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It’s Memorial Day…

Remember your own soldiers…

Remember your own heroes…

Please add to this incomplete and far from comprehensive list…

Oscar Lopez Rivera

Avelino Gonzalez Claudio

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio

Filiberto

Lolita Lebron

Dylcia Pagan

Elizam Escobar

Ricardo Jimenez

Luis Perez

Carlos Alberto Torres

Carmen Valentin

Alicia Rodriguez

Isabela Rosada

Alibzu

Betances

Marianna Bracetti

Oscar Collazo

Rafael Cancel Miranda

Andres Figueroa

Irvin Flores

Juan Antonio Corretjer

Hiram Rosado

Elías Beauchamp

Blanca Canales

Segundo Belvis

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A dying people.
A dying cause.
A dying culture.
compromise is loss.
Freedom or nothing.
Freedom or nothing.
Freedom or nothing.

He sang…

For a country he never lived in.
For a country he never saw.
For a country on the verge of statehood,
to prevent economic fall.

We don’t need your healthcare.
Or your lack there of.
We don’t need your welfare.
Or your lack there of.

Conformity is a monster
who eats We the other people up. 

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Puerto Rico’s (Black) Flag:

Originally created in 1895 and inspired by the Cuban flag, its colors represented resistance and independence from Spain.

Red: the blood of the patriots
White: victory and peace
Light-Blue Triangle: the sea and the sky
Star: the Island

After the invasion of the United States in 1898 and the emergence of a nationalist movement it was used by Puerto Rico’s radical left and was banned by the government. In 1952 the flag was appropriated by Luis Muñoz Marín as the official Puerto Rican flag. Under the Estado Libre Asociado of Puerto Rico (Free Associated State of PR, or loosely translated as the Commonwealth of PR, aka colony) the flag received a new meaning, silencing the previous one.

Red: the blood of the republican government
White: the freedom and rights of the people.
Dark-Blue Triangle: the republican government, a dark-blue to resemble USA’s flag
Star: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

…Then, a Black Puerto Rican Flag appeared on a door in San Juan. The original flag was painted by a group of artists in 2012 and became a tourist attraction. The Black Flag was painted by the same artists between the night of 4th and the 5th of July 2016. The new colors represent Puerto Rico’s crisis, the failure of our government, but also our will to stand against the people who have failed us. In a recent letter the artists encouraged this new reading.

Black: the putrid blood of the government
White: our rights, still standing
Triangle: the death of the the government that failed us
Star: Puerto Rico’s will to fight

BOOK LAUNCH / FUNDRAISER FOR POLITICAL PRISONER OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA

On the release of the English-language edition of his book Between Torture and Resistance

OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA

The story of Puerto Rican leader Oscar López Rivera is one of courage, valor, and sacrifice. A decorated Viet Nam veteran and well-respected community activist, López Rivera now holds the distinction of being one of the longest held political prisoners in the world. Behind bars since 1981, López Rivera was convicted of the thought-crime of “seditious conspiracy,” and never accused of causing anyone harm or of taking a life. This book is a unique introduction to his story and struggle, based on letters between him and the renowned lawyer, sociologist, educator, and activist Luis Nieves Falcón.

In photographs, reproductions of his paintings, and graphic content, Oscar’s life is made strikingly accessible—so all can understand why this man has been deemed dangerous to the U.S. government. His ongoing fight for freedom, for his people and for himself (his release date is 2027, when he will be 84 years old), is detailed in chapters which share the life of a Latino child growing up in the small towns of Puerto Rico and the big cities of the U.S. It tells of his emergence as a community activist, of his life underground, and of his years in prison. Most importantly, it points the way forward.

With a vivid assessment of the ongoing colonial relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, it provides tools for working for López Rivera’s release—an essential ingredient if U.S.-Latin American relations, both domestically and internationally, have any chance of improvement. Between Torture and Resistance tells a sad tale of human rights abuses in the U.S. which are largely unreported. But it is also a story of hope—that there is beauty and strength in resistance.

