Over 2,000 from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora Assemble In Front of White House Demanding: Obama: Free Oscar!

Over 2,000 from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora Assemble In Front of White House Demanding: Obama: Free Oscar!

by National Boricua Human Rights Network (Chicago Chapter)
The National Boricua Human Rights Network (Chicago Chapter) wishes to thank all those who joined us in the Interfaith Freedom Convocation and Cultural Celebration for Oscar López Rivera a successful event. We documented that over 2,000 people from over 25 cities were mobilized. We want to thank the following organizations, in Chicago, for their support: Chicago Puerto Rican Agenda, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Centro Sin Fronteras, New Life Covenant Church, Hispanic Housing Corporation, Community as a Campus, Norwegian American Hospital, and Urban Theater Company, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, as well as the more than 160 people who pooled their resources and made their way to Washington DC on bus, car, rail and planes.
Additionally, we must acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment of the following individuals, organizations, networks and internationally: Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, Ingrid Vila and the Coalition for the Liberation of Oscar Lopez Rivera in Puerto Rico, Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, New York City Council, Rev. Luis Cortés of Philadelphia, as well as the elected officials present: Councilor Jossie Valentin, Holyoke, MA, Councilor Angel Arroyo, Lorain, OH, Felix Arroyo, Register of Suffolk, County, MA, State Rep. Angel Cruz, PA, State Rep. Leslie Acosta, Philadelphia, PA, State Assemblyman Jose Rivera, NY, State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, Hartford, CT, Democratic Candidate to US Congress, Adriano Espailat, State Rep. James Flores, Willimantic, CT.

“I have come to proclaim release
to the prisoners”
by National Boricua Human Rights Network
The Interfaith Convocation which opened the October 9th Washington DC event for the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera was led by clergy and lay people from the Jewish, Muslim, and Quaker (Friends) traditions, and from across the Christian spectrum – including Catholics and Protestants, Methodists, Pentecostals, and leaders of the United Church of Christ. Led by Puerto Rican Bishop Rafael Moreno Rivas, head of the United Methodist Church on the island, the organizations joining the call for Oscar’s immediate, unconditional release included churches, synagogues and masjids from New York, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cleveland, and San Juan – but was primarily made up of representatives from international and national denominational groups. President Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, head of the million-strong United Church of Christ, sent a strong message to US President Barak Obama, as did the World Council of Churches and the multi-faith Fellowship of Reconciliation. Representing the community of Nobel Peace Laureates who have been steadfast in their support of Oscar’s freedom – which has included Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, East Timor President Emeritus (and United Nations official) Jose Ramos-Horta, and many others – was General Secretary Shan Cretin of the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker-based association which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947. Additionally, representing new Life Covenant Church- the largest Evangelical Latino Church in the US- Veronica Ovalle- Ocasio, chief of staff to Senior Pastor Rev. Wilfredo de Jesus and immigration advocate and United Methodist Church leader Rev. Emma Lozano.

Pax Christi International’s Co-President Marie Dennis and Secretary General Greet Vanaerschot, the leading global voices of progressive Catholic Bishops and laity – with members in over fifty countries, joined in a statement which implored: “If we can vanquish greed and violence from our hearts and lives, than war and all that proceeds from it can give way to authentic peace, the divine birthright of us all. Among the first words of Jesus (echoing Isaiah) in public ministry were those you [supporters of Oscar Lopez Rivera] uphold today, ‘I have come to proclaim release to the prisoners!’ To your prayer and action for Oscar today, we say, ‘Amen! Let it be so!'” Matt Meyer, a coordinator of the Convocation, delivered messages from the Jewish community, citing Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center and noting: “‘How do we treat the Yom Kippur prophetic reading in which Isaiah calls on the crowd not just to fast but to share their bread with the hungry… and then to go one huge and highly political step further and break off the handcuffs put on by wicked power?…We could break through the cage of words altogether, and actually do what Isaiah tells us that God, the Breath of Life, demands!’ We could, we must,” Meyer concluded, “take strong action for freedom! Free Oscar Lopez Rivera NOW!”

OCTUBRE 9 – ÚNETE Y EXIGE LA LIBERACIÓN DE OSCAR LÓPEZ

OCTUBRE 9 – ÚNETE Y EXIGE LA LIBERACIÓN DE OSCAR LÓPEZ

Amenizarán la manifestación del domingo próximo frente a la Casa Blanca

WASHINGTON.- Danny Rivera, Roy Brown, Tito Auger y Chabela  pondrán música al evento multitudinario del domingo próximo frente a la Casa Blanca en el cual se espera elevar el reclamo al presidente Barack Obama para que finalmente otorgue clemencia al prisionero político puertorriqueño.

La manifestación del 9 de octubre va contar con mensajes del congresista Luis Gutiérrez (Illinois), la alcaldesa de San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, la presidenta del Concejo Municipal de Nueva York, Melissa Mark Viverito, y la candidata a gobernadora por el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP), la senadora María de Lourdes Santiago.

Otro de los oradores serán Clarissa López y José López Rivera, hija y hermano del prisionero político; René Pérez, el residente de Calle 13; y el profesor estadounidense Cornel West.

Bajo la consigna #ObamaFreeOscarNow, la actividad, en el parque Lafayatte, arrancará a la 1:00 p.m..

