Free Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera

This video says about itself:

5 January 2017

One of Bernie [Sanders]’s promises to the people of Puerto Rico was that, if he were elected president, he would free Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican independence activist and one of the longest-serving political prisoners in the world. The call for his release has united the people of Puerto Rico.

President Obama can still fulfill that promise. In the final weeks of his presidency, we urge you to call the White House at 202-456-1111 each weekday until Oscar López Rivera is free.

From Bernie Sanders‘ organisation Our Revolution in the USA today:

When he visited Puerto Rico last May, Bernie called for the release of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican activist who is serving an unjust sentence.

Oscar was a Puerto Rican nationalist and member of FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation) who was strongly against the U.S. colonization of Puerto Rico. Imprisoned for his political opposition 35 years ago, Oscar has become one of the longest serving political prisoners in history. Much of that time has been spent in solitary confinement.

President Obama has the power before he leaves office to grant Oscar clemency, returning him to his family and home in Puerto Rico. Time is quickly running out and if Oscar is not pardoned by Obama, he will unfairly die in prison.

Our Revolution created a video about Oscar’s story, including conversations with his daughter, Clarisa, and elected officials who are joining her in calling for his release.

Watch our video to learn about Oscar’s story and please share it with your friends and family to spread the word about why it is so important that he be granted clemency.

Tomorrow, January 6, is an important day in Puerto Rico. Not only is it the birthday of Oscar López Rivera – when he will turn 74 years old – it is also Three Kings Day, an important holiday for Puerto Ricans.

Three Kings Day is a time to exchange gifts, particularly for children. Let’s give Oscar’s daughter, Clarisa, the gift of having her father back.

Watch and share our video so that we can spread the message far and wide that Oscar López Rivera must be granted clemency.

This is as much a human rights issue as it is a criminal justice issue. Thank you for helping get the word out.

In solidarity,

Erika Andiola
Political Outreach Manager
Our Revolution

New Puerto Rican governor declares fiscal emergency, paves way for massive cuts: here.

9 thoughts on “Free Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera

  1. This fellow apparently remains dangerous! FROM WIKIPEDIA Oscar López Rivera (born January 6, 1943) is a Puerto Rican nationalist and one of the leaders of the FALN. In 1981, López Rivera was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property. In 1988 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for conspiring to escape from from the Leavenworth federal prison. Lopez solicited unincarcerated supporters to obtain weapons, grenades, and C-4 explosives for use in breaking him and fellow inmates – to whom Lopez had boasted about his leadership role in the FALN – out of prison.
    López Rivera was among the 14 convicted FALN members offered conditional clemency by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999, but rejected the offer. His sister, Zenaida López, said he refused the offer because on parole, he would be in “prison outside prison.” Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, has stated that “the primary reason that López Rivera did not accept the clemency offer extended to him in 1999 was because it had not also been extended to fellow FALN prisoner Carlos Torres (who was subsequently released from prison in July 2010).” According to New York Times writer John Broder, López Rivera “refused to accept the President’s offer to commute their sentences. Mr. Clinton demanded as one of the conditions of their release that the jailed Puerto Ricans renounce the use of terrorism to achieve their aim of independence for the Caribbean commonwealth.”
    The continued imprisonment of López Rivera has been both opposed as well as supported by groups and individuals representing political, religious, and other various establishments. While some call him a terrorist, others call him as a political prisoner. Several U.S. Congressmen support Oscar López Rivera’s release from prison. There has also been continued support for the continued incarceration of López Rivera by family members of the individuals killed by the FALN, who still see López Rivera as representing the FALN conspiracy.


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  5. Call, Text, Email White House to ask President Obama to issue clemency for Chelsea Manning, Leonard Peltier & Oscar López Rivera

    In four days President Obama will leave office.

    Supporters of federal political prisoners Chelsea Manning, Leonard Peltier and Oscar López Rivera are asking that individuals and organizations contact the White House — in separate calls, texts and emails for each person — asking President Obama to issue clemency for them. (Petitions were completed and sent to the White House already.

    Call the White House at 202-456-1111 between 9 am to 5 pm. Texts can be sent there, too.

    Fill out a form at this website to send an urgent email to President Obama:


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