My name is Tony Rivera, and I am contacting you on behalf of the National Boricua Human Rights Network (an organization that defends the right of the current 'commonwealth/neo-colony' Puerto Rico to be a sovereign nation. And works to free political prisoners who've been punished for their beliefs and organizing around this cause.)
We are coming upon the 30th year that Oscar Lopez Rivera is imprisoned under maximum security, in conditions implicating that his human rights are being violated. Charged and serving a sentence for 'seditious *conspiracy*', we recognize his imprisonment as illegal ("conspiracy"), as he, like Leonard Peltier, was helping cultivate a movement to liberate his people in the context of a government usurping their rights to self-determination, during a time in which this very government activated it's central intelligence and FBI forces to sabotage our movement. Oscar is not in prison for a crime he committed, but rather, for his beliefs. After 30 years we are asking on the basis of Human Rights, that he be released alas.
In the post 9/11 world it is difficult to have this conversation with common citizens, and have them be able to separate struggles/resistances against imperialism and terrorism. So just by Oscar being associated with such charges, we run into the obstacle of accumulating our target 40,000 signatures. With the help of indigenous peoples in solidarity with Oscar's case, though, we increase the chances that Oscar will have the sufficient number of signatures he needs when he goes to the parole board in January.
Download the PDF of the petition.
If you have the time, resources, and space (and friends/co-workers/comrades) you envision you might be able to assist in support our campaign, I wish to invite you to download the attached PDF File, baring the petition, sign on and send it to the National Boricua Human Rights Network headquarters:
National Boricua Human Rights Network
2739 W. Division Street
Chicago IL 60622