López Rivera lleva 35 años y cuatro meses en prisiones estadounidenses, tras ser convicto principalmente de sedición por sus vínculos con las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN).

Desde septiembre de 2011, López Rivera tiene pendiente ante el Departamento de Justicia de EEUU una solicitud de clemencia hecha al presidente Obama.

Los organizadores prevén la participación en la manifestación de puertorriqueños de varios estados, principalmente del noreste.

Tras las elecciones del 8 de noviembre, al presidente Obama le quedarán solo 73 días en la Casa Blanca.

Otorgarle clemencia a López Rivera “sería un acto de justicia y humanidad” de parte del presidente Obama “cónsono con su Premio Nobel de la Paz”, antes de dejar la Casa Blanca, dijo la presidenta de la Coalición por la Liberación de Oscar López y exsecretaria de la Gobernación de Puerto Rico, Ingrid Vila Biaggi.

NOTA: Para información de como unirte al evento y buses, visita www.boricuahumanrights.org

NOTE: For more information about how to join the event and buses, go to www.boricuahumanrights.org

Reclamarán a Michelle Obama que interceda para liberación de Oscar López

Reclamarán a Michelle Obama que interceda para liberación de Oscar López

El grupo “35 Mujeres por Oscar” llevará a cabo el domingo una manifestación en el puente Dos Hermanos en San Juan para la recolección de bolígrafos que serán enviados a la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Michelle Obama, como un acto de solidaridad para que el Presidente Barack Omaba firme en indulto al prisionero político Oscar López Rivera.
Esta es una de las actividades de antesala a la actividad Obama Free Oscar Now, que se llevará a cabo el 9 de octubre en Washington D.C. para la liberación del prisionero político puertorriqueño, de 73 años, quien lleva 35 años encarcelado en Estados Unidos.
Una vez finalice la actividad  cumbre frente a la Casa Blanca un grupo harán entrega de los bolígrafos con una carta dirigida a la Primera Dama, en la cual le solicitarán que sirva como intermediaria para que su esposo actúe sobre el llamado a la excarcelación de López Rivera, informó la portavoz del grupo Alida Millán Ferrer.
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SIGA LEYENDO.

Gutiérrez denuncia indiferencia del gobierno de EE.UU. sobre Oscar López

Gutiérrez denuncia indiferencia del gobierno de EE.UU. sobre Oscar López

Escribió al presidente Obama y dio un nuevo discurso en el hemiciclo

WASHINGTON – En una carta al presidente Barack Obama, el congresista demócrata Luis Gutiérrez expresó su preocupación y frustración por la desvinculación que percibe en su gobierno en torno a la petición de clemencia del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera.

Gutiérrez, quien esta mañana dio un nuevo discurso en el hemiciclo cameral en reclamo de la excarcelación de López Rivera, relató al presidente Obama que la alta oficialidad del Departamento de Justicia se ha negado a darle audiencia sobre la solicitud de clemencia del preso independentista.
El legislador federal recordó al presidente Obama que el pasado 8 de junio – en una reunión a la que el mismo inquilino de la Casa Blanca convocó a los demócratas boricuas del Congreso para promover la legislación PROMESA-, le pregunto sobre el caso de López Rivera, de 73 años y quien lleva 35 años en cárceles estadounidenses.

SIGA LEYENDO.

Community Victory in Humboldt Park Advisory Committee ends in Replacement of Racist Chair

Community Victory in Humboldt Park Advisory Committee ends in Replacement of Racist Chair

By Charlie Billups

Tonight a victory of enormous proportions has been won in Humboldt Park. This is a very sobering victory because we had to expose a fellow human being that for reasons known to her has had a misinformed and misguided opinion about who we are in the Puerto Rican community and our history and the struggles that many of us on daily basis fight to survive and to achieve significance.
My heart is filled with joy as many members of our community were there, some with their little flags that somebody else had criticized as being cheap.
Their smile tonight was as big as their hearts and believe me tonight some felt that they were important and that their opinions counted.
The room was tense and the expectation that something nasty was about to happen never materialized, at the end the joy of victory was swift and the embraces and the love was heartfelt.
With this victory, we chart a new day in Humboldt Park, a new day in which many recognized our pain and realized that we need to be dealt with respect as fellow human beings. I recognize Jessie Fuentes, Janeida L. Rivera,Xavier Nogueras, Catherine Mueller Serpa, Carol Ann, Michele Miner, Mikey, Jesus the park district supervisor, Alderman Maldonado, Nilda Montanez, Raquel Torres, Pastor Rubén Escobar Pepín Juanita Irizarry, Carl the garden guy, My mentor Maggie Martinez (You are an inspiration to me) Nancy Diaz, Marilyn Morales, the Park District Department Head and finally Amy Vega who I recognized has tried to bring and respect diversity in area that is difficult because of the realities of our changing communities in Chicago.
Lorena B Billups Sarah and Pachi your joy and your smiles when we are feeding the geese and ducks live constantly in my heart.
To the Corillo of Humboldt Park you bring me joy and you might not think I see you, but I do and I love you.
Tonight I extend a hand of fellowship to those that don’t see things as we do. Inside our hearts there is forgiveness for the insults that we have received, we ask you to walk in our shoes and join us in the fellowship known as Humboldt Park.