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By Any Means Necessary

Statement on The Passing of Nehanda Isoke Abiodun The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, New York Chapter Translated by Maria Fernandez

In the spirit of solidarity and on behalf of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party-NY Chapter extends its deepest condolences to the family of Nehanda Isoke Abiodun. For over a century, Puerto Rican and Black/New Afrikan people have shared a bond, born out of our mutual roots in the African continent and sealed under the resistance to the mutually felt oppression of U.S. colonial, racist, and imperial violence. Since the early 20th century, the Black/New Afrikan and Puerto Rican people have shared political struggle, historical icons such as Arturo Schomburg, and a camaraderie among the diaspora in the United States that can’t be matched by any other community. Nehanda Isoke Abiodun was one of the greatest examples of that camaraderie. Born and raised in Harlem, New York City, Nehanda understood very well the connections between the liberation of our two nations. She recognized that the struggle for the liberation and independence of Black/New Afrikan people was fought against the same empire seeking to crush the struggle for liberation and independence in Puerto Rico. She knew that the Black families forced to move from their homes in the southern United States as political and economic refugees found themselves living next-door to Black and Brown political and economic refugees from Puerto Rico. She understood that language, cultural differences, and the negative consequences of colonialism on both our peoples – manifested in the form of anti-immigrant xenophobia or anti-Black prejudice – could not stand in the way of the revolutionary potential of a union among these two communities. This understanding was followed by action, and alongside her Puerto Rican and New Afrikan comrades, she worked tirelessly to teach and to heal the bodies and minds of our people sick with addiction. Nehanda gave life back to those individuals the system had attempted to destroy so they could return to their communities ready to struggle for freedom. The struggle for freedom against the U.S. empire has spanned 121 years in Puerto Rico and 400 in the United States. From Cuba she advocated on behalf of our political prisoners, and she was an unyielding and open supporter of Puerto Rican independence. She taught both young Cubans and visitors to Cuba about the struggle for independence of our country and the historical and familial bonds between Puerto Ricans and New Afrikans people in the United States. In the words of our great leader, “El Maestro,” Don Pedro Albizu Campos: “La patria es valor y sacrificio/ The homeland is valor and sacrifice.” Nehanda Isoke Abiodun was one of the bravest warriors who sacrificed everything, and for that we are forever grateful. May the spirit of Nehanda continue to serve as bridge between our two nations, and a re-commitment to joint struggle against the Yankee empire until victory is won! In the name of our great women leaders, such as Blanca Canales, Isabelita Rosada, and Lolita Lebron we say “Nehanda, PRESENTE!” Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre! Que Viva Nueva Afrika Libre! Que Viva Nehanda Isoke Abiodun! Con Valor y Sacrificio, El Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico- Junta de Nueva York

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By Any Means Necessary  

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