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oscarThe ProLibertad Freedom Campaign:

The 29th of Every Month for Oscar Lopez Rivera! Next Call in day: January 29th!

Inspired by the “5th of every month for the Cuban 5” campaign and the 33 x Oscar initiative in Puerto Rico, The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign has decided to dedicate the 29th of every month to Oscar Lopez Rivera!

On the 29th of each month, we’re asking all our allies and supporters to CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND DEMAND THE RELEASE OF PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONER OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA!

We need to flood the voice mail with our united demands for freedom!

 

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rasmea-for-day-2-uspcn-website-600x300Committee to Stop FBI Repression:

9-15 February: National Week of Action to defend Rasmea

Please share your actions plans by emailing info@stopfbi.net.

The campaign to defend long-time Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh has reached a critical stage. We urge everyone to join us in organizing an event or protest on your campus or in the community during the week of February 9 – 15.

All of us need to shine a light on the real injustice that is taking place in Detroit. Rasmea, a Palestinian American woman who has done so much for so many, is facing deportation and up to ten years in jail on a trumped-up immigration charge.

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A CALL OUT FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE HARES BOYS FOR SUNDAY 15TH, MARCH 2015

This year, Sunday 15th March will mark 2 years since 5 teenage boys from the village of Hares, Palestine, were kidnapped from their homes, abused and violently interrogated, and locked in an Israeli prison. All for something they didn’t do.

It began on 14th March 2013, after a car accident resulting in some serious injuries for its passengers was allegedly caused by Palestinian youths throwing stones at the vehicle; except that there is no evidence to suggest that stone-throwing took place at all.

To mark the 2 years since the boys’ incarceration, we are calling on campaigners around the world to devise local actions aimed at raising the profile of the case of the Hare Boys and by doing so, put pressure on the Israeli occupation to respect the principles of justice and release these kids from prison.

We invite you to organise leafleting, vigils and protests, boycott actions, petitioning and letter-writing, talks and film screenings.

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

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.

 

Statement on Oscar Lopez Rivera by Attorney Jose Enrique Ayoroa Santaliz

The whole Puerto Rican people, the political right, the center and the left, are prisoners in the same cell with our compatriot from San Sebastián Oscar López Rivera, for more than one reason.

In the first place, because we are all dissatisfied with the current political situation, and all of us, in our way, like Oscar, want to change it.

In the second place, because, representatively speaking, the entire Puerto Rican society believes, and has thus expressed, that serving thirty years in prison, one of the longest sentences in the history of humanity, is enough punishment. That intending that “he has to wait fifteen years more to once again apply for release, or in the alternative, serve the rest of his seventy year sentence,” is an abuse, a cruel and intolerable punishment, when it comes to a human being who is already 68 years old.

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Parole Board denies Oscar LĂłpez Rivera parole – ignores own guidelines

Today, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the arrest of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, the U.S. Parole Commission issued a decision denying his petition to reconsider the February 18 ruling denying parole. The Commission justified its decision by assigning him responsibility for conduct he was never accused or convicted of.

The decision, erroneously asserting that his release would promote disrespect for the law, ignores the express will of the Puerto Rican people and those who believe in justice and human rights, counting tens of thousands of voices across the political
spectrum supporting his immediate release. The Commission ignored the evidence establishing that Oscar met all the criteria for parole, and also ignored its own rules in the process. Continue reading

Oscar Lopez Rivera Denied Parole

by Ben Fox from the Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Parole Commission said Friday it has denied a request for the early release of a Puerto Rican nationalist who was once offered clemency by President Bill Clinton.

Oscar Lopez Rivera’s first bid for parole after serving nearly half of a 70-year sentence for seditious conspiracy, robbery and other charges was denied, the chairman of the commission, Isaac Fulwood, Jr., said in a statement.

The breakdown of the vote and specific reasons for denial were not released.

“We have to look at whether release would depreciate the seriousness of the offences of promote disrespect of the law, whethr release would jeopardize public safety, and the specific characteristics of the offender,” Fulwood said.

Lopez, 68, can appeal but for now he must serve until at least 2021 under federal sentencing rules, said Johanna Markind, an assistant general counsel for the commission.

His lawyer, Jan Susler, called the ruling an “irrational decision that ignores their own standards” for release. But she had not yet discussed with her client – and wasn’t even sure if he had been informed of the decision – and did yet not know if he would appeal.

“I am outraged,” Sulser said from Chicaco. “I am rally upset that an agency that is part of the Department of Justice of the United States could be so unjust.”

In January, a hearing examiner recommended against releasing Lopez on parole following a closed hearing at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he is held. Still, several members of Congress of Puerto Rican descent and many officials on the island supported his release. Continue reading

Last Week to Call In For Oscar Lopez’s Freedom

This week can be the determining week for the freedom of Oscar LĂłpez Rivera.

