[Ppnews] Second phase of Campign to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera
Political Prisoner News
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Mon Jan 10 10:07:22 EST 2011
As of today, the National Boricua Human Rights
Network launches the second phase of the campaign
for Oscar López Rivera's freedom!
With a letter, fax and phone-in campaign, the
NBHRN and the Puerto Rico-based Comité
Pro-Derechos Humanos are urging the parole
commissioners to reject the wrong-headed and
politically punitive recommendation of the parole
examiner. We intend to flood the Parol Board with
letters until they respond. We estimate this will
take 6-8 weeks, so every day counts. Please keep
close track of the letters sent/faxed to the
Parole Board. Please forward far and wide and
post and repost. PLEASE SEND OR FAX LETTERS, NOT
BOTH, AS THE PAROLE BOARD WILL BE KEEPING TRACK
OF THEM. Please contact me with any questions.
thank all of you for all of your work on this campaign,
LET'S FREE OSCAR,
Alejandro Luis Molina
Secretary, Board of Directors
Juan Antonio Corretjer
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
2739-41 W. Division Street
Chicago IL 60622
Publishers of La Voz de Paseo Boricua
amolina at prcc-chgo.org
United States Parole Commission via facsimile 301/492-5543
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
Re: Oscar López Rivera, 87651-024, FCI Terre Haute
Dear Chairman Fulwood, and Commissioners Mitchell, Cushwa and Wilson Smoot:
We were very saddened and disappointed to learn
that your hearing examiner recommended denial of Mr. López Riveras
parole, and that he either be held in prison
until his mandatory release date in 2023 or serve another 15 years before being
reconsidered for parole. We write to urge you to
reject his recommendation, and to order immediate release on parole.
We believe the examiners recommendation to be
unfair, contrary to justice, based on wrong information, and a slap in the face
to the people of Puerto Rico.
The examiner arrived at the mistaken conclusion
that releasing Mr. López Rivera on parole would depreciate the seriousness of
the offense. In doing so, he erroneously chose to
accept the testimony of people who unfortunately suffered as a result of a 1975
explosion at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
However, this unfortunate explosion had nothing
to do with Mr. López Rivera, as he
was not convicted or even accused of
participating in that act. Indeed he was not
convicted of injuring anyone or taking a life.
These allegations are not new. President Clinton
had access to the very same information when he offered to commute Mr.
Lopez Riveras sentence under certain conditions
which have now clearly been satisfied.
The examiners recommendation is evidence of his
failure to acknowledge President Clintons determination that Mr. López
Riveras sentence was disproportionately lengthy,
and his offer that would have resulted in Mr.
López Riveras release in September
The recommendation also fails to take into
account the fine examples of Mr. López Riveras
co-defendants, who are productive,
law-abiding members of society after their
presidential commutation in 1999; and it fails to
consider this Commissions 2010
parole of his co-defendant Carlos Alberto Torres
after he served 30 years in prison.
Mr. López Rivera clearly meets all of the
criteria for parole. His immediate parole will
not depreciate the seriousness of the
offense, and he poses no risk to public welfare,
as evidenced by the overwhelming support for Mr. López Riveras parole from
virtually the entire civil society of Puerto
Rico, from the Puerto Rico Bar Association to the
Ecumenical and Interreligious Coalition
of Puerto Rico (which includes every religious
denomination) to elected officials across party lines, including many, like
Pedro Pierluisi, the Resident Commissioner to the
U.S. Congress who represents the almost 4 million people of Puerto Rico,
who opposes independence, the ideal to which Mr.
López Rivera has devoted his life. This is critical evidence which the hearing
examiner erred in overlooking or discounting.
This support also includes several members of the
U.S. House of Representatives;
prominent personalities, civic and religious
leaders throughout the U.S.; elected officials,
including from New York, California,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois; and
international figures from Haiti, Mexico, and Australia.
Like Javier Jiménez Pérez, the pro-statehood
mayor of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico Mr. López Riveras hometown and where
he hopes to make his home once again we are
anxious to welcome him home. We urge you to grant his immediate release.
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