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15th Letter: The offer i didn’t want

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was not published online at ENDI.com

Dear Karina,

Last Monday I turned 71. I have fully entered a decade in which we are called “old,” but I feel strong, happy to have been true to myself. As that famous Frank Sinatra song goes, “What is a man? What has he got?”

I don’t think that at this age it is worth hiding anything from my conscience, nor from my people. Even less from you, my only grandchild.

I know that a good number of compatriots are still asking themselves why I did not accept president Bill Clinton’s offer in 1999 to commute my sentence. I am not unaware that there are people who have used my action to say that I deserve to remain in prison.

I have explained it at other times, but I want to leave it for you in written form: when president Clinton offered to pardon or commute the sentence of some Puerto Rican political prisoners, he offered me freedom if I served ten more years in prison, as long as I maintained good conduct. I rejected the offer. I don’t want you to think that I acted lightly. I meditated on it at length. I thought, in the first place, about the two of you — my daughter and you, Karina — and about the rest of my family, the many dear people who have died without seeing me again. I thought about my country, about the happiness of going home to San Sebastián, the place of my heart’s desire. I also thought about the small things: the walks I would be able to take, the food I would be able to eat, the sea where I would swim, the sun that would warm me, and even the sound of the rainstorms on the island. No one can imagine how different the rain can be from one country to the other. I thought about everything, Karina, I thought about myself and all the time I would be a prisoner. I asked myself if it wasn’t egoism that dominated my conscience. But at the end, this prevailed: A man, although imprisoned, should have the sacred right to choose.

Carlos and Haydeé, my dearest compañeros of struggle, had been excluded from the offer. Both signified so much in my life. We had struggled and grown up together; we had shared so many sorrows and joys and experienced such great challenges, that the sole idea of leaving them behind was intolerable. From childhood I was taught never to turn my back on an injustice, and at the end I could not leave anyone behind. Not in the Vietnam war – I say this with pride – did I abandon a single comrade. Much less would I have abandoned Carlos and Haydeé.

I have always been reserved and it is difficult for me to express my emotions. But all of those youthful years of sharing ideas and dreams created a very strong bond, of indestructible commitment. Their daughter, also named Clarissa, was born in clandestinity. I looked at that child and it broke my heart to think about the uncertainty of her future. So that when I learned that they had been captured, I vowed that their fortune would be mine. If I had accepted president Clinton’s offer, I would have been released in 2009. But every one of those days of every one of those months of every one of those years that I had been in prison, I would have suffered for accepting an opportunity that had not been given to them. Haydeé had been sentenced to life in prison, and everything made me think that Carlos faced a dark future, since he was the only one of us who had been on the “most wanted list.”

Today I assure you that I have never regretted or resented the fact that they later accepted freedom on parole. My soul was full of joy and I rejoiced that they could go home. From the solidarity, friendship, and love that we always had, each one made the decision that s/he believed to be to the most appropriate. They did what they understood to be the best for their lives. I also did what I thought was best for mine. In any case, one has to respect the decisions that each of us makes, given a political moment, life circumstance, or matter of conscience.

I only ask you, Karina, never to judge the others, nor to discredit anyone for the decisions that they make in accordance with their principles. This respect is the basis of the maturity of human beings and their capacity to grow, wherever life puts them — whether inside the prison or outside of it. In my case, the decision not to accept that offer let me live in peace. And since we all have to die — although I never think about that — when the time comes, that decision will let me die in peace.

I embrace you in this new year, and I desire that you fulfill, more than your dreams, the reality that you are forging through work and study.

In resistance and struggle, your grandfather,

Querida Karina,

El pasado lunes cumplí 71 años. He entrado de lleno en una década donde nos llaman «viejos», pero me siento fuerte, contento de haber sido leal conmigo mismo. Como dice aquella famosa canción que cantaba Frank Sinatra: «What is a man? What has he got?»…
No creo que a esta edad valga la pena esconder nada ante mi conciencia ni ante mi pueblo. Menos ante ti, que eres mi única nieta.
Sé que todavía un buen número de compatriotas se pregunta por qué no acepté la oferta de conmutación de pena que recibí del presidente Bill Clinton en 1999. No ignoro que hay personas que han utilizado ese gesto mío para decir que merezco seguir en la cárcel.

