puerto rican revolutionary

‘U.S. Get Out Of Vietnam Now!! Year of Solidarity with Vietnam / October 8-11’, Sponsored by the Black Panther Party, Young Lords Organization, and Students for a Democratic Society / Revolutionary Youth Movement, Chicago, 1969.

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On the Puerto Rican Day Parade & Festivities in NYC

Puerto Rican flags everywhere. But no independence. Puerto Ricans are culturally and spiritually alive, but politically and economically dying. To this day, Puerto Rico, excuse me Boriken, is still a colony.

Don’t let “commonwealth” fool you. The only thing common between the U.S. and P.R. are the millions of oppressed and colonized Puerto Ricans living on both lands still floating in political limbo. Puerto Ricans need just as much freedom and justice as the rest of us.

¡Viva Pedro Albizu Campos! ¡Viva Guillermo Morales! ¡Viva Ramon Betances! ¡Viva Lolita Lebron! Viva los Young Lords! Free Oscar Lopez Rivera! ¡Y Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

When tyranny is law, revolution is order!

Today in history: On October 30, 1950 - the Jayuya Uprising (el Grito de Jayuya) in Puerto Rico. 

Led by Blanca Canales and other Puerto Rican revolutionary nationalists, armed uprisings were launched in the town of Jayuya and other towns throughout Puerto Rico against U.S. colonial rule. The revolutionaries carried out daring armed confrontations with U.S.-trained police and the National Guard. Armed with weapons she had stored, Canales and the revolutionaries attacked and occupied strategic points in the town then raised the Puerto Rican Flag (which was outlawed at the time), and declared Puerto Rico an independent republic. 

The Puerto Rican nationalists held Jayuya for three days until it was attacked by U.S military planes, artillery, mortar fire, grenades, U.S. infantry troops, and the Puerto Rican National Guard. Canales was arrested and accused of killing a police officer, wounding three others, and burning down the post office. Sentenced to life in prison, she served 17 years then was given full pardon in 1967. Canales continued to be an active independence advocate until she died in 1996 in her hometown of Jayuya.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)