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Puerto Rican Activist Oscar López Rivera: Freedom & Decolonization

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[Many thanks to Patricia-Pia Celerier for bringing this item to our attention.] Amy Goodman (Democracy Now) recently interviewed the recently released Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who speaks about his time in prison (over 35 years), his youth in Chicago and how he became politicized. He also comments on Puerto Rico’s current political crisis and says as long as Puerto Rican youth are “struggling and doing something for the economy, doing something for themselves, doing something for Puerto Rico, there is hope.” The program includes Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice, who was part of the campaign to free López Rivera.

[. . .] JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Today we spend the hour with longtime Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was in prison for more than 35 years, much of the time in solitary confinement, before President Obama commuted his sentence in…

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