Lo he explicado otras veces, pero quiero dejártelo escrito: cuando el presidente Clinton les ofreció el indulto o la conmutación de pena a unos cuantos presos políticos puertorriqueños, a mí me ofreció la libertad a cambio de diez años más en prisión, siempre que observara una buena conducta. Yo rechacé la oferta.
No quiero que pienses que actué a la ligera. Lo medité largamente: pensé en primer lugar en ustedes, en mi hija y en ti, y en el resto de la familia, mucha gente querida que se ha muerto sin volverme a ver. Pensé en mi país, en la dicha de regresar a mi San Sebastián del alma. Pensé también en las pequeñas cosas: los paseos que iba a poder dar, la comida que iba poder comer, el mar donde estaría nadando, el sol que me iba a calentar, y hasta el sonido de los aguaceros en la Isla. Nadie se imagina cuán diferente puede ser la lluvia entre un país y otro.

Pensé en todo, Karina, pensé hasta en mí mismo y en todo el tiempo que estaría preso. Me pregunté si no era un egoísmo que prevaleciera la conciencia. Pero al final eso prevaleció. Un hombre, aunque esté encerrado, debe tener el sagrado derecho de escoger.

Carlos y Haydeé, mis más queridos compañeros de lucha, habían sido excluídos de la oferta. Ambos significaban demasiado en mi vida. Habíamos luchado y crecido juntos; compartido tantas penas y alegrías y experimentado desafíos tan grandes, que se me hizo insoportable la sola idea de salir y dejarlos atrás. Desde niño me enseñaron a nunca dar la espalda a una injusticia y por ende a no dejar a nadie atrás. Ni siquiera en la guerra de Vietnam, lo digo con orgullo, abandoné a ningún compañero. Mucho menos hubiese abandonado a Carlos y Haydee.

Siempre he sido reservado y me cuesta expresar mis emociones. Pero todos esos años de nuestra juventud compartiendo ideas e ilusiones crearon un vínculo muy fuerte, de compromiso indestructible. La hija de ambos, también llamada Clarissa, nació en la clandestinidad. Yo miraba a aquella niña y se me rompía el corazón pensando en lo incierto de su futuro. Así que cuando supe que los habían capturado, juré que su suerte habría de ser mi suerte. De haber aceptado la oferta del presidente Clinton, yo hubiera salido en 2009. Pero cada uno de esos días de cada uno de esos meses de cada uno de esos años que me quedaban en prisión, habría estado sufriendo por haber aceptado una oportunidad que no les habían dado a ellos. A Haydeé la habían sentenciado a cadena perpetua, y todo hacía pensar que Carlos enfrentaba un futuro sombrío, puesto que era el único de nosotros que había estado en la «lista de los más buscados».
Hoy te aseguro que nunca me arrepentí ni he resentido el hecho de que ellos luego aceptaran la libertad bajo palabra. Me alegré en el alma y celebré que volvieran a su hogar. Desde la solidaridad, el compañerismo, el cariño que siempre nos tuvimos, cada cual hizo la decisión que creyó más apropiada. Ellos hicieron lo que entendieron que era mejor para sus vidas. Yo también hice lo que pensé que era mejor para la mía. En todo caso, hay que respetar estas decisiones que tomamos unos y otros, respondiendo a un momento politico, un momento de vida, o a un asunto de conciencia.

Sólo te pido, Karina, que nunca juzgues a los demás, ni tampoco descalifiques a ninguna persona por esas decisiones que toma de acuerdo a sus principios. En eso se basa la madurez de los seres humanos y su capacidad para crecer donde quiera que la vida los ponga: en la cárcel o fuera de ella. En mi caso la decisión de no aceptar aquella oferta me permitió vivir en paz. Y, como todos tenemos que morir, aunque yo nunca piense en eso, también, llegada la hora, me permitirá morir tranquilo.
Te abrazo en este nuevo año, y te deseo que se cumplan, más que tus sueños, la realidad de estudio y de trabajo que te estás forjando.

