The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
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Despierta Boricua is a weekly fifteen minute Radio segment produced for WBAI
99.5 FM Friday Morning Wake UP Call by The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign.
Despierta Boricua airs at 6:45am, but is subject to re-scheduling depending
on the Station�s needs.
Despierta Boricua is dedicated to providing the New York City listening
audience with the latest news and updates on Puerto Rican politics and
culture from U.S. based Puerto Rican communities and the island of Puerto
This week's segment features an interview with Roberto Borrero of the United
Confederation of Taino People; we will discussing the work the UCTP does at
the United Nations and the state of the Taino nation in Puerto Rico and the
United States. Fore more information on the UCTP go to This week�s segment
will include an interview with Dr. Jorge Colon of the University of Puerto
Rico-Rio Piedras, who will be talking about an upcoming De-Militarization
conference in Puerto Rico and how the de-Militarization movement is growing
in Puerto Rico.
Tune in every week to Despierta Boricua, whether you receive a reminder or
not, 6:45am WBAI 99.5fm or via webstream, for those of you outside of NYC,
Sunday, January 16, 2005
The following is a message from Nazomi Ikuta, a compa�era who has been
essential in doing political prisoner work in the religious community for
On Friday [January 14], Rev. Jose "Viejo" Torres, pastor emeritus of the
First Congregational Church in Chicago, father of Puerto Rican political
prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres and husband of released political prisoner
Alejandrina Torres, was admitted to Rush Hospital in Chicago. After running
some tests they found tumors in his brain, along with cancer in his hip. He
is being treated with steroids now to reduce inflammation and will begin
radiation treatments during the week. As you may know he has been suffering
from several other health problems but this adds an additional level of
stress to his situation. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and
prayers. Cards may be sent to:
Rev. Jose Torres
2724 W. Potomac
Chicago, IL 60622
Biography of Rev. Jos� Alberto Torres
Rev. Jos� Alberto Torres (El Viejo) was born on June 9, 1923 in Ponce,
Puerto Rico. He completed his academic and theological studies in 1949, at
the Interamerican University in San German and the Evangelical Seminary of
Puerto Rico. In 1959, Rev. Torres was called by the Congregational Church in
New York to work with the Hispanic community at Martha Memorial Evangelical
and Reform Church in Manhattan. In 1962, Rev. Torres was called by the
Community Renewal Society of Chicago to minister the growing Hispanic
community at First Congregational Church of Chicago. During that time, Rev.
Torres was interim director of Casa Central and an active participant of the
Urban Training Center, two entities that were housed and supported by the
First Congregational Church of Chicago. In 1990, Rev. Torres retires and is
officially granted the status of Pastor Emeritus by the First Congregational
Church of Chicago.
Rev. Torres was interim director of Casa Central and an active participant
of the Urban Training Center, two entities that were housed and supported by
the First Congregational Church of Chicago. In 1990, Rev. Torres retires and
is officially granted the status of Pastor Emeritus by the First
Congregational Church of Chicago.
Rev. Torres was instrumental in involving the Church in the issues that were
affecting the Puerto Rican community at the time. Issues that ranged from
residential displacement as a result of the urban renewal project, to better
housing, education, employment and community rights and presentation in
Since his involvement with the United Church of Christ, the First Church has
actively participated in support of civil and human rights issues of the
Puerto Rican community and other under represented minorities. Rev. Torres
marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1964 and was part
of a group of ministers to bring Dr. King�s civil rights issues to the
Puerto Rican community in Chicago. He has worked diligently for social
justice and in various issues in the community. He was on the organizing
committee of the first Puerto Rican Parade and the Peoples� Parade. He was
the founding member of the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, the Puerto
Rican Cultural Center and the Committee to Free the Puerto Rican Political
Rev. Torres has three children from a previous marriage, Carlos Alberto
Torres (one of the remaining political prisoners), Norma and Nidza. He
married Alejandrina in 1964 and has two children, Lisa and Catalina.
St. Mary's Church - 521 West 126th St. (corner of Old Broadway) Take the 1
or 9 to 125th street
Come celebrate the life of Henry ShaSha Brown with music, food, poetry and
guest speakers: $5 donation at the door
Guest Speakers will include:
Gerald Lefcourt, Esq. Peoples' Lawyer
Shujaa Graham, Former Political Prisoner and Anti-Death Penalty Advocate
Herman Ferguson, Former Political Prisoner and
member of the OAAU (Malcolm X's organization)
Kathleen Cleaver, Esq, Former Communications
Secretary of the Black Panther Party
Asha Bandele, writer and activist with the Malcolm X
Who is Henry ShaSha Brown: He is a husband, father, uncle brother, friend,
comrade and freedom fighter in the Black liberation movement. He is also a
former political prisoner who served more than 14 years. ShaSha has
dedicated his adult life to the liberation and struggle of oppressed people
and was part of the revolutionary movements in the 60's and 70s.
Today ShaSha finds himself in need of the same support and love he offered
when he was a soldier for his people. He is now 56 years old. He was
recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has undergone surgery and is now
receiving radiation treatment and chemotherapy. His wife Loretta is
recovering herself from a brain aneurysm. The family medical bills (and
other bills) are increasing at this time when neither of them are able to
Your help is needed to support this community hero. All donations are tax
deductible. All checks should be written to IFCO and mailed in care of the
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement to 388 Atlantic Ave., 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, New
Sign an online petition in support of the immediate parole of Leonard
Invite others to sign the petition (see the links on the right side bar & at
the bottom of the petition page), Or create & circulate your own hard copy
petition. The text of the parole petition follows.
JUSTICE FOR LEONARD PELTIER: PETITION IN SUPPORT OF PAROLE
Convicted in connection with the deaths on June 26, 1975, of two agents of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Leonard Peltier has served nearly 30
years in federal prison despite proof that he was convicted on the basis of
fabricated & suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony.
In violation of the U.S. Constitution & the government's own congressionally
mandated guidelines, Peltier has been denied fair consideration for parole.
On February 1, 1994, the U.S. Parole Commission determined that Leonard
Peltier would not be considered for parole for 15 years, or until December
2008, after a total imprisonment of 394 months. This amount is more than
twice the 188+ months to be served based on Mr. Peltier's aggregate
guideline range. Further, the U.S. Parole Commission has failed to provide
parole dates "consistent with the applicable parole guideline" to all "old
system" prisoners, including Leonard Peltier, as mandated by Congress in the
Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.
We, the undersigned, support justice & human rights for all people of all
nations; recognize that the U.S. courts, by their decisions, have recognized
the undisputed misconduct in Peltier's case, yet have failed to take
corrective action; determine the U.S. government's handling of the Peltier
case as a clear abuse of the legal standards of American justice; & do
hereby call for justice for Leonard Peltier in the form of an immediate
grant of parole.
NAME ADDRESS CITY/STATE/COUNTRY E-MAIL
Completed hard copy petitions should be mailed to the Leonard Peltier
SUPPORT DAVID WONG!!
David has now been cleared of his murder charge, but after all his unfair
treatment, INS is going to DEPORT him!! This is unjust!
Please go to the website link below, and sign! it will only take a moment,
and it truly means a lot. Thank you for your support.