"After my family, what I miss most is the sea" Oscar López Rivera
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National Boricua Human Rights Network, featuring articles in English and Spanish.

Bienvenidos a la revista quincenal de la Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos 

"La Orilla del Mar", con artículos en Inglés y Español.


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May 28th Press Conference for May 30th "One Voice for Oscar" March and Rally

Event: "One Voice for Oscar" May 30th Human Rights March

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 11:00am
Place: City Hall steps


 "One Voice for Oscar"May 30th Human Rights March Highlights Support to Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoner as He Begins 34th Year of Imprisonment.

Under the slogan of "One Voice for Oscar', support continues to grow for the May 30th March and Rally for Oscar López Rivera, a 72-year old decorated Vietnam veteran who has spent the last 34 years imprisoned, without being charged with a violent crime, instead he was sentenced with seditious conspiracy (the same crime Mandela was given) for being part of the movement for Puerto Rican independence. The March and Rally, which will assemble at 11:00am at the corner of 125th and Adam Clayton Powell. Over 100 leaders and organizations from labor, faith, community based, governmental and activist groups in NYC have come together to urge President Obama to grant López-Rivera a pardon. Oscar López has become known throughout Latino communities in the US and in Latin America as the "Mandela of Latin America".

Contact Person: Ana M. López (646) 229-5133, Alejandro Molina (312) 296-7210, Maria Vives (914) 960-7591 and Fernando "Ponce" Láspina (646) 299-6507

Organization Name: May 30thCoalition for Oscar López Rivera
Web site address: www.freeoscarnycmay30.org

Urgent Fundraising Appeal from May 30 Coalition
$5500 raised, $4500 left!

We come from different backgrounds, but we speak with

"One Voice" For Oscar!

We are 13 days away from our march and rally. On almost no money, all volunteer labor, and supporters far and wide who have donated dollars and time to bring this event about we are here. 


With thousands planning on attending and hundreds who have signed on 
we need one more push. Help us get there! We need to raise $10,000 to take us to the day when we rally with one voice, to let Pres. Obama know: 


Donate generously. This link works!

Visit our website and donate through the Paypal link 
(El Maestro Cultural Center is our fiscal sponsor). OR:
Mail checks to (and write May 30th Coalition in the memo):
El Maestro, Inc
1300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10459

March guidelines for MAY 30th March and Rally

By May 30th Coalition

I. There are over 100 organizations and groups participating. There will be a designated line-up for the marchers.  Please check with security or march leadership if you are not sure where your contingent will march.


II.  All organizations will have banners carrying their own name and message about Free Oscar March;

 1. For example:   "El Maestro dice presente pa' Oscar".

2.  "Boricuas of Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts want Oscar Lopez Free"


III.  All groups must provide marshals to the march.  If your group has more than 50 members, you must designate 5 marshals. Please contact Nepher Rodríguez at  


IV.  All groups and organizations marching must adhere to these guidelines.


V. All marchers will have a "A Day For Oscar" neon green wrist band.


VI.  Chants are in Spanish and English.

They will be distributed in the march. Each chant is repeated 5 times.  Chants will alternate from English to Spanish.  Help out with chants and volunteer to take turns to relieve members chanting.


VII.  If anyone becomes ill, please contact security team.


VIII. If anyone is creating a disruption, also inform security.


IX.  For outside cities, buses will leave you at 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.


X. All solidarity messages can be submitted in writing to freeoscarnycmay30th.org, or nycoordinator.freeoscar@gmail.com




XII. After rally, we need to clean up.  All buses and vans must vacate designated parking area.


After the march, all outside cities are invited to eat dinner at 6pm at 800 East 156th Street, Bronx, NYC- Spanish Evangelical Church of the Bronx-Rev. Danilo Lachapel's Church

"ONE VOICE FOR OSCAR" Gathering Locations for Contingents

Human Rights March in Harlem- May 30th, 2015


Section 1: Lead Banner "ONE VOICE FOR OSCAR": Family, & High Profile and


Section 2: NYC Coordinador: (Sponsoring Organizations and endorsers. Hostos Students and Staff, too)


GATHER IN FRONT OF HARLEM STATE OFFICE BUILDING (125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr.  Blvd)


Section 3: Labor for Oscar:


GATHER on 125th Street and Malcolm X Blvd, NW CORNER and up the block 


Section 4: Churches for Oscar:


GATHER on 125 Street and Adam Clayton Powell, NE CORNER and up the block


Section 5: Veterans for Peace, Mumia and other Community Groups and  


Section 6: 23 Cities for Oscar:


GATHER on 126 Street and Adam Clayton Powell, NW CORNER and up 126th Street as needed


With this plan, people can find their colleagues and contingents; our lead contingents are front and center in front of the most visible part of the gathering area; we already support the plans which 32BJ, the Veterans, and the Mumia folks have made; and - most importantly - our security team can move folks in sections - from the lead contingents eastward, with labor following, then religious contingent, Veterans, Mumias, and other cities and the rest flowing out from their gathering points. Also security will be passing out wristbands and chants to marshals for distribution to groups in each section.

