Oscar Lopez Rivera
Written by Sala Nolan
Recently we asked members of the Justice and Peace Action Network to take action on behalf of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. On February 18, 2011, the US Parole Commission
denied parole to Rivera, who has been incarcerated for more than 30
years. The Board formally stated, “Deny
parole. Continue to a 15-year reconsideration hearing in January 2026 or
continue to expiration, whichever comes first.”
This is an egregious
decision and a violation of human rights.
Oscar LópezRivera has done all the things necessary to be paroled,
according to the rules of the Parole Board, and he has done his time. Although it is a mistake, it can be
Oscar, his family, his
attorney Jan Susler, the National Boricua Human Rights Network and the ComitéPro
DerechoseHumanos in Puerto Rico express deep gratitude for the widespread and
deep support for Oscar’s release.
These groups will
continue to press for Oscar’s freedom.
We ask that you join them through continued expressions of support to
the US Parole Board. We ask you to
continue to write letters, fax letters, and call. We ask those who are physically able to fast
one day each week on his behalf. We ask
you to pray continuously, lifting Oscar’s name up during public prayers and
expressions of concern whenever possible.
Letters should be sent
to Isaac Fulwood, Jr., Chair, United States Parole Commission, 5550 Friendship
Boulevard, Suite 420, Chevy Chase Maryland
20815, or via facsimile to 301.492.5543.
Phone calls should be addressed to 301.492.5990, and press 0 to speak to
the operator. Calls and letters should
reference Oscar LópezRivera, 87651-024, Federal Corrections Institute, Terre
When we have further
information or requests, we will let you know.
We remain resolved
that Oscar will be free.
Thank you for your
Get more information on the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and the UCC's history in the movement.