[Ppnews] Jorge Farinacci Passes Away

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Mon Aug 28 15:36:16 EDT 2006

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
<mailto:ProLibertad at Hotmail.com>ProLibertad at Hotmail.com
ProLibertad Hotline: 718-601-4751

It is with great sadness that the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign announces the
passsing our beloved comrade and brother Jorge Farinacci Garcia.  Jorge, a
former PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONER, spent five years of his life in
prison for his actions in support of Puerto Rican independence and
self-determination with Los Macheteros.

For the past 15 years, Jorge was one of several spokespeople for El Frente
Socialista, an organization dedicated to building socilaism in Puerto Rico,
protecting the rights of workers and maintaining international solidarity
with all struggles.

Jorge was a revolutionary, an internationalist, and a great friend.  We will
miss his humor, analysis and constant support.  We continue in his memory to
free Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Political prisoners!!

Below is the english translation of El Frente Socialista's press release
concerning his passing.


Frente Socialista de Puerto Rico
Spokespersons: Rubie Alicea, Manuel Rodríguez, Rafael Bernabe
939-640-8530, 787-487-0600, 787-225-7071

The Socialist Front Informs The Country About the Death of Our Spokesperson
Jorge Farinacci García
The Socialist Front today (Saturday August 26th) has the sad task of
informing our entire country about the death of our spokesperson, Comrade
Jorge Farinacci García.

The death of Jorge Farinacci leaves a monumental void in the life of our
people.  All those in Puerto Rico who struggle against any form of
oppression are today in mourning faced with the loss of this fighter and
untiring activist.

Jorge Farinacci dedicated his life to the struggle for the independence of
Puerto Rico and for socialism and from that perspective was present in
practically all the social and political struggles in Puerto Rico in recent

Jorge began in the decade of the 1970's as a student activist in the
struggle against the military draft, against the presence of the ROTC at the
University of Puerto Rico and against U.S. interventions in Vietnam, the
Dominican Republic and other countries.

Since he graduated from law school he was active in the workers' movement as
a labor lawyer.  As such he participated in dozens of workers' battles both
big and small:  from the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements in
small shops to the big national strikes against privatization. There was no
arena of struggle in which Jorge Farinacci would not get involved, from the
diplomatic efforts at the United Nations for the self-determination for
Puerto Rico, to armed self-defense against the attacks of the death squads
of the police.  He was an organizer of independent electoral campaigns and
was also imprisoned in the United States for five years as a leader of the
Macheteros.  For years he was one of the main promoters of the journal
Pensamiento Crítico (Critical Thought), when this publication became an
important forum for the analysis of our reality.

Fari, as his friends and comrades call him, was well known for his untiring
energy: he was never still.  There was always something else to do.  We do
not doubt that this commitment without pause helped to undermine his health.
But Fari was equally known for his indomitable optimism.  Sometimes we
would joke with him about this, but in reality we nourished ourselves from
day to day from that optimism.  It is one of the elements of his personality
that we miss the most.

At the beginning of 1990's, faced with a period of incarceration and at a
moment when the world spoke about the "death of socialism", Comrade Jorge
Farinacci, with contagious enthusiasm, joined efforts to build a unitary
political Project, the Socialist Front, that focused precisely on the
relevant of the anti-capitalist Project.  For those of us that got to know
him in that process, Fari was a political teacher and alongside him we were
able to see how the most terrible effects of capitalism were ever increasing
and how a new anti-globalization movement was emerging that once again
placed in the forefront the need for a profound social transformation.

Jorge loved Puerto Rico and at the same time, as a socialist, he was an
ardent internationalist, who felt that any struggle against oppression was
his own.  From his solidarity with the Cuban Revolution to his defense of
unity of Puerto Rican and Dominican workers, Fari embodied a level of
patriotism that was always generous, loyal to the working class in any part
of the world and that can only be described as exemplary.

The Socialist Front, all its members and sympathizers, conveys our message
of support and solidarity to all of Jorge's family and especially his wife
Rosa Meneses and his children.

We cannot avoid the inevitable and we cannot bring Jorge back to be among us
especially now that we need him most.  But what we can do is what Jorge
would have most wanted:  to continue the struggle for the ideals to which he
so dedicated himself during each moment of his existence.  To insist in the
struggle for another world which is more just and filled with solidarity.
This is the tribute that is within our grasp and which our unforgettable
Comrade Jorge Farinacci García deserves.

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