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Casa de las Américas (Casa) is a New York-based organization of Cuban emigrants who support the revolution. Beginning in 1955, the July 26 Committee was established in NY for the purpose of supporting the armed struggle that was taking place in Cuba against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Shortly after the triumph of the revolution in 1959, the Committee was renamed Casa Cuba, which later became Casa de las Américas.

Fidel Entre Nosotros

Fidel Entre Nosotros, Thursday, August 13th, 8:00 pm (EDT), 5:00 pm (PST)

Join us on Thursday, August 13 for an extraordinary International Webinar to celebrate the life and legacy of Fidel Castro on his birth date. Join us for a thoughtful discussion and rousing cultural presentations in tribute to the great revolutionary fighter.

In the nearly four years since his passing on November 26, 2016, the relevance and resonance of Fidel’s revolutionary and socialist ideas, and the practice of the Cuban Revolution he was the central leader of, are greater than ever. They are living examples of how working people and oppressed and exploited humanity can move forward in today’s crisis-ridden capitalist world order, wracked by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic catastrophe.

Fidel Castro is one of the outstanding revolutionary leaders in recorded world history. His life, heroic example, ethics, integrity, and, above all else, his revolutionary and socialist ideas, made a huge impact on 20th Century history and world politics that can never be buried or fabricated with calumny by imperialist propaganda.

Among these towering achievements: the winning of genuine independence and sovereignty — and dignity —for the island nation of Cuba. We look to the policies of the Cuban Revolution which conquered illiteracy; gained equal access for all Cubans to world-class and free health care and public education; and which implemented huge advances in women’s rights and the eradication of racist discrimination.

We especially note the socialist and anti-imperialist internationalism permanently identified with Fidel and the Cuban Revolution. In particular, we will never forget the decisive part of Fidel’s Cuba in the defense of Angolan sovereignty, the winning of Namibian independence, and the unraveling and defeat of apartheid South Africa. Our panelists and solidarity expressions from around the world will highlight this particularly beautiful essence of Fidel’s life and contribution to the liberation of the working class and humanity.

Venceremos!

Join us to celebrate brother Fidel Castro’s 94th birthday and pay tribute to his remarkable life!

 

 

Webinar: Thursday, August 13th, 8:00 PM (Eastern), 5:00 PM (Pacific)

(This Program will go for 2 hours with Q&A)

 

 

Co-Chairs

Ike Nahem and Tamara Hansen

Ike Nahem —Longtime anti-imperialist and socialist activist. Retired Amtrak Locomotive Engineer, member Teamsters Union and Railroad Workers United.  He is active in Cuba solidarity work in the New York-New Jersey area and a central organizer of the International Conference for the Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations. Author, The Life of Fidel Castro: A Marxist Appreciation.

Tamara Hansen  —lExecutive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba, Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) & Author of “5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: The Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership”

Panelists

Jose Ramon Cabanas - Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the United States.

José Ramón Cabañas   – Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the United States.

Ambassador Josefina Vidal - Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada. Lead negotiator in talks with Barack Obama Administration leading to reestablishment of US-Cuba diplomatic relations.

Ambassador Josefina Vidal – Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada. Lead negotiator in talks with Barack Obama Administration leading to reestablishment of US-Cuba diplomatic relations.

Ana Silvia Rodriguez - Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations.

Ana Silvia Rodriguez – Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations.

 Don Rojas  -  Press Secretary for the martyred Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop (1981-1983); Executive Political Editor, The Real News Network; Director of Communications and International Relations, Institute of the Black World; Founder of the award-winning The Black World Today.

Don Rojas – Press Secretary for the martyred Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop (1981-1983); Executive Political Editor, The Real News Network; Director of Communications and International Relations, Institute of the Black World; Founder of the award-winning The Black World Today.

Mary Alice

Mary-Alice Waters – President of Pathfinder Press, a major US and international publisher of speeches and writings of Fidel Castro and other working-class leaders, from Malcolm X and Farrell Dobbs to Thomas Sankara and Vilma Espín. Waters has edited or written some 30 books on the Cuban Revolution and its communist example.

Clever Banganayi   —   Friends of Cuba Society in South Africa (FOCUS); Clever is a Cuban-trained Engineer who studied in Cuba 1991 to 1996 during the “Special Period” of economic crisis and intensified the US economic war. Clever is a recipient of the Friendship Medal Award from the Cuban Council of State for his work in the campaign against the US blockade and for the freedom of Cuban Five.

Clever Banganayi —  Friends of Cuba Society in South Africa (FOCUS); Clever is a Cuban-trained Engineer who studied in Cuba 1991 to 1996 during the “Special Period” of economic crisis and intensified the US economic war. Clever is a recipient of the Friendship Medal Award from the Cuban Council of State for his work in the campaign against the US blockade and for the freedom of Cuban Five.

