Demand grows for the freedom of the Cuban Five

With the epicenter in Washington, actions took place for the freedom of the anti-terrorist Cubans in cities throughout the world.

Juventud Rebelde
digital@juventudrebelde.cu

April 21, 2012 CDT

WASHINGTON, April 21 — The week-long campaign “Five Days for the Five” concluded yesterday, Saturday, with a commitment to continue to the demand that the government of the United States immediately and unconditionally free the Cuban anti-terrorists, political prisoners of that country, Prensa Latina (PL) reported.

With a gathering at the events hall of the Venezuelan Embassy, the campaign of intense activities for the Five concluded; however, there will be no respite from the struggle to return to Cuba of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González y René González.

Alicia Jrapko, Coordinatoor of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Five, highlighted the presence in Washington of hundred of activists from various states of the Union, as well as countries sch as Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Canada and Honduras, among others. Closing words were made by U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan who lost her son in Iraq and since then has become one of the most potent voices against the war.

During the weeklong events a picket in front of the White House of more than 300 people took place this Saturday where the demand for the freedom of fighters was voiced, it was reported to Juventud Rebelde (JR) via the International Committee for the Freedom of the Five. This call resounded throughout the planet as part of this international effort for justice.

Very early that morning, several buses, rented with the support of New York City labor unions, departed from that city full of solidarity supporters on their way to demand the freedom of these heroes at the White House. With the call “Freedom Ride for the Cuban 5”, these demonstrators made their presence felt, carrying banners, flags and posters for the freedom of the 5 Cubans and for the freedom of the Puerto Rican political prisoners in the jails of the United States.

The activities in Washington were broadcast by the Internet Cuba in Washington channel, by Justin TV, who at the close of events reported that they had covered a demonstration of more than 5,000 participants. Simultaneously in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a demonstration was held in defense of those who only defended the legitimate right of their country to struggle against terrorism. The demonstration took place in front of the Old U.S. Federal Court House in Old San Juan, and was led by freedom fighter Rafael Cancel Miranda and Milagros Rivera.

Elsewhere, in Nicaragua, a resolution demanding that the United States Government free Gerardo, René, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando was adopted by a broad majority of the Nicaraguan Parliament.

At the same time, activities were held in more than 20 countries and on Saturday evening reports were still coming in about other initiatives taking place throughout the planet, as proof of the success of this call for global solidarity with this cause whose epicenter was Washington. The International Committee affirmed that more than 300 associations and political parties added their support in the final days of the campaign.

Similarly, Prensa Latina (PL) reported that as part of this five day campaign for the Five more than 2,000 signatures were given to the White House requesting an end to this injustice. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, The Association of Democratic Jurists of Frnace, scholars from Japan and The Association for Solidarity with Cuba in Guatemala, among others, multiplied the demand for the Five that was made for the first time to the U.S. Congress.

According to reports from Washington, meetings by activists with more than 40 Senators and Members of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress were very productive. Officials received details about the case with some indicating that “We are frustrated as you are about this situation” and “We can send a letter to Obama asking that he free them as a humanitarian gesture and we will indentify those who would like to be a part of this effort”, Prensa Latina reported.

Other activities that were enormously successful were the panel that took place with the theme of “Obama Give Me Five!” where statements of support were made by labor leader Dolores Huerta, Attorny José Pertierra, writer and journalist Saul Landau; former head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Wayne Smith; political analyst Salim Lamrani and actor Danny Glover, among others. The Head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, Jorge Bolaños, also participated, Cubadebate reported.

Various speakers demanded that the Administration of President Barack Obama end the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States has maintained against the Cuban people for more than half a century.

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Supporters of the Cuban 5 join forces in Washington DC

Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos

Photo: Bill Hackwell

People from the U.S., Canada and Europe are calling on President Obama to listen to the international community and release the Cuban 5 immediately, during the 5 days for the Cuban 5 in Washington DC.  The actions initiated by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 have been endorsed by 272 U.S. and International organizations, and more than 2000 individuals.

During the first and second day, 25 international and U.S. supporters visited 12 of the 100 Senators and 14 members of congress’ offices to discuss the issue of the Cuban 5.  The lobbying effort over the past two days marks the first time that the case of the Cuban 5 has been taken to Capitol Hill. The high number of responses to the request for appointments was seen by the supporters as a positive sign.

Louis Wolf, from Washington DC said “Lobbying Congress about the Cuban Five or any Cuba-related issue is definitely a challenge. But when a senior foreign policy aide to a Senator told us yesterday ‘U.S. policy toward Cuba is stuck in the Middle Ages’, we knew our work is not done in a total vacuum.”