The US Parole Commission has said they intend to make their decision to confirm or reject the negative recommendation by the US Parole Examiner on Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar LĂłpez Rivera, #87651-024, currently incarcerated at FCI Terre Haute. Oscar, 68 years old, is presently serving his 30th year of incarceration for struggling for Puerto Rican independence.

The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Puerto Rico-based Comité Pro-Derechos Humanos are urging the parole commissioners to reject the wrong-headed and politically punitive recommendation of the parole examiner. We intend to flood the Parole Board with letters until they respond positively. PLEASE DO ALL THREE of the following:

1) DAILY CALL-IN CAMPAIGN FOR THIS WEEK (Jan 31-Feb 4): CALL the Parole Board in support of Oscar Lopez Rivera from 9:00am UNTIL 5:00 PM (EST) CALL and have others call. It only takes 5 minutes. THE NUMBER IS: 301-492-5990 hit 0 to speak to operator. Sample script is below.

Hi, my name is ______________ and I live in Chicago [NY, etc.] The Parole Commission should parole Oscar López # 87651-024 immediately, in spite of the hearing examiner’s recommendation to deny parole.

IF YOU HAVE TIME, USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1) Oscar has the support of a broad sector of Puerto Rico’s civil society as well as Puerto Rican and Latino communities throughout the United States.
2) Oscar was not accused or convicted of causing injury or taking a life. He was never accused or convicted of participating in the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing or any other action that resulted in injury or death.
3) President Clinton’s determination that Mr. López Rivera’s sentence was disproportionately lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted in Mr. López Rivera’s release in September of 2009.

2) Download the letter to mail and fax here (or write your own using that as a template and place on your letterhead) and send right away. (FAX NO: 301/492-5543) Remember the Parole Commission has stated their intention to make their decision by Feb. 4. Get as many of your friends, family. colleagues and forward to your Facebook and retweet.

3) MAIL Letters to:
Isaac Fulwood, Chariman
United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Re: Oscar LĂłpez Rivera, #87651-024, FCI Terre Haute

Please keep close track of the letters sent/faxed to the Parole Board and let us know atalejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org.
Please forward far and wide and post and repost.

LET’S FREE OSCAR,
Alejandro Luis Molina
alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org

Emergency Campaign to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera!

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY CAMPAIGN
January 22, 2011
Please forward far and wide-facebook, twitter, etc

A Parole Commission spokesperson just told Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera’s attorney that the decision whether to parole Oscar could be made by February 1-THAT MEANS WE HAVE 8 DAYS TO IMPACT THE PAROLE BOARD POSITIVELY TO REJECT THE PAROLE EXAMINERS RECOMMENDATION.

Research reveals that the Parole Commission adopts the recommendation of their hearing examiners about 80% of the time. Research also reveals that the Parole Commission can be very vulnerable to negative outside pressure, especially from law enforcement.

This means we have an uphill battle.


All of this means that if we want to see Oscar come home, we must mail/fax the Parole Board more support letters NOW. All support letters must reach the Parole Commission by February 1.


If the Commission takes longer than 30 days to decide, then we will continue our accelerated efforts to collect support letters.

Please do the following immediately:

1) Contact at least 20 more people to fax (301/492-5543) and mail the attached letter to the Parole Board. If the attachment does not go through. please go the http://boricuahumanrights.organd download the letter. Contact us at alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org and let us know how many letters were mailed/faxed.

2) Call the Parole Board (301.492.5990) at and use the attached script (text is also at the bottom of this email. START CALLING ON MONDAY, JANUARY 24 EVERY DAY UNTIL WE RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT THE PAROLE BOARD HAS REJECTED OR CONFIRMED THE EXAMINER’S DECISION. I

PHONE CALL script

To U.S. Parole Board 301.492.5990
Hi, my name is ______________ and I live in Chicago  The Parole Commission should parole Oscar López Rivera# 87651-024 immediately, in spite of the hearing examiner’s recommendation to deny parole.  IF YOU HAVE TIME, YOU CAN USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS: 1) Oscar has the support of a broad sector of Puerto  Rico’s civil society as well as Puerto Rican and Latino  communities throughout the United States.  2) Oscar was not accused or convicted of causing  injury or taking a life. He was never accused or convicted of participating in the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing or any other action that resulted in injury or death.  3) President Clinton’s determination that Mr. López Rivera’s sentence was disproportionately lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted in Mr. López Rivera’s release in September of 2009. Parole Board Phone call-in script Every Wednesday, starting January 19, from 9-5 EST until further notice US Parole Board phone: (301) 492-5990

Second Phase of Campaign to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera Begins!