Vijay Prashad   —   Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is an executive-director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

Vijay Prashad — Indian historian, journalist, commentator, and Marxist intellectual. He is an executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

Gail Walker  —   Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, “Remembering Fidel”

Gail Walker — Executive Director, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, “Remembering Fidel”

Cultural Performances

Special International Guests and Solidarity Statements

A Revolution is not a bed of roses. A Revolution is a struggle between the future and the past - Fidel Castro

Fact sheet on cuban medical internationalism

FACT SHEET ON CUBAN MEDICAL INTERNATIONALISM

The Trump Administration has tried to blackmail and pressure sovereign nations to reject Cuba’s internationalist medical solidarity. The exact opposite has happened.

These inspiring Cuban missions continue to render invaluable direct assistance to treat COVID-19 patients. Equally important, Cuban medical skills, scientific experience, and pharmaceutical advances are implementing preventive measures to avoid outbreaks, clusters, rising curves, and symptoms before they overwhelm already weak health-care systems.

WHy there are no george floyds in cuba


Why there are no George Floyds in Cuba – July 7, 2020

Webinar: Tuesday, July 7, 8:00 PM (Eastern), 5:00 PM (Pacific)

(This Program will go for 2 hours with Q&A)

Register Here

Nesbit Crutchfield

Call meeting to order, welcome, the introduction of co-chairs:

Nesbit Crutchfield — Involved in Progressive Solidarity activities and movements for over 52+ years. Starting with his involvement and imprisonment with the BSU/TWLF Strike @ San Francisco State University in 1968, to his activism with the Anri-Apartheid Movement in support of the ANC in the establishment of a Democratic South Africa.
A long term veteran and activist in Puerto Rican, Haitian, and Cuban Solidarity work, and is now active in the Bay Area and National Venceremos Brigade.

Co-Chairs

Jamilah Bourdon

Jamilah Bourdon—Organizer, All-African Revolutionary Party; Jamilah has been studying and organizing around anticapitalism for over half her life; She has participated in community defense organizing, anti-foreclosure security, free breakfast programs, and liberation schools. Forward ever!

Kennedee Geffinger

Kennedee Geffinger — Universal Zulu Nation Hip Hop for Humanity Committee; Children’s Programs Director, JCC Harlem; Founder, Keys to Ubuntu

Panelists

August Nimtz

August Nimtz – Author: “Why There Are No George Floyds in Cuba.”  
Co-coordinator of the Minnesota Cuba Committee; Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota; Co-Author (with Esteban Morales), The Dynamics of Racial Discrimination in Cuba, Past and Present; Author, Marxism vs Liberalism: Comparative Real-Time Political  Analysis.

Yanet Pumariega Pérez

Yanet Pumariega Pérez  – Third Secretary, Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C.

Rodney A. Gonzalez Maestrey

Rodney A. Gonzalez Maestrey – Counselor to the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC (October 2018). Master Degree, International Relations (2011). Major in Economics, University of Havana, (2005).

Soffiyah Elijah, Esq

Soffiyah Elijah, Esq – Long Time Activist, Organizer, and Friend of Cuba

Michael Washington

Michael Washington —  Longtime Oklahoma-based Black Liberation freedom fighter and supporter of Second Amendment rights for African Americans in the tradition of Robert F. Williams and Malcolm X; Organizing project documenting African Americans killed by US police authorities to present a petition to International World Court; Certified Paralegal; Founder, Empower People Inc.; Leading organizer and participant of peaceful, legal mass actions, self-policed by Black and white-armed veterans, Oklahoma City on Juneteenth and in counter-protest to Trump’s Tulsa appearance.

Ahjamu Umi

Ahjamu Umi —  Organizer, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party for 36 years; Ahjamu does a weekly webinar series on subjects from formulating revolutionary parties and alternatives to the policing system; He has engaged in community defense for many years, standing in the face of armed white supremacists; Ahjamu has contributed to formulating liberation schools for youth in Oregon and California and around the clock anti-foreclosure house security and shutdowns. His writings can be seen at www.abetterworld.me

Gabriel Prawl

Gabriel Prawl —  President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 152. Leading organizer of an unprecedented strike of ILWU members up and down the West Coast in solidarity with Black Lives Matter against police murder and brutality.

César Omar Sánchez

César Omar Sánchez — Organizer, New York/New Jersey Cuba Sí Coalition, Advisory Board Member of ProLibertad: Free All Political Prisoners Campaign.

Cuba Solidarity in Solidarity with
Black Lives Matter Movement

Chelliah Phillips —  An activist and organizer for POC Bergenfield Alumni and 4Change Bergen County. Also a leader and creator of a nonprofit organization 4Change Scholarship. Passionate about fighting social injustices and Human rights issues.

Vanessa Amoah —  Ghanaian-American 24-year-old Graduate Student fighting against racial injustice and part of POC Bergenfield Alumni and 4Change Bergen County organizations.

Pacey Hackett  —  LA activist and organizer at massive Black Lives Matter protests. Member, Bay Area Amazonians working to organize and unionize California warehouse workers. Active in LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee.

Mark Ginsburg —  Professor, University of Maryland. Mark has taught recently at the University of Havana in Cuba. Longtime activist with DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity With the Cuban Revolution. Participated in mass Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, DC.