Jose Lopez | History, Community, Resilience

Holyoke, MA
Jose Lopez comes to Salsarengue
By Vanessa Lynch | @drvonskillet

Last Friday, Jose Lopez came to Western MA for a short tour to speak on decolonization and share updates on his brother’s case. Oscar Lopez – Rivera was incarcerated in 1981 for his work as a freedom fighter for the independent nation of Puerto Rico. He is currently still incarcerated.

Jose shared a bit of the history of the colonization of the North American continent and stories of his brother’s resilience.

Vanessa Lynch is an afro-caribbean community organizer and journalist who uses art as a medium for social justice and decolonization. In 2013 she co-founded Orange Ink as a news and art outlet run by young people of color. She is currently working as a member of the Injustice Liberation Front and serving as Vice President of the Board at Arise for Social Justice. She is also the newest addition to the TRGGR MEDIA COLLECTIVE. Pa’lante. @drvonskillet

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