June 1, 2012
Free Oscar López Rivera
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/.