Puerto Ricans cheer commutation for nationalist Oscar Lopez
00:47, Jan 19, 2017
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President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of 74-year-old Rivera the same day. Rivera was convicted in the '80s for his involvement in F.A.L.N., the Spanish acronym for the Armed Forces of National Liberation.
At age 14 Oscar Lopez moved to join his sister in Humboldt Park, Chicago, one of the city's largest Puerto Rican communities, and at age 18, like many working class Latino men, he was drafted into the USA military to fight in Vietnam.
Miranda took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his joy over Lopez Rivera's reduced sentence.
He'll return to the part in the Chicago production to commemorate the commutation of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera by President Obama.
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Lopez Rivera, who grew up in Chicago, was convicted of seditious conspiracy to overthrow the USA government in 1981 while leading the Puerto Rican independence group FALN. "But also he has one daughter and one granddaughter, which I think are very, very important to him".
Miranda, who quit "Hamilton" last summer, is of Puerto Rican descent and tweeted Obama to thank him for shortening Rivera's sentence before leaving the White House. The protocol protects Lopez Rivera for being a person arrested in conflict against colonial occupation.
Rivera was offered clemency in 1999 by then President Bill Clinton on condition he renounce violence.
But people who know Denver history may recognize the name Oscar Lopez Rivera.
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Rivera's release date has been scheduled for May 17.
U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, said he does not condone Lopez's crimes, but the aging revolutionary has become a symbol for Puerto Ricans' "fight to have greater equality under U.S. law".
The pride that Lin-Manuel Miranda has for his heritage and even this country is truly inspiring. Who is Oscar Lopez Rivera?Considering he's spent the last 36 years in jail, it's a good question.
Miranda, whose parents were both born in Puerto Rico, teamed up with singer Rubén Blades and actress Cristina Soler for a video that featured artists and politicians reciting some of Lopez Rivera's most famous quotes.
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