[act-ma] Th. 3/18 - Puerto Rican prisoners - a crime against humanity

Sergio Reyes sreyes1 at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 13 18:00:44 PST 2010



       Ricardo Jimenez, Alicia Rodriguez, 
Adolfo Matos

     for a BENEFIT 
     Marking the 30th Anniversary of 
Incarceration ~ April 3, 2010

             Crime Against 

      A play about the 
Puerto Rican political prisoners

  7pm, Thursday, March 
18, 2010
          Atwood Hall, at Clark 

Suggested Donation: $10.00; $5.00 (Youth)

Tickets:  508/757.6833

 National Boricua Human Rights Network - Worcester Chapter
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures/Clark University

A play
 by poet and activist Michael Anthony Reyes Benavides and former Puerto 
Rican Political Prisoner Luis Rosa, 
directed by Michael Anthony 
Reyes Benavides 
A National Boricua Human Rights Network and Batey 
Urbano Production 

Imagine 27 years of your life living in a space 6 feet by 9 
feet. Imagine being confined in isolation with no human contact. Imagine
 the shakedowns, the strip searches and the complete disregard for your 
humanity. Crime Against Humanity is a play based on the real life 
experiences of fourteen Puerto Rican political prisoners who spent more 
than two decades in prisons for seditious conspiracy—two of whom are 
still incarcerated. Crime Against Humanity brings us into the U.S. 
prison system in a way no other play
 has, focusing on the politically motivated use of isolation, selective 
punishment, sensory deprivation and disproportionate sentences.

 play confronts the physical and mental torture these prisoners endured 
for more than 27 years. We gaze into their cell and experience the loss 
of parents, the transition of children into adulthood and feel the 
physical brutality and torture of a government out to make an example of
 them. We see them as they refuse to be victimized and objectified, 
confronting their hardships and adversities while maintaining their 
dignity, and upholding their humanity.



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