Words and ideas are not bound by prison bars. This is the case of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera who has spent more than 35 years in prison in the U.S. for the impossible crime of “seditious conspiracy”. Already at the age of 73, a campaign has been mounted addressing President Barack Obama to grant Oscar a pardon and before finishing his term advances.
On November 10, 2016, at Hostos Community College at 5:30 pm his only daughter, Clarisa López will present her father’s, Oscar López Rivera book “Letters to Karina.” Location: 450 Grand Concourse, 3rd floor the Atrium at the bridge. Food and beverages will be served. The book will be available for sale at $15.00.
Clarisa López will then continue her East Coast tour, with presentations in Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut on Nov. 11, and Holyoke, Massachusetts on Nov. 12th.
For more information, please contact Prof. Ana M. López at 646-229-5133 or write to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Letter to Karina” by Oscar López Rivera
Several years ago, Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican decorated Vietnam veteran imprisoned since 1981 for the “thought crime” of seditious conspiracy, began writing essays in letter form to his beloved granddaughter Karina, who has only known her abuelo “through the glass” of the prison experience. These letters were published by El Nuevo Día, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Puerto Rico.
Karina, Oscar’s granddaughter, was born while he was in prison. Prison visits, phone calls, and letters are the only means he has had to communicate with her. The 19 letters collected in “Cartas a Karina” range in topic from his longing to see the sea again and his love of dogs to the difficulty of being a practicing vegetarian in prison. He talks about his childhood, his time serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, the ways he has survived the dehumanizing brutality of prison life, and of course the feelings he has for Karina and for the rest of his family.
This book appears at a moment when the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera has successfully conducted a mass mobilization to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 9, across from the White House, and continues to urge President Obama to respect the wishes of tens of thousands of supporters- from Nobel laureates to elected officials in Puerto Rican and the U.S.- to Latin American Presidents to give a commutation of sentence and free Oscar López Rivera before his term expires.