Katrien Demuynck, the European coordinator of the campaign, brought with her a letter signed by two Belgium senators and five members of the chamber asking their U.S. colleagues to intervene with President Obama to resolve the issue of the Five. “I was happily surprised with the response to the letter. We should look for the same kind of initiatives from Parliaments of other European countries,” said Demuynck.  At the end of both days, the supporters felt energized and ready to continue the world-wide campaign for the release of the Cuban 5.

Other activities of the second day included a presentation by Stephen Kimber, a Canadian journalist and author of a soon to be released book What Lies Across the Waters, and comments by Arturo Lopez-Levy, Cuban American professor at Denver University.  The event was hosted by Wayne Smith, former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.  Kimber surprised the audience with a number of new facts about the case. People left with a better understanding of the injustice committed against the Cuban 5.

During the evening the film Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up was shown at the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland.  During an event on the same university campus, Angela Davis, political activist, scholar and author, encouraged people to participate in the next days of activities in support of the Cuban Five.

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Solidarios con los 5 Cubanos unen fuerzas en Washington DC

Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Durante 5 días en Washington DC, personas de los Estados Unidos, Canadá y Europa piden al Presidente Obama que escuche la demanda de  la comunidad internacional y libere inmediatamente a los 5 Cubanos.  Las acciones iniciadas por el Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos han sido respaldadas por 272 organizaciones  y más de  2000 personas de todo el mundo.

Durante el primer y segundo día, 25 amigos de esta causa visitaron las oficinas de 12 de los 100 senadores y 14 congresistas, llevando el tema de los Cinco.  El esfuerzo de cabildeo de los dos días, marca la primera vez que este caso ha sido llevado al Capitolio. El elevado número de respuestas a la solicitud de citas es un signo muy positivo para los que luchan por la causa de los Cinco.

Louis Wolf, de Washington DC dijo que “Realizar cabildeo en el congreso sobre los 5 Cubanos y cualquier otra cuestión relacionada con Cuba es definitivamente un desafío. Un asesor con mucha experiencia trabajando para un senador nos dijo ayer ‘La política de EEUU hacia Cuba está estancada en la Edad Media’ nos damos cuenta que hay muchas personas en el Capitolio que no están de acuerdo con la actual política de EEUU hacia Cuba”.

Katrien Demuynck,  coordinadora europea de la campaña por la libertad de los Cinco, es portadora de una carta firmada por dos senadores de Bélgica y cinco miembros de la Cámara pidiendo a sus colegas de U.S. intervenir para que el Presidente Obama resuelva el caso de los Cinco. “Me sentí felizmente sorprendida con la respuesta a la carta. Debemos buscar el mismo tipo de iniciativas de los parlamentos de otros países europeos” dijo  Demuynck.  Al final de dos días, el entusiasmo crece para continuar la campaña mundial por la liberación de los 5 Cubanos.

Por la tarde se realizó la presentación  del periodista canadiense Sephen Kimber,  autor de un nuevo libro sobre los Cinco Lo que se encuentra a traves del Agua, que será  publicado próximamente.  Arturo López-Levy, cubano-americano, profesor de la Universidad de Denver, realizó comentarios sobre el caso.  El evento fue organizado por Wayne Smith, ex jefe de la Sección de Intereses de Estados Unidos en Cuba durante el mandato de Carter.  Kimber sorprendió al público con una serie de hechos nuevos sobre el caso. Los asistentes lograron una mejor comprensión sobre la injusticia cometida contra los 5 Cubanos.

Por la noche, el documental Que por favor se ponga de Pie el Verdadero Terroristafue exhibida en el Centro Cultural de Nyumburu de la Universidad de Maryland.  Durante un evento en otra sala de la misma universidad,

Ángela Davis,activista política, escritora y académica, alentó a las personas a participar en los próximos días de actividades a favor de los Cinco.

Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

16 Abril 2012

No se alcanzaron acuerdos trascendentes, reinaron las divisiones entre latinoamericanos y estadounidenses y hasta algunos presidentes se fueron dando un portazo, pero quedó una silenciosa ganadora de la Cumbre de las Américas: Cuba.

Por primera vez en la historia, presidentes izquierdistas y conservadores de la región limaron sus asperezas y se plantaron frente a Estados Unidos exigiendo que el Gobierno  de la isla sea sumado a las reuniones continentales.

