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Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera to the Bay Area (venue change)
Date Wednesday May 31
Time 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana Ave,
Berkeley CA
Wheelchair Accessible

(originally, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave)
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorBay Area Cte. to Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera
There is a big demand for Tickets.
We found a bigger place!

Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican freedom fighter and former political prisoner, to the Bay Area

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm reception; 7:00-9:30 pm program

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana Ave, Berkeley

Event to welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera to the Bay Area. This courageous freedom fighter, whose sentence was recently commuted by President Obama, spent 36 years in US prisons because he struggled for the independence and sovereignty of Puerto Rico. Sponsors: Bay Area Committee to Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera, National Borincua Human Rights Network, and The National Lawyers Guild.
For more info: FreeOscarNow [at]


Oscar's only Bay Area Appearance!

Follow updates of May 31st event at:
Including live streaming of Oscar events in Puerto Rico and the US

Welcome Oscar López Rivera to the Bay Area

Wednesday, May 31st
First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana Ave, Berkeley CA
Wheelchair Accessible

Buy tickets on-line!
Limited tickets at the door
Tickets are sliding scale as shown below
All proceeds go directly to Oscar!


5:30 Reception $75-250
Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild
(Cost includes program ticket.)

A unique opportunity to meet and talk to Oscar!

Food and drinks will be provided

Posters by local artist Doug Minkler and signed by Oscar will be for sale.

7:00 Program $20-50
José López, Oscar López Rivera, John Santos, Rico Pabón, Quenepas

Arrive early, limited seating available.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Childcare Provided

Parking Limited - Please Carpool

Wheelchair Access on side streets: Forest and Garber

Make a donation to help Oscar set up his new life in Puerto Rico:

For more information: freeoscarnow [at]

Partial List of Endorsers: AIM-West, All of Us Or None, Altruvistas, ANSWER, Anti Police-Terror Project, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Ascendant Reflections, Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee, Bay Area Boricuas, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Catalyst Project, Code Pink/Golden Gate, Committees of Correspondence, Critical Resistance of Oakland, El/La Para Trans Latinas, Emory Douglas, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange, Global Women's Strike, Haiti Action Committee, Int'l Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Kendra Alexander Foundation, LAGAI Queer Insurrection, La Tertulia Boricua, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre, Lynne Stewart Organization, Making Contact, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, National Network on Cuba, Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, PM Press, Prison Activist Resource Center, Prison Radio/Redwood Justice Fund, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, Resumen Latinoamericano, Richmond Regla Friendship Committee, Socialist Action, Socialist Workers Party, Task Force on the Americas, Veterans for Peace #69 (San Francisco), Women for Genuine Security, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Workers World Party
Added to the calendar on Saturday Apr 29th, 2017 2:07 PM
§Welcome Home Oscar!
by Welcome Oscar to the Bay Area Saturday May 20th, 2017 10:53 AM
On Wednesday, May 17, Puerto Rico welcomed home Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez.

He was asked: why are you wearing black on the day you were freed?

His reply:

1. During my time in prison, I was never able to mourn my loved ones.

2. Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I want to express my solidarity with that community

3. I want to express my solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement

4. Because my message is, and will always be, a message of love, not a message of hate or fear.

5. To express my solidarity with the political prisoners in the United States, including the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner, Ana Belén Montes

6. To express my solidarity with the students of the University of Puerto Rico.

He ended with: "Here's to the struggle for a just and better world. Long Live Puerto Rico, Love, and Freedom. In Resistance and Struggle, Forever"

Join us for this historic occasion!
§New Venue: First Presbyterian Church
by Update Wednesday May 24th, 2017 2:29 PM
Due to the great response to the visit of Oscar Lopez Rivera to the San Francisco Bay Area, we have had to move the event to a bigger venue.

First Presbyterian Church
2407 Dana Ave, Berkeley
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