Oscar Lopez Rivera Petition Campaign

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National Boricua Human Rights Network

oscar lopez riveraThe National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) - Philadelphia chapter is in crucial need of your support for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera. Mr. Lopez will go before the Parole Committee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons this coming January 2011. We are building support and momentum for this hearing through a national petition campaign. We are certain that with your support we can bring this campaign to a long awaited victory with the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera to our community.
 
Oscar is now 67 years old and among the longest held political prisoners in the history of Puerto Rico and in the world. The case of Oscar Lopez Rivera speaks to the fundamental rights of all people to struggle for dignity, freedom, and human rights. Your support is the key to his release!
 
The NBHRN is also available for adult and youth presentations, staff development training, and educational workshops on the history of Puerto Rico and the case of the Puerto Rican political prisoners. 
 
For information regarding the National Boricua Human Rights Network and the campaign for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, please visit our website at www.boricuahumanrights.org; or email (Leslie) leslier@boricuahumanrights.org or
(Inez) inesr@boricuahumanrights.org

National Boricua Human Rights Network, Philadelphia Chapter
Christ & St. Ambrose Episcopal Church
3552 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19140

Oscar Lopez Rivera 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."