En resistencia y lucha, tu abuelo,
Oscar López Rivera

National Meeting Reignites Campaign to Bring Oscar Home

On August 6, community activists and supporters of the campaign to release Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, gathered at the Iglesia Cristo y San Ambrosio in Philadelphia for the National Boricua Human Rights Network National Meeting. Attendees journeyed from various East Coast and Midwest cities with the goal of developing an action plan to advance efforts towards Oscar’s freedom.

The meeting, facilitated by NBHRN Coordinator Alejandro Luis Molina and Philadelphia Coordinator Inez Ramos, kicked off with a discussion around the strengths and weaknesses of the current campaign for Oscar’s release. Attorney Jan Susler, who has represented Oscar and former Puerto Rican political prisoners for many years, followed with a presentation on the parole hearing held earlier this year during which Oscar was denied release. The legal strategy is to put pressure on President Obama to commute Oscar’s sentence, explained Susler. Commutation is an executive power the president has to release a prisoner considering his/her behavior and lengthy prison sentence. Political leaders from the United States and Puerto Rico have already begun sending letters to the president calling for Oscar’s release.

Collective brainstorming around ways to support Oscar’s release and raise awareness around his case led to many innovative ideas from the group including painting murals of Oscar in various cities, taking Oscar’s campaign to colleges and universities, creating curriculum that can be used by teachers to educate youth on his case, as well as producing a full-length documentary on Oscar, among other ideas.

As the meeting came to a close a birthday cake was cut for former Puerto Rican political prisoner Luis Rosa Perez, who thanked everyone for their support and solidarity.  A community tour of Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican neighborhood concluded a day filled with hope and determination to see Oscar López Rivera out of prison and reunited with an international community that wants him home now!

Marisol Rodríguez

Congressman Gutierrez en Puerto Rico

Defiende Estudiantes en Huelga, Colegio de Abogados y Ataca el Informe de Casa Blanca Sobre Puerto Rico

NOTA DEL EDITOR: Tomado de CLARIDAD, el periodico de la naciona puertorriqueña. Editada por razones de espacio.

La semana pasada, el congresista puertorriqueño por Chicago, Luis Gutiérrez, estuvo en la Isla para participar de diversas actividades y encuentros y ser entrevistado en diversos medios del país. El miércoles ofreció una conferencia en el Colegio de Abogados sobre los derechos humanos en Puerto Rico. El sábado 26 de marzo, ofreció un mensaje en el radiomaratón que celebró esa institución, incluso entregando un donativo de la comunidad puertorriqueña de Chicago.

Gutiérrez participó en una mesa redonda con CLARIDAD, para intercambiar ideas sobre diversos asuntos de Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos. En el intercambio, participaron las periodistas Perla Franco, Cándida Cotto, el director Gervasio Morales Rodríguez, Manuel de J. González y Pablo José Rivera, el presidente de la Junta Directiva.

Gutiérrez habló sobre el clima político en Puerto Rico y las violaciones de derechos civiles y humanos, el Informe del Grupo Interagencial de Casa Blanca sobre Puerto Rico, el prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, los Republicanos y las protestas de trabajadores y la reforma migratoria.

La visión generalizada en Estados Unidos, incluso en las estructuras políticas progresistas, ha sido desde siempre que los puertorriqueños que residen allá son una “minoría nacional” como los negros e incluso los nativos. Y cuando se discute el tema del estatus de Puerto Rico, los congresistas de ese país lo ven como “meramente” un asunto a resolver, pero “no una prioridad”. Así lo reconoció el congresista de origen boricua, Luis Gutiérrez, quien admitió que “el Congreso de Estados Unidos no tiene a Puerto Rico en la mente” y mucho menos sus congresistas se sienten identificados con lo que quedó plasmado en el informe que rindió hace unas dos semanas el grupo de Trabajo de Casa Blanca nombrado por el presidente Barack Obama.

Gutiérrez, quien catalogó dicho informe como “insultante”, dijo sentirse sorprendido de que “equivocadamente en Puerto Rico se ha querido interpretar como si todas las instancias del gobierno federal que tienen que ver con Puerto Rico dijeron lo mismo”. “¿Cuántos congresistas tú crees que han leído el informe? ¿A cuántos tú crees que les importa lo que dice ese informe?”. Para él, ello se debe a que “parte de la situación colonial, tristemente es que se toma un informe y se eleva al nivel de un acontecimiento de gran trascendencia”, que no la tiene.

