The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign is proud and excited to announce the
RELEASE OF PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONER JUAN SEGARRA PALMER ON JANUARY
Juan Segarra Palmer's release was the end product of decades of organizing,
educating and mobilzing all communities to support the freedom of the Puerto
Rican Political Prisoners!!
ProLibertad is trying to raise money to support Juan on the outside. We are
asking folks to help us in an emergency fund-raising drive for Juan Segarra
WE ARE TRYING TO RAISE $1000 FOR JUAN!! Please send your tax deductible
402 w145th St
New York, NY 10031
ENDORSE the check to ProLibertad and write "FOR JUAN SEGARRA PALMER" in the
Below is an artilce on the unitary support being organized in Puerto Rico
for Juan's Arrival!!
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
New Jersey 201-435-3244
Let Us Welcome Compa�ero Juan Segarra Palmer!
By Jorge Farinacci Garc�a
Compa�ero Juan E. Segarra Palmer (Papo) will be leaving a Federal Prison in
the State of Florida this coming January 23, 2004, after having been
imprisoned for nearly 19 years. This pro-independence fighter was arrested
during a huge repressive operation which was carried out in Puerto Rico by
U.S. armed agents on August 30, 1985, with the alleged objective of dealing
a crippling blow to the pro-independence organization PRTP-EPB (Macheteros).
All those who struggle in our homeland for a better future for our people,
for a free, just and democratic future, has a great debt with brothers and
sisters such as Juan Segarra who have dedicated their lives in the struggle
for our cause and have suffered the brunt of the fury of U.S. imperialism.
The government of the United States alleged that Compa�ero Segarra was one
of the main leaders of the revolutionary organization The Macheteros and
alleged further that he led the operation that expropriated the deposits of
the Wells Fargo Company in Hartford, Connecticut. This operation which was
carried out by the Macheteros resulted in more than 7 million dollars
getting into the hands of the revolutionary movement with the goal of
advancing the anti-colonial and independence cause in Puerto Rico, as was
recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice. It is important to note that
representatives of the U.S. Justice Department were forced to admit that all
that money was utilized for the purposes just mentioned and that no one
utilized these funds for personal gain.
For all the people of Puerto Rico, for the friends, family members and
comrades in struggle of Papo Segarra and for all those men and women that
today continue to hold high the banners of justice and freedom, it is a
great source of pride to have the privilege of being able to welcome this
Compa�ero who has given his all for our cause.
Upon this Compa�ero�s return to Puerto Rico during the weekend of January
24-25, 2004, pro-independence fighters of all political stripes and
ideological tendencies, including socialists, nationalists, Christians and
others, will be united in the jubilation and joy that is embodied in being
able to welcome to his homeland this hero of our cause. We do so in the
same manner in which we have welcomed home other heroes and sheroes that
have returned to Puerto Rico from the jails of the empire and whose return
has been a result of our peoples continued and unceasing struggle for the
freedom of each and everyone of them.
During these unitary and well deserved welcoming activities all
pro-independence organizations will participate including, the Socialist
Front and its member organizations such as The Workshop for Political
Formation (TFP), The Socialist Movement of Workers (MST), The Revolutionary
Party of Puerto Rican Workers (PRTP), Communist Refoundation (RC), Union of
Socialist Youth (UJS) and the Revolutionary Youth League (LJR). In addition
other organizations such as The National Hostosiano Congress-New Puerto
Rican Pro-Independence Movement(Congreso Nacional Hostosiano-Nuevo
Movimiento Independentista Puertorrique�o), The Nationalist Party of Puerto
Rico (Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico), The Puerto Rican Independence
Party (Partido Independentista Puertorrique�o), The Resistance Collective
(El Colectivo de Resistencia) and The Revolutionary Movement of the People
(Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo). Also participating actively will be
the Committee for Human Rights (Comit� Pro Derechos Humanos) and
organization active in the demands for the freedom of all our political
I would like to highlight and make special mention of the participation of
all the student and youth organizations such as the University Federation
Pro Independence (Federaci�n Universitaria Pro Independencia), The
Revolutionary Youth League (Liga Juvenil Revolucionaria) and the Union of
Socialist Youth (Union de Juventudes Socialistas) who are making special
efforts around these activities and taking on important tasks in the
organization and development of the same. We are conscious of the fact that
none of these young people have had the opportunity to meet Compa�ero Papo
Segarra personally but have clearly expressed their ardent desire to know a
person that has contributed so much so that today our movement continues to
be such a vibrant political force in Puerto Rico.
All of these organizations along with Papo�s friends and family have come
together in the �Welcoming Committee for Juan Segarra Palmer�. We have
assumed the task of making the welcoming event for the Compa�ero one which
is characterized by its vibrancy, by its high level of human warmth and
profound patriotic fervor. Present in this peoples� welcome in spirit will
be his mother and father who struggled for his freedom but passed away
before actually seeing him free.
The Welcoming Committee will shortly be making public the details of the
welcoming, including the exact time and day of his return and the
participation of religious, labor and trade union sectors who have become a
part of this activity.
Today, we make a call to everyone so that none may miss this opportunity and
privilege to participate in an event of this importance for our struggle.
We call upon everyone to join us at the Airport in Carolina on the day of
the return to his people of Compa�ero Juan E. Segarra Palmer.
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