Dr. Cornel West, author of 20 books & activist; Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church; Jose Lopez,Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL., brother of political prisoner 70-year-old Oscar Lopez Rivera
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The Colonization of Puerto Rico & The History of African-Americans:
Same Struggle, Same Fight
and the Imperative to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera
. Jose Lopez, Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL., brother of political prisoner, 70-year-old Oscar Lopez Rivera
. Dr. Cornel West, America s most renowned public intellectual, author of over 20 books and activist
. Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist of religion, race, Latino studies, sexuality and gender, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church.
Cornel West and Samuel Cruz are joined by Jose Lopez to continue the ground- breaking Common Ground and Common Hope: Black & Latino Dialogue of 2012 and in the aftermath of their historic trip to Puerto Rico discuss the impact of their recent talks and connect many of the most pressing moral, spiritual and political issues raised to the ongoing struggle to liberate Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner who has been incarcerated for over 32 years. They draw on Dr. King s Letter from a Birmingham Jail written in April 1963, where he defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws. Oscar Lopez Rivera has been in
prison since 1981 for seditious conspiracy, directly related to his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico. He was not accused of causing harm or taking a life. He is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; a brilliant thinker whose imprisonment constitutes an ongoing human rights violation
produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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