Gutiérrez insistió que “Casa Blanca no tiene el poder para resolver el issue de Puerto Rico”. Dijo que el Presidente lo que debió hacer “por respeto al pueblo de Puerto Rico” era admitir que Puerto Rico es una colonia y hacer una recomendación al Congreso para que resolviera esa situación. “Pero, ¿cómo él (Obama) propone algo que cae en contra de todas las normas internacionales?”, cuestionó Gutiérrez, refiriéndose a la propuesta del informe de realizar dos consultas a los puertorriqueños, la primera de ellas sobre si quieren ser parte de Estados Unidos.

Según el Congresista, el informe deja ver las intenciones de encaminar a Puerto Rico hacia la asimilación. Así se puede deducir al analizar las dos consultas cuando se propone que de ganar la primera, tendrá el efecto de dejar fuera la opción de la independencia en la segunda consulta, lo que representa a su vez descartar así el único derecho inalienable que está reconocido internacionalmente que es la independencia. Por lo tanto, alertó a que participar en esa consulta sería “dañino”. Recomendó que se le deje saber al pueblo desde ya que “la anexión es un proceso irreversible al menos legalmente” del que luego que se apruebe, si así sucediera, sólo se puede salir renunciando a la ciudadanía estadounidense.

“Si tú miras todo este debate de los derechos civiles, de la libertad de expresión y la libertad de asociación, y tú ves (la ofensiva contra) el Colegio de Abogados, la Universidad de Puerto Rico, la Corte Suprema, las uniones laborales y su derecho a negociar colectivamente, la privatización de agencias; es para quitarnos todo lo que nos distinga como puertorriqueños, cualquier institución que proteja lo que nosotros somos”, acotó. De ahí que Gutiérrez reconociera que los dos mensajes que dio en el Congreso en contra de la violación de derechos civiles en Puerto Rico, en contra de la encarcelación del presidente del Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico y del juez federal que lo encarceló, José A. Fusté, en contra del abuso policial a estudiantes de la UPR, fueron muestra de su indignación ante esos sucesos.

Former Political Prisoners Tour East Coast as Part of Oscar Freedom Campaign

Alicia Rodríguez Tours Philly

Philadelphia- The National Boricua Human Rights Network sponsored a successful week of events with former Puerto Rican political prisoner Alicia Rodríguez, in honor of Women’s History Month. Over the course of one week, it successfully reached out to several thousands of people in the Philadelphia area with our campaign for the release of Oscar López Rivera, the last remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner. Ms. Rodríguez was a guest speaker at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, local radio program El Tapon 1680 AM, Youth United for Change, and Christ and Saint Ambrose Church. Several of these speaking engagements were supported by the music of singer, songwriter, and musical director, Papo “Forajido” Gely.  These events were covered by local newspapers, Al Dia and El Impacto.

The Network continues to organizing with an upcoming mural unveiling on Saturday, April 30, 2011, with renowned artist and former political prisoner, Elizam Escobar, and editor, author, and renowned poet, Joseramon “Che” Melendes.  The Philadelphia chapter is also hosting a series of movie screenings in the spring/summer 2011 season which highlight the Puerto Rican social-historical experience of oppression, repression, and resistance.

For more information on how you can support the work of the Philadelphia Chapter, please contact Inez Ramos at inezr@boricuahumanrights.org, or Leslie Ruiz, at leslier@boricuahumanrights.org.

Ricardo Jiménez Speaks in NYC

 During the Week of March 18-25, the East coast was honored with the presence and participation of former political prisoner Ricardo Jimenez on a speaking tour. He spoke at many events from academia to Puerto Rican community venues in New York to several charlas at supporters homes.  At three of the workshops held at the LEFT FORUM at Pace University of New York, Ricardo spoke as a panelist at three workshops “US Wars: Political Prisoners of all the movements”, “Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners” and “Puerto Rico Can’t Wait to be Free”.  All workshops were well attended and the public eagerly signed petitions urging Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera‘s release.   He was the first speaker warmly welcomed to address a room filled to capacity about his imprisonment, subsequent release and role in the present campaign for the immediate release of political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera.
At the same time the Network- New York Chapter collected hundreds more petitions with a literature table in Pace University’s gym for two days where thousands visited the area.

