Alicia Rodriguez, who spent 20 years as what she described as a “political prisoner” spoke Tuesday before the Civil Rights Committee. Rodriguez was one of a number of Puerto Rican nationalists convicted of plotting to overthrow the Government of the United States. She urged the release of
Oscar Lopez-Rivera (in background of photo) who was sentenced to 70 years in prison and remains the only Puerto Rican political prisoner still in custody.
Rodriguez spoke of Puerto Rico as a colonial issue. She said she would accept elections to determine the status of Puerto Rico, but only if such elections conformed to international law. To conform to international law elections would have to be conditioned upon (1) the shutting down of all military bases in Puerto Rico and (2) the release of all political prisoners.
Rodriguez’s talk was co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section, the National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
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