FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera at Hofstra; correspondence

October 25, 2018
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FALN terrorists Oscar Lopez Rivera is speaking at Hofstra University tonight, October 25, 2018.  Steve Steinberg, (Hofstra alumn and brother Charles murdered by FALN) tried to educate Hofstra’s hosting professor, president and provost about who Lopez really is; asking them as an “institution of higher learning” to inquire past the terrorist’s marketing collateral and understand the real murder and human collateral he and his FALN left in their wake.

Hopefully Hofstra confronts this terrorist tonight the way a small group of victims and family members successfully did at his 2011 parole hearing; after he refused the Clintons’ / Holder’s clemency but before accepting Obama’s.

Please read email string from bottom email to top

Thank you.

Joe

 

Thank you for your reply Provost Simmons.

As I stated at the conclusion of my note (complete email below) to Professor Murillo

“Please raise these issues with him.  A group of FALN victims and family and I faced him at his 2011 parole hearing looking to forgive, but he was unrepentant.

“I am for freedom of speech so I would not ask you to pull Lopez but I am also for truth so I do ask you to ask these questions of Lopez? Our students deserve to understand who Lopez really is.”

I am not asking Hofstra to pull him but to make sure the full truth about Lopez is disclosed to your students and audience members.

Thank you

Joe

Full email to Prof Murillo:

Hello Professor Murillo,

As per my voicemail today, please see the truth about Oscar Lopez Rivera.

He was and is a terror leader whose FALN murdered my father Frank Connor and others at Fraunces Tavern; the birthplace of liberty.

Please ask Lopez a few simple questions:

why he is in photos outside Fraunces Tavern immediately after the bombing (see link) and ask

if not for terrorism, why Oscar Lopez Rivera is considered an “independence leader” for Puerto Rico?

If he was not a terror leader why he REFUSED President Clinton’s 1999 clemency?

Please see links below.

What aside from terror did OLR do to become an “independence leader?”
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-story-with-martha-maccallum/index.html#/v/5466372767001

OLR at Fraunces
http://thenewfounders.org/2018/04/07/lopez-at-fraunces/

Letter to President Obama detailing Lopez terror career.
http://thenewfounders.org/2016/11/30/deny-clemency-to-oscar-lopez-rivera-law-enforcement-victims-and-victims-families-letter-to-president-obama/

Honoring terrorist Lopez at Puerto Rican Day Parade

http://thenewfounders.org/2017/05/08/new-york-politician-honoring-terrorist-as-a-hero/

Face to face with Lopez

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2011/01/07/my-face-to-face-meeting-with-the-terrorist-who-killed-my-father/

Please raise these issues with him.  A group of FALN victims and family and I faced him at his 2011 parole hearing looking to forgive, but he was unrepentant.

I am for freedom of speech so I would not ask you to pull Lopez but I am also for truth so I do ask you to ask these questions of Lopez? Our students deserve to understand who Lopez really is.

Please call or email with questions or to discuss.

Thank you.

 

Joe Connor
wewinamerica.com
thenewfounders.net

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018, 5:11 PM Provost <Provost@hofstra.edu> wrote:

Dear Mr. Connor,

Thank you for taking the time to write to Pres. Rabinowitz about your concerns about today’s presentation by Oscar Lopez Rivera at Hofstra University. The President has asked me, as Chief Academic Officer of the University, to respond on his behalf.  We are both deeply saddened by your personal history connected to this speaker.  The invitation of Mr. Rivera to speak at Hofstra did not emanate from Hofstra’s administration, and President Rabinowitz and I believe that the faculty members who extended the invitation could have considered other speakers who could address the difficult subjects on which he speaks.

 

Nonetheless, Hofstra University’s Mission states that the University is an academic

community that “supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas…” We understand that Mr. Rivera’s presence on campus is controversial.  However, consistent with our Mission, Hofstra extends the rights and privileges of academic freedom to all faculty, and to all those whom the faculty invite to participate in our community of scholars.  While we may sometimes find the views or actions of such individuals abhorrent, faculty have a right, which we are committed to uphold, to invite them to speak.

 

 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Gail M. Simmons, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chair, Colonial Academic Alliance

Professor of Biology

200 West Library Wing

144 Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY  11549-1440

Tel. 516.463.5402

Fax. 516.463.6505

 

 

 

Dear President Rabinowitz,
FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera is an unrepentant terrorist whose FALN murdered several innocent people here in New York including Charles Steinberg in 1977 and my father Frank Connor in 1975 when they cowardly bombed Fraunces Tavern, the birthplace of American Liberty.
 
