Friday, March 19, 2010

Meet and Greet with Former Political Prisoners

Meet and Greet with Former Political Prisoners
on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 5pm.
176 East 106th Street New York in Manhattan (next to the Fonda Boricua Lounge)

The National Boricua Human Rights Network will be hosting a meet and greet with three of the former Puerto Rican political prisoners: Ricardo Jimenez, Adolfo Matos and Alicia Rodriguez on Saturday, March 20th 2010 at 5pm. This event will give the press and the local community a chance to ask questions and meet them in person. The event will be taking place at 176 East 106th Street, NYC. Visitors will also have a chance to view our art installation project, 30 Days for 30 Years: “The Experience of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, Carlos Alberto Torres”.

April 4, 2010 will mark the 30th year of Carlos Alberto’s incarceration. In response, the NBHRN has recreated the isolation of prison. A different participant each day has volunteered to spend 12 hours in a makeshift prison cell, with only a notepad, pencil and book for comfort. The installation began on March 4th and will run consecutively until April 3rd. This project is also taking place simultaneously in four locations: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Juan, Puerto Rico. People can stop by and view the cell and participants 12 hours a day and learn more about Carlos Alberto Torres and the other remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera and Avelino Gonzalez Claudio.

Carlos Alberto Torres was arrested in 1980, accused of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to 78 years in federal prison.

The National Boricua Human Rights Network is an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US with 3 main concerns: (1) The decontamination of the island of Vieques to its people; (2) The release of the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners; (3) An end to the continuing political repression and criminalization of the Puerto Rican community.

Log on at for more information. Family and loved ones, as well lawyers and activists familiar with the campaign for their excarceration are available for interviews. Please contact Melissa Montero at for more information and a list of possible interviewees.

Melissa Montero
(718) 404-7174

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