WASHINGTON -- Our Revolution on Tuesday welcomed the news of President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.
"Oscar was imprisoned for his political opposition 36 years ago and became one of the longest serving political prisoners in history. Much of that time was spent in solitary confinement. But today's news makes it clear: he wasn't alone," said Political Outreach Manager Erika Andiola.
Over 100,000 Our Revolution supporters viewed and shared a video calling on President Obama to free López Rivera earlier this month. Understanding that if López Rivera's sentence was not commuted under President Obama he risked dying in prison, Our Revolution emailed, texted, and used social media to raise awareness with millions of supporters.
"This is a great day for the cause of human rights and the respect of individual and collective dignity. Puerto Ricans of all ideologies, creeds and walk of lives joined in a single voice and were successful in convincing President Obama to finally do the right thing and free Oscar López-Rivera," said Puerto Rican Representative-at-Large, Luis Vega. "We are grateful for our allies in the United States and around the world. I thank particularly U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for his personal commitment to this cause and to our brethren at Our Revolution. May this be an example on how we must face together the challenges that are ahead of us."
"Our Revolution is grateful that President Obama took action in a victory for human rights," added Andiola. "We rejoice with Oscar, his family, and the Puerto Rican people."
"Today we proved once again that when you are on the right side of history and present fair demands, we all win," Our Revolution Puerto Rico added. "From Puerto Rico, we thank Sen. Sanders and the movement furthered by Our Revolution for collaborating in demanding Oscar Lopez Rivera's clemency. We hope this victory inspires us in the upcoming battles for a more just and equitable society"