With only three months left of Obama’s presidency, supporters of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera are making one last massive push to demand Rivera’s release.
Imprisoned for 35 years, 73-year-old Rivera has spent almost half of his life behind bars for seditious conspiracy, yet has never been charged with harming anyone. International human rights leaders such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu have called for Rivera’s release. Last year, several heads of state at the annual OAS General Assembly proclaimed Rivera “the Nelson Mandela of Latin America” (Mandela was also imprisoned for decades on a charge of seditious conspiracy).
This Sunday busloads of activists from around the country are expected to convene in front of the White House with a single message:
President Obama: 35 years is long enough! Free Oscar Lopez Rivera now!
Guest speakers include:
- Dr. Cornel West
- Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez
- Speaker NYC Council Melissa Mark-Viverito
- Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz
- Rene Perez from Calle 13
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