MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Former Puerto Rican political prisoner Ricardo Jimenez will share his story Monday, Feb. 3, at Middle Tennessee State University.
Jimenez spent nearly 20 years in maximum security prisons after his conviction for seditious conspiracy related to his commitment to Puerto Rican independence. Originally sentenced to 90 years, his prison term was commuted by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
He is now an HIV/AIDS counselor for the Latino support agency Vida/SIDA, a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago. He is also active in the movement for funding of intervention and prevention for the Latino community.
Jimenez is still active in the Puerto Rican independence movement and in the struggle to free political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has spent the last 32 years in prison.
Joining Ricardo, will be Raquelle Seda, a coordinator of the National Boricua Human Rights Network in Detroit, campaigning to free Puerto Rican political prisoners.
His talk, entitled, “Puerto Rico: Independence is a Right” will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 204 of the James Union Building on campus.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by MT Solidarity, an MTSU student organization that describes itself as “a democratic, revolutionary socialist, feminist and anti-racist organization.”