“War” book signing with Nelson Denis in New York City

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


The War Against All Puerto Ricans continues in New York City. With complete disregard for their personal safety, three brave souls are hosting the controversial book that caused an uproar in Puerto Rico.

FBI agents will pay a special entry fee at each event, and will be prohibited from imbibing liquor. Everyone else will come in free.

The event schedule is as follows:. 

Saturday June 6, 2-4 pm     

PR Dream

1355 Park Avenue (corner of 102 St. & Park Avenue)

Sunday June 7, 3-4 pm     

Mi Casa, Tu Casa

143 East 150 St. (in the Bronx, just off Grand Concourse, one block north of the “6” IRT subway stop)

Monday June 8, 6-9 pm          


2241 First Avenue (115th Street & 1st Avenue, in East Harlem)

A book signing shall occur at all three events – but each event will have a different personality and emphasis.  

PR Dream is a multi-media organization with a long history of promoting film, photography, painting, art installations, cyber murals, and even a film festival on a handball court wall in East Harlem! The PR Dream event will include a Powerpoint presentation of historical photographs that illustrate the people and events in War Against All Puerto Ricans. It will also feature an exciting documentary film about the Nationalist Party in Puerto Rico.

Mi Casa, Tu Casa is a relaxed, intimate setting near Hostos Community College in the Bronx. It is a bed & breakfast with five guest rooms, and an over 100-foot white pine tree in the backyard that is visible throughout the neighborhood. The book event at Tu Casa, Mi Casa will reflect their intimate setting– with discussion of the more personal stories of Don Pedro Albizu Campos, Luis Muñoz Marín, and the barber Vidal Santiago Díaz.

Camaradas is the “Cheers” of El Barrio: a hip Latino restaurant with a warm pub-like atmosphere, where you can always have a great pint of craft beer, cocktails, sangria, food, intelligent conversation and great entertainment. The Camaradas event will present War Against All Puerto Ricans within the broader context of New York City politics, the Nuyorican diaspora, and the growing debate over the political status of Puerto Rico.

The author, Nelson Denis, will answer questions and sign books after each event.

Denis also wishes to thank Judith Escalona at PR Dream; Julio Pabón at Mi Casa, Tu Casa; and Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo at Camaradas; for making all these events possible.

We’ll see you there!

“War” breaks out on NEW YORK 1

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


It was bound to happen. 

There was no way to avoid it.

Errol Louis invited Nelson Denis to New York 1, and War Against All Puerto Ricans broke out in the studio of Inside City Hall.

 Subjects included:


On June 10, 1948, they passed Law 53, otherwise known as La Ley de la Mordaza (Law of the Muzzle). This law was nearly a word-for-word translation of Section 2 of the U.S. anti-Communist Smith Act, and it authorized police and FBI to stop anyone on the street and invade any Puerto Rican home, particularly Nationalist homes.

It was a gag law. It prohibited the singing of a patriotic tune; or to own or display a Puerto Rican flag anywhere, even in one’s own home, no matter how large or small.

It also prohibited any speech against the U.S. government or in favor of Puerto Rican independence; or to print, publish, sell or exhibit any material about independence; or to organize any society, group or assembly of people on behalf of independence. Anyone found guilty of disobeying the law could be sentenced to ten years imprisonment, a fine of $10,000 dollars, or both.


On Palm Sunday, March 21, a peaceful march WAS held in the town of Ponce, in support of Pedro Albizu Campos and other Nationalists who were recently imprisoned.

The march turned into a bloody police slaughter, killing 17 unarmed Puerto Rican civilians and wounding over 200 others. Women and children WERE killed – including a 7-year old girl, who WAs shot in the back.

The massacre occurred under the direct military command of General Blanton Winship, the U.S.-appointed governor of Puerto Rico.


On the weekend of October 30, 1950, the Nationalist Party waged a revolution against the United States.

Gunfights roared in eight towns.

Police stations were burned down.

The Republic of Puerto Rico was declared in the town of Jayuya.

Assassination attempts were made against Pres. Harry Truman and Governor Luis Muñoz-Marín.

In order to suppress this revolt the U.S. bombed two towns, mobilized 5,000 National Guardsmen, killed dozens of Nationalists, and arrested 3,000 Puerto Ricans.

Pedro Albizu Campos was also arrested, and jailed in La Princesa. He spent 25 years in prison.


Please watch the interview with Errol Louis here:



Oscar López Rivera endorses “War” by Nelson Denis

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


In an exclusive interview with Claridad newspaper, Oscar López Rivera discussed his life in prison, the Summit of the Americas, Pope Francis, the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, and lessons to be learned from Cuba.

In a stunning moment, he revealed that he recently read War Against All Puerto Ricans in prison, and found it a highly valuable book – especially for young people.

Nelson Denis and everyone involved with War Against All Puerto Ricans are humbled by these words from a true Puerto Rican patriot, who has sacrificed 34 years for his beliefs.

Here is the entirety of Oscar López Rivera’s interview with Claridad.

La entrevista es en español. 



El Nuevo Dia reports on Nelson Denis’s Book

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

In the third installment of its coverage, El Nuevo Dia issued a full-page report of the features and expanded contents of the Spanish-language translation of WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS.

The Spanish version is due out toward the end of 2015. It was translated by Luis Gonzalez Argueso, and will include an Introduction by attorney José Enrique “Quique” Ayoroa Santaliz, whose entire life has been dedicated to the independence of Puerto Rico.


To read the full article click on the link below:


Oscar López Rivera and Pedro Albizu Campos…two great Puerto Rican heroes.


A hero sacrifices a great deal – sometimes their life – for a cause much bigger than themselves. For this reason Oscar López Rivera and Don Pedro Albizu Campos are great heroes. 

They were both jailed for “seditious conspiracy against the United States.” In other words…they believed in the independence of Puerto Rico, and they were jailed for that belief.

Jailed by the US, the “leader of the free world.”

Last May in New York City, nearly 10,000 people marched to say FREE OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA NOW.


We marched through the streets of El Barrio, and let the world hear about Oscar.


Oscar’s head could be seen from every building, every corner.


NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was in the front ranks of the march.


The crowd stopped at 106th street, near the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center.


Old friends met each other.  Oscar’s brother, José Lopez Rivera, celebrated the cause together with Assemblyman José Rivera.


I was proud to march with José Lopez Rivera, as well.


We shared some memories with veteran photographer Bolivar Arellano, and one of the finest men ever to serve in the New York State Assembly…Javier Nieves.


I had to remind Bolivar that our conversations were off the record.


I also argued with Mike Nieves, one of the smartest political strategists in New York State. I lost that argument.


Congressman José Serrano spoke passionately about justice for Oscar López Rivera.


Assemblyman Nieves and I became inseperable.


We celebrated the life and sacrifice of our great heroes, and reminded the world that Oscar López Rivera is the longest-incarcerated political prisoner on the planet.

A dozen elected officials, union leaders, ministers, church choirs, all came out in support of our hero, Oscar López Rivera. It was a celebration of Oscar’s life, and what he stands for.  In the streets of New York, in front of the world’s media, 10,000 people demanded the release of Oscar López Rivera from federal prison.

34 years is ENOUGH.

After it was over, we all said hello to a few more old friends before heading home.


Before I forget…one of the most beautiful sights in the world.



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