May 30 East Coast March to Help Bring Oscar Home Gathers Momentum


Over 20 Groups Gather to Organize Human Rights March on 34th Anniversary of Incarceration

25 people attended the NYC Coordinator for the Freedom of Oscar López Rivera meeting on Saturday, Nov. 15th at El Maestro Cultural Center. The second meeting convoked by the NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera agreed on a general route and divided up into the subcommittees and in general, started the planning for a broad, mass march to take place on May 30th, 2015 in NYC. May 29th, 1981 is the day Oscar was arrested. Over 20 groups- most of them with a long history of supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners- have come together as the core organizing group.

Four cities were represented- Allentown and Pittsburgh PA, Detroit, MI, and New York- Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA have indicated that they will attend the next meeting. Fitchburg and Holyoke, MA are already involved in the campaign, planning local events that will help mobilize.

The campaign to Free Oscar has picked up considerable momentum in Puerto Rico and the US, as well as internationally in the last year. Recently, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, visited Oscar with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez and came away even more committed to Oscar’s freedom.

Next year promises to be a decisive one, as more groups, civic, labor, faith-based, women’s, LGBTQ and cultural- sign onto the campaign for Oscar’s freedom.

Join us on May 30th, 2015 in New York City and help us bring Oscar López Rivera home.

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