The Passing of a Hero: Don Rafael Cancel Miranda

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Rafael Cancel Miranda passed away yesterday at 9:10 pm, in his home in Rio Piedras, surrounded by his family. He would have been 90 years old in July.

When he was six years old, his parents took him to a special event in Ponce.
It was Palm Sunday in 1937. Families and children, many of them the same age as Rafael, arrived from all over the island.

It was a beautiful afternoon until they started singing La Borinqueña.

At that moment the police started shooting…and kept on shooting…until 17 unarmed men, women and children had been slaughtered in the street. 200 more were wounded and sent to the hospital. It was the Ponce Massacre, and little Rafael was right in the middle of it.

As one of the Nurses of the Republic, Rafael’s mother was wearing a white nurse’s uniform. It was soaked with blood as she crawled over bodies in search of her husband.

Miraculously Rafael and his parents were not shot, but hundreds of others were…and shortly afterward, Rafael committed his first political act. He refused to salute the American flag in his first grade classroom.

Eleven years later, in 1948, Rafael marched for Puerto Rico’s independence, and refused to be drafted into the US military.

Rafael CancelRafael Cancel Miranda marches in early 1948

In 1954, he joined the attack on the US Congress, and was imprisoned for 25 years as a result. He was jailed in Alcatraz, Leavenworth, and Marian federal prisons.

Pres. Jimmy Carter finally pardoned him in 1979. Since that time, and up until today, Don Rafael has been a constant and passionate advocate for the independence of Puerto Rico.

Don Rafael wrote nine books about his life and his principles.

He was deeply committed to those principles, and he shared them for over five decades.

Puerto Ricans treasure their heroes. There are very few of them in the world of politics…and Don Rafael Cancel Miranda was one of the greatest. He is very much alive, in our hearts and memories. We salute, treasure, and give great honor to this special man.

His entire life was one of courage and sacrifice and patriotism. Que viva siempre, Don Rafael Cancel Miranda.

For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…

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18 Comments on “The Passing of a Hero: Don Rafael Cancel Miranda

  1. Ive received this 3 Xs today.Thanks, thanks, and thanks.Now cool it already, the guys dead.  RIP

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


  2. Like lolita lebron said Don’t try to shut me up !


  3. Patriota Boricua — y de la historia humana que lucha por su libertad! Gracias hermano ! Abrazos en tu nuevo cielo — From a Chicano Poet in Texas.


  4. Wonderful guy. We (Roberto B. and other nembers of the UCTP & myself) met Don Rafael at an event in the Bx after his release and we sang a song for him in our native Taino language. He cried as we sang and he thanked us for being present.
    Han Han Katu’ Proud Boriken Warrior


  5. Que D.e.p. mi hermano-en guerra!!!! del parte de Pedro Roman tesorero del M.N.R.


  6. My deepest condolences for such a great loss. He left a legacy of freedom and independence, let us hope we will continue to walk his walk and talk his talk.


  7. El dolor en mi corazon que causa el terorismo de los Estado Unidos y la falsa propaganda que tiene a mi gente completamente ignorante de su opresion….


  8. INDEPENDENCE is a long over due necessity, our ppl are dying daily..being exploited tested on like guinea pigs; even our organs are being sold to save the life of others do to the imposed violence of the fake crisis imposed on our ppl. Out women are children and even young men sold into slavery trafficking humans, ENOUGH! Puerto Rico libre¡¡


  9. For years I have read and sought any videos of Don Miranda. Puerto Rico is in its current state because of the US and both political parties the PNP and PPD have contributed to the ruins. Don Miranda has been teaching us about these parties and the US government and the Nationalist Party which is long overdue that Puerto Ricans follow the Nationalist movement.


  10. President Obama has stated clearly and Publicly that Puerto Rico is a Colony of the United States.
    Here is the definition of
    “The Policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another Country, occupying it with Settlers and exploiting it economically. – It’s the exploitation by a stronger county over a weaker one, the use of the weaker country’s resources to STRENGHTENS and ENRICH the stronger country”

    To the definition above I wish to add:
    The Act of Colonalism is an Act of Violence.
    Violence of its Highest Kind that a Goverment, (especially a Democratic one), can perpetuate on a defenless and innocent people.
    Don Rafael Cancel Miranda,
    You have my upmost respect.


  11. Don Rafael Cancel Miranda
    You have my utmost respect.
    You have lived History.
    Our History!


  12. I don’t condone the use of violence to promote political goals or to impose them on a majority, I find his actions up to the attack on Congress admirable, but because of that I can’t consider him a hero, unless he would now advocate for non-violent means to advocate for Puerto Rico.


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