Commemorate Jayuya uprising for Puerto Rican independence
Announcement, 25 October 1997
Admission is Free. There will be a video presentation: "Albisu Lives": a documentary on the life of Pedro Albisu Campos, made in Puerto Rico for the 100th anniversary of his birth.
There will be a discussion of the Jayuya revolt, led by Blanca Canales on October 30 1950, against the U.S. Government's armed forces. Blanca was accompanied by the Nationalist Party's Liberation Army into the township of Jayuya, where the second republic was proclaimed. The uprising spread to nine other townships in Puerto Rico. The United States Government responded to the uprising with a massive deployment of its armed forces, as well as the use of tanks and air force bombers. On November 1, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, traveled to Washington where they attacked Blare House, Truman's temporary residence, to show support for the uprising in Puerto Rico, and to call the world's attention to our colonial status. This event marked the beginning of pro independence activism among Puerto Ricans residing in the U.S. which continues to this date.