Puerto Rico Subcommittee

The Puerto Rico Subcommittee works to challenge U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico, support Puerto Rican movements, and hold the U.S. accountable for its actions in Puerto Rico. It works to free Puerto Rican political prisoners and support Puerto Rican decolonization from the US; it is currently involved in legal and political work around Vieques and for relief of Puerto Rico's odious debt, as well as the case of Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Archive of Puerto Rico Subcommittee Materials 2006-2014

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Email: Judy Berkan or Jan Susler

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Puerto Rico Subcommittee Updates

  • Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: Cancel the debt – emergency relief now

    Following years of colonialism and the intensified assault of austerity in the past several years, Puerto Rico is suffering from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and the massive impact of climate change. As the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, we demand the immediate cancellation of Puerto Rico’s debt. We also join the many calls […]

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  • National Lawyers Guild statement in support of Oscar López Rivera and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade

    The National Lawyers Guild has a long and proud history of calling for the release of Oscar López Rivera and others imprisoned for seeking the freedom of their people. We stand behind the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s decision to honor him in the 2017 parade, just as we stand behind Oscar’s humble decision to […]

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  • Urge President Obama to pardon Ana Belén Montes

    From the NLG Cuba Subcommittee: The National Lawyers Guild and many others around the hemisphere and world have called upon President Obama to pardon Ana Belén Montes, a decorated Puerto Rican career public servant who shared U.S. plans with Cuba based on her deep seated views over the injustice of the U.S. attempts to impose […]

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  • NLG Responds to the Commutation of the Sentences of Oscar López Rivera and Chelsea Manning

    (Above, L-R: Oscar López Rivera with atty. Jan Susler; Portrait of Chelsea Manning by Alicia Neal.) The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is thrilled to learn of the commutations of the sentences of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera and Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, a victory due largely to the unwavering efforts of determined activists, […]

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  • NLG’s Jan Susler testifies on Puerto Rico to UN Decolonization Committee

    Jan Susler of the National Lawyers Guild, co-chair of the International Committee’s Puerto Rico Subcommittee, testified before the UN’s Decolonization Committee, urging that Puerto Ricans be able to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, free of U.S. colonialism. Download Susler’s full testimony at this link: http://www.nlginternational.org/report/6.19.2015_nlg_un_decolonization_committee_presentation.pdf Crippling Trade Policies, Brain Drain, Sluggish Economy Constrain Puerto Rico’s […]

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  • NLG joins Puerto Rican call for investigation of Dominican judges

    The National Lawyers Guild joined in a complaint by Puerto Rican organizations to the island’s Attorney General, calling for the investigation of crimes against humanity by judges from the Dominican Republic responsible for the violation of Haitians’ human rights in the Dominican Republic. The letter asks the Attorney General to hold the judges in Puerto […]

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