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Oscar López desde la cárcel

Un mensaje del reconocido preso político puertorriqueño Oscar López, al cumplir 31 años de prisión.

Greetings with Much Respect and Love.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Puerto Rican people in PR and in the diaspora for the support you have given me during the past 31 years.  I also want to express the same gratitude to the freedom and justice loving people in the U.S. and in different parts of the world for the solidarity they’ve shared with me. The support I’ve received has been a fountain of strength that has helped me face and deal with the difficult challenges I’ve experienced in prison during the past 31 years, and to remain morally and spiritually strong to continue struggling and resisting.

The 31 years seem to have passed fleetingly. Many radical changes have occurred all over the world during this period of time. In Latin America progressive presidents rule in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Brazil and Argentina. In the last two countries the presidents are progressive women. And in Puerto Rico the US navy is no longer present in Vieques. Unfortunately, the most important change Puerto Ricans need has not taken place. Because colonialism seems to be more entrenched now than ever.

It was José Martí who said that for a people to be free they needed to be cultured. I believe Puerto Ricans are a cultured people. Yet we still are a colonized people.  We are also a morally, mentally, spiritually strong people. But we haven’t been able to make Puerto Rico a free and sovereign nation.

It was Albert Einstein who said that by repeating the same experiment the results were always going to be the same. Doing that is nothing else than an exercise in futility. And Puerto Rican independentists have been repeating the same experiment for decades and obtaining the same results without being able to achieve their goal of an independent and sovereign nation. The celebration of plebiscites has been such an experiment. So why do we continue engaging in Sisyphean tasks?  What should we do? Let’s pay heed to Einstein’s wise warning.

My proposal is a simple one. Let’s work on the problems we can resolve with the means and resources we have at our disposal. For example, let’s take one problem related to the health issue we are facing – obesity. To resolve this problem a simple change in lifestyle will do. Eat a healthy diet, exercise and create a support network. We can also start programs of urban gardening. There’s space for such a program in the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico. And in those spaces we can grow healthy products that can help with a nutritional diet. We can look for alternative sources of energy and of transportation. Let’s start thinking of changes we can make in our lifestyles and we can resolve some of the difficult problems we face. Problems shouldn’t intimidate or scare us. They should produce ideas in our heads and challenge us to find solutions. Finding solutions to problems give us confidence, and help us transcend our colonized mentality.  And that transcendence gets us closer to our goal of achieving an independent and sovereign nation and a better and more just world. We are intelligent enough to know what needs to be done. We can change lifestyles in Puerto Rico and in the Puerto Rican diaspora and by doing so we will grow stronger morally, physically, spiritually and mentally. We can make Puerto Rico a free and sovereign nation.

En resistencia y lucha,

OLR.

 

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  • cambioMENTAL

    Free Oscar Lopez

  • Lizdorna

    Es casi un milagro que después de tantos años de encierro físico la mente y el espíritu de Oscar este tan libre y tan lucido. Ni la tortura ni el encierro han podido minar el deseo de libertad. Fuerza Oscar.

  • Jose Colon61

    Escribir en esta pagina solo es para los ineptos que solo aceptan mensajes socialista y antiamericanos. Pero viven del dinero americano, calle13 eres una basura la gente que te sigue es porque es mensa y le creen acualquier porquería que dice que canta. Ya se que me van a bOrrar Asi que para la porra!

    • 80grados

       Señor Colón61:
      Usted fue advertido de que esta revista no acepta comentarios de este tipo. No hay ninguna relación entre su mensaje y el texto que escribe Oscar López. Esa es una condición básica: la intención de comunicar algo en torno al tema que se trate. No tememos el debate ni la polémica dura, pero esto es ataque gratuito. 

      Segundo aviso.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eduardo.sandez.31 Eduardo Sandez

      SEÑOR JOSE COLON61: PARA DISCUTIR ENTRE NOSOTROS QUÉ ES SER “ANTIAMERICANO” DEBERÍAMOS PONERNOS DE ACUERDO EN QUÉ COSA ES “AMÉRICA”. ES OBVIO QUE MUCHOS PENSAMOS QUE SE EXTIENDE DE ALASKA A TIERRA DEL FUEGO Y OTROS (COMO USTED) CREEN QUE SE LIMITA A UNA PARTE DE UNA PARTE DE ESO… SE DESPRENDE DE SUS… “ARGUMENTOS”… QUE TODO AQUEL QUE QUIERA UN CONTINENTE COMPLETO DE GENTE A LA QUE LE VAYA BIÉN, ES “SOCIALISTA”, DE LO QUE SE INFIERE QUE LOS PADRES FUNDADORES DE LOS EEUU FUERON (SEGÚN UD), IRREMEDIABLEMENTE “SOCIALISTAS”

  • Jose Colon61

    Puerto Rico is a place where they like more to live from the government than work. We know that there are a problems finding jobs . But they prefer to have a seat and be in air conditioner instead of working picking coffe or working in the land. That is our sad situation. Also they want to be the boss instead of trying by steps to get to the top.  That are afraid of losing el mantengo americano!

  • Peaceandlove

    Ah insults, the “tactics” of the usual suspects when they have nothing else to say.  If you only knew how much we enjoy them.  :-)  

  • http://twitter.com/PR_uno PR_uno

    By the way you respond; “WarandHate” is a more appropriate name for you. 

  • Peaceandlove

    Since you chose to write in English…I hope you rot in jail like the common criminal you are.  go play your little violin to your bitch.  

    • Jamiefoxer

      peaceandlove – but you hope he rots in jail?  Are you even aware why he was arrested?  

      Someone seems to be trolling ignorantly…

      • Peaceandlove

        He commited a CRIME which for some reason all you idiots chose to ignore.  I stand by my previous comment.  I hope he comes out of jail in a casket.