June 1, 2012

Free Oscar López Rivera

Vicente “ Panama ” Alba previously served as a member of the local advisory board of the Free Speech Community sponsored by WBAI, founded the Latino committee within the station, and participated as a member of the nationwide Justice & Unity movement fighting for inclusion of the diverse voiceless communities and many other organizations. A former member of the Young Lords Party, Mr. Alba became a political prisoner as the first person arrested in the United States with alleged ties to Fuerzas Amadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) in 1977. He spent six months in jail before being released on bail and was acquitted five years later. Mr. Alba has been awarded a fellowship by the Charles H. Revson Foundation and is presently writing his autobiography.

Former Puerto Rican political prisoner Ricardo Jiménez was arrested with 11 others on April 4, 1980, in their attempt to achieve independence for Puerto Rico. He was given a 90-year federal sentence for seditious conspiracy and other charges relating to the act of attempting to overthrow the Government of the United States in Puerto Rico. Ricardo was finally released from prison on September 10, 1999, after President Bill Clinton extended him clemency. As of 2011, Jiménez lives in Chicago and works as an HIV/AIDS counselor for the Latino HIV/AIDS support agency, Vida/SIDA, a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, arrested in 1981, is serving a sentence of 70 years for seditious conspiracy, for his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico. He was not accused or convicted of causing harm or taking a life. Oscar is 67 years of age and has served over 30 years behind bars, including over 12 years in torturous condi­tions of total isolation and sensory deprivation. In 1999, President Clinton offered to commute Oscar’s sentence on the condition that he serve an ad­ditional 10 years of clear conduct in prison before being eligible for release. Oscar did not accept the president’s offer, as the of­fer did not include all the Puerto Rican political prisoners at that time. Under the president’s offer, he would have been re­leased in Sept. of 2009. The conditions of Clinton’s 1999 offer to commute Oscar’s sen­tence have been fulfilled. Info on his freedom campaign is available at http://boricuahumanrights.org/category/oscar-lopez-rivera-2/.


  1. Greetings Partners,

    We need to work together to decolonize Puerto Rico and free Oscar López Rivera. Join 2 peaceful protests until it is accomplished!

    Un abrazo,

  2. Greetings Partner,

    We will have a peaceful protest on Saturday, November 23rd in Puerto Rico for the liberation of our patriot and political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. Click on the link below for more information.

    Un abrazo,

  3. Dear Partner,

    Now that the First Oscar – Mandela March in Puerto Rico is history, we can now begin to work on making an even bigger success of The First Oscar Mandela Protest in New York City. This year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City a week before our protest will be dedicated to our political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

    On Monday, June 23, 2014, the United Nations (UN) will be discussing again Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the United States. The UN is in its third decade trying to eradicate colonialism from the world, because of the belief that it constitutes a threat to world peace. Since this date is a week later than usual, our committee decided to have 2 protests this year.

    On the Monday, June 16, 2014, the day after Fathers’ Day, we will have our first protest in the park across from the UN on 46th Street and First Avenue from 8 AM to 5 PM to show the world that we too believe that colonialism is a crime against humanity. On the same day of the hearing, Monday June 23, we will have the second one. We will have a press conference in New York City to inform the public of the latest details of these event. We will need as many people at the protest as possible to make the government of the United States (US) comply with the 32 UN resolutions asking the US to decolonize immediately Puerto Rico. After this many resolutions, it is obvious that the US does not want to.

    President Obama recently showed the government of the United States’ hypocrisy about human rights. In his memorial ceremony speech, he had only praise for Nelson Mandela. He, however, has refused, despite the enormous pressure from Puerto Rico and the rest of the world, to release from prison Oscar López Rivera who is doing exactly what Mandela did. Oscar has already spent 6 more years in prison than the 27 that Mandela served. The US is happy when other countries decolonize their colonies, but the US wants to keep hers. What kind of democracy is this? Obviously, those who have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.

    Please tell your friends about this important protest for Oscar López Rivera’s release from prison, and to achieve what he has spent his life on, the decolonization of Puerto Rico.

    We will have a sheet of paper so that whoever who wants to get involved in the planning of this yearly permanent event in New York City can provide us with your contact information. If you wish, you can also email me right now at jlop28vislophis@yahoo.com.

