On Monday, July 26, a group of more than 50 family members, friends, and supporters of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres drove the grueling 3 1/2 hour drive from Chicago to Pekin, IL to be on hand as Carlos Alberto was released early that morning. Only his family was allowed to enter the prison parking lot and then made to wait inside the car. The 11 family members,
Documentary on the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner and Prisoner of War campaign of the 90s featuring interviews with political prisoners and their supporters.
Having been in custody since February of 2008, Avelino will serve an additional two and a half years— significant, given that this 67 year old man was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease during his time in jail. The government has not disclosed which prison he will be assigned to.
The BOP claims that López does not meet the criteria, that a prisoner can have no more than two years left to serve on his sentence to be eligible.
The Network is launching an emergency campaign for Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, is asking for an emergency furlough, to travel to the bedside of his sister, Clara López Rivera, who is in the intensive care unit at Hospital Buen Samaritano in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. At age 73, she has just suffered two heart attacks, which is significant given that she underwent open heart surgery in 2007, and has diabetes. She
Across the US and in Puerto Rico, over a dozen events attended by hundreds commemorated the 30th anniversary of the April 4th, 1980 arrests of the Puerto Rican political prisoners in Evanston, IL. In Chicago, the National Boricua Human Rights Network sponsored the Jornada 360 culminating event, which was preceeded by 15 days by the Cell Project, where 15 volunteers stayed for 24 hours in a 6 x 9 replica
The U.S. Parole Commission in January held a hearing on whether to release Torres. A spokeswoman says the decision will come “soon.”
Thirty years ago, on a day like today, a group of Puerto Rican men and women faced the dawn to fulfill their patriotic duty. Although the events of that day would taint the date (as the song says) as that damned 4th of April of Puerto Rican daring; a day that would become a symbol of resistance, valor and sacrifice.
The National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) is excited to announce the opening of an art installation titled: “The Experience of Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres: 30 Years Behind Bars”