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Originally published at LatinoRebels.com

We have always asked ourselves, “When will a film about Pedro Albizu Campos be produced?” It looks like the answer is on YouTube and Kickstarter.

Filmmaker Michael Torres has spent the last seven years gathering footage for “Who Is Albizu Campos?” and he is in the final leg of production. Now, Torres has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the final $27,000 to get this film completed. We think that this campaign is so important, that we are supporting it 100%. Here is a trailer of what Torres has to say about the film:

From the film’s YouTube page:

Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2030134114/who-is-albizu-campos

A feature length documentary on Puerto Rican revolutionary Pedro Albizu Campos.

How Your Contributions Will Be Used

The funds raised from this campaign will go directly to the final stage of production in which we will create the visual style of the film by assembling a team to produce the animated sequences of the film. These funds will also contribute to the editing of the film which begins when I return from Puerto Rico in December. Our goal is to raise $27,000 by midnight October 9th. Kickstarter only works if we reach our goal—If we don’t hit our target, we don’t get any of the money. Even $5 helps!

Other Ways You Can Help us Finish the Film!

Please help us spread the word by Posting our Kickstarter link on your Facebook and Twitter accounts—this doesn’t cost you a thing, and goes a long way towards helping us spread the word. Also please “LIKE” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our mailing list at whoisalbizu.com for regular updates on the film.

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Imagine if you were protesting somewhere in America today, and police officers started shooting at you and your group, even though you carried no weapons and had no intent of harming others. Imagine if these shootings led to innocent people dying. Would you be outraged? Would you even care?

75 years ago today, the Ponce Massacre happened in Puerto Rico. It is a fact, and our dear friends at Pa’lante Latino (co-published with Latino Rebels) offer a very detailed and accurate account of the tragedy that happened in March 21, 1937 on Palm Sunday in Ponce. It is safe to say that when you turn on your news today in the United States, no one will be talking about it, no will be remembering this brutal attack on American citizens. Even the Puerto Rican government will stay silent.

Here is the post from Pa’alante:

On Palm Sunday, March 21st 1937, The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party peacefully marched to recognize the ending of slavery by the governing Spanish National Assembly in 1873 and in protest of the imprisonment of Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos by the U.S. government in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Days before the peaceful march, organizers received legal permits by the mayor of Ponce José Tormos Diego. But when the U.S. appointed Governor of Puerto Rico, General Blanton Winship, heard of the protest he immediately demanded the permits be revoked. Governor Winship then directed Colonel Orbeta to gather police units from across the island and stop the protest. It was reported that over 200 heavily armed police officers surrounded the protesters.

As Puerto Rico’s national song “La Borinqueña” began playing, the demonstrators started marching. The police fired at them from four different positions for over 15 minutes killing 17 men, 1 woman, a 7-year-old girl, wounding over 235 and arresting over 150 unarmed protesters.

Afterwards, an investigation took place on whether the protesters or the police shot first. Governor Winship pressured the district attorney’s office and prosecutor Rafael Pérez Marchand to not file charges against the police officers and arrest more Nationalists but Pérez Marchand resigned, seeing that he was not allowed to conduct proper investigation. The US Commission for Civil Rights, led by Arthur Garfield Hays, independently investigated the incident and concluded the March 21st event constituted a massacre.

On July 25th 1938 Governor Winship held a military parade in Ponce, Puerto Rico to prove his success against the Nationalists. But the parade was met with gunfire aimed at the grandstand where the Governor sat in an attempt to assassinate him. This was the first time an attempt on a Puerto Rico’s Governor life was made.

Today, We remember the dead and wounded on that unfortunate day and pray a time will come when justice is served. Pa’lante!

The video below shows actual footage of the Ponce Massacre:

Original post found on Pa’lante Latino.

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