Primary Artist: Terry Forman
Created: San Francisco Collective, 1988
Dimensions: 17″ x 22.5″
The Grito de Lares, or the Lares rebellion, is celebrated across the island and in Puerto Rican communities in the diaspora as an ongoing symbol of the continued resistance to US colonialism in Puerto Rico. The center figure on the poster, Pedro Albizu Campos (1891–1965), was the president and spokesperson of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party from 1930 until his death in 1965. Because of its anti-colonial organizing, Nationalist members were killed and imprisoned throughout the 1930s while United States businesses in Puerto Rico were making phenomenal profits. When police killed marchers and bystanders at a parade in Ponce (1937) the Nationalists saw the United States was prepared to use any necessary violence to maintain its colonial regime. In 1950, the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party led revolts across Puerto Rico.
The revolts failed because of the overwhelming force used by the U.S. military and the National Guard, FBI, CIA, and the Puerto Rican Insular Police. Pedro Albizu Campos and hundreds of other Nationalists were arrested and imprisoned. He died in 1965 shortly after his pardon and release from federal prison.
Image: Image of Pedro Albizu Campos foreground, Ramón Emeterio Betances (left) and Manuel Rojas (right).
Words: Es La Hora De La Suprema Definición: ¡Jibaros O Yanquis! Celebremos La Resistencia De Un Pueblo Luchador.
Color: blue, black, yellow on white paper.
Event: Viernes 22 de Julio
Sponsors: Comité Lareno, Comité Nacional Pro-Libertad Prisioneros de Guerra Puertorriqueños, Comité Contra La Represión Ca, Movimiento Liberación Nacional (MLN)
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