Oscar Lopez Rivera's attorney, Jan Susler, spoke
to a representative of the US Parole Board,
February 2. She was informed that the Commission
has indicated that Oscar's case has been
designated an "Original Jurisdiction" case, and
because of that, they have been reviewing the
case and expect to make a decision by NEXT WEEK, February 11.
This means that we have one more week to GATHER
SIGNATURES. Please CALL, FAX and MAIL!
4th Day of Call-In
WEEK OF SOLIDARITY WITH OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA
Summary of yesterday, Wednesday, February 2
We estimate that the US Parole Board received
between 250-300 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 seems
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 THE 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.
CALL IN TODAY!
The US Parole Commission has said they intend to
make their decision to confirm or reject the
negative recommendation by the US Parole Examiner
by February 11, on Puerto Rican Political
Prisoner Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024,
currently incarcerated at FCI Terre Haute. Oscar,
68 years old, is presently serving his 30th year
of prison for struggling for Puerto Rican independence.
The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the
Puerto Rico-based Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos are
urging the parole commissioners to reject the
wrong-headed and politically punitive
recommendation of the parole examiner. We intend
to swamp the Parole Board with letters, faxes and
calls until they respond positively.
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING 3 THINGS:
1) DAILY CALL-IN CAMPAIGN FOR THIS WEEK (Jan
31-Feb 4): CALL the Parole Board 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, FEBRUARY
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 attached letter and fax it right
away. (FAX NO: 301/492-5543, ALTERNATE FAX NO: 202/492-5307)
Remember the Parole Commission has stated their
intention to make their decision by Feb. 4. Get
as many of your friends, family. colleagues and
forward to your Facebook and retweet. You can
also download the letter at the National Boricua
Human Rights Network website http://boricuahumanrights.org/ here.
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