WASHINGTON —The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, welcomed President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Oscar López Rivera so that he will be released from custody in May of this year. Last month, NHLA joined hundreds of organizations and leaders in Puerto Rico, on the mainland United States, and from around the world, in calling on President Obama to release López Rivera.

The other day a colleague called it to my attention that I was wearing New Balance so in some way I was breaking a boycott. I pointed out that they were the only shoes I had. In retrospect, I was becoming so gringo. I have never been for the indiscriminate application of boycotts. In 2010, the early stages of Arizona assault on immigrants and then on Mexican American Studies I questioned the call for a boycott of Arizona. I felt that it isolated Tucson and prevented friends for going there to show their support by visiting the Wall and standing in solidarity. Not all boycotts were like the Farm Worker Boycott.

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