200 Miles to Freedom 2nd Annual Freedom Walk: Terre Haute, IN to Chicago, IL
In response to the 30th year of incarceration of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, the National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) would like to announce the Freedom Walk. Members of the NBHRN have committed themselves to take up the physical and mental challenge of walking over 200 miles in 10 days, from the Terre Haute, IN (location of prison where Oscar is being held) to Humboldt Park, Chicago (Oscar’s community). The group will leave Terre Haute, IN on May 19th at 9am, and on May 28th they will be joined by 30 more freedom walkers who have committed to walk a symbolic 30 miles in honor of the 30 years Oscar has been incarcerated.
The entire group will arrive at Lincoln Methodist Church (2242 S. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL) on May 29th at 3pm., where there will be a Ecumenical Service for Oscar’s freedom. Following the service, the walk will continue on to Paseo Boricua at La Casita de Don Pedro, 2625 W Division St. to be met by a group of freedom cyclists from Glenview, IL, where Oscar was arrested in 1981, for a culminating celebration. The walk is part of an ongoing international campaign demanding the release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Oscar López Rivera was arrested on May 29, 1981 and accused of seditious conspiracy. Serving a sentence of 70 years, he spent 12 years in total isolation. He has maintained his dignity and integrity in the face of difficult conditions, which were calculated to break his spirit. May 29th, 2011 marks his 30th year as a political prisoner.
The National Boricua Human Rights Network is an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US with 3 main concerns: (1) The decontamination of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico; (2) The release of the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners; (3) An end to the continuing political repression and criminalization of the Puerto Rican community.
If you want to participate in the walk or bike ride, please contact Peter Vale at firstname.lastname@example.org.