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International and Puerto Rican Leaders Meet in Summit on Human Rights in San Juan

San Juan- Renowned international specialists in Human Rights will meet in San Juan from December 7 to 10, 2012, in the Summit on Human Rights, in the Emilio S. Belaval Theater of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón [Sacred Heart University], in Santurce. The Summit is aimed at familiarizing the public with the current Human Rights situation in the world and in Puerto Rico, and pointing out the intimate relationship between the topic and the case of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. This year commemorates the 64th anniversary of the approval of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. A group of Chicago activists, led by José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar, will be traveling to Chicago to support this effort. Prof. López will also be part of a panel, along with Chicago Attorney Jan Susler presenting on Oscar’s case.

Among the participants in the Summit on Human Rights are Monsignor Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former senator Piedad Córdova Díaz, of the Movimiento Marcha Patriótica and of Colombians for Peace; sociology professor Ms. Riham Barghouti, co-founder of Adalah-NY (Justice-NY), and attorney Lamis J. Deek of Al-Awda-NY (Return-NY), both involved in defending the human rights of Palestinians and the Arab community. Bishop Federico José Pagura, Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina, founder of that country’s Human Rights Movement and co-president of the World Council of Churches, who will give the keynote address on the Situation of Human Rights in Latin America.

Francis A. Boyle, renowned constitutionalist, professor of international law and expert on human rights, will present at the Summit, as will U.S. attorneys Soffiyah Elijah, director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Harvard School of Law, attorney Alexander Abder, and Jan Susler and Michael Deutsch of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.
U.S. Congressional Representative Luis Gutiérrez, the Archbishop of San Juan Roberto González Nieves and maestro Antonio Martorell are some of the Puerto Rican presenters, as well as former political prisoners Alejandrina Torres and Carlos Alberto Torres, mother and son, who will offer testimony about the abusive conditions, isolation and physical and emotional torture in prison.

Other attorneys will participate, including Wilma Reverón Collazo, Olga Sanabria, Josie Pantoja, Linda Backiel, William Ramírez, José Juan Nazario and Fermín Arraiza Navas.

The organizers of the Summit, which will be held at the Emilio S. Belaval Theater at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón [Sacred Heart University], are the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Bar Association, the Nilita Vientós Gastón Foundation, and the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, in collaboration with other organizations in Puerto Rico, New York and Chicago. The event is dedicated to attorney Juan Santiago Nieves, unconditional defender of Human Rights, who recently passed away; and to Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican political prisoner who has been held for more than 31 years in U.S. prisons.

Participants at the Summit will hear a videotaped greeting from Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

“The Summit on Human Rights is an ambitious effort covering the widest discussion and diffusion of the current state of human rights in the world and in our Country,” said Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón, president of the Nilita Vientós Foundation and activist in the campaign for the release of the Puerto Rican political prisoners. “It is conceived in the principle articulated by compañero Oscar that every effort for his release should be framed in a context and process which educates for the freedom of the Homeland and in order to achieve social justice.”

Network PANCAKE- WAFFLE Breakfast Sunday December 16th!

Enjoy an all you can eat pancake and waffle breakfast and support social justice! On Sunday, December 16, 2012, the National Boricua Human Rights Network will host its annual Pancake Waffle breakfast to raise money for the Puerto Rican political prisoners commissary. Along with the “Pasteles for freedom” Sale it is a major fundraiser for the NBHRN, enabling the organization to send hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the years to Puerto Rican patriots imprisoned for fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico.

Sun Dec. 16, 2012
Casa Puertorriqueña
1237 N. California Ave.

Order Your Holiday Pasteles Now!

It’s that time again- to taste the delicious pasteles of the holiday season while supporting the commissary campaign for Puerto Rican political prisoners Avelino & Norberto González Claudio and Oscar López Rivera, who is on the verge of beginning his 32nd year in federal prison- the longest-held political prisoner in Puerto Rico’s history.

Please download the form and sell pasteles this holiday season and help us make this the last holiday season that Oscar will endure in prison!

Holiday Message from Norberto González Claudio

deciembre 2012

Al compañero Molina y a las compañeras y compañeros de Chicago:

Saludos y abrazos navideños a todos ustedes- y mis compañeros y compañeras-que se han esforzado para que yo, ¡su compañero y servidor!, en estos Levis, este lo mejor posible.

¡Se les ama, se les admira y se les respeta todo el tiempo!
¡Gracias por todo lo que hacen!
Norberto González
La Revolución es un acto de amor a manos llenas

La Capilla del Barrio and NBHRN plan Community Celebration of Oscar López Rivera’s Birthday Jan 8!

Join La Capilla del Barrio and the National Boricua Human Rights Network as we celebrate Oscar López Rivera’s 69th birthday!