The National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBCHRN) has launched the second phase of the campaign to free Oscar Lopez Rivera.  Despite an outpouring from people across the US and Puerto Rico in favor of Oscar, U.S. Parole Commission hearing examiner Mark Tanner announced he would recommend that Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar LĂłpez Rivera be denied parole.  Supporters aren’t backing down though.  People are called to join in a mass letter, fax, and phone-in on Oscar’s behalf.  Here is a sample letter written up by NBCHRN.

United States Parole Commission via facsimile 301/492-5543
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Re: Oscar LĂłpez Rivera, 87651-024, FCI Terre Haute

Dear Chairman Fulwood, and Commissioners Mitchell, Cushwa and Wilson Smoot:

We were very saddened and disappointed to learn that your hearing examiner recommended denial of Mr. López Rivera’s
parole, and that he either be held in prison until his mandatory release date in 2023 or serve another 15 years before being
reconsidered for parole. We write to urge you to reject his recommendation, and to order immediate release on parole.

We believe the examiner’s recommendation to be unfair, contrary to justice, based on wrong information, and a slap in the face
to the people of Puerto Rico.

The examiner arrived at the mistaken conclusion that releasing Mr. LĂłpez Rivera on parole would depreciate the seriousness of
the offense. In doing so, he erroneously chose to accept the testimony of people who unfortunately suffered as a result of a 1975
explosion at Fraunces Tavern in New York. However, this unfortunate explosion had nothing to do with Mr. LĂłpez Rivera, as he
was not convicted or even accused of participating in that act. Indeed he was not convicted of injuring anyone or taking a life.

These allegations are not new. President Clinton had access to the very same information when he offered to commute Mr.
Lopez Rivera’s sentence under certain conditions which have now clearly been satisfied.

The examiner’s recommendation is evidence of his failure to acknowledge President Clinton’s determination that Mr. López
Rivera’s sentence was disproportionately lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted in Mr. López Rivera’s release in September
of 2009.

The recommendation also fails to take into account the fine examples of Mr. López Rivera’s co-defendants, who are productive,
law-abiding members of society after their presidential commutation in 1999; and it fails to consider this Commission’s 2010
parole of his co-defendant Carlos Alberto Torres after he served 30 years in prison.

Mr. LĂłpez Rivera clearly meets all of the criteria for parole. His immediate parole will not depreciate the seriousness of the
offense, and he poses no risk to public welfare, as evidenced by the overwhelming support for Mr. López Rivera’s parole from
virtually the entire civil society of Puerto Rico, from the Puerto Rico Bar Association to the Ecumenical and Interreligious Coalition
of Puerto Rico (which includes every religious denomination) to elected officials across party lines, including many, like
Pedro Pierluisi, the Resident Commissioner to the U.S. Congress who represents the almost 4 million people of Puerto Rico,
who opposes independence, the ideal to which Mr. LĂłpez Rivera has devoted his life. This is critical evidence which the hearing
examiner erred in overlooking or discounting. This support also includes several members of the U.S. House of Representatives;
prominent personalities, civic and religious leaders throughout the U.S.; elected officials, including from New York, California,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois; and international figures from Haiti, Mexico, and Australia.

Like Javier Jiménez Pérez, the pro-statehood mayor of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico — Mr. López Rivera’s hometown and where
he hopes to make his home once again — we are anxious to welcome him home. We urge you to grant his immediate release.
Thank you.

Name: _________________________________
signature : ____________________________
Street Address : ___________________________________
City , State , Zip : _____________________________________
email : _____________________________________

Hearing Examiner: Oscar Lopez Rivera shound not be paroled

LopezFrom capitalist news:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A hearing examiner said Wednesday he doesn’t believe a Puerto Rican nationalist who once turned down a clemency offer from President Clinton should be paroled after nearly 30 years in prison, the inmate’s lawyer said.

Jan Susler, the lawyer for Oscar Lopez Rivera, said she will ask the U.S. Parole Commission to overrule the examiner’s recommendation, which came after a closed hearing at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

“We are extremely disappointed,” Susler said in a phone interview after the hearing. “There was no justice today.”

Parole Commission officials are prohibited under the organization’s rules from discussing the case, even to confirm the examiner’s recommendation, said Johanna Markind, an assistant general counsel. They only release the final decision.

Markind said hearing examiner Mark Tanner would not be available for comment. “It is inappropriate for a hearing examiner to talk about an ongoing case.”

Susler said that Tanner declared that Lopez’s crimes were too serious to allow release on parole and that he should remain behind bars until at least 2023.

Lopez is serving a 55-year sentence for his conviction on seditious conspiracy, armed robbery and other crimes committed during a violent struggle for Puerto Rican independence.
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