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Op-Ed: NYC Puerto Rican Parade Honors Terrorist Who Killed My Dad

Joseph Connor/New York Post

Officials last week announced plans to honor unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera as their first ever “National Freedom Hero” at this year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

The words “disgrace” and “outrage” do not come close to describing the insanity, insult and pain that honoring this terrorist thug brings to our family, the families of all FALN victims and all Americans. The idea is truly sickening.
New York City was the epicenter for the most horrific of the 120-plus bombings by Lopez’s Puerto Rican terrorist group, the Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN). One of those bombings killed our 33-year-old father, Frank ...

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The U.S. Industries Can’t Work Without Undocumented Immigrants

photo credit: civilieats.org

photo credit: civilieats.org

 

The nation’s attention is currently on the southern border, where the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has caused a crisis over separated immigrant children.

Sometimes forgotten as the nation focuses attention on migrants currently trying to cross the border is that millions of undocumented immigrants continue to live in the U.S. – and most of them work.

And in fact, these workers play vital roles in the U.S. economy, erecting American buildings, picking American apples and grapes, and taking care of American babies. Oh, and paying American taxes.

My work as the director of the Cornell Farmworker Program involves meeting with undocumented workers in ...

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Op-Ed: Oscar Lopez Rivera Brings Independence To the Forefront — And Puerto Ricans Take To It

Hartford Councilwoman Bermudez with to Oscar Lopez Rivera and her brother Pedro Bermudez and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.

Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez with Oscar Lopez Rivera (second  from right, her brother Pedro Bermudez (left) and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.  Councilwoman Bermudez invited Lopez Rivera to visit Hartford.

 

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            Edmundo Fernandez, the late patriarch of the family that produces Ron del Barrilito in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, told a story of having been a student at the exclusive Blair Academy boarding school in New Jersey during the Spring of 1917, when the Congress of the United States overrode the wishes of Puerto Ricos local legislature and imposed U.S. citizenship on the islands residents.

            Fernandez said he happened to be in the presence of ...

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