Aunque el reclamo fue vetado por Estados Unidos con apoyo de su vecino Canadá, renovó las presiones sobre Washington y sobre la patrocinadora de la cumbre en Cartagena, la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).

“(Pasamos) del llamado consenso de Washington, el proyecto neoliberal que se nos quiso imponer, a un naciente consenso sin Washington para la unión de América Latina”, dijo el domingo Nicolás Maduro, canciller de Venezuela, país que es el principal aliado de Cuba en el hemisferio.

La sorpresiva unidad de Latinoamérica -una región dividida durante décadas entre ideologías de izquierda y de derecha- muestra la menguante influencia de Washington.

Estados Unidos se opone a incorporar a Cuba en las Cumbres de las Américas porque asegura que La Habana no muestra avances democráticos y políticos suficientes para reintegrarse a la OEA, de donde fue expulsada en 1962 poco después de que estallara la revolución de Fidel Castro.

Y mantiene un embargo comercial sobre la isla de cinco décadas que algunos dicen que es arcaico.

“Cuba seguramente volverá a tener protagonismo en otro tipo de convocatorias que se van a abrir, mientras que Estados Unidos pasará a sufrir el aislamiento y el señalamiento que ha vivido Cuba”, dijo el analista en asuntos internacionales Vicente Torrijos, de la Universidad El Rosario de Bogotá.

Para una parte de Latinoamérica, la OEA es un sistema de diplomacia dominado por Washington que no ha logrado mantenerse al ritmo de los cambios en la región.

“Me asombró hoy escuchar el discurso de José Miguel Insulza en Cartagena. Pensaba que quien hablaba en nombre de la OEA, se ocuparía al menos de reclamar el respeto a la soberanía de los países de este hemisferio que a lo largo de siglos fueron colonizados”, dijo el ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro, en un comentario publicado en Cuba Debate el domingo por la noche.

“La Cumbre de Cartagena tiene escenas que no serán fáciles de olvidar”, sostuvo.

ADIOS AL PATIO TRASERO

Las críticas contra la OEA llegaron al punto en que 33 países del continente, con la intencional ausencia de Estados Unidos y Canadá, crearon en Caracas a fines del año pasado la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC).

Aunque la idea del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez de reemplazar a la OEA con el nuevo organismo es bastante ambiciosa, al menos la CELAC le restará algo de influencia a la organización con sede en Washington.

“Parece que Estados Unidos todavía quiere aislarnos del mundo, piensa que va a seguir manipulando a Latinoamérica, (pero) eso va terminando”, dijo el presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, en una entrevista con la cadena de televisión Telesur.

“Yo siento que es una rebelión de países de América Latina frente a Estados Unidos”, agregó.

Hasta hace dos décadas, Washington lideraba el continente y la mayoría de las economías latinoamericanas estaban alineadas a las políticas de su mayor socio comercial.

Pero la indiferencia de Estados Unidos en los últimos años, combinado con una mayor solidez de las economías de la región y el creciente peso comercial de China -ya es el principal socio comercial de Brasil y de otros
vecinos- instalaron el sentimiento de que Washington ya no es indispensable.

“Hay un mundo que se nos abre a la región muy interesante, con muchas posibilidades y que por lo tanto hoy nuestro destino no está atado de ninguna forma a una decisión norteamericana”, dijo en una reciente entrevista con Reuters Diego Guelar, ex embajador argentino en Washington.

“Nosotros fuimos el patio trasero, hoy la realidad no es así”, agregó.

Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Venezuela resolvieron no participar en las próximas Cumbres de las Américas en las que Cuba no sea invitada.

“Al final de cuentas no es ningún favor que se le estaría haciendo a Cuba, sino un derecho arrebatado que se le estaría reconociendo a Cuba”, sostuvo el presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, que estuvo ausente en Cartagena en apoyo a la isla.

Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

(Con información de Reuters)

 

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Ozzie Guillen Does It Again, Pero No Es Pa Tanto!

Written by Julio Pabón,  Latino Sports – www.latinosports.com
Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Ozzie Guillen is capable of insulting the Pope on Easter Sunday and not know that he did.
(Photo LSV)

Ozzie Guillen Does It Again, Pero No Es Pa Tanto!

Bronx, NY – If the Miami Marlins wanted to get more attention and publicity to go in line with their new $515 million dollar stadium, new logo, and new superstars like José Reyes it could not have been done better than this. Ozzie Guillen, their new manager, the man that does not know how to bite his tongue has done it again. This time he gave the Miami Cuban community who is vehemently anti the Cuban island a fastball to hit out of the park.

