Carlos Albert Torres' parole hearing will be during the week of January 19th. This is 2 months earlier than what was originally thought (originally it was March). We need to begin getting signed petitions in. So far we have about 2000 petitions in. We want to have 3-4000 to give to the parole board. Please try to collect signatures using the attached letter. Get your friends and companer@s to sign. If you can remember, please bring them to any events and try to get signatures....
You can mail them to the address below and we will get them to the campaign. Thanks!
Carlos Alberto Torres
Born on September 19, 1952
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5000
Pekin, IL 61555
Carlos Alberto Torres was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on September 19, 1952. Although he was raised in the United States, he was never disconnected from Puerto Rico. Carlos also had a strong religious upbringing; his father, Rev. José A. Torres, is pastor emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Chicago. These influences led Carlos to struggle for social justice through political and community activism.
Carlos engaged in struggles around housing, police brutality and education. He was one of the founders of the Puerto Rican alternative school now known as the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and participated in the Committee to Free the Five Puerto Rican Nationalists.
In 1980, Carlos was arrested along with 10 other compañer@s and was convicted of seditious conspiracy and other charges in 1981; he was unfairly sentenced to 78 years in prison for his political ideas, not for any violent actions. He is the step-son of ex-political prisoner Alejandrina Torres. Carlos was not included in the 1999 Clinton clemency offer.
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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