Don’t sleep through your revolution!

by José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on March 31, 1968 about remaining awake through a revolution. Click on the following link to watch that video:

His speech reminded me of the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Hymn that also talks about people waking up and seeing what is happening around them. Click this link to hear the hymn:

One of the important themes that runs through all of Dr. King’s speeches is that of doing what our conscious says is the right thing to do. That takes a lot of courage! Doing that is what cost him his life! Four days after this speech, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April, 4, 1968.

Because of King’s assassination, Elvis Presley, also called “The King”, decided to have a song written specifically to end the television program that he did later that year. Click on this link to watch the video of the song “If I Can Dream”:

Puerto Ricans must unite to decolonize our homeland from 120 years of United States colonialism, because it is the right thing to do. There is much danger in this undertaking, but it is the only dignified thing that we could do as a People.

Why do you think that today more Puerto Ricans live away from our national territory? The only possible answer is that Puerto Rico has not been administered in the past 120 years for the Puerto Ricans.

Colonies are never administered for the colonists. That is why in 1776, the 13 American colonies had to revolt against the English Empire. That was the revolution that Rip Van Winkle had slept through, and mentioned in Dr. King’s speech.

Let’s all wake up and unite to force the United States Government (USG) to comply with the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism, and the 37 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

We must, because it is the right thing to do. We must because, those who believe that only they have the right to a revolution don’t believe in LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL! 

Let’s wake up and unite.

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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