For Alicia Rodríguez, one of the ex Puerto Rican political prisoners released in 1999, the past 10 years have been “a constant challenge.” Instead of returning to Chicago, she preferred to move to Puerto Rico, where she’d never lived before.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) of the United States government continues to obstruct the parole of Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres, while Torres is supposedly set for a hearing with the U.S. Parole Commission’s (USPC) hearing examiner next Tuesday, January 19.
Her decision to come to Puerto Rico after her release was above all about family and love for her homeland.
On December 12, 2009, National Boricua Human Rights Network organized a summit at Hostos College in the Bronx, New York of old and new activist in the campaign to release the Puerto Rican political prisoners.
“It’s hard to get back lost time, especially when it has to do with the family,” is the first reaction of former Puerto Rican political prisoner Alberto Rodríguez, reflecting on these 10 years after his release in 1999.
A U.S. agency has overturned its 2003 research that said no health hazards were caused by decades of military exercises on Vieques, a bombing range-turned-tourist destination off Puerto Rico’s east coast.