~~July 11, 2020~~
A friend of mine posted the graphic above. Aa you can see, it says: “goodbye Goya. If it’s Goya. not in my house!”
What I didn’t know was who created the graphic and why. I’m glad I found this information. The ‘Goya thing‘ didn’t start with the CEO’s visit to the White House and his praise of the squatter in the Oval.
It started in 2017 as related to the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade takes place annually in the United States along Fifth Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City. The parade is held on the second Sunday in June, in honor of the 3.2 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and all people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing on the U.S. mainland.
In 2017, the parade, which traveled up Fifth Avenue on June 11, and became embroiled in a political controversy that may have cost it one major sponsor, and put some of the city’s top public officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an awkward position.
At issue is the parade’s decision earlier this month to honor the Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar López Rivera, who was freed on after having served more than 35 years in prison.
On January 17, 2017, U.S. President Barack Obama commuted López Rivera’s sentence. His release was scheduled for May 17.
Oscar López Rivera (born January 6, 1943) is a Puerto Rican activist and militant who was a member and suspected leader of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a clandestine paramilitary organization devoted to Puerto Rican independence that carried out more than 130 bomb attacks in the United States between 1974 and 1983.
López Rivera was tried by the United States government for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property.
López Rivera declared himself a prisoner of war and refused to take part in most of his trial. He maintained that according to international law he was an anti colonial combatant and could not be prosecuted by the United States government. On August 11, 1981, López Rivera was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison. On February 26, 1988, he was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for conspiring to escape from the Leavenworth prison.
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