message from José M López Sierra of [www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com]
My petition to the United Nations
To see it on video, click here (set to 26 minutes) [http://bcove.me/38w2l50g].
My name is José Manuel López Sierra, a recently retired teacher, and an eternal history student of the oldest colony in the world, Puerto Rico (PR).
I watched last year’s hearing on the United Nation (UN)’s webcast, because it is not broadcast on PR Television. I decided to write a blog named Compañeros Unidos para la Descolonización de Puerto Rico. Its purpose is to educate and involve the world in this subject. The blog has received over 3,400 visitors from around the world. The majority has been from the empire herself.
The motivation for the blog was the poor attendance at the hearing. Colonialism should be repugnant to democracy! Where were we?
We need to publicize and broadcast this hearing on radio and television all over the world. This would generate the international solidarity critically needed to get the United States (US) to decolonize. I’ve been promoting this hearing worldwide for the last 9 months.
A colony is obtained for the sole benefit of an empire. The motivation is exploitation, which is why she is obtained by force. Colonialism is incompatible to the concepts of equality among people or justice for all. An empire will keep her colony until she is forced to free her. This is what history tells us!
During our history, the US has used terrorism to perpetuate her control. The Ponce Massacre of 1937 and the more recent assassination of Filiberto Ojeda Rios in 2005 are excellent examples. A current great example is the US government’s insistence of keeping incarcerated for over 31 years our partner and political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. The message is clear. “If you want decolonization, the same will happen to you!” The “speak softly and carry a big stick” policy continues!
Decolonization is under international jurisdiction. Most Puerto Ricans don’t know that. The US has successfully convinced Puerto Ricans that it is domestic, so that she could control political outcomes. That, however, would be like asking slave owners to free their own slaves!
We must decolonize via the UN. To continue the fallacy that it could be done using US laws would be condemning Puerto Ricans to colonialism forever. The empire would obviously continue to divide us through her absolute power. What motivation does she have to decolonize? Wasn’t it she who entered into this relationship by forced in the first place?
The fact that PR has a lot of political parties proves that we have believed the jurisdiction lie. Why would we need even one party? The only thing that we achieve with every new party is divide us even more! “I will support any decision that the Porto Rican people make” is what every US president says. Who does that benefit?
We have to put PR back on the UN list of colonies. To continue to keep her off only helps to hide this crime! Furthermore, problems are never solved with lies. What justification is there to leave out the most populated and oldest colony in the world? We must call things by their names if we want to be part of the solution, and not convert ourselves into part of the problem.
We are the only ones who have the right to self-determination and independence. We need to talk amongst ourselves to decide what we want, without any outside influence and interference. No one who really believes in democracy should fear this ponderous deliberation. PR should be, and must be, what the majority of Puerto Ricans, both here and abroad, want her to be. Those who have a problem with this don’t believe in democracy!
We must admit that we have helped colonialism. We have permitted to be lied to about the domestic jurisdiction, and we have helped deceive the world that we are a democracy every time we erroneously participate in PR elections and plebiscites. How is it possible to be a democracy and a colony at the same time? That is not “the best of both worlds!” That is lunacy!
Is the UN ready for this historic challenge? She can not support democratic processes around the world if she herself does not have the tools to do so. She will need to be able enforce approved resolutions. If not, injustice will continue to threaten world peace, and our very reason for being.
Thank you for this opportunity, and I offer you my collaboration in eradicating this crime against humanity. I am convinced, as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is that we will need everyone’s involvement to get the job done, as we did in Nuremberg after World War II. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed eloquently what should be our North Star, when he said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
"Honor our political prisoner Oscar López Rivera"
2014-06 message from José M López Sierra of [www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com]:
Now that our First Oscar – Mandela March in Puerto Rico was successful, we can look forward to an even bigger success with our First Oscar Mandela Protest in New York City. This year, The New York City Puerto Rican Day Parade, a week before our protest, will honor our political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.
On Monday, June 23, 2014, the United Nations (UN) will be discussing again Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the United States. The UN is in its third decade trying to eradicate colonialism from the world, because of the belief that it constitutes a threat to world peace. Since this date is a week later than usual, our committee decided to have 2 protests this year.
On the Monday, June 16, 2014, the day after Fathers’ Day, we will have our first protest in the park across from the UN on 46th Street and First Avenue from 8 AM to 6 PM to show the world that we too believe that colonialism is a crime against humanity. On the same day of the hearing, Monday June 23, we will have the second one. We will have a press conference in New York City to inform the public of the latest details of these event. We will need as many people at the protest as possible to make the government of the United States (US) comply with the 32 UN resolutions asking the US to decolonize immediately Puerto Rico. After this many resolutions, it is obvious that the US does not want to.
President Obama recently showed the government of the United States’ hypocrisy about human rights. In his memorial ceremony speech, he had only praise for Nelson Mandela. He, however, has refused, despite the enormous pressure from Puerto Rico and the rest of the world, to release from prison Oscar López Rivera who is doing exactly what Mandela did. Oscar has already spent 6 more years in prison than the 27 that Mandela served. The US is happy when other countries decolonize their colonies, but the US wants to keep hers. What kind of democracy is this? Obviously, those who have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.
Please tell your friends about this important protest for Oscar López Rivera’s release from prison, and to achieve what he has spent his life on, the decolonization of Puerto Rico.
We will have a sheet of paper so that whoever who wants to get involved in the planning of this yearly permanent event in New York City can provide us with your contact information. If you wish, you can also email me right now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to greeting old and new partners in our struggle to provide real justice for all!
Because, rights are not requested, they are demanded!
WALL ST: HANDS OFF PUERTO RICAN WORKERS’ PENSIONS!
Make the Rich Pay!
Wall St. bankers have ordered the government of Puerto Rico, a U.S. colony, to do away with government workers' pensions. The Puerto Rican teachers union held a two-day strike in January to protest this banker-driven austerity.
To put more pressure on Puerto Rican workers, Wall St. just downgraded Puerto Rico's credit status to junk bond status. On Fri., Feb. 7 the Puerto Rican Supreme Court will rule on the legality of the attack on workers' pensions.
The Puerto Rican labor movement and progressive forces will be protesting on that day.
In solidarity with them, join with us on
Fri., Feb. 7 on Wall St. at 12 noon to also demand
‘WALL ST. HANDS OF PUERTO RICO’
Global solidarity between all workers is the key to victory.