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|Word Goes Out:
"Free Colombian Political Prisoner David Ravelo"
by the North American Committee to Free David Ravelo
Injustice and judicial failings in the case of Colombian political prisoner David Ravelo are outrageous by any standard. By December 11, 2013, that well-known defender of human rights, a resident of Barrancabermeja, had spent more than two years behind bars. The announcement he was convicted and would spend 18 years in jail came that day.
The international campaign to secure Ravelo's release took a step forward on February 1, 2013 when a letter on his behalf went to Colombian Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre Lynett. Other officials received copies. Importantly, this letter was sent over the names of 302 people from around the world who want David Ravelo free.
They asked that David Ravelo be released now and that protection be provided for his family in Barrancabermeja. Death threats against Ravelo's family members have been constant. Recently they've mounted.
Notable veterans in the fight for social justice endorsed the letter. They included: Noam Chomsky, linguist and political analyst; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink; David Bacon, labor journalist; Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence; S. Brian Willson, peace activist and author; Bill Quigley, constitutional lawyer; Daniel Kovalik, USW Senior Counsel; Lisa Sullivan of School of the Americas Watch; Walter Lippmann, editor, CubaNews; Don Berry, President, Maine State AFL-CIO Federation; and Aviva Chomsky, historian. The letter appears below.
According to one spokesperson for the North American Committee to Free David Ravelo, organizer of the letter project, this is only a beginning. Tom Whitney said the group will be sending the letter again as more names of endorsers are received. The Alliance for Global Justice, the Committee's partner in the initiative, will continue an "action alert" on Ravelo on its website. Whitney urges people to sign on at: <afgj.org/free-david-ravelo-colombian-political-prisoner-wrongfully-sentenced-to-18-years-in-prison>.
The North American Committee will be asking those backing peace with justice in Colombia to sign on to other letters going out to responsible Colombian and U.S. officials. In addition, committee members will be organizing public information sessions wherever possible about David Ravelo's case and the general situation of Colombian political prisoners. The group anticipates joining up with other Colombian solidarity efforts in these and other endeavors.
To contact the North American Committee to Free David Ravelo, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.