On a cold January 11 night, A Call to Action on Puerto Rico held a final rally in front of 26 Federal Plaza in New York City. Dozens of marchers brought leaflets, a large banner, and their loyal hearts.
They rallied for the freedom of Oscar López Rivera, and they had millions of people behind them.
Countless rallies, marches and press conferences were held. Millions of e-mails, phone calls and letters were sent. A petition with over 100,000 signatures was delivered to the White House. In New York, 35 Mujeres NYC x Oscar, A Call to Action on Puerto Rico, ProLibertad and El Maestro championed Oscar to the very end.
Oscar was imprisoned for 35 years…jailed for seditious conspiracy: the same “crime” as former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Somehow the US supports freedom, independence and social justice for South Africa, more readily than it does for Puerto Rico.
But this did not deter the members of A Call to Action on Puerto Rico, or the courageous 35 Mujeres NYC x Oscar.
Lourdes Garcia…Jesus Mangual…Prof. Ana M. López…David Galarza…Mariposa Fernandez…Benjamin Ramos…Frank Velgara…Walter Alomar…Fernando “Ponce” Laspina…They stayed and struggled for Oscar, until the very end. This type of character, conviction and sacrifice are necessary, for any real change in this world.
And change they did…because in May 2017, Oscar will be set free.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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