“A lot of the campaign putting pressure on the sponsors to withdraw, etc., is being manipulated and organized and orchestrated from an ultra-right wing element on the island,” Mark-Viverito said to reporters in City Hall. “The statehood party is very much threatened by what this parade represents and what Oscar López Rivera represents. And so now they’re engaging in trying to force companies to withdraw, and making certain threats if they don’t do so.”
“They’re trying to rally around their cause by trying to undermine this parade. That is the way I see it,” Mark-Viverito added. “They’re orchestrating this whole campaign to reach that end, to reach the result that they want to reach.”
Mark-Viverito is one of the many Puerto Rican politicians who pushed for the federal government to free López Rivera, a member of the pro-independence FALN movement who was jailed in the early 80s for seditious conspiracy. In January, President Obama commuted López Rivera’s sentence. Ever since the National Puerto Rican Day Parade announced in early May that López Rivera would be designated “National Freedom Hero,” a small group of online pro-statehood supporters from Puerto Rico (see @AlertaProgresista, for example) have been organizing against the parade and its sponsors.
The June 11 parade is being held in Manhattan on the same day that a status plebiscite is being held in Puerto Rico.
Speaker Mark-Viverito: Puerto Rico’s Pro-Statehood ‘Right-Wing’ Faction to Blame for Parade Controversy
POSTED ON MAY 24, 2017 BY LATINO REBELS
“Es importante que personas que son electas, no sólo en Nueva York y Puerto Rico, sino en todo Estados Unidos, vengan a respaldar la lucha de los derechos civiles de la comunidad LGBTT en Cuba”, dijo Mark-Viverito en entrevista con elnuevodia.com en la sede de la Misión de Puerto Rico en Cuba.
Melissa Mark-Viverito respalda la lucha de los gays en Cuba
La Concejal boricua de NY es parte de un grupo que participa en ese país de la X Jornada contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia
viernes, 12 de mayo de 2017
Por Benjamín Morales Meléndez / Especial ELNUEVODIA.COM
January 8, 2014
New York City Council Member Lobbied For Cuban 5
By Yoav Gonen and Beth DeFalco, New York Post
ANTI-AMERICAN DIATRIBE: Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote to the United Nations in 2009 on behalf of five convicted Cuban spies, claiming the United States was the real villain.
City Council speaker candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito once lobbied on behalf of five Cuban intelligence agents convicted of spying against the United States.
Mark-Viverito told the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva in a 2009 letter that the so-called “Cuban Five” were “unjustly imprisoned in the United States for trying to prevent terrorist attacks against Cuba.”
In fact, the agents had infiltrated a naval base in Florida and were convicted of espionage conspiracy against the United States, records show.
The 2001 convictions were upheld on appeal, and the US Supreme Court refused to review the case.
One of the five, Gerardo Hernandez, was also convicted of murder conspiracy for providing information about the flight plans of two small planes that were shot down by the Cuban government in 1996 — killing four.
In her letter, Mark-Viverito pleaded for more family visitation rights for the prisoners.
Terrorist Advocate, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Moves Ahead With Illegal Immigration
By S. Noble - April 5, 20152
Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, former SEIU organizer, and far-left activist is moving forward with illegal immigration plans because the Constitution and the courts are only temporary obstacles. She told The Observer on April 2nd that “the court order hasn’t slowed the city down and said she remains confident the order will become a reality.”
“We’re being very, very proactive and very ready as a city, because this is going to be a big deal,” she crowed.
The Observer reported that:
The Council pushed for an additional $2.5 million in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s November plan update to the current fiscal year’s budget to help with the local roll out of the program, Ms. Mark-Viverito said, which will help the city work with existing non-profits and other partners to reach out to the 500,000 undocumented immigrants who call New York City home.
Giving the former Occupier the city’s purse strings is a boon for leftism. She will spend wildly for the far-left issues leftists espouse and right now illegal immigration is high on the agenda.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spent as much campaign cash on her recent race as some candidates spend on entire campaigns for City Council.
Between early November and January 10, Ms. Mark-Viverito spent nearly $80,000, much of it related to her council speaker campaign, which presumably gave her a leg up over her main opponents. She did so by opening a new 2017 city campaign account with the state Board of Elections and spending freely from that pot of money, something that her opponents did not appear to do.
Ms. Mark-Viverito raised more than $100,000 during that time, much of it from small donors, although unions such as the building workers union 32BJ, the United Federation of Teachers, 1199 SEIU (where she once worked) and CWA Local 1180 also contributed.
Ms. Mark-Viverito's expenses included spending on a number of campaign consultants, including the firm Pitta, Bishop, Del Giorno and Giblin, Amelia Adams of New York Communities for Change, political consultant Brendan Kelly, communications consultant Eric Koch and Brooklyn operative Jon Paul Lupo. She also gave nearly $19,000 combined to the Working Families Party and New York Communities for Change.
Mark-Viverito spent big on speaker race
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito got a boost in her speaker campaign by spending nearly $80,000 in recent months.
By Chris Bragg
Mark-Viverito reports raising $186,580 in the last six months
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose political plans beyond 2017 are currently unclear, has raised nearly $820,000 for an unspecified run, Campaign Finance Board filings will show Friday, according to officials working for her campaign account.
Mark-Viverito, who is term-limited, has repeatedly dodged questions about her intentions to run for any other office...
Elected officials are allowed to use campaign funds for a range of political expenses, such as travel to other states for political conferences or campaign events, which the speaker has participated in in recent months.