[Many thanks to Maritza Stanchich for bringing this article to our attention.] The full title of the article is “Thousands of Puerto Ricans gather in DC to demand the release of Oscar López Rivera and the media ignored it.” I agree with Stanchich, who points out, “[. . .] Not even the Associated Press threw something out there in terms of mainstream coverage [. . .]. This is just one reason why blogging is so important!” Here are just a few excerpts; read the full post at Negri blog.
Bravery is not a new concept for Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico or outside of Puerto Rico. The rally this past weekend was no different, but it was completely ignored by media outlets in the United States and in Puerto Rico. On Sunday, October 9 2016, thousands gathered in Lafayette Park located across the street from the White House in Washington, D.C. to denounce the overly extensive imprisonment of nonviolent Puerto Rican freedom fighter, Oscar Lopez Rivera and to demand his release. Among these thousands were representatives from the various factions of National Boricua Human Rights Network (Cleveland Ohio), members of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago Illinois, Comité pro derechos humanos de Puerto Rico, Mujeres por Oscar of New York City, Mujeres en el Puente (Mujeres por Oscar) of Puerto Rico, members of Partido Independentista Puertorriqueno (PIP), members of El Maestro of the Bronx New York City, members of the Socialist party in Massachusetts, representatives from the SEIU, members from the Partido Nacionalista Puertorriquenño, representatives from el Partido del Pueblo Trabajador, and other progressive groups from the United States and Puerto Rico.
Among the groups were ex political prisoners Luis Rosa, Felix Rosa, Heriberto Marin Torres, Edwin Cortes, and Ricardo Jimenez. Other attendees to be recognized for their extensive contributions to Puerto Rican people in and outside of Puerto Rico were visual artist Antonio Martorell, candidate for governor of Puerto Rico, Maria de Lourdes Guzman, Archbishop of San Juan Rafael Moreno, former Hunter College professor and lifetime activist, Esperanza Martell, and last but certainly not least Clarissa Lopez, the daughter of Oscar Lopez Rivera. Many joined virtually through Facebook Live including but not limited to: Ana Irma Rivera Lassen, J.D. and ex political prisoner don Rafael Cancel Miranda and others who could not be in attendance. The activity was at best bold, brave and as most Puerto Rican activities that aren’t hurricanes, the Puerto Rican parade in New York City or the so-called economic crisis, was completely ignored by the United States media and not properly explained by Puerto Rican media outlets.
[. . .] Following the improvised and unified plenazo, participants in the activities gathered around the stage to listen to the welcoming remarks of Puerto Rican actress Johanna Rosaly. A vivacious woman no less, Joahanna Rosaly kept the mission of the event clear which was a call to action to release Oscar Lopez Rivera from federal custody, however, Puerto Ricans in the crowd were clear that that freeing Oscar Lopez Rivera from prison was just one of the responsibilities that the United States government must assume in order to maintain peace, no justice, no peace. [. . .]
To read more about Oscar Lopez Rivera and the campaign to free Oscar Lopez Rivera please visit http://boricuahumanrights.org/