Oscar López Rivera—Two Years Later: Resistance & Resilience, Feb. 25 & 26, 2020

Event Date: 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Casa De La Raza
  • UCSB MultiCultural Center

UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge, February 26, 2020, 6 PM

Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican movement leader and former political prisoner in discussion with Andrea Medina, PhD, UCSB lecturer and activist; David Pellow, chair, environmental studies; Diane Fujino, professor, Asian American studies. A discussion on the history of colonialist relations and neoliberal austerity that have given rise to the current economic and environment crises in Puerto Rico, including the devastation caused by Hurricane María, recent earthquakes and lack of US support.

Art auction of Oscar López Rivera paintings

Reception after the event with book sales and signing of López Rivera’s book, Between Torture and Resistance


La Casa de la Raza, February 25, 2020 at 6 PM

601 E Montecito Street in Santa Barbara

No host community dinner, 6-6:30 PM.  Program, 6:30-8 PM

Oscar López Rivera, a decorated Viet Nam war veteran, artist and author, exited prison in early 2017 after 35 years of incarceration. For decades he has worked tirelessly for freedom and justice in Puerto Rico and the diaspora. He is considered the Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico.

Please click on the images below to enlarge and see more details about this event (flyers are in English and Spanish).