Today, May 29, marks 32 years since Puerto Rican activist Oscar López Rivera was arrested and later convicted of “seditious conspiracy,” a questionable charge that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has interpreted to mean “conspiring to free his people from the shackles of imperial injustice.”
This new episode of Freedom is a Constant Struggle (filmed by Angola 3 News) features Dylcia Pagan and Cisco Torres. Dylcia is a Puerto Rican freedom fighter, Independista, and former political prisoner. Cisco is the last member of the SF8 facing charges. He has an evidentiary hearing on March 2, 2011, and there is an 8 AM rally prior to the hearing, where supporters are urged to attend.
Rivera is one of many hundreds of political prisoners in America's homeland gulag.
Snitching on the Resistance: How Celebrity Activists Have Set Off a Witch Hunt Against Anarchist Militants
July 12, 2010 - Vancouver Media Co-op
The public denunciation by celebrity leftist activists and "civil libertarians" validates the state's position and weakens the defense arguments of those comrades who face serious jail time. While in state custody, our comrades face beatings, torture, intimidation and extreme fear. As someone who's had a family member and several friends in government cages, I have zero tolerance for those who would endanger the freedom of people working for a better world.
By Lee Sustar - October 19, 2009
Puerto Rican unions are poised to shut down much of the island's economy October 15 in a general strike to protest massive public-sector layoffs by right-wing Gov. Luis Fortuño...The unions were spurred into action when Fortuño announced that...some 17,000 government workers would lose their jobs to help close a $3.2 billion budget deficit--and the job cuts could reach 30,000 in coming months.
Sometime in 1979 Dylcia went underground with her infant son and was arrested in 1980. Fearing for the safety of her child, steps were taken to hide him from the government. Charged with Seditious Conspiracy in relation to activities of the FALN, which again, she never claimed involvement with, she refused to take part in her trial and claimed prisoner of war status on grounds that she did not recognize the authority of the United States government. She was sentenced to 63 years of imprisonment in state and federal facilities in the USA. The jailing of the Puerto Rican independence activists is just one of many severe acts of domestic repression. No evidence was presented linking any of the defendants to specific acts of violence. All were convicted of conspiracy and sedition charges after brief trials in which they refused to participate as prisoners of war.
By STEVE EARLY - June 3, 2008
...America’s most Latino-friendly-union has been romancing San Juan, [Puerto Rico], all week long...[T]he 1.7 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) continued its own PR offensive, laying the groundwork for an upcoming vote among 40,000 teachers. In that election, SEIU seeks to replace a militant independent federation as Puerto Rico’s largest labor organization...[Puerto Rican Governor Anibel Acevedo-Vila] remains a key ally in the union’s on-going campaign to destroy, with government help, the Federacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR).
In a move reminiscent of a U.S. Marine invasion of a foreign country, the FBI descended in droves on Puerto Rico on February 10. Without breathing a word of the invasion to either the colonial governor or the chief of police, heavily armed, militarized units of the FBI, including the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit from Miami, hit six different spots throughout the island.
Hundreds of people packed the sidewalk at Federal Plaza Monday, rallying against the FBI intervention and assassination in Puerto Rico of respected Nationalist Filiberto Ojeda Rios.