The hijacking of the Puerto Rican Day Parade began when New York’s radical leftist Attorney General purged its board of directors. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had promised during his campaign that Al Sharpton would have “an annex in Albany for the first time in the history of this state.”
When Schneiderman announced the results of his investigation, standing by his side was City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Mark-Viverito had called for the Schneiderman “investigation” and its results predictably gave her and her radical allies control over the parade.
Her handpicked board took over and Melissa Mark-Viverito became one of its grand marshalls, along with her close ally, Red Bill de Blasio.
Melissa Mark-Viverito is a class warrior who owns $1.5 million in land back in Puerto Rico. She is a top public official in one of the biggest cities in the United States and also a Puerto Rican separatist who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The retooled Puerto Rican Day Parade honored FALN terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera and alcoholic separatist poet Julia de Burgos who served as a top official in the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party before dying of cirrhosis of the liver
The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party was responsible for numerous acts of violence including the attempted assassination of President Truman and an armed attack on Congress. (The surviving perpetrators of both attacks were pardoned by Jimmy Carter.) The latter terrorist attack had been carried out in the name of “our apostle of independence, Don Pedro Albizu y Campos.”
Campos returned the favor by calling the terrorist attack on Congress an act of "sublime heroism".
PRNP leader Pedro Albizu Campos served on the National Committee of the International Labor Defense which had been set up as part of the Comintern's International Red Aid network and Communist literature had been found in the apartment of one of the terrorists.
Julia de Burgos edited the culture section of Pueblos Hispanos, a publication set up by the PRNP and the Communist Party. Under Obama, Burgos was honored with her own stamp by the Postal Service.
The “King” of the Puerto Rican Day Parade was Calle 13 frontman Rene Perez Joglar. Joglar, like Melissa Mark-Viverito, is a champion of convicted FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. After the death of FALN founder and Macheteros terror group leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios during a shootout with the FBI, Calle 13 released a protest song boasting of “spitting” on the FBI. He performed that song in Castro’s Cuba where he praised Rios as a “good Puerto Rican.”
The biggest shadow over the parade though was FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera.
FALN was a Marxist terrorist group whose goal was to direct “an armed and political struggle in accordance with the Marxist-Leninist principle” and to implement “the Stalinist ideological position concerning the concept of ‘nation’ to the North-American context.”
The terrorist campaign began with bombings in New York. The worst of these was the attack on Fraunces Tavern where George Washington had bid his troops farewell. The FALN terror attack killed four and maimed many others. A FALN message demanded freedom for the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party terrorists responsible for the attacks on Truman and Congress.
Oscar Lopez Rivera was busted for receiving 200 sticks of dynamite after investigators stumbled onto his Chicago FALN bomb factory and he was locked away for 55 years.
Following in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter, and at Carter’s request, Bill Clinton and Eric Holder offered FALN terrorists clemency on the condition that they renounce violence. The terrorist leader was the only one to refuse the offer of the man whose wife had political ambitions distinctly centered on New York.
Rivera remained behind bars because he refused to renounce violence even in name only.
When Bill de Blasio first began pushing Melissa Mark-Viverito for the speaker’s post, Joe Connor, the son of one of his victims, asked “How she could possibly expect to have the second-most important position in our city while advocating for a terrorist whose group attacked and murdered New Yorkers.”
But Red Bill got his way and so did Melissa Mark-Viverito. The Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrated a Communist supporter and a Communist terrorist.
Republican City Councilman Republican Dan Halloran blasted Melissa Mark-Viverito, saying, “This terrorist, like all terrorists, should rot in jail forever. It is only a shame the death penalty was not imposed to prevent him from becoming a threat in the future."
"I guess the 9-11 bombers could make the same argument. They were merely responding to the 'evils' of the U.S. Will you be asking for them to be pardoned too?"
"Some people did not want to call Oscar a patriot but some people consider him a patriot - there might be divergent opinions but they are all valid," the parade’s Chairwoman Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez said.
Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez was a Spitzer appointee and had sworn in Melissa Mark-Viverito during her inauguration. Cortes-Vazquez and a number of the other new Schneiderman/Mark-Viverito board members are tied to the MirRam Group which is tangled up with dubious Democratic Party Latino interests in New York. The MirRam Group also helped Melissa Mark-Viverito get her speakership.
This may seem like petty politics, but Melissa Mark-Viverito has moved to take control of Puerto Rican culture in New York and that has larger implications for the city, the state and the country. Melissa Mark-Viverito’s targeting of Taller Boricua to take over the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, like the Puerto Rican Day Parade, is an attempt at imposing her radical vision on Puerto Ricans in New York.
Melissa Mark-Viverito’s FALN heroes were second-generation radicalized Puerto Ricans. Controlling Puerto Rican culture in New York is vital to repeating the process of radicalization. If the process succeeds, then the terrorist attacks can begin again. That is the monster lurking behind the parade.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade, like every cultural Puerto Rican event controlled by her allies, is about the ambition of a wealthy and powerful woman to indoctrinate Puerto Ricans with her hatred for America.
Patriotic Puerto Ricans who oppose Melissa Mark-Viverito’s radical separatist agenda have an opportunity to speak out and reclaim their community and their culture from radicals who once again want to use their sons and their daughters and their way of life as a weapon against the United States.
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