Call for Freedom Album: PRican PP CD
- The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
ProLibertad@... and ProLibertad.Campaign@...
A CALL TO CONCERNED ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS
Calling all Boricua Organizations and individuals regarding a Fund Raising
CD to aid our Puerto Rican Political Prisoners!!
The Freedom Album
The Welfare Poets, The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign and Boricuation have
come together to collaborate on a fund raising project to directly aid the
current Puerto Rican Political Prisoners -- incarcerated for fighting for
the independence and self-determination of Puerto Rico. Additionally, we
would also want to assist past political prisoners who have been freed and
are now attempting to survive in a system where many channels are closed to
them. It is also our intention to create a general legal fund to assist
present and even possibly future political prisoners.
We are directing postings to local bands and world renown Puerto Rican
artists who have the eye of the music world. Depending on how many artists
come forward and who actually submit songs, there is a potential for us to
get funds so distribution can be created on a larger scale.
The project is just in the planning stage, and we want to open this process
up to other organizations and individuals in an effort to create a even more
grass-rooted foundation and support. There is so much to be done and time
is most precious. Collectively, our efforts can reach the necessary millions
to make a significant impact. These are our prisoners, they remain in jail
and isolated due to our collective inaction and we can remedy this. To join
the effort, please email us at freedomalbum@...
Goals of the project:
���We hope this album serves to raise the necessary funds as outlined above,
but also to unify the Puerto Rican community on many levels. Unifying
Puerto Rican artists from NYC, Chicago, California, Philadelphia, New Jersey
and all over the Puerto Rican Diaspora, with each other and other artists
from the island ��� all coming together under the banner of supporting
those who have sacrificed everything for the love of freedom.
���We also hope to unify organizations in an attempt to move forward on
better grounds on behalf of the companeros .
���Not only will we be spreading the word about the Puerto Rican Political
Prisoners' existence and individual cases to a wide range of individuals
open their eyes for the first time or updating those who are already in the
know, but we will also be offering the people a way to assist, all people
who support the struggle for our companeros release, Puerto Rican and
The next meeting:
MONDAY OCTOBER 15th, 2007 AT 7PM at Hunter College East Building
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies 14th floor room 1441.
For more information:
- About the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and the ProLibertad Freedom
Campaign, go to: www.ProLibertadweb.com or
- About the Welfare Poets, go to www.welfarepoets.com or
- About Boricuation, go to: www.myspace.com/boricuationonline
- You can also log on to myspace.com/freeourpolitcalprisoners for future
information regarding the project and planning meetings
The fight for Puerto Rico's Independence go as far back as indigenous
resistance to Spanish occupation. For well over 500 years, countless and
nameless individuals have fought for our islands sovereignty. Some have paid
the ultimate price with their lives.
Others have been held captive, arrested against their will, by a court which
held no jurisdiction over their cases and tramples on their international
right to fight for the liberation of their homeland, our homeland, Puerto
Rico. The Puerto Rican people have been able to free many of our political
prisoners. We did so because we created unity amongst ourselves and because
we welcomed the solidarity of all our allies. This Freedom Al-bum is another
example of our creativity in building solidarity and unity amongst
This album will educate, agitate and help further build our movement to free
our companeros behind the walls.
Our Political Prisoners are:
Oscar Lopez Rivera was born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico on January 6,
1943. At the age of 12, he moved to Chicago with his family. He was a
well-respected community activist and a prominent independence leader for
many years prior to his arrest. Oscar was one of the founders of the Rafael
Cancel Miranda High School, now known as the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High
School and the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center. He was a
community organizer for the Northwest Community Organization (NCO), ASSPA,
ASPIRA and the 1st Congregational Church of Chicago. He helped to found
FREE, (a half-way house for convicted drug addicts) and ALAS (an
educational program for Latino prisoners at Stateville Prison in Illinois ).
He was active in various community struggles, mainly in the area of health
care, employment and police brutality. He also participated in the
development of the Committee to Free the Five Puerto Rican Nationalists. In
1975, he was forced underground, along with other comrades. He was captured
on May 29, 1981, after 5 years of being persecuted by the FBI as one of the
most feared fugitives from US "justice". Oscar, who has a daughter named
Clarissa, is currently serving a 55-year sentence for seditious conspiracy
and other charges. He was convicted of conspiracy to escape along with Jaime
Delgado, (a veteran independence leader), Dora Garcia, (a prominent
community activist) and Kojo Bomani-Sababu, a New Afrikan political
Oscar was one of 13 Puerto Rican political prisoners offered some form of
leniency by the Clinton Administration in the fall of 1999. According to the
Chicago Sun Times, he "declined the president's offer, which still would
have him left with 10 years to serve on conspiracy to escape charges. Now he
faces at least 20 more years in prison. His sister, Zenaida Lopez, said he
turned the offer down because he would be on parole. 'Accepting what they
are offering him is like prison outside of prison,' she said. Zenaida Lopez
said her brother 'was in total agreement' with the decision of the 11 others
to take the conditional clemency." Oscar is presently in prison in Terre
Haute, Indiana and his release date is 7/27/2027.
Carlos Alberto Torres was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on September 19, 1952.
His parents moved to New York , finally settling in Chicago. He studied in
the University of Illinois in Carbondale and Chicago. He studied sociology
at Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago .
Carlos Alberto was involved in the struggles to recruit more Latin@s to the
University, against racism, and police abuse. Carlos was one of the founders
of the Rafael Cancel Miranda Puerto Rican High School now known as the Dr.
Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and participated in the
Committee to Free the 5 Nationalists. In 1976, Carlos was forced to go
underground and was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. He was captured along
with other comrades and sentenced to 78 years on charges of seditious
conspiracy, among other charges.
Although the Clinton Administration offered clemency to 12 Puerto Rican
political prisoners in the fall of 1999, no leniency was granted to Carlos
Torres, whom prosecutors described as a leader of the Fuerzas Armadas de
Liberaci���n Nacional (FALN), an underground organization which fought for
Puerto Rico's independence in the 1970s and '80s. His release date is 2024.
He is currently in prison in Oxford, Wisconsin.
Haydee Beltran Torres was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on June 7, 1955. When
Haydee was 12 years old, her parents moved to Chicago. At Tuley High
School, she organized a boycott that demanded the firing of a racist
principal. Haydee attended the University of Illinois where she was an
outspoken defender of Latino students' rights. Haydee was forced
underground in 1976 and was captured April 4, 1980. She has been sentenced
to life in prison on charges including seditious conspiracy. Haydee was the
first POW to receive a life sentence. She was kept in total isolation from
the other prisoners of war and was transferred to a special control unit
which limited visits. It was a year before she was allowed to see her
At the MCC in Chicago, she was classified as "no visitors allowed". Haydee
was subject to physical abuse in interrogations for refusing to implicate
her comrades in unfounded crimes. This was done several times by FBI and
other government agents. These and other inhumane acts by the U.S.
government have led to serious injuries which prison medical directors have
misdiagnosed; also, Haydee has received injections of unknown medications.
Jose Perez Gonzalez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 14th, 1968; he
is the son of a butcher and his mother is retired government worker. He is
married with three children. He is a member of Mayaguezano por La Salud y el
Ambiente. He is well known in his neighborhood, of Barrio Segundo in Ponce
. He is a family man with three children. He was a civil disobedient and
served three months in jail for his support activities. Jose was the only
member of the Vieques 12 who went to trial. He was found guilty and was
sentenced to five years in jail. His release is 1/17/2008.