On June 20, 2016, NLG Puerto Rico Subcommittee Co-Chair Jan Susler made the presentation to the United Nations Decolonization Committee on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, and NLG President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan presented on behaf of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Puerto Rico Subcommittee
Jan Susler, co-chair of the NLG International Committee's Puerto Rico Subcommittee, testified before the United Nations Decolonization Committee, urging that Puerto Ricans be able to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, free of U.S. colonialism June 22, 2015. Read or download the full testimony as PDF here and see the UN's press statement about the heairng at their website here.
The 2013 Convention in Puerto Rico was the first ever NLG Convention held in a U.S. colony. The event's location inspired vibrant discussion about the island's colonial status, as members learned about the Puerto Rican independence movement and the work of political prisoners such as Oscar López Rivera and our keynote speaker, Rafael Cancel Miranda.
Rafael Bernabe, University of Puerto Rico/Partido del Pueblo Trabajador: Remarks to the 2013 Convention of the National Lawyers Guild.
Efrén Rivera Ramos: Presentation for the panel, "U.S. Colonialism in Puerto Rico and Resistance Thereto" during the National Lawyers Guild Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 26, 2013.