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July 23, 2008
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FAMILIES, FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS OF SUBPOENAED PUERTO RICANS TO CALL ON FEDERAL GRAND JURY TO STOP THE REPRESSION
A protest has been called by community leaders, friends, family and supporters of Puerto Ricans subpoenaed by a Federal Grand Jury to demand an end to the repression against them and all Puerto Ricans. They will also call on all New Yorkers concerned about civil and human rights to join them at a picket in front of the Brooklyn Federal Court at 9:30 am on Monday, July 28, 2008.
The picket will coincide with similar acts and rallies in Puerto Rico at the Federal court in atoRey on July 27, 2008 at 6:00pm. TANIA FRONTERA, a graphic designer, and CHRISTOPHER TORRES, a social worker, have been ordered to appear before the Grand Jury at the Brooklyn
Federal Court investigating the Puerto Rican independence movement. Various motions will be argued in favor that the 'Motions to quash' the subpoenas be held in open court and not in 'secret' and that the government reveal 'illegal surveillance' sources. Two groups: Puerto
Rico Committee for Human Rights and the National Boricua Human Rights Network have filed motions to intervene in support to have the subpenas thrown out on constitutional grounds. These motions will be argued by their lawyers at the Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday, July
28th at 10:00 am.
Puerto Rican activists in New York and Puerto Rico maintain that the subpoenas are part of a larger, systematic campaign to repress the independence movement in Puerto Rico and instill fear and discord among its allies and supporters. It's the latest chapter of a long history of repression waged against Puerto Rican community.
WHAT: Elected officials, community leaders, family and friends and supporters of subpoenaed Puerto Ricans demand an end to the repression
WHEN: Monday, July 28, 2008 at 9:30 am
WHERE: Brooklyn Federal Court, 225 Cadman Plaza East and Tillary Street
The Puerto Rican Freedom Project