Repression in Puerto Rico

ilé: Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. Ethiopian Proverb

Hi:

The situation in the Island continues to be critical due to US oppressive practices and pervasive intervention in our affairs. The FBI keeps on trying to “put us in our place” (remind us who’s boss), but it really does not matter how much they try to criminalize our movement we are strong and determined to resist and keep on organizing for our sovereignty. We love our friends in the US, but we don’t love what the US government have been doing here in Puerto Rico for the last 110 years. I am sure these people from the FBI would love to be in a truly Rambo environment, but Puerto Rico continues to be a place where terrorist activities are non-existing. So they have to create situations and an “enemy” and use all the institutional power they have at their disposal to justify their dubious existence.

The latest victims of their their insidious games are four young activist most living in the US. I know I don’t have to tell you, but they are far from being violent or dangerous people. Most of them are dedicated community organizers, and like you and us at ilé, are dedicated to bring forth social justice. We are asking for you solidarity. Please read the following Press release and support us and support them by showing up in the court if you are close to NY.

In solidarity,

María

Press Release
Table of Solidarity
Wake up, Puerto Ricans: defend your brothers and sisters!
Grand Jury: Illegal

The subpoena on Elliot Monteverde to appear before a Grand Jury in New York tomorrow, May 23, 2008, has been postponed to May 30, 2008. Thus, the demonstration in solidarity with compañero Elliot Monteverde has been postponed.

The subpoena orders him to appear in federal court in Brooklyn, NY on May 23, 2008.

Elliot Monteverde grew up in Mayagüez. Before immigrating to the U.S., he worked in Puerto Rico providing legal advice and organizing workshops for poor working communities. Elliot studied law at Rutgers University in New Jersey. This compañero served as coordinator of the Vieques Alliance, a coalition of people and organizations in New York struggling to get the U.S. Navy out of Vieques.

Previously, three young people were subpoenaed to the same federal grand jury: Tania Frontera, Christopher Torres and Julio Pabón.

The Table of Solidarity, comprised of independentista and socialist organizations, denounces and condemns the FBI’s persecution of the patriotic movement and calls on Puerto Ricans to express their solidarity and be watching for actions in support of the compañro, in the event he is jailed.

Wake up, Puerto Ricans: defend your brothers and sisters!
Grand Jury: Illegal!
FBI, GET OUT of my COUNTRY!