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Puerto Rico: A U.S. Colony in the Caribbean

by Margaret Power Illinois Institute of Technology In 1898 the U.S. military invaded and seized Puerto Rico and Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Unlike Cuba, Puerto Rico has not yet achieved independence and the United States continues to exert political, economic, judicial, and military control over the Island. Two early twentieth-century decisions defined U.S. policies toward Puerto Rico. First, in 1901 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “Porto Rico is

15th Letter: The offer i didn’t want

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.