During the week, Ricardo impacted students and community members with his message of national self-determination and freedom for political prisoners. He spoke at the college classes filled with students of diverse cultures and nationalities at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College invited by Professor Ana López.  He was a speaker at El Maestro, community organization where “La Masacre de Ponce” was commemorated.  He was joined by National Hero Antonio Cruz Colon, age 83, another independence freedom fighter of the Jayuya Revolt of the 1950’s.

Ricardo was interviewed by WBAI Pacifica Radio, Voz  Latina radio/TV program and City College of the City University of New York radio stations all reaching a tri-state area (NYC, Connecticut and New Jersey).  He was interviewed by a young filmmaker and producer who will produce a small documentary of Ricardo.

Besides New York and tri-state radio broadcasts, Ricardo also was a keynote speaker at Brown University, where he presented a thorough historical view of the struggle for Puerto Rico independence and the campaign for the freedom of political prisoners.

Triumphant Return of Carlos Alberto Torres!

• Speaks at UIC, NEIU and Depaul Universities
• Visits Lincoln Methodist, First Congregational Church and
La Capilla del Barrio
• La Capilla Convokes Religious Leadership Table to Re-energize Oscar Campaign

On Monday, April 4, Carlos Alberto Torres returned to Humboldt Park for the first time since he was released on parole July 26, 2010 after serving 30 years in prison for struggling for Puerto Rican independence. He returned to a standing room only crowd at La Casa Puertorriqueña where he was greeted by over 200 community residents, and spoke of his reintegration into the struggle as well as building his ceramics studio and most importantly, the continuing sturggle to free his mentor and best friend, Oscar López Rivera.

The program included original poems for Oscar López by Michael Reyes and Judy Diaz, entertainment by I’Narú, the first, all-female, Bomba group which boasts musicians comprised of intelligent, strong spirited women and  Chicago’s very own Son Bayú, a latin jazz sextet as well as a silent auction with art pieces and other cultural artifacts. Compañera Camen Vasquez and Laura Benitez from the NYC chapter of the Network had also made the trip for this special event.

As part of his Chicago speaking tour, Carlos Alberto also spoke at the “Pa’lante” Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the “Sembrando Semillas” conference at Northeastern Illinois University as well as DePaul University. In addition, Carlos Alberto was given a tour of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, the school he co-founded in 1972 where he was spoke at an assempbly of the entire school, who presented him with letters and poems. He also visited three churches – Lincoln Methodist, First Conrgegational (the UCC Church of his father, Rev. José Alberto ‘Viejo’ Torres) and La Capilla del Barrio – to thank them for their involvement in his campaign and encourage them to increase their role in the campaign to free Oscar with a series of pastoral initiatives also taking place in Puerto Rico.

La Capilla Hosts Luncheon with Religious Leaders for Carlos Alberto Torres

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 a delegation of religious leaders from across the Chicago area gathered at “Mi Panama,” restaurant for a lunch meeting sponsored by La Capilla del Barrio / The Neighborhood Chapel in honor of former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres.  “The food was good, but the purpose of our gathering was even better,” said La Capilla del Barrio’s Pastor, Dr. Pedro J. Windsor.  Carlos shared some personal history regarding his struggle and that of Oscar López Rivera.  Jan Susler, Oscar’s attorney provided some excellent background regarding the developments of how Oscar’s probation hearing was “ambushed,” and in her legal opinion wasn’t given a just hearing.

The clergy in attendance representing various denominations spoke with one voice agreeing to 1. Provide Consistent Pastoral Care and Visitation to Oscar. Lopez Rivera. 2. Organizing an ecumenical service on May 29, 2011 at the Lincoln United Methodist Church, 2242 S. Admen Avenue, Chicago, IL. 3. Raise awareness within our churches, mosques, and temples regarding the plight of Oscar’s quest for freedom. 4. Sponsor a tour in October 2011, so that Carlos Alberto Torres can speak at various temples, churches, mosques, community forums and schools.

Historically, the religious community in Chicago and across the globe has been engaged in the struggle to free all the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners.  “Like with so many we too look forward to the release of the last Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, our brother Oscar.” said Windsor.