Please don’t allow this vile, murderous, unrepentant terrorist to be portrayed as, among other accolades, an “independence leader, political prisoner and Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico” as advertised on your website. See below
 
It sadly appears professor Murillo and Hofstra posted the terrorists’ publicity narrative without question.  Details left off include Lopez was convicted of violent crimes in Chicago and sentenced to 55 years, twice attempted violent prison escapes for which he received an additional 15 year sentence, refused clemency in 1999 and defiantly refused reconciliation when I faced him at his 2011 parole hearing.  Btw, the overwhelming majority of Puerto Ricans reject Lopez and his Marxist movement of “independence.”  The vast majority vote for statehood.
 
Hofstra Website:
 

Featuring Puerto Rican independence leader and former political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, whose 55-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 as one of his last acts in office. López Rivera, who spent 35 years in prison for “seditious conspiracy,” has been described as the “Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico,” and is seen as a hero by many Puerto Ricans. He will discuss the state of the independence movement in the context of the island’s ongoing financial crisis and the devastating impact that last year’s storm has had on the Puerto Rican people.

Please see my correspondence with Professor Murillo containing more details of who Lopez really is.

I ask you to do the right thing regarding Lopez, terror victims, your students, justice and the truth.

I think you know what the right thing is.

Best,

Joe Connor

From: Joseph Connor <joefconnor@gmail.com>
To: HOFCULCTR <HOFCULCTR@hofstra.edu>, “Mario A. Murillo” <Mario.A.Murillo@hofstra.edu>
Subject: Oscar Lopez Rivera at Hofstra

Thank you for your reply Dr. Murillo,

Given the discussion of the financial crisis on the island, it’s worth raising that Lopez “independence” comrades condemn the US support or lack of financial support as they rail against the US as a colonial power.

http://thenewfounders.org/2015/09/09/new-york-city-council-speaker-melissa-mark-viverito-is-the-worst-kind-of-hypocrite/

Which is it?  Do they want mainland involvement or not.  They cannot have it both ways.
I’d also like to know who is financing Lopez as he flies around the hemisphere.
Lastly, the Puerto Rican people have been unanimously supportive of our quest of justice and horrified by Lopez.  As we know the overwhelming majority of voters have rejected Lopez and the FALN.  They have little if any support on the island.

Thank you.

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mario A. Murillo<Mario.A.Murillo@hofstra.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: Oscar Lopez Rivera at Hofstra
To: Joseph Connor <joefconnor@gmail.com>, HOFCULCTR <HOFCULCTR@hofstra.edu>
Dear Mr. Connor,
Thank you for your correspondence and your thoughtful interjections.
I appreciate your concerns, and will share them with my students and colleagues who are participating in this event.
I can assure you that, although the focus of the scheduled talk is on the financial crisis, post-Hurricane Maria recovery efforts and the long standing relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, some of the important issues you’re raising here will be addressed at the session this week, given that it is an event that is free and open to the community.
Respectfully yours,
Mario Alfonso Murillo, Professor
Vice Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Room 318D
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549
From: Joseph Connor <joefconnor@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:35 AM
To: HOFCULCTR <HOFCULCTR@hofstra.edu>, “Mario A. Murillo” <Mario.A.Murillo@hofstra.edu>
Subject: Oscar Lopez Rivera at Hofstra

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Hello Professor Murillo,

As per my voicemail today, please see the truth about Oscar Lopez Rivera.

He was and is a terror leader whose FALN murdered my father Frank Connor and others at Fraunces Tavern; the birthplace of liberty.
Please ask Lopez a few simple questions:
why he is in photos outside Fraunces Tavern immediately after the bombing (see link) and ask
 if not for terrorism, why Oscar Lopez Rivera is considered an “independence leader” for Puerto Rico?
If he was not a terror leader why he REFUSED President Clinton’s 1999 clemency?
Please see links below.
What aside from terror did OLR do to become an “independence leader?”
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-story-with-martha-maccallum/index.html#/v/5466372767001
Face to face with Lopez
Please raise these issues with him.  A group of FALN victims and family and I faced him at his 2011 parole hearing looking to forgive, but he was unrepentant.
I am for freedom of speech so I would not ask you to pull Lopez but I am also for truth so I do ask you to ask these questions of Lopez? Our students deserve to understand who Lopez really is.
Please call or email with questions or to discuss.
Thank you.

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