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BK/NY – Tuesday, September 25th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Nina Droz Franco

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free
Nina Droz Franco 2018 NYC ABC started hosting our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners well over a decade ago, mostly because one of us was just getting out of prison and we had close comrades still inside. All this time later, many are no longer imprisoned, for a variety of reasons, while others remain under the yoke of the state and other still have more recently been imprisoned. This week we are focusing on one of the latter, Nina Droz Franco.

Nina Alejandra Droz Franco was arrested by the Puerto Rico Police as she sat on the street to block a line of riot cops during disturbances that followed a 2017 May Day march. Later that day, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) took over the investigation. On May 2nd, she was transferred to federal custody and charged with damaging or attempting to damage by means of fire a building engaged in activity affecting interstate commerce. Specifically, she was accused of trying to set fire to the Banco Popular building, which was the target of rage for hundreds of protesters who smashed its glass windows and wrote on its walls. Droz Franco initially pled not guilty, but on July 12 changed her plea after reaching a non-cooperating agreement with the prosecution that recommended a sentence of three years and one month in prison, while her attorney argued for two years. On June 12th, 2018, she was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of probation.

If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to Nina:
Nina Droz Franco #50427-069
FCI Tallahassee
501 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

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BK/NY – Tuesday, May 26 – Letter-writing to Oscar López Rivera

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
WHERE: The Base1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free
oscar through the yearsIn 2014, at our last letter writing dinner for the Puerto Rican political prisoners, we wrote letters to Norberto González Claudio and Oscar López Rivera. Since then, Norberto was released from prison and returned to Puerto Rico leaving Oscar as the last remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner.

On May 30th to mark the anniversary of Oscar’s 34th year in prison, and to demand his immediate release, a broad and vocal contingent of community organizations, churches, labor groups and more are organizing a huge rally and march. So, in a lead up to this event, NYC ABC is focusing on Oscar for our upcoming political prisoner letter-writing dinner.

Oscar López Rivera, regarded as a member of the FALN and a champion in the fight for Puerto Rican independence, was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives. In 1988 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to escape from prison. In 1999, clemency was offered to Oscar and 13 others but he refused, citing that it was not offered to his two co-defendants (Carlos and Haydee Beltran Torres). Oscar has been denied parole but continues to speak out and write on salient topics.

We will be joined by Benjamin Ramos, of ProLibertad who will provide information about Oscar, recent events in Puerto Rico, and the struggle for a free and independent Puerto Rico.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters to Oscar:
Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

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NYC – Tuesday, May 13th – Freedom Month Solidarity with Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
oscar_norbertoWith the United States acting as judge, jury, and executioner abroad, we should be amazed that none of our political prisoners are captured and not just assassinated (though plenty have been). This disgusting, sinking ship is determined to take the whole world with it, whether it’s one person, one community, or one nation at a time. And while the United States may be biding its time regarding the conflict in Ukraine, we are no closer to collective, total liberation. Until we are free, we continue to revolt and support those around us who have done the same.

In solidarity with Freedom Month, NYC ABC will be dedicating its May 13th Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner to the Puerto Rican political prisoners. We will have a special guest speaker, Ben Ramos from ProLibertad, so this event is not to be missed.

Historically, the United States government has taken an (ethically and militarily) offensive position in regards to Puerto Rican political prisoners. Within the last couple of years, the FBI arrested Norberto Claudio González on charges dating back to 1983. On the same day as Norberto’s arrest, Oscar López Rivera was denied parole on the 30th anniversary of his arrest. The federal government clearly resents to successes of the movement to free Puerto Rico and is patient enough to wait 28 years to make an arrest. This should serve as a lesson to revolutionaries of all stripes– stay active, stay safe, and know that you must watch your back forever.

As we near the third anniversary of Norberto’s arrest, his mail is being denied. And so, we answer the call to flood the prison with mail to let them know we are watching and won’t stand for this form of mistreatment.

On May 29th, a picket is being organized to protest the 33rd anniversary of Oscar López Rivera’s arrest.

If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Norberto and Oscar, you can write to them at:
Norberto González Claudio #09864-000

FCI Coleman Low
Post Office Box 1031
Coleman, Florida 33521

Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

For more information, be sure to visit the ProLibertad and National Boricua Human Rights websites.
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NYC – Tuesday, October 15th – Letter-writing to Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free

pr-ppsWith the United States acting as judge, jury, and executioner abroad, we should be amazed that any of our political prisoners are captured and not just assassinated (though plenty have been). This disgusting, sinking ship is determined to take the whole world with it, whether it’s one person, one community, or one nation at a time. And while the United States may have stayed its intention to go to war with Syria, we are no closer to collective, total liberation. Until we are free, we continue to revolt and support those around us who have done the same.

In solidarity with our comrades in Pro Libertad, NYC ABC will be dedicating its October 15th Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner to the Puerto Rican political prisoners.

Historically, the United States government has taken an (militarily and ethically) offensive position in regards to Puerto Rican political prisoners. Within the last couple of years, the FBI arrested Norberto Claudio González on charges dating back to 1983. On the same day as Norberto’s arrest, Oscar López Rivera was denied parole on the 30th anniversary of his arrest. The federal government clearly resents to successes of the movement to free Puerto Rico and is patient enough to wait 28 years to make an arrest. This should serve as a lesson to revolutionaries of all stripes– stay active, stay safe, and know that you must watch your back forever.

If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Norberto and Oscar, you can write to them at:
Norberto González Claudio #09864-000

FCI Coleman Low
Post Office Box 1031
Coleman, Florida 33521

Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

For more information, be sure to visit the ProLibertad website.
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