Everyone who knows anything about politics in South Florida knows that you can’t be a public figure and say anything that does not tow the anti-Castro/Cuban line, or your dead fish. Ozzie Guillen told a Time magazine reporter, “I love Fidel Castro” and “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.”  That is Ozzie being Ozzie. Ask the numerous people, groups, organizations, and players that he has offended while in Chicago. My favorite was when he said: “Our Fans (Chicago White Sox) are not stupid like the Cub fans.” To his credit, when he knows he was wrong he would apologize and if he felt he was not he won’t. That is Ozzie Guillen.

Ozzie who has lived in Florida for a good many years should have known better. If he would have gotten to know the grassroots Cuban community he might have seen a community that is blinded on the issue of Cuba.  What other community do you know that will go as far as to want their people in their home country to suffer just because they disagree with the government of their country? That is exactly what you have when the strongest opposition against ending a blockade that has done nothing to weaken the government, but everything to make their country folk suffer is spearheaded by the very Cubans who are criticizing Ozzie Guillen.

When it comes to baseball, Ozzie is a winner. Now if he would only stick to that. (Photo LSV)

Puerto Ricans don’t think of who’s in power when we are asked to make donations to help our island when a Hurricane, or other natural disaster hits? While in Puerto Rico party officials would go out of their way to fire someone not from the same party, those of us in on the mainland don’t care if the government is Pro-Statehood, Pro-Independence, or for remaining a Commonwealth, we all just want to help the island and relieve suffering. Same with countless of other exiles that had run away from their countries for economic, or political reasons like South Koreans, Haitians, Vietnamese and many others who have had to flee dictatorships, or countries for political reasons. I never heard any of these exiles say, “don’t send any food, or medicines to my country” like we have heard some of these Miami Cuban’s say about Cuba

I can’t help to think back to the 1970’s when I first heard of how far these folks would go to block anything to improve relations, or to have a different thought about the island nation. Back then two young Cubans, one being a friend of mine were at the forefront of starting a small company to begin flights back to Cuba to allow Cuban families to reconnect. They were working hard to make these legal trips. I remember my friend Mandy sharing his excitement with others and me who knew him. Mandy and his partner worked hard on that project doing what they had to do to get all the necessary paperwork done from the State Department and all the other government agencies. He also spoke about the many criticisms and threats they received. The many warnings not to continue, however, they were determined because being Cuban themselves they represented a large sector that did want to visit Cuba and re-connect with the families. Unfortunately, this growing sector had to be mainly underground for fear of reprisals from the pitchfork crowds that are ready to stamp out anything that is not anti-Cuban government.

Mandy and his crew finally prevailed and opened an office in Miami. Soon the list of travelers wanting to visit their island was growing so fast that it was beginning to become an embarrassment to those promoting the solid anti-Cuban government line. The pitchforks were thrown and so was a bomb that destroyed their new office and killed one of the young men. It was a devastating blow to many young people that could not believe that these folks would go so far as to use such blind violence against their own youth. However, to Mandy’s credit that did not stop the movement to visit Cuba and today Marazul Tours is a premier travel agency to the island.

What about the number of Puerto Rican artist like Andy Montañez, Danny Rivera, Lucesita Benitez (to name a few) who were all victims of the Cuban “can’t say anything positive about Cuba campaign” as they were all blacklisted from Miami radio stations and from performing in Miami’s Calle Ocho Music festival and from Miami clubs, or concerts for either visiting Cuba, or saying something positive about the island.

I mean these folks went to the extreme like in the case of Andy Montañez who was criticized and blacklisted simply for hugging world re-known Cuban composer and singer, Pablo Milanes in a New York Concert.

Ozzie Guillen should have surely remembered what happened in 2000 when a young boy by the name of Elian González was picked up on a floating tire barely alive off the cost of South Florida. His estranged mother and her con-artist boyfriend illegally took the child out of Cuba when the boat capsized drowning everyone except Elian. They literally kidnapped this child from the legitimate custodial father.  We all know the rest of the story since it became an international political incident. In practically any country on earth this would have been a no-brainer, you return the child to the legitimate parent, in this case the father and his grandparents in Cuba, however that was not the case. Though the child had no immediate family members here in the US, Elian became the new poster child for the same Miami political machine that is on call to bury anyone that does not tow the anti Cuban island line. The same group that wants to burn poor Ozzie on the stake.

