NYC ABC started hosting our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writingdinners well over a decade ago, mostly because one of us was just getting out of prison and we had close comrades still inside. All this time later, many are no longer imprisoned, for a variety of reasons, while others remain under the yoke of the state and other still have more recently been imprisoned. This week we are focusing on one of the latter, Nina Droz Franco.
Nina Alejandra Droz Franco was arrested by the Puerto Rico Police as she sat on the street to block a line of riot cops during disturbances that followed a 2017 May Day march. Later that day, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) took over the investigation. On May 2nd, she was transferred to federal custody and charged with damaging or attempting to damage by means of fire a building engaged in activity affecting interstate commerce. Specifically, she was accused of trying to set fire to the Banco Popular building, which was the target of rage for hundreds of protesters who smashed its glass windows and wrote on its walls. Droz Franco initially pled not guilty, but on July 12 changed her plea after reaching a non-cooperating agreement with the prosecution that recommended a sentence of three years and one month in prison, while her attorney argued for two years. On June 12th, 2018, she was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of probation.
If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to Nina:
Nina Droz Franco #50427-069
501 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, Florida 32301