Oscar’s Birthday message to la Capilla

Editor’s Note: We are publishing the below message from Oscar López Rivera to the congregation of La Capilla del Barrio. The message was originally supposed to be published as part of La Capilla’s celebration of Oscar’s birthday, which took place Sunday, January 9, 2011. Oscar emailed the message 4 days before the celebration, but it did not arrive until almost 2 weeks after the celebration.

Saludos cariñosos a todos(as). Deseo para todos(as) un Nuevo Año feliz, de paz, amor y muchos logros. Después de más de 29 años preso a veces creo que muchas de las experiencias que he vivido han sido sueños o pesadillas por su propia naturaleza. Creo que el reto principal que al llegar a la penitenciaria tuve que enfrentar fue como aclimatarme a un medio ambiente toxico y hostil y poder definir lo que tenía que hacer diariamente para aprovechar al máximo el tiempo. Sabía que el tiempo no lo podía desperdiciar ni permitir que los carceleros se apoderaran del. Porque era irrevocable, y por ende, lo más valioso. Poco a poco aprendí a navegar en un medio ambiente que podía deshumanizarme y convertirme en un zombie institucionalizado. Todos los días, desde que despertaba hasta que me acostaba, tenía una agenda de tareas que pretendía cumplir y así aprovechaba mi tiempo. Siempre había algo nuevo para aprender y para nutrir el cerebro. Leía, escribía, tomaba clases, hacia ejercicios, socializaba con presos con los que compartía afinidades, y mantenía contacto a través del teléfono con seres queridos afuera.

Lo más interesante era que por mucho que me mantenía ocupado el día nunca me daba para cumplir todas que deseaba cumplir. Y durante los 29 años y pico que llevo preso nunca lo he logrado. A veces he creído que lo he logrado y de momento aparece algo que no hice y tengo que dejarlo para el próximo día. El hecho que he podido mantenerme ocupado haciendo cosas que me gusta hacer o cosas que me piden que haga aunque no sean mis favoritas ha sido y sigue siendo lo más que me ha ayudado a lidiar y a sobrevivir las experiencias de todos esos años. Pero ese estilo de vida no es muy diferente al estilo que llevaba cuando estaba en el mundo de afuera. Y todos los días me acuesto dando gracias a la vida por haberme dado tanto y me despierto dando gracias por haber sido bendecido para seguir pa’lante tratando de aprovechar el tiempo al máximo. La vida es una bendición y es lucha toda. Fuertes abrazos a todos(as).

Sincere condolences to the Torres family

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and National Boricua Human Rights Network respective staff and Boards of Directors send their most sincere condolences to compañera Norma Torres and the entire Torres family on the tragic passing of her daughter, Mariaydee Vázquez.

Plowshares Prisoner Helen Woodson to be released

The National Boricua Human Rights Network is urging all to donate to the fund for Helen Woodson, who is due to be released this year after spending 27 years in prison. Please visit The Nuclear Resister at http://bit.ly/g0fEYj to donate.

In November of 1984, Helen was part of the Silo Pruning Hooks action. She went to a Missouri nuclear missile silo along with Larry Cloud-Morgan, Fr. Carl Kabat OMI and Fr. Paul Kabat OMI. With sledgehammer and jackhammer, the group followed the biblical mandate of Isaiah to turn swords into plowshares. They were convicted and received a varied number of years of prison time for their action. With the exception of a few days, Helen has been in prison ever since. (A couple of times in past years when released, she immediately engaged in an action that resulted in arrest and being returned directly to prison for violating parole.)

She is scheduled to be released in September of 2011 after 27 years behind bars. Helen is looking forward to getting out, and at the age of 67 and with health issues, has decided to now retire from activities that might return her to prison.

Since the beginning of the nuclear age, many thousands of people in the U.S. and around the world have been arrested for anti-nuclear civil disobedience, and hundreds have spent time in prison for these actions. None of these people (not even long-imprisoned Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu) have spent more time in prison than Helen Woodson.

Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Avelino González Claudio transferred again

Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Avelino González Claudio was transferred to the federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, last Wednesday, February 2 from Atlanta, Georgia. Write to the compañero!

Avelino González Claudio, #09873-000
FCI ASHLAND ,
P.O. BOX 6001 ASHLAND , KY 41105