From Many Artistic Traditions: One Brush for Oscar

Pre-Order May 30th Print Signed by Elizam Escobar

Own a piece of history by supporting the May 30 Coalition to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera and purchasing this LIMITED EDITION SIGNED GICLEE PRINT, designed, drawn and coordinated by world-renowned Puerto Rican artist and former political prisoner ELIZAM ESCOBAR. Bringing together the work of over two dozen Puerto Rican painters, graphic artists, cartoonists, and designers, Elizam created this special Oscar montage as part of the movement to win justice and freedom for his long-time friend.

Offered exclusively as a benefit for the May 30 Coalition, only 100 11x17 PRINTS will be produced, each NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY ELIZAM.

For $150.00 (postage and handling included), invest in a fantastic piece of signed art work while also investing in the work to bring Oscar home. Make checks payable to El Maestro, Inc, and sent to: RnB, 309 Park Place, Brooklyn NY 11238. Prints should be ready for shipping by mid-June 2015.

René Pérez, Grammy Award Winning Superstar, Exhorts 
All to Support Oscar and Come Out on Sat., May 30th!
Melissa Mark Viverito, Speaker, NYC Council asks all
to Come Out for Oscar on Sat., May 30th

Oscar López Rivera ha luchado por la independencia de Puerto Rico, al que califica de colonia americana. ¿Qué opinan los expertos sobre su caso?

Tiempo de Debate: Óscar López Rivera, ¿héroe o terrorista?

Univision Canal 41 Nueva York


  Vease el video.


International News/Noticias internacionales
Veteranos de Vietnam piden la excarcelación de Oscar López Rivera
Harán manifestación el lunes frente al Capitolio de San Juan

Con ocasión del día de la recordación de los caídos en la guerra, veteranos de la guerra de Vietnam llevarán a cabo el lunes una manifestación en respaldo a la excarcelación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera.

El evento ha sido convocado para las 10:00 a.m. frente al Capitolio y tendrá como oradores al  senador del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) y ex fiscal federal Miguel Pereira, al analista político y exfiscal federal Ignacio Rivera, y al exsecretario de Salud Enrique Vázquez Quintana.

La manifestación tendrá lugar a cuatro días de que López Rivera, de 72 años, cumpla 34 años en prisiones estadounidenses, tras ser convicto por sedición, debido a sus vínculos con las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN).

Desde 2011, López Rivera, condecorado veterano de la guerra de Vietnam y encarcelado actualmente en la prisión de Terre Haute (Indiana), tiene pendiente en el Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos una solicitud de clemencia, la cual el presidente Barack Obama puede otorgar sin consultar a nadie.


From the/desde la Diaspora
Punto de Vista Public Access Show on May 30th a Success
by Alejandro L. Molina, May 30th Coalition
Last Thursday, May 21, 2015, Carlos Cabrera, the host of the Puntos de Vista Show, invited Rev. Danilo Lachapel of the Spanish Evangelical Church in the Bronx, UCC, Prof. Ana López of the NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar López Rivera and Alejandro L. Molina of the May 30th Coalition to Free Oscar López Rivera onto his show to discuss the upcoming March and Rally for Oscar's freedom. Another show on Self-determination, Colonialism and the Diaspora will be shown on Thursday, May 28.

From/Desde Puerto Rico

Help Us Bring Oscar Home/Como puede ayudar

     Demanding Oscar's immediate release.

     Join the scholars, academics, and people of conscience around the world-including prominent figures such as Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, acclaimed novelist and activist Arundhati Roy, and philosopher and public intellectual Cornel West -who are demanding Oscar's release.

     Published online by the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia. 

     We are in many cities across the US.

    Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024

   Born/Nacido: 6 de enero de 1943

   FCI Terre Haute, P.O. Box 33
   Terre Haute, IN 47808

Submission guidelines/Directrices de presentación

* Send us a picture, a headline and 2 paragraphs about your event supporting Oscar's release. Include contact information.

 * Envíenos una imagen, un titulo y 2 párrafos sobre su evento a favor de la liberación de Oscar. Incluya su información de contacto.


The Water's Edge, the bi-weekly magazine of the National Boricua Human Rights Network, publishes the latest news about the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, a 72 year old Puerto Rican political prisoner convicted for seditious conspiracy, has spent the last 33.75 years imprisoned for his political beliefs, and is the object of a campaign which has united Puerto Rican civil society, Nobel Laureates, as well as support throughout the US and internationally. 

Oscar López Rivera has become known as the Nelson Mandela of Latin America.

La Orilla del Mar, la revista quincenal de la Red Nacional Boricua Pro Derechos Humanos, publica las últimas noticias acerca de la Campaña a favor de la liberación de Oscar López Rivera. Oscar, un preso político puertorriqueño de 72 años condenado por conspiración sediciosa, ha pasado los últimos 33.5 años encarcelado por sus creencias políticas y es el objeto de una campaña que ha ganado el apoyo de la sociedad civil puertorriqueña, de ganadores de Premios Nobel y de otros a lo largo de Estados Unidos y a nivel internacional.


Oscar López Rivera se ha vuelto el Nelson Mandela de América Latina.