Diaspora-wide Demonstrations for Oscar López Rivera’s Freedom

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On May 29, 2014, Puerto Rican communities across the Diaspora demonstrated in support of Oscar López Rivera’s freedom. Actions included a bike ride to the institutions he helped found, the naming of an affordable housing complex in his honor, and the presentation of 1,000 signatures calling for his release.

La Respuesta has covered these campaigns diligently since our premier last year (read our reporting, here) . Below is our special photographic coverage of these demonstrations in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City.

Chicago

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Chicago’s Puerto Rican community biking through Oscar López Rivera’s legacy. Photo: Matt McCanna

Official unveiling of the new Oscar López Rivera Apartments in Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Official unveiling of the new Oscar López Rivera Apartments in Humboldt Park, Chicago.

New York City

Nuyoricans and allies demonstrate in front of the Federal Plaza to call for Oscar López Rivera's freedom. Photos: Andre Lee Muñiz

Nuyoricans and allies demonstrate in front of the Federal Plaza to call for Oscar López Rivera’s freedom. Photos: Andre Lee Muñiz

Cleveland

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National Boricua Human Rights Network-Cleveland Chapter demonstrates for the freedom of Oscar López Rivera in their city’s Puerto Rican community. Photos courtesy of Melissa Santana.

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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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