Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
Tele:       718-601-4751

Endorsers (Individuals and organizations): Father Luis Barrios, Activist/Author;  Esperanza Martell, Activist; PIP de Nueva York; The Committee for Puerto Rico at the United Nations; Not4Prophet, AGIT Army; Xen Medina, Artist/Muralist; NBHRN-NYC Chapter; Rev. Sam Cruz and David Galarza, Trinity Lutheran Church; Andrés Torres, Author; Jose "Che" Velazquez, Educator; Casa de las Americas; Cuba Solidarity New York; The July 26 Coalition; May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights; International Action Center; Workers World Party; Peoples Power Assembly Movement; NYC Jericho Movement; Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, NYC Chapter; International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition (NYC), Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, The Malcolm X Commemorative Committee.



José M. López Sierra said...

Why does Puerto Rico have a higher voter turnout than USA?

Puerto Ricans have a voter turnout of about 80%. The United States (US) citizens have a voter turnout of about 50%. What accounts for this 30 % disparity? Could it be that Puerto Rican believe in democracy more than US mainland citizens?

Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States since 1898. Since that time, Puerto Ricans who have wanted to decolonize their country have been either assassinated or imprisoned. Many Puerto Ricans are terrified of independence for Puerto Rico as a result of 116 years of repression.

Since colonialism is always for exploitation, there are no opportunities in Puerto Rico for Puerto Ricans. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans out, than in Puerto Rico. Therefore, Puerto Ricans are desperate to find a political solution to our eternal colonialism!

Most Puerto Ricans believe that decolonization can be achieved through the electoral process. But the electoral process is ultimately under the control of the government of the United States. Since the US government has ignored 33 United Nations resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, and it has maintained incarcerated Puerto Rico political prisoner Oscar López Rivera for 33 years despite worldwide support to free him, there should be no doubt that the US government will never allow decolonization via the electoral process. If it were possible to do it that way, we would not have it!

The better way to decolonize is for that 80% of the Puerto Rico voter turnout to instead protest in the streets to demand our inalienable right to self-determination and independence, and insist that the UN do the decolonization in conformity to international law. After all, colonialism is within the jurisdiction of international law and never under national law. That is why it is a crime against humanity to have a colony under international law, but not so under US law.

José M López Sierra

José M. López Sierra said...

¿Por qué Puerto Rico sale a votar más que Estados Unidos?

Los puertorriqueños votan a un 80%. Los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos votan a un 50%. Por qué esta diferencia de 30%. ¿Serán que los puertorriqueños somos más creyente de la democracia que los mismo ciudadanos estadounidense?

Puerto Rico es una colonia de los Estados Unidos desde el 1898. Desde entonces, los puertorriqueños que han querido descolonizar a Puerto Rico lo han asesinado o encarcelado. Muchos puertorriqueños le tienen terror hablar de la independencia para Puerto Rico debido a esta represión de 116 años.

Como el colonialismo es siempre para explotación, no hay oportunidades en Puerto Rico para los puertorriqueños. Por eso es que tenemos ahora más puertorriqueños afuera que adentro de Puerto Rico. ¡Los puertorriqueños están desesperados para encontrar una solución política para nuestro colonialismo eterno!

La mayoría de los puertorriqueños creen que podemos descolonizarnos a través del proceso electoral. Pero el proceso electoral está en última instancia bajo el control del gobierno de Estado Unidos. Como el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha ignorado 33 resoluciones de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) pidiéndole que inmediatamente descolonice a Puerto Rico, y ha mantenido a nuestro preso político Oscar López Rivera encarcelado por 33 años a pesar de un reclamo mundial para su excarcelación, no debe haber duda alguna de EEUU nunca permitirá nuestra descolonización por vía electoral. ¡Si se pudiera, no lo tendríamos!

La mejor forma para descolonizarnos seria que los 80% de los electores puertorriqueños salgan mejor a la calle para demandar nuestro derecho inalienable a la autodeterminación e independencia, e insistir que la descolonización la maneje la ONU. Después de todo, la descolonización está bajo la jurisdicción de la ley internacional, y nunca bajo la ley nacional. Por eso es que el colonialismo es crimen en contra de la humanidad bajo la ley internacional, pero no bajo la Constitución de Estados Unidos.

José M López Sierra

José M. López Sierra said...

Should criminals be in charge of correcting the wrong they inflicted?

Puerto Ricans vote in elections every 4 years at an 80% level of participation. Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States (US) government for the past 116 years. If the US government has the final say in what happens in Puerto Rico, what is the purpose of these elections? The purpose is to fool the world that Puerto Rico is a democracy.

The United Nations (UN) declared colonialism a crime against humanity in 1960. The UN has asked the US government 33 times to decolonize Puerto Rico immediately. The US government has refused. It says that Puerto Rico’s political relationship with the United States is none of the UN’s business. The US says that it is a domestic affair.

To appear that the US government wants to decolonize Puerto Rico, it promotes the use of plebiscites to determine what Puerto Ricans want. Doesn’t that sounds innocent and democratic? So what’s the problem?

To begin with, the international community already rendered its verdict and determined that colonialism is illegal. So to have a political status option in a plebiscite that favors maintaining Puerto Rico a colony of the United States is not permitted. To have a political status option of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the United States is also not permitted under international law. The problem goes back to the beginning of this article. In order to have free elections, the country must be free. So before these elections and plebiscite could be valid, Puerto Rico would have to first be an independent nation.

What people must realize is that Puerto Rico is a colony of the US because the US government wants it that way. That is why it has used terrorism to keep it that way. That is why it refuses to release the Puerto Rican political prisoner of 33 years Oscar López Rivera. That is also why it is ridiculous to believe that decolonization is a US internal matter in which the UN has no jurisdiction over. If we allow the US government to decolonize Puerto Rico, she will remain a colony of the United States forever!

José M López Sierra

José M. López Sierra said...

The Second Oscar – Mandela March in New York City 2015

We will be having our 2nd Oscar – Mandela Protest March on Monday, June 22, 2015. We will start marching peacefully at 9 AM from Hunter College on East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, to East 43rd Street and Lexington Avenue. We will then go East (turning left) to end up at the Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue (across from the United Nations).

We will be at the park until 5 PM. We will be giving out flyers and talking to people about who Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is. We will also be educating the public about Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the government of the United States (US).

Most people don’t know that every year, usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day, the United Nations holds its hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico. The petitioners will usually join our protest after this meeting.

The UN determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity. Since then, the UN has issued 33 resolutions asking for the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. The US government has ignored these resolutions. What kind of democracy is that?

The US government tries to keep these hearings a secret. What we are trying to do is to get them out of the closet. The UN is in its 3rd decade trying to make the world colony-free. Please help us!

Most people also don’t know that the United States government takes out 14 times more money than what it invests in Puerto Rico. But, that is what colonies are for!

This savage exploitation impedes Puerto Rico’s ability to provide opportunities for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans living away from Puerto Rico than in their homeland.

Oscar López Rivera has been incarcerated for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize Puerto Rico. Since colonialism is an international crime, international law gives Oscar the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize his homeland. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years for doing the same thing as Oscar. This is why we say, Oscar López Rivera is our Nelson Mandela!

United Partners for Puerto Rico Decolonization invites the public to be part of the tsunami of people that will be necessary to make the US government comply with the UN resolutions. These annual protests in Puerto Rico and at the UN are absolutely necessary, because, those who maintain colonies, don’t believe in justice for all!

José M López Sierra