By Marjorie Cohn
In the course of delivering his historic speech dramatically altering US Cuba policy, President Barack Obama briefly mentioned that the United States released three Cuban agents. These men are members of the “Cuban Five,” who were imprisoned for gathering information on US-based Cuban exile groups planning terrorist actions against Cuba. Without their release, Cuba would never have freed Alan Gross. And Obama could not have undertaken what ten presidents before him refused to do: normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.
Alocución del Presidente cubano: Los Cinco ya están en Cuba
Desde mi elección como Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, he reiterado en múltiples ocasiones, nuestra disposición a sostener con el gobierno de los Estados Unidos un diálogo respetuoso, basado en la igualdad soberana, para tratar los más diversos temas de forma recíproca, sin menoscabo a la independencia nacional y la autodeterminación de nuestro pueblo.
The Stop Mass Incarceration Movement along with other organizations have organized the #WeekofOutrage in response to the Grand Juries’ decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Actions are being organized in NY, LA, and Chicago
Please contact the Stop Mass Incarceration Movement here if you have an event to add, and join the Plan for Week Of Outrage Facebook event here for updates.
TUESDAY, DEC. 9
T-Shirt & Sign Making Flash Mob At 5:00pm on the North end of Union Square. Details: Bring black shirts to be stenciled “I Can’t Breathe.” No experience necessary, training held on the spot, then flash mob will move through the city.
Flash Mob At 7:00pm in Grand Central
Wednesday, DEC. 10
Non-Violent Civil Resistance At 2:00pm in Herald Square
Teach In for High School Students At 3:30 pm at George Washington H.S on 192nd Street
Details: What’s the big deal? What’s my role? What can I do?
“Broken Windows” Kills At 4:00pm at the Manhattan Institute, 52 Vanderbilt Ave More Info: Check the Facebook Event Page here
People’s Power Assembly Mass Meeting Against Police Brutality/Black Lives Matter At 6:30pm at the Solidarity Center, 147 W 24th St, 2nd fl.
THURSDAY, DEC. 11
Teach In for High School Students At 3:30 pm at 125th and Adam Clayton
Details: What’s the big deal? What’s my role? What can I do? Black Lives Matter — Holiday Intervention
At 6:00pm at Bryant Park
Blow the Whistle & Speak Out Time: TBA Where: Police Stations – specific locations TBA
FRIDAY, DEC. 12
Millions March For Justice: Sign Making Work Session At 12:00pm at the IAC 147, W.24th Street
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Carry The Names At 4:00 pm in Times Square (Gather at West 47th Street & Broadway at the Red Steps)
Our Demands, Visions, & Goals Press Conference/Rally At 5:30pm at 26 Wall Street, Federal Hall Steps
Outreach Action Planning Assembly for Millions March For Justice At 7:00pm at 60 Wall Street
SATURDAY, DEC. 13
Millions March For Justice, NYC
At 2:00pm at Washington Square Park
SUNDAY, DEC. 14
Faith Community Participation – Special sermons and testimony at all faith services Time and Location: TBA
At the end of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games held in Mexico’s state of Veracruz (east) from Nov. 14 to 30, Cuba finished first and recovered its regional dominance.
November 24 – This month, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar will rally in East Harlem in front of “La Placita” on East 116th Street and Park Avenue. Please join us at 4:00 pm sharp in a 33-minute action to create awareness among our communities here and help build a movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner OscarLópez Rivera.
Oscar López Rivera Often described as the Nelson Mandela of our generation, Oscar is the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of the nation’s independence movement. Activists, singers, politicians, actors, students, religious leaders and lawyers the world over have called on President Barack Obama to exercise his Constitutional power of pardon, and to grant immediate and unconditional release to Oscar López Rivera.
About 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar
33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar is a group of women from New York City committed to securing Oscar López Rivera’s freedom. We hold monthly rallies for 33 minutes on the last Sunday of every month from 4:00 – 4:33pm to signify the 33 years that Oscar has been imprisoned in federal penitentiaries, and will continue to hold monthly rallies until he is released. Our rallies coincide with actions occurring at the same date and time in San Juan, Puerto Rico that were initiated by 32 women in 2013 to mark Oscar’s 32nd year of imprisonment.
Monthly Rally Sunday, November 30th 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm In front of “La Placita” In front of “La Placita” East 116th Street & Park Avenue
WASHINGTON.— An editorial published on November 17 by the U.S. newspaper, The New York Times, condemned the brain drain from Cuba stimulated by the United States, and in particular the program that encourages the migration of doctors to the U.S. during official missions abroad.
This is the sixth time in just over a month that the Editorial Board of the New York newspaper has addressed the issue of Washington’s policies toward Cuba.
According to The New York Times, there is much to criticize in terms of failed U.S. policies regarding Cuba and the blockade it has imposed on the island for decades, but the program aimed at encouraging doctors to defect is particularly difficult to justify.
In an editorial published in the print edition of the New York Times, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in English and Spanish (appearing online the evening of Sun. Nov. 2), the Editorial Board has called for a prisoner exchange of the three remaining members of the Cuban Five for Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba.
This is a major media breakthrough. Significant in the Editorial’s coverage is the commentary that commuting the Five’s sentences would be “justified considering the lengthy time they have served, the troubling questions about the fairness of their trial, and the potential diplomatic payoff in clearing the way toward a new bilateral relationship.” They urge quick resolution of Alan Gross’s case through such an humanitarian exchange. The article details Gerardo Hernández’s case and the dissenting opinion of federal judge Phyllis Kravitch, who insisted that the government prosecutors failed to prove Gerardo’s guilt on murder conspiracy charges. She was in the original 3-judge panel that overturned the Five’s convictions in 2005. Gerardo was falsely accused and convicted of murder conspiracy. His case and that of Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero are currently on Habeas Corpus appeal.
On Tuesday October 28, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” with the support of 188 of its 193 members.
Juan Carlos Mendoza, Costa Rica’s representative to the UN spoke for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) calling for an end to the blockade.
On the twenty-third consecutive occasion, the main forum of this international body categorically demanded the lifting of the blockade enforced by Washington for over half a century, which has resulted in economic damages estimated at almost $1.16 trillion dollars and incalculable human suffering.
The United States and Israel did not back the resolution, while the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau abstained.
Intergovernmental bodies and representatives from various countries supported Cuba in the General Assembly and condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for over half a century.