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Independencia y Socialismo para Puerto Rico

ID Number: 10801
Maker: Margo Pelletier; Madame Binh Graphics Collective
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: mid 1980s
Place Made: North America: United States; New York, New York
Measurements: 61 cm x 81 cm; 24 in x 31 7/8 in
Main Subject: Puerto Rico (Latin America: Caribbean and Central America); Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Independencia y Socialismo para Puerto Rico Nosotros somos la continuación de la lucha armada revolucionaria de liberación de nuestra Patria. Llevamos esta lucha a la altura que creémos nos exige el momento histórico. Si hemos causado terror ha sido a los delincuentes que explotan y oprimen a nuestro pueblo y a los trabajadores y sectores super-explotados de su propio pais-- Nosotros los puertorriqueños estamos en guerra con los imperialistas yankis desde que ellos nos invadieron con su terror en el 1898. Elizam Escobar, Ricardo Jimenez, Adolfo Matos, Oscar López Rivera, Dylcia Pagan, Ida Luz Rodríguez, Alicia Rodriguez, Luís Rosa, Carlos Alberto Torres, Carmen Valentin, Haydée Beltran Torres Libertad Para Los Once Prisioneros de Guerra Puertorriquenos The Madame Binh Graphics Collective New Movement In Solidarity With the Puerto Rican and Mexican Revolutionaries


Acquisition Number: 1999-192

Copyright Status:
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Exhibition Annotation:
DYLCIA PAGAN, Puerto Rican POW, was born in New York City and raised in "El Barrio" in a loving, working class family. During the 1960s, Dylcia worked as a community organizer in the areas of housing, health care and education. While attending college, she helped organize the Puerto Rican Student Union. In the 1970s, Dylcia began a career as a TV producer and writer, but her commitment to socialism and revolutionary principles led her to join the clandestine forces for the liberation of Puerto Rico. In 1980, Dylcia and 14 other comrades were and convicted of "seditious conspiracy." In 1999, after serving 19 years in prison, Dylcia and 10 of the Puerto Rican "independentistas" were granted Clemency by President Clinton. Today, Dylcia lives in Puerto Rico.   CARMEN VALENTIN, Puerto Rican POW, was born in Puerto Rico, migrating to the United States with her family in 1956. After graduating college at Northwestern, Carmen began teaching at a predominantly Puerto Rican high school in Chicago. She became active in struggles to preserve Puerto Rican heritage, worked for prison reform, housing, and to stop police brutality. Eventually, convinced of its necessity, Carmen joined the clandestine liberation forces of Puerto Rico. She was captured in 1980 and was sentenced to 98 years in prison for "seditious conspiracy." Carmen, along with 10 other Puerto Rican revolutionaries, was granted Clemency by President Clinton in 1999. A mother and grandmother, she now lives in Puerto Rico.* *[update 2019: Today, Valentin Perez works as an English tutor and teacher at the Colegio Universitario de San Juan (CUSJ), where she has worked since 2003 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Valent%C3%ADn_P%C3%A9rez]



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