Thousands March in New York and Puerto Rico for Oscar López Rivera

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Photo: Natasha Lycia Bannan

Photo: Natasha Lycia Bannan

On May 30, 2015, nearly 5,000 marched in New York to call on President Obama to offer clemency to Oscar López Rivera. Puerto Rico also celebrated their 2nd Caminata Nacional for the Puerto Rican political prisoner who completed 34-years behind bars yesterday.

The New York march, which went from Central Harlem to El Barrio for a subsequent rally, included prominent elected officials, such as New York City council members Rosie Méndez and Melissa Mark-Viverito; and Congressional Representatives Nydia Velázquez and José Serrano. The march, organized by the May 30th Coalition to Free Oscar López Rivera, also included important community members from across the Diaspora such as Professor Ana López, LGBTQ activist Pedro Julio Serrano, youth from El Puente’s many programs, and contingents from Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts.

La Respuesta magazine’s New York crew proudly marched side-by-side with our people and were met with many non-Boricuas practicing solidarity, including our sisters from the Dominican Diaspora magazine, La Galería, and Mexican residents of Nueva York. Thank you everyone for using the hashtag we created: #March4OscarNYC! Here are some photos and videos highlighting the best of the day:

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Photo: Gabriel José Maldonado, LaRes

 

Photo: Gabriel José Maldonado, LaRes

Photo: Gabriel José Maldonado, LaRes

 

Photo: Gabriel José Maldonado, LaRes

Photo: Gabriel José Maldonado, LaRes

From left to right: NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Clarissa López, daughter of Oscar; Rep. Nydia Velázquez. Photo: Antonio Andrés

From left to right: NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Clarissa López, daughter of Oscar; Rep. Nydia Velázquez. Photo: Antonio Andrés

Former political prisoner Ricardo Jiménez. Photo: Coquí Negrón

Former political prisoner Ricardo Jiménez. Photo: Coquí Negrón

 

LaRes' Gabriel José Maldonado with former political prisoner Luis Rosa

LaRes’ Gabriel José Maldonado with former political prisoner Luis Rosa

Chicago contingent. Photo: Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson

Chicago contingent. Photo: Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson

Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson with former political prisoner Adolfo Matos Antongiorgi

Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson with former political prisoner Adolfo Matos Antongiorgi

A special message to us on our Instagram page from Rep. Serrano.

A special message to us on our Instagram page from Rep. Serrano

Dr. Michael Rodríguez-Muñíz with former political prisoner Alicia Rodríguez in Puerto Rico's Caminata Nacional por Oscar

Dr. Michael Rodríguez-Muñíz with former political prisoner Alicia Rodríguez in Puerto Rico’s Caminata Nacional por Oscar

 

LaRes' Gabriel José Maldonado. ¡Siempre Presente! Photo: Andre Lee Muñiz

LaRes’ Gabriel José Maldonado. ¡Siempre Presente! Photo: Andre Lee Muñiz

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To see more photos, check out the album of our friend Virtual Boricua, here.

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For over a century, Puerto Ricans have lived and settled in the U.S. (the “Boricua Diaspora”), but now, for the first time, there are more acá than allá. In response to our growing presence and ongoing impact, La Respuesta seeks to invoke a claim to our histories and announce our stories. This will be done by highlighting our assets and distinct experiences, agitating discussion on the crucial issues, and addressing the obstacles that we face. 

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