Oscar López Rivera is a Puerto Rican political prisoner held 35 years in U.S. prisons. Born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico in 1943,he is a Bronze-star decorated Vietnam Veteran, a father, and grandfather. He is one of the longest-held political prisoners on the planet today.
In 2013 he began writing to his granddaughter Karina the series that would come to be known as Cartas a Karina. These are the letters of a man imprisoned for the crime of “seditious conspiracy,” the thought crime of wanting to see Puerto Rico free of foreign domination—the same kind of charge railed at Gandhi and Mandela. He has maintained his political vision and humanity despite 35 years of dehumanizing imprisonment, and is widely regarded as the Mandela of Puerto Rico. López Rivera is a prolific writer as well as an accomplished and respected painter, a vocation begun during twelve years of solitary confinement. The compelling content, language, and often lyric quality of Cartas a Karina make this bilingual collection an indispensable reflection on Puerto Rico’s status, the plight of the Puerto Rican diaspora, and the dehumanizing conditions behind US prison walls. Most of all, Cartas a Karina stands as an eloquent and irrefutable argument for Oscar López Rivera’s immediate and unconditional release.
The Cartas a Karina (CAK) Project is a team of persons on the island and in the diaspora working jointly to make Oscar’s Cartas a Karina available as a tool in the campaign for Oscar’s freedom.
Cartas a Karina is available for $15.00 from:
Or write to:
CAK Project, P.O. Box 33322, Decatur, GA 30033.
Shipping & handling; $5.00 1 copy, 2 copies $8.00. Make checks out to CAK Project.