MARCH UPDATE/CALL TO ACTION!
People of conscience throughout the world were outraged by news that the U.S. Parole
Commission refused to parole Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera
after close to 30 years in prison for his support of Puerto Rican independence.
Thousands of people, including members of U.S. Congress, religious leaders, artists,
scholars, and community members support his immediate release.
The Parole Commission’s inhumane decision, issued on February 18, ignored both the
specifics of Oscar’s case and the broad-based international humanitarian support for
his immediate release. The Commission, basing its unjust decision on falsehoods and
inaccuracies, ruled that Oscar must remain in prison another 15 years or until the
duration of his sentence, whichever comes first.
Though this represents a significant setback, the National Boricua Human Rights
Network (NBHRN) has no doubt the campaign for Oscar’s freedom will be victorious.
The Puerto Rican people and their allies have succeeded in winning the release of
three generations of political prisoners, an unparalleled accomplishment. This
campaign will be no different.
After consulting with Oscar and the campaign for his release, his attorney will ask
the Parole Commission to reconsider its wrongheaded ruling. Activists and leaders
from the U.S., Puerto Rico and abroad have started to aggressively plan and launch
the next phase of the campaign.
There are many ways to contribute to this campaign:
You can sign the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign's NEW online parole petition based on
the NBHRN letter: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/olrnewparole/
ProLibertad will be mailing out a hard copy of the petition to Chairman Fulwood
every time we reach a multiple of 100.
AND SIGN/FAX/MAIL THE NBHRN LETTER
CELEBRATING THE REVOLUTIONARY PUERTO RICAN WOMAN!
Join The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign as we honor the contributions of Women to the
Puerto Rican independence Movement! This year we dedicate our event to the amazing
sisters who are leading the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico!
Recipients of the Doña Adelfa Vera Award for 2011:
Melissa Montero, National Boricua Human Rights Network
Sally O’Brien, Where we Live and Cuba en Focus, WBAI
Iris Zavala, Psychologist, feminist radical and
A representative of the NY con UPR Committee
Storm of the Welfare Poets, Poet/Singer
Rafael Landron, Poet
A-FIG MC, Rapper
Bonafide Rojas, Poet
Handcrafts and Art:
Olga Ayala, HECHO A MANO
Luis Cordero, Cemi Underground
THURSDAY MARCH 31ST, 2011 AT 6:30PM
Taller Boricua’s Multi Arts Space at
Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue @ E. 106th St. (6 Train to E. 103rd St.)
Suggested donation: $10 (no one will be turned away)
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!
Sponsors: ProLibertad, Cemi Underground and Taller Boricua
For more information contact ProLibertad: 718-601-4751 * www.ProLibertadWeb.com