I’m not defending Ozzie Guillen, or defending any political cause. I just want to make it clear that Ozzie does not know anything except baseball; to try to burn him to the stake for his comments outside of baseball is like trying to burn the poor village idiot for comments that do not make any sense. I would respect these critics of Ozzie Guillen more if they would have said one word against Major League Baseballs decision to play its 2011 All Star Game in Arizona a state that blatantly introduced a bill to discriminate and harass Latinos. I would have respected them so much more if they would have said anything about the Arizona’s education department discontinuing Mexican American studies in a state that was once Mexico.

Let’s all stick to baseball where it’s much simpler, three strikes and your out!

Enorme Cartel por los 5 Cubanos en una Autopista del Norte de California

Hoy 5 de abril, mientras personas desde todo el mundo llamaban a la Casa Blanca y enviaban correos electrónicos exigiendo a Obama la libertad de los 5 antiterroristas Cubanos, el Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos colocó un enorme cartel en medio del intenso tráfico de la mañana sobre una de las autopistas más transitadas en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco.


Foto: Bill Hackwell

Miles de personas que viajaban a esa hora por la autopista Interestatal 80, pudieron leer el mensaje “OBAMA LIBERTAD YA A LOS CINCO CUBANOS!” En señal de aprobación, muchos conductores tocaban las bocinas de sus camiones, autobuses y automóviles.


5 DIAS POR LOS 5 CUBANOS EN WASHINGTON DC, 17-21 DE ABRIL

Únase a Dolores Huerta, co-fundadora del Sindicato de los Trabajadores del Campo y al Actor Danny Glover en esta histórica jornada de denuncia y solidaridad para demandar la inmediata libertad de Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando y René.

Distintas formas de apoyar los “5 Días por los 5 Cubanos”

  • Para participar en las acciones o agregar su organización a la lista de endosantes escriba a info@thecuban5.org
  • Colabore en la colocación de carteles y otras tareas, por favor escriba a info@thecuban5.org
  • Si reside en Nueva York, reserve su asiento ahora junto a los amigos solidarios que viajarán a Washington DC el 21 de abril para participar en un rally frente de la Casa Blanca. Llame a (917) 045-9877 o al (718) 601-4751 para reservar su asiento.
  • Hacemos un llamado especial a todos los comités de solidaridad con los 5 y los amigos solidarios del mundo a organizar actividades paralelas durante esos 5 días, del 17 al 21.

Que la fuerza de la solidaridad internacional demande al Presidente Obama

¡LIBERTAD YA A LOS 5 CUBANOS!

AGENDA DE LOS 5 DIAS POR LOS 5 CUBANOS

LISTA PARCIAL DE ADHESIONES

Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos

EL MES DE ABRIL POR LOS 5 CUBANOS

Abril, un mes importante en la lucha por la libertad de los 5 Patriotas Cubanos.

Hace solo unos días René viajó a su amada patria -por dos semanas- para visitar a su hermano Roberto, gravemente enfermo. Compartimos la alegría del reencuentro con sus seres queridos,  pero no habrá justicia verdadera hasta que René, Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio y Fernando regresen definitivamente a Cuba.

Durante el mes de Abril se llevarán a cabo las Jornadas de Denuncia y Solidaridad “5 días por los 5 Cubanos en Washington DC del 17 al 21”. 
Decenas de personalidades y organizaciones solidarias de EEUU y el mundo, están enviando  sus adhesiones y mensajes de solidaridad.

El Premio Nobel de la Paz Adolfo Pérez Esquivel y la reconocida escritora y amiga de Cuba y de los Cinco, Stella Calloni nos dicen:

Stella Calloni:

“Adhiero a todo lo que se haga por los Cinco y los acompaño en todo lo que sea, porque ellos son nuestros, de todos. Están ya en la historia como un ejemplo de dignidad y como un ejemplo de cómo resistir a la impunidad de un imperio que en decadencia  está produciendo un holocausto de los pueblos afectados en sus nuevas guerras coloniales.  Los Cinco  luchaban por proteger a su pueblo de estos crímenes de lesa humanidad que se cometen sin ninguna contención, sin ningún castigo, sin que aparezca la Corte Penal Internacional, que en lugar de condenar estos crímenes, condena a las víctimas. Ante esta realidad se hace más urgente arrancar a los Cinco de las manos de un poder fundamentalista que se propone controlar el mundo, con todo lo que de fascismo y criminalidad esto conlleva.  Salvar a los Cinco es dar un paso hacia el rescate de la humanidad para decir basta al verdadero terrorismo que azota a nuestros pueblos: el terrorismo imperial”  

Durante los “5 días por los 5 en Washington DC” nos acompañarán personalidades y amigos de EEUU y del mundo. Entre ellos Dolores Huerta, Cindy Sheehan, Danny Glover, Wayne Smith, Saul Landau, Mavis Anderson, José Pertierra, James Early, Salim Lamrani, Norma Paech, Stephen Kimber, Gordon Brian Gordon Sinclair y muchos otros.

