January 7th, 2017

From Our Revolution:

Our Revolution on Thursday released a video calling for the release of Oscar López Rivera, the longest-held Puerto Rican political prisoner in history. Lopez Rivera, a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star, has been in prison for over 35 years.

“The first question that often people say is, ‘What did he do?’ Well, he didn’t do anything,” Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, says in the video. “He didn’t steal anything, he didn’t bomb anything, he didn’t hurt anyone.”

López Rivera is a Puerto Rican nationalist who was convicted of seditious conspiracy for seeking Puerto Rican independence in 1981. López Rivera’s release would be a significant victory for the island, which has been rocked by a decade-long recession and has limited political autonomy to address the situation as a U.S. territory.

“My dad always says, ‘For those that fight, victory will be the reward.’ And that has been my mantra for the past 46 years of my life,” López Rivera’s daughter Clarisa says. “I have fought, I have grown, and resisted. And I keep fighting for my dad to come home.”

At the end of the video there is a simple ask: #FreeOscarLopezRivera Call the White House every weekday at 202.456.1111 until Oscar is free.

Add the number to your speed dial.

I did.

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