Norberto Gonzalez Claudio released from prison!

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Norberto Gonzalez ClaudioOn January 15th, 2015 Norberto Gonzalez Claudio was released from prison, and began his journey back home to Puerto Rico, and when he arrived he was welcomed by a crowd of supporters!

Here is info. on his arrest and imprisonment:

Born in Vega Baja on May 27, 1945, the second youngest of 6 siblings: 2 women, Mercedes and María Magdalena, and 3 men, Avelino, Orlando and Wilfredo. He lived in the neighborhood of Almirante Sur with his mother Cristina Claudio Narváez and his father Antonio González Vega until he was 7 years old. The family then moved to the neighborhood of Rio Abajo to “the González farm” (his family), where he stayed until he married Elda Santiago Pérez in 1979. Together they had 3 children: Elda Cristina, Susana and Carlos, and they also raised Elda’s sons Pedro and Ramón as their own.

During his childhood, he played and ran around like every child does. His father called him Captain. He always had fond memories of his father, but his mother was someone very special for him. Her serenity, firmness, strength, wisdom, the strength of a working woman that his mother embodied have been his inheritance and his pride. With her he learned love, sensitivity, and simplicity, as well as to not give in to the powerful.

He joined the struggle for social justice and the independence of Puerto Rico in the decade of the 60’s while he was a university student. He was a member of the Federation of Pro Independence Students (FUPI), the Pro Independence Movement (MPI) and the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP). He got his political training in the Arecibo region. He was known in his town for selling the newspaper Claridad.

He had a post on a corner of Betances Street in the center of his town, and put on activities of protest music in the plaza. He actively participated in the Vega Baja’s Garbage Collectors strike in 1970, in the student strikes of 1970 and 1971 at the University of Puerto Rico, and in the protests against the mines in Adjuntas, where he camped out for several months.

He was in clandestinity since 1985 for defending his people, his homeland, his nation, and fighting for socialism because he thinks it is the just economic model for all peoples.

He is in solidarity with Latin American countries in their restorative struggles and with all countries that struggle for their freedom and for socialism. He fervently believes and struggles for patriotic unity. “We must unite on everything we can agree on. Our differences should be left for internal discussions within each organization,” he insists.

He is a poet. He writes of his family, life, the homeland, youth, and his eternal love: his wife, to whom, as if a premonition of his future, he dedicated since the very moment they got married Don Pablo Neruda’s The Letter on the Road.

In late 2012, Norberto pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

 

Denver, July 4th: Monthly Political Prisoner letter writing night: Support OUR troops!

On Wednesday, July 4th, the Denver Anarchist Black Cross will host our monthly letter writing night to political prisoners and prisoners of [liberatory and social] war held captive by the United States. As people across the country celebrate the genocidal, colonial history of the U.S., dozens of freedom fighters continue to languish in cages, held away from their communities, comrades, neighbors, friends, and families.

We will spend the night supporting OUR troops, the freedom fighting warriors who have been kidnapped away from us. We will be focusing especially on the cases of three Puerto Rican Independentistas; Avelino Gonzalez Claudio, Oscar Lopez Rivera, and Norberto Gonzalez Claudio currently held captive by the U.S.

There will be a presentation about the cases of these comrades, as well as a brief presentation with updates on the cases of the Tinley Park 5, NATO 5, and Cleveland 5. As always, everything you need to write letters or cards of support will be provided including pens, envelopes, paper, addresses, stamps, and even DINNER!

Come join Denver ABC as we commemorate July 4th in a different way, without the jingoistic, colonialist revelry.

Denver ABC monthly political prisoner letter writing night
Wednesday July 4th, 6:30pm
27 Social Centre, 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D Denver, CO 80211

Soli!
DABC CREW

Norberto González Claudio Recounts a Father’s Day Visit from his Family

A Fathers’ Day Visit:

“And grandfather, why can’t I be there with you?

The visit by some of my children, grandchildren and my wife should have been one of beautiful sharing, of beautiful family sharing.  And it was that way, to some extent . . .

My girlfriend, wife, lover and comrade (my favorite young person) and more to my daughters and sons, arrived from the Puerto Rican Nation, to visit a husband, father and grandfather to an imperialist prison:  Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.  And, do you know what happened?  That already the grandfather, father, husband, comrade, Political Prisoner, has been condemned – without trial, without due legal process and without committing any infractions in that prison – in fact I arrived to go directly to solitary confinement – and treated like a complete “criminal” that has to be shut away and isolated for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a solitary jail cell.  In absolute solitude!  In absolute solitude!  But I am strong and combative even under these conditions.  Long live love! Long live life!  Long live the class and freedom struggle of our Puerto Rican working class!
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Puerto Ricans Protest Obama, US Imperialism and Call for Freedom of Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

One day before President Obama’s vist to Puerto Rico a group of youth occupied the 100 year old San Felipe del Morro castle,hanging giant banners calling for the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera, Avelino González Claudio and Noberto González Claudio who are all imprisoned for their fight for Puerto Rican independence from US colonial rule.

Protests followed the next day with banner drops, massive public protests, street theatre and political graffiti.

 

Addition to Political Prisoner Database: Norberto Gonzalez Claudio

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, the most recent captured Puerto Rican freedom fighter, has been added to our database.

Puerto Rican Independista Held Without Bond for 1983 Robbery

A judge ordered Norberto Gonzalez Claudio to be held without bond Friday for his alleged role in one of the largest cash heists in U.S. history. He said Gonzalez was an “overwhelming” risk of flight given his more than 25 years as a fugitive.

Norberto Gonzalez is the older brother of Puerto Rican political prisoner Avelino Gonzalez Claudio.  Norberto has been fighting for Puerto Rico’s freedom from colonial rule for decades.  He is accused of being part of the Macheteros, a Puerto Rican independence group, has claimed responsibility for numerous bombings, attacks against the United States armed forces, and armed robberies since 1978.