OSCAR’s 70th

By Alida Millán Ferrer

Published in ClaridadJanuary 2, 2013

PUERTO RICO-He’s turning 70 – of those 70 years, he’s been in prison for 31. The 6th of January is upon us, and I think that in spite of the fact that we’ve recently redoubled our efforts so that Oscar López Rivera can return to his family and his land, we’ve still got a long way to go.

Oscar’s birthday is January 6th. The Wise Men of the West brought him as a gift to our Homeland, to our struggle. Sincerely, I don’t know if I could’ve been locked up for so long with the stoicism and valor that the compañero has demonstrated in every circumstance. I don’t know how many of the people around me could make that immense sacrifice. I always remember what Carlos Gallisá would say when he talked about the former Nationalist prisoners: “when they made them, they broke the mold,” to emphasize that they were made of a different stock, the same stock that Oscar is made of.

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