Program:
Maria Kercado, Vice President of 1199 Union - Emcee

Matt Meyer, co-coordinator of the Encuentro Internacional de Derechos Humanos (International Conference on Human Rights), held in Puerto Rico, December 7-10, 2012 - Introduction of the book

VIDEO Clips: Messages of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel peace laureates made for the Encuentro Internacional

Keynote Speakers:
* José López Rivera, brother of Political Prisoner Oscar - Reading of book
* Luis Rosa, former Political Prisoner

Cultural Presentations:
* Artist Juan Sanchez (to be confirmed)
* Artesano de la Plena - Hermanos Velez (to be confirmed)
* Poetry

Sponsors:Caribbean & Latin American Democratic Committee of 1199SEIU, National Boricua Human Rights Network, 1199SEIU, Comité de Puerto Rico en la ONU (Puerto Rico Committee in UN), Resistance in Brooklyn, Professor Ana M. López of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Unit/Humanities Department at Hostos Community College, Friends of Puerto Rico Initiative

WHEN: January 10, 2013 at 6pm WHERE: Book Launch / Fundraiser For Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera
310 W 43rd St
Gallery 
New York , NY 10036
United States
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black widow au:

“So, what happened in Miami?”

“That’s classified, Skye.”

“Oh, c’mon Fitz! I won’t…”

“Agent Fitz was sent to kill me. He made a different call.”

The Puerto Rican Black Flag-Door,
at Calle San José at Viejo San Juan:

The original flag holds three red lines, the two white lines, the white star and the blue triangle that encompass the star. The same artists that painted the original came back between the night of the 4th of July (when, ironically, the USA celebrates its 240 years of independence)and the morning of the 5th of July 2016 to represent the crisis that strangles Puerto Ricans.

Important Dates:
1776
-USA’s Independence

1898
-USA invades Puerto Rico

1952
-The Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico is formed (Translation: Associated Free State of Puerto Rico, aka colony).
-Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rico’s first democratically elected governor, appropriates a flag associated with the nationalist movement

2012
-Artists paint the original flag

2016
-Signing of PROMESA
-Artist paint the flag-door black.

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March  1954 - Four Puerto Rican freedom fighters opened fire at US congressmen, from the visitors gallery at the US Capitol, as part of their campaign to free Puerto Rico from US colonialism and make it a sovereign nation once more.

The nationalists, identified as Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodríguez, unfurled a Puerto Rican flag and began shooting at the 240 Representatives of the 83rd Congress, who were debating an immigration bill. Five Representatives were wounded, one seriously, but all recovered. The assailants were arrested, tried and convicted in federal court, and given long sentences, effectively life imprisonment. In 1978 and 1979, they were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter; all four returned to Puerto Rico. [video]/[video]

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The Ghetto Brothers want a Free Puerto Rico…

nytimes.com
New York Bookshelf: The Last Big Colony and the First Suburb
Sam Roberts describes a new book about the Puerto Rican independence movement and one about Brooklyn Heights.
By Sam Roberts

Nelson A. Denis, a former New York State assemblyman from East Harlem, argued recently in The New York Times that “a gradual transition to independence would allow both island and mainland to adjust to a sovereign and self-sustaining Republic of Puerto Rico.”

“It is the only way to end this colonial tragedy,” he maintains.

In “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony” (Nation Books), Mr. Denis recalls his shock as an undergraduate at Harvard College that not a single entry in the 1973 card catalog at Widener Library referred to Pedro Albizu Campos, whom he calls the principal figure in Puerto Rican political history. (All the more ironic, since Albizu Campos was also the first Puerto Rican to attend Harvard.)

His book provides scathing insights into Washington’s response to Albizu Campos’s nationalist party and its violent revolution in 1950 that still has broad implications.

Whether or not readers embrace Mr. Denis’s conclusions, his perspective of largely overlooked history could not be more timely.

“If it helps you to understand the world in which we live,” he writes, “then I have done my job