Tuesday, May 28, 2024

To Negate Independence is to Incite Violence


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Additional documentation thanks to Freedom Archives

José E. López was the National Coordinator of the Movimiento de Liberación Nacional (MLN). Founded in 1977, the MLN was a coalition of anti-imperialist Puerto Rican and Chicano-Mexicano activists in the US. They united around: 1) support for the Puerto Rican people’s right to use any means necessary to establish independence and socialism in Puerto Rico; 2) support for the socialist reunification of Mexico (i.e., the creation of a socialist Mexico that includes the land that was formerly the northern half of Mexico); 3) non-collaboration with U.S. federal grand juries or any repressive agency; 4) support for grand jury resisters, political prisoners, and prisoners of war; and, 5) non-participation in the electoral processes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. The MLN was also instrumental in building community institutions such as the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School in Chicago among others.

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