Now that the First Oscar – Mandela March in Puerto Rico is
history, we can now begin to work on making an even bigger success of The
First Oscar Mandela Protest in New York City. This year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in New
York City a week before our protest will be dedicated to our political prisoner
Oscar López Rivera.
On the Monday before that, June 16, 2014, the day after Fathers’ Day, we will have a protest in the park across from the UN on 46th Street and First Avenue from 8 AM to 5 PM to show the world that we too believe that colonialism is a crime against humanity. If the public is willing, we will have a second protest the following Monday on the very day the UN is discussing the decolonization of Puerto Rico. We need to have as many people at the protest to make the government of the United States (US) comply with the 32 UN resolutions asking the US to decolonize immediately Puerto Rico. After this many resolutions, it is obvious that the US does not want to do that.
President Obama recently showed the government of the United States’ hypocrisy about human rights. In his memorial ceremony speech, he had only praise for Nelson Mandela. He, however, has refused, despite the enormous pressure from Puerto Rico and the rest of the world, to release from prison Oscar López Rivera who is doing exactly what Mandela did. Oscar has already spent 6 more years in prison than the 27 that Mandela served. The US is happy when other countries decolonize their colonies, but the US wants to keep hers. What kind of democracy is this? Obviously, those who have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.
Please tell your friends about this important protest to free Oscar López Rivera, and to achieve what he has spent his life on, the decolonization of Puerto Rico.
We will have a sheet of paper so that whoever who wants to get involved in the planning of this yearly permanent event in New York City can provide us with your contact information. If you wish, you can also email me right now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to greeting old and new partners in our struggle to provide real justice for all!