    We look forward to greeting old and new partners in our struggle to provide real justice for all!

    José M López Sierra
    Because, rights are not requested, they are demanded!

  4. Estimados Compañero,

    Después de la aprobación del 23 de junio de 2014 por consenso de la resolución número 33 del Comité de Descolonización de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) pidiéndole al gobierno de Estados Unidos que descolonice inmediatamente a Puerto Rico, debemos trabajar juntos para obligar a Estados Unidos a cumplirla.

    Los hechos de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha mantenido a Puerto Rico como su colonia por 116 años, ha tenido encarcelado por 33 años a Oscar López Rivera por luchar por la descolonización de Puerto Rico, y ha ignorado 33 resoluciones de la ONU, confirman que el gobierno de Estados Unidos nunca querrá descolonizar a Puerto Rico. ¡Necesitamos un tsunami de gente para obligar al gobierno de Estados Unidos a cumplir con las 33 resoluciones!

    Debemos protestar pacíficamente y permanentemente por lo menos 3 veces anualmente hasta lograrlo.
    La primera será una marcha en Puerto Rico en el día que celebramos la abolición de la esclavitud, 22 de marzo, hasta llegar al Tribunal de Estados Unidos. La segunda será una marcha en Puerto Rico el día antes de la vista anual sobre la descolonización de Puerto Rico en la ONU. La tercera será una protesta en la ONU en el mismo día de la vista anual sobre la descolonización de Puerto Rico.

    Estas protestas son indispensable porque, los que tienen colonias no creen en la justicia para todos.

    Un abrazo fraternal,
    José M López Sierra
    Comité Timón del Pueblo
    Compañeros Unidos para la Descolonización de Puerto Rico

  5. Dear Partner,

    After the approval of the 33rd United Nations’ resolution by consensus on June 23, 2014 asking the United States (US) to immediately decolonize of Puerto Rico, we should work together to force the United States government to comply with it.

    The facts that the United States government has maintained Puerto Rico as its colony for 116 years, has had Oscar López Rivera in prison for 33 years for fighting for Puerto Rico decolonization, and has ignored 33 UN resolutions to decolonize Puerto Rico, confirm that the US government has no intentions of ever decolonizing Puerto Rico. Therefore, we need to form a tsunami of people to force the US to comply with the 33 resolutions.

    We should peacefully protest at least 3 times a year until we achieve our goal. The first one will be a march up to the US Courthouse in Puerto Rico on the Abolition of Slavery Day on March 22. The second will be another march in Puerto Rico on a day before the UN’s Puerto Rico decolonization hearing. The third one will be a protest in New York City on the same day the UN holds its Puerto Rico decolonization hearing.

    These 3 protests are indispensable, because those who have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.

    José M López Sierra
    Comité Timón del Pueblo
    United Partners for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico

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  30. US says Oscar López Rivera is a terrorist
    Is that right?
    A United States (US) Army manual defined terrorism as “the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature …through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear.” Isn’t that the way the United States obtained Puerto Rico 117 years ago? And isn’t that how the US government has maintained Puerto Rico a colony ever since? Nelson A. Denis goes into the details on how the US government has done that in his book, WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS.
    Most new media make us believe that terror is a weapon of the weak. But, if you look beyond this manipulated interpretation, you will discover that terror is primarily a weapon of the powerful.
    Why has the US government incarcerated Oscar López Rivera for 34 years? The only reason is, because of his struggle to free Puerto Rico from US colonialism. Is that terrorism or resistance?
    International law gives people the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize themselves. Therefore, the US government’s incarceration of Oscar is has no justification under international law. In fact, the justification is to find the US government guilty of the crime of maintaining Puerto Rico a colony, despite 34 United Nations’ resolutions asking it to decolonize her immediately! But since the US has the strongest military in the world, its attitude has always been, “And, who’s going to make me?”
    How could we make the bully decolonize Puerto Rico? Certainly not through any process that it could control. Permanent and peaceful protest is the best way in which the US government has the least control.
    The US government is motivated by getting the biggest profits for its corporations, and not protecting our liberties, human rights and justice for all. That means that we will have to tirelessly protest to demand that our inalienable right to self-determination and independence be respected.
    And that is not being a terrorist. That is resisting the bully who has taken what is rightfully ours!
    Click on the above link to read about the real terrorist.