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Obama Continues to Ignore Pleas to Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

by Matt Peppe Two and a half months ago, asked by award-winning playwright Lin-Manuel Mirandaabout imprisoned Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera – whose only crime, according to Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is “conspiracy to free his people from the shackles of imperial justice” – President Barack Obama told the Hamilton creator that he “had [the case] on his desk.” Miranda, whose parents hail from Puerto Rico, used

Newark Says "¡Presente!" to 35 Poets for Oscar

by Yari Pares, NJ Committee to Free Oscar López The 35 Poets for Oscar Open Mic event was basically a way to raise awareness for the release of the longest held prisoner in Puerto Rican History Oscar Lopez Rivera who will be entering his 35th year of imprisonment. Here in Newark NJ,the Committee to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera was supported by local politicians and the NJ Puerto Rican Day Committee

35 Poets in Chicago: ¡Vamos Ya!

by Eduardo Arocho Thank you 35 POETS FOR OSCAR – Chicago, for joining our 4 day 5 city marathon of Poets who support the immediate release of jailed Puerto Rican activist Oscar Lopez Rivera. Thank you Juana Goergen, Janeida L. Rivera, Jessie Fuentes, Luis Tubens, Tommy Drix, Erika A, Alejandro Luis Molina, Yolanda Nieves, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Chicago Chapter, Lourdes Lugo, Danette Sokacich and all the poets who

35 Women X Oscar-CHI: Determined to See Oscar Free

by Erika Abad, National Boricua Human Rights Network This Sunday, May 29, marked the 35th anniversary of Oscar Lopez Rivera’s arrest. In Chicago, family, friends and activists gathered this Memorial Weekend Sunday to call attention to the struggle for Oscar’s freedom, who continues to defend our right to self-determination from inside prison walls. For Oscar, self-determination is one of the primary goals of any community invested in freedom. He writes:

Marchan por la liberación de Oscar López Rivera

La actividad congregó a diversos sectores de la sociedad civil por Gerardo E. Alvarado León, El Nuevo Dia Diversos sectores de la sociedad civil coincidieron esta mañana en la marcha denominada “Oscar 100 x 35 excarcelación ya”, en reclamo a la liberación del preso político Oscar López Rivera, quien hoy cumple 35 años tras las rejas. El licenciado Eduardo Villanueva, portavoz de la actividad, precisó que la marcha congregó a

Carta de Oscar a Clarisa: "Tenemos que atrevernos a ganar"

Por Oscar López Rivera Querida Clarisa: Este pasado 4 de enero hubo una celebración de mi cumpleaños en San Sebastián, mi pueblo natal. No he visitado mi pueblo por 40 años y sólo puedo imaginarme y visualizar los cambios que ha habido allí para que El Pepino se haya convertido en el pueblo que recibe tantos elogios. Hoy, al levantarme, lo primero que pensé fue, cómo esta celebración en mi pueblo, así como

300 Years of Political Prisoners" Film Series and Lecture

On November 10th & 11th the Latin@ Coalition, a group of Latino student organizations from different Universities around Chicago that work together, toured a film series, along with guest speaker Dr. Hugo Velazquez, across three different Universities in Chicago, Columbia College, UIC, and DePaul. The event, titled “3 Centuries of Political Prisoners” screened three films, the first “María Mercedes Barbudo: The Road of No Return” is about María Mercedes Barbudo the