Fighting For Puerto Rican Independence is Not a CrimePrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, mid-1980s

Medium: Offset Printed

Dimensions: 22.5″ x 15.75″


On April 4, 1980, eleven national liberation fighters for Puerto Rican independence were captured by local police in Evanston, Illinois and accused of being members of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN). Immediately upon their arrest, the Eleven rejected the criminal charges, taking the position that they are armed combatants of the Puerto Rican struggle against colonialism. They demanded to be treated as Prisoners of War in accordance with the Geneva Convention and other International Law. The Puerto Rican Prisoners of War did not participate in any legal proceedings held against them. Instead, by turning their backs to the judge and addressing their supporters, they turned the courtroom into another arena of struggle for Puerto Rican independence.


Image: Puerto Rican Flag with 4 Puerto Rican Political Prisoners. Pictured clockwise from top left: Edwin Cortéz, Alberto Rodriguez, José Luis Rodriguez, Alejandrina Torres.

Words: ¡Luchar Por La Independencia de Puerto Rico no es un Delito! Fighting for Independence is not a Crime! ¡No a Conspiracion! No to Seditious Conspiracy! Libertad para todos los Prisioneros Politos y de Guerra Puertorriqueños! Free all Political Prisoners and P.O.W.s!

Color: red, black, purple, gold, blue on white paper

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