Come and eat birthday cake, hear original performances by the Batey Urbano, La Capilla youth and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School students on Oscar López Rivera and an update on the campaign to free him.
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2011
Place: La Capilla del Barrio, 3054 W. Armitage Ave
Time: 11:00am
Below: one of the latest paintings by Oscar (prints available for purchase)

Holiday Writing & Commissary Initiative

Write to the patriots!

The National Boricua Human Rights Network is initiating a holiday letter and card writing campaign to Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Oscar López Rivera and Avelino & Norberto González Claudio (Addresses below). As part of our annual commissary campaign, the Network has sold pasteles for Thanksgiving, raising over $1000 and is hosting it’s annual Pancake and Waffle Breakfast this Sunday (details below) with a goal of raising $2000 more.
Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024
Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943
FCI Terre Haute, P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808

Avelino González Claudio,
Born/Nacido: 8 de octubre de 1942
FCI Ashland, PO Box 6001
Ashland, KY 41105

Norberto González Claudio, #09864-000
Born/Nacido: 27 de mayo de 1945
Unit G Room 15, Wyatt Detention Facility
950 High Street, Central Fall, RI 02863

18th Annual Pancake & Waffle Breakfast/Artisans Holiday Bazaar Raises $2000 for Puerto Rican Poltical Prisoners!

More than $2000.00 was raised at the 18th Annual Pancake Waffle Breakfast on Sunday, December 11, 2011. Since 1994, thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to Puerto Rican political prisoners.”We started by raising $300.00 and then made $500.00 a goal, then $800.00 and $1000.00 and now look!” said Dr. Margaret Power, who was part of the original breakfast crew.

At Sunday’s event, over 100 people ate delicious pancakes (vegan and non-vegan), fruit salad and coffee and juice. “We’ve raised enough money to send commissary to Oscar, Avelino and Norberto” added Michelle Morales, co-coordinator of the NBHRN. The attendees also shopped at the 8 community artisans tables and purchased their holiday gifts. A big thank you to all who attended and donated for the breakfast, as well as to the volunteers and NBHRN who set up, cooked and cleaned up! View pictures of the event here.

Pasteles for Human Rights Raises Commissary for Oscar, Avelino and Norberto!

A big thank you to everyone who purchased pasteles for the thanksgiving holidays from the National Boricua Human Rights Network. We raised $1500 which will be sent to the compañeros as holiday commissary. Shout outs also go to all who helped, including the students and staff of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, the Latin@ Coalition, and Batey Urbano! More pictures here!

Pasteles for Human Rights!

NBHRN Sale to benefit
Campaign to free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and Holiday Commissary Drive! Vegetarian and Traditional Pork. Pick up will be Wednesday, November 23. To order, contact

Norberto González Claudio isolated in jail for “safety”!

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, the 66-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist was held in isolation from other inmates for several weeks, after complaining to supporters about his treatment as he awaits trial in a 1983 robbery because of “safety” concerns, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday.

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, who was captured in May in Puerto Rico, was allowed out of his individual cell at the discretion of his jailers at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Rhode Island until officials completed a routine assessment of potential risks to him and other detainees, said Joseph Faughnan, the U.S. marshal for Connecticut.

“They don’t know who he is, what his connections are,” said Faughnan, who added that Gonzalez can now mingle more freely with other inmates. “We’re responsible if somebody kills you.”

Gonzalez is accused of aiding the 1983 robbery of $7 million from a Wells Fargo armored car depot in West Hartford that was orchestrated by Los Macheteros, a group that claimed responsibility for robberies, murders and bombings in the 1970s and 80s in the name of Puerto Rican independence. The FBI says he still had an active role in the militant group when he was found living alone under a false name in the central hills of the U.S. Caribbean territory after more than a quarter century on the lam.

He pleaded not guilty to federal charges including bank robbery, conspiracy and transportation of stolen money at his May 20 arraignment in U.S. District court in Hartford.

In a jailhouse letter, Gonzalez said he was confined to his cell around the clock. When his family visited on Father’s Day, he said, he could only talk to them over a telephone.

“It clearly shows the insensitivity and indifference of these invaders and imperialist abusers,” Gonzalez wrote. He added: “I am strong and full of fight even under these conditions.”

The letter was released by a committee in Puerto Rico supporting Gonzalez and his older brother, Avelino, who pleaded guilty last year to his role in the heist after more than two decades as a fugitive. Avelino Gonzalez Claudio is serving a seven-year sentence at a federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky.

The 1983 heist was the biggest cash robbery in U.S. history at the time. It was allegedly carried out by Victor Manuel Gerena, a Wells Fargo driver recruited by Los Macheteros, and authorities say other members of the group including Norberto Gonzalez helped to smuggle the money out of the United States.

Prosecutors have said Los Macheteros, whose name is translated as “Machete Wielders” or “Cane Cutters,” are suspected of using the money to finance bombings and attacks in their push for independence for the tropical island.