Amigos solidarios viajarán desde diversos puntos de EEUU, Europa y Canadá para participar de las jornadas de solidaridad. Hacemos un llamado especial a todos los comités de solidaridad con los 5 de todas partes del mundo a organizar actividades paralelas durante esos 5 días, del 17 al 21 de abril, incluyendo manifestaciones, plantones, entrega de información,  eventos públicos, eventos culturales, etc. para hacer sentir desde todo el mundo la fuerza de la solidaridad y pedirle al Presidente Obama ¡LIBERTAD YA A LOS 5 CUBANOS!

RECUERDE,  el próximo jueves 5 de Abril comuníquese con la Casa Blanca y súmese al reclamo mundial por la libertad de los 5.

DIFERENTES FORMAS DE COMUNICARSE CON LA CASA BLANCA

Por teléfono: 202-456-1111
Si llama desde fuera de los EEUU, marque el Código Internacional del respectivo país + 1 (Código de EEUU) 202.456.1111

Por fax: +1- 202 456-2461
Por correo electrónico:  president@whitehouse.gov

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Presidente Barack Obama
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La Colmenita – The National Children’s Theater of Cuba


In a rare US appearance, La Colmenita, an internationally acclaimed Cuban children’s theater group and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will perform in New York City.

The US tour will introduce some of Cuba’s most talented children to an American audience that has, in spite of the decades-long U.S. embargo, enthusiastically embraced Cuban culture. It is their hope that their productions will build greater understanding between two countries whose people have been divided by politics for too long.

Where and When:
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at Hostos Community College
Friday, October 21, Play: “Abracadabra”
Time: 7:30pm, Bronx, New York Tickets $20,
students & seniors $15.00, CHILDREN FREE.

Also at
PS 154 – The Harriet Tubman Learning Center
Saturday, October 22, Play: “Abracadabra”
Time: 3pm, Harlem, New York Admission Free

www.lacolmenitacuba.com

René González is in Cuba

Reprinted from Prensa Latina

René González, one of the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly given harsh prison sentences in the United States, arrived to Cuba on Friday on a family, private visit in the wake of authorization by a US judge to visit his gravely ill brother.

According to information released by the TV news program, René arrived minutes alter midday.

On February 24, René had filed through his lawyer an emergency motion before the South Florida District Court, requesting an authorization to visit his brother, seriously ill in Cuba.

Nearly a month later, on March 19, Judge Joan Lenard, who have been handling the case of The Cuban Five since the start of their proceedings, authorized the trip for 15 days under certain conditions, including obtaining all US government travel permits needed.

She also set as a prerequisite failing a detailed travel schedule, his location in Cuba and information of contact in the country, as well as a systematic phone contact with his probation officer.

The judge also made clear that all conditions of Rene’s supervised release remain unchanged and he has to go back to the United States as soon as the two weeks pass from the date of his trip.

After having suffered 13 years of unfair prison, René is under a supervised release regime for another three years during which he has to remain in the United States, which constitutes an additional sanction.

The decision of authorizing his trip is fully in line with conditions established for his supervised release, which allow him to travel to Cuba after an approval by the probation officer or the judge.

Even the US Government, which has opposed all motions filed by René to be allowed a permanent return to Cuba and his temporary visit to his brother, admitted that conditions of his supervised release do not prevent him from visiting our country.

In this regard, as of March 7, 2011, the Attorney General’s Office argued that the terms of Rene’s supervised release do not prevent him from traveling to Cuba during that period. “Nothing will prevent him from requesting his probation officer (or the court, if he was denied that by the former) a permit to travel to Cuba to visit his wife, his old parents or other relatives.”

In the motion filed by his lawyer, Rene said he would comply with the terms established for the visit and return to the United States.

Despite the terms imposed, our people, with deep respect, welcomes home our beloved René, and do not stop fighting for his final, permanent return home along with his four close brothers, says the press release.

René González, along with his comrades Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, was detained in 1998 in the United States for monitoring Miami-based violent groups operating against Cuba.