July 25 in NYC (fwd)

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 17:09:30 -0700 (PDT)


I imagine letters of support from those who wish to write or email would
be most welcome!  Pat Myers

cross-posted with permission from an independista friend in Borinquen
(Puerto Rico, to Anglos).

This is an excellent example of crossing borders of nation/identity, in
order to develop communities of exploited, and to build power
relationships and alliances across such borders.


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Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 19:37:35 EDT
Saludos desde Borinquen

 ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TILL...
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 SATURDAY, JULY 25, 1998
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 MARCH AND RALLY TO THE UNITED NATIONS
 100 years of U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico.   BASTA YA!
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 Free Puerto Rico!  Independence for the Puerto Rican nation.
 Bring them home! Free the Puerto Rican political prisoners.
 End colonialism in the U.S. =97Protect and Respect the rights of=20
 Boricuas in the U.S.
 Stop government repression of the pro-independence movement.
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 GATHER AT 59TH STREET and COLUMBUS CIRCLE
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 Become an active part of this historic mobilization
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 CALL COMITE PUERTO RICO '98 AT=20
 1-888-509-2103
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 E-MAIL- PRCOLLECTIVE@HOTMAIL.COM
 FOR MORE  INFO
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 Lettin you know what we are about....
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 COMITE PUERTO RICO 98
 STATEMENT OF RATIONALE FOR JULY 25TH MARCH AND RALLY AT THE UNITED=20
 NATIONS=20
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 The Comite Puerto Rico '98 is calling for a national mobilization on July =
25,
1998 to the United Nations Headquarters in New York because:
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 * The liberation of colonized peoples and territories is a matter for=20
 the world community which has made clear its commitment, through U.N.=20
 Resolution 1514, to a genuine decolonization process. In particular, the=
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 world body is committed to ending all colonies on the face of the planet=
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 by the year 2000. Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States as=20
 recognized by the United Nations and the people of Puerto Rico. All=20
 freedom and justice-loving people in the U.S. have a particular=20
 responsibility to build pressure to end U.S. colonial control over the=20
 Puerto Rican nation.=20
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 * The Puerto Rican community in the United States has a clear stake in=20
 the resolution of the U.S./Puerto Rican colonial relationship. Puerto=20
 Ricans in the U.S. have suffered the fate of colonized peoples living in=
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 the colonizing country. Economic exploitation, discrimination, racism,=20
 cultural genocide, repression and stereotyping, while not particular to=20
 Puerto RIcans in the U.S., has certainly been intense, directed and=20
 calculated because Puerto Rico is a colony. Both U.S. corporations and=20
 government continue to feel that they can act with impunity toward the=20
 island nation of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the U.S.=20
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 * The largest Puerto Rican community in the United States is in the New=20
 York City Tri-State area and this community must be mobilized to make=20
 its voice heard and its presence felt, as should Puerto Ricans=20
 throughout the country and the world.=20
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 * The Puerto Rican political prisoners and prisoners of war, as other=20
 anticolonial freedom fighters historically, do not recognize the=20
 authority/jurisdiction of the U.S. colonizing power over Puerto Rico and=
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 therefore over them.=20
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 * The decolonization of Puerto Rico cannot be left up to the colonizing=20
 power, the United States government, and therefore must be overseen by=20
 the United Nations. While the U.S. government, as do pro statehood and=20
 commonwealth advocates, recognize that Puerto Rico is a colony and even=20
 speak of self-determination, they seek to spearate self-determination=20
 and independence. U.N. Resolution 1514 clearly calls for the inalienable=
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 right of peoples to "self determination and independence." Without=20
 independence there can be no genuine self-determination.
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 * Any genuine decolonization process, according to international law,=20
 must begin with the release of poltical prisoners, withdrawal of=20
 military installations and the establishment of a constituent assembly=20
 of the Puerto Rican people.
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 * Massive public pressure must be brought to bear on the United Nations=20
 in order to counter U.S. colonial influence/pressure on the world body=20
 to eliminate Puerto Rico from the U.N. Committee on Decolonization--a=20
 longtime goal of successive U.S. administrations.
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