I believe that the Puerto Rican Day Parade is a cultural activity that should unite all Puerto Ricans of all ideologies, religions, races and genders for celebrating as a united front.
I don't want to be the spearhead of this matter; I don't want to be an enemy or friend of any political position. Speaking for myself, as I have always done, I speak responsibly; ready to accept the consequences of freely expressing what I think.
I speak as a Puerto Rican and because of that I believe that we should not use Oscar López’ freedom, the freedom that took so much work to obtain, to advance a political agenda.
This issue affects all Puerto Ricans; those in the Diaspora, on the Island and the almost 500.000 Puerto Ricans per year that are leaving their country.
The real issue should be the renegotiation of the debt. We must not be distracted now; we have to renegotiate that debt. Using Oscar Lopez as a banner of the struggle of all Puerto Ricans, I contend, is a mistake. I speak from my own criteria as a Puerto Rican knowledgeable of the history of my people and as a political activist who passed, signed and distributed a petition for the release of Oscar López Rivera.