Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Life for Puerto Rican Rights Group

Victor Vazquez-Hernandez is seeking boricuas to help bring back and revitalize the historic National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR).
According to the April newsletter of the National Institute for Latino Policy, the goal of this organization is “to address what many perceive as a leadership vacuum in the stateside Puerto Rican community.”
Founded in 1981, the NCPRR has been inactive for a number of years.
But Vazquez-Hernandez is working to change that. He and other community leaders are seeking to reinvent the NCPRR to serve as a voice for Puerto Ricans today as the organization did back in the day.
The NCPRR will attempt to provide support for these local efforts by connecting activists through its newsletter, online and by mobilizing public opinion on issues relevant to Puerto Ricans nationally and in Puerto Rico.
According to an essay titled “A Brief Historical Overview of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, 1981-2004” by Vazquez-Hernandez, delivered in January in Miami, the organization played an important role in the history of Puerto Ricans.
“The NCPRR is a power resource that was created by our people’s struggle; it has history, legitimacy, and weight,” he wrote.
He delivered a laundry list of work the NCPPR was involved in, which included coalition building, lobbying, and dealing with the media. He also mentioned what he called “the groundbreaking work we’ve done around bilingual education, environmental justice, the right to representation, holding elected officials accountable, racial justice, against police brutality and Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination are part of our legacy.”
“Today, we have to determine what works in 2008,” he wrote, adding that key issues that need to be addressed are the organizational life-support and financial stability to make the NCPRR viable in the new century.
“Twenty-seven years after the NCPRR was founded a whole new generation of Puerto Ricans has come into being,” he wrote. “How do we identify ourselves as the continuation of a proud organizational tradition while simultaneously serving as an effective organizational tool and asset for them is our challenge? I am still up for it, how about you?”
An executive committee has already been set up, and Vazquez-Hernandez is serving as NCPRR’s president.
For further information and to join this effort, contact Vazquez-Hernandez at veteran712004@yahoo.com.
NCPRR is planning to conduct a national survey to get feedback from those interested in being part of the organization. “We will ask you to specifically identify how and in what matter you might be interested in participating in the organization,” he said. -– Clarisel Gonzalez

Sources: The National Institute for Latino Policy and NCPRR

(This article was originally published in Puerto Rico Sun, www.prsun.blogspot.com)


José M. López Sierra said...

Notification of
The First Oscar – Mandela March in Puerto Rico


This communication is to inform you that on Saturday, March 22, 2014, a peaceful march will be held for the decolonization of Puerto Rico and the release from prison of our Puerto Rican political prisoner and patriot Oscar López Rivera. The First Oscar – Mandela Protest in Puerto Rico will be from 2 PM to 5 PM.

We will march from the Roosevelt Avenue Station of the Urban Train going down Muñoz Rivera Avenue, to then head to the United States Court in Puerto Rico on Chardon Street. This march is about half an hour walking it at a comfortable pace.

At the court, several speakers will address the protesters. Pepe Sánchez will be the master of ceremony. Participating, among others, will be Monseñor Roberto Gonzales Nieves, Luis Pedraza Leduc, Erick Landrón (poeta), Dr. José Vargas Vidot, Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo (UTIER), Erasto Zayas Núñez (Gran Oriente Nacional), Luis Enrique Romero (actor), Harry Fraticelli (guitarrista), Lcdo. Eduardo Villanueva (Comité Pro Derechos Humanos), Radames Quiñones (ULES), y Tito Matos y sus Pleneros. Our special guest will be Puerto Rico’s national hero Rafael Cancel Miranda.

United Partners for the Decolonization Puerto Rico invites everyone who believes that colonialism is a crime against humanity and a threat to world peace to protest on that same day that Puerto Ricans celebrate the Abolition of Slavery Day. What a contradiction we have celebrating this day while we are still collectively enslaved in our colonial relationship with the United States for the last 115 years!

We need to take The Colony of Puerto Rico out of the closet so that the United States is forced to comply with the 32 United Nations resolutions asking her to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. If we don’t march continuously, it will never happen, because those who practice or accept colonialism don’t believe in justice for all!

José M López Sierra
Comité Timón del Pueblo (CTP)

José M. López Sierra said...

Dear Partner,

After the approval of the 33rd United Nations’ resolution by consensus on June 23, 2014 asking the United States (US) to immediately decolonize of Puerto Rico, we should work together to force the United States government to comply with it.

The facts that the United States government has maintained Puerto Rico as its colony for 116 years, has had Oscar López Rivera in prison for 33 years for fighting for Puerto Rico decolonization, and has ignored 33 UN resolutions to decolonize Puerto Rico, confirm that the US government has no intentions of ever decolonizing Puerto Rico. Therefore, we need to form a tsunami of people to force the US to comply with the 33 resolutions.

We should peacefully protest at least 3 times a year until we achieve our goal. The first one will be a march up to the US Courthouse in Puerto Rico on the Abolition of Slavery Day on March 22. The second will be another march in Puerto Rico on a day before the UN’s Puerto Rico decolonization hearing. The third one will be a protest in New York City on the same day the UN holds its Puerto Rico decolonization hearing.

These 3 protests are indispensable, because those who have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.

José M López Sierra
Comité Timón del Pueblo
United Partners for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico

José M. López Sierra said...

Not true that there are 3 political status options for Puerto Rico

The United States (US) government has made Puerto Ricans believe that there are 3 political status options for Puerto Rico. That is a lie. The purpose for that is to have Puerto Ricans fight amongst themselves. The plan has been a huge success! Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States for 116 years, and judging by the 80% voter turnout in the colonial elections, the majority of us has not realized that we have been lied to.

In reality, there is only one option. The United Nations (UN) in 1960 determined that colonialism is a crime against humanity. Therefore, the only thing that Puerto Rico can do is to become her own nation. That means that the US must give Puerto Rico the sovereignty that the US illegally took away from her by virtue of the July 25, 1898 military invasion.

Thus far, the US government has ignored the 33 UN resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. Instead, it has tried to hide these petitions, and at the same time appear to believe in democracy by pushing for plebiscites so that Puerto Ricans could decide between colonialism, being a US state, or independence (decolonization as required by the UN).

The problem with the US pushed plebiscites are that they:

1. don’t comply with international law that prohibits a nation to have a colony.
2. don’t comply with international law that requires the empire to give the sovereignty it illegally took away to its colony.
3. don’t comply with international law that requires that to have free elections, that country must be free first.
4. have 2 options that are not permitted by international law- continuing being a colony and becoming a state of the country that has the colony. For the option of becoming a state of the country that has the colony to be considered, the colony must first become her own nation (decolonized).

This is why we have to peacefully protest 3 times a year until the US government complies with the UN resolutions for Puerto Rico decolonization.

José M López Sierra

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