latino communities throughout the United States.
2) Oscar was not accused or convicted of causing
injury or taking a life. He was never accused or
convicted of participating in the 1975 Fraunces
Tavern bombing or any other action that resulted in injury or death.
3) President Clinton's determination that Mr.
López Rivera’s sentence was disproportionately
lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted
in Mr. López Rivera’s release in September of 2009.
2) Download the letter and fax it right away.
(FAX NO: 301/492-5543, ALTERNATE FAX NO: 202/492-5307)
The US Parole Commission has stated their
intention to make their decision THE WEEK OF Feb.
11. Get as many of your friends, family.
colleagues and forward to your Facebook and
retweet. You can also download the letter
or at the National Boricua Human Rights Network
3) MAIL Letters to:
Isaac Fulwood, Chairman
United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
Re: Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024, FCI Terre Haute
Please keep close track of the letters sent/faxed
to the Parole Board and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
ALTERNATE FAX NO: 202-492-5307