As the title above states, here are excerpts of an open letter to President Obama—“A Pardon for Oscar López Rivera”—published by Guillermo Rebollo-Gil (author and professor of sociology) in Counterpunch (28 November 2013). He is referring to a pardon for Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican political prisoner.
Dear President Obama:
Here in Puerto Rico, your lunch with now Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is commemorated by way of a small plaque on the table in the restaurant where you paid cash for a sandwich in a button-down white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [. . .] I share this because, like so many here, I have a somewhat distorted notion of history and of the events that comprise it. For example, I know that you are the 44th President of the U.S. and that you were first sworn into office on January 20th, 2009. I know this because I turned…
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