¡QUEER CUBA! Socialism cannot be HOMOPHOBIC!

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Friday June 21st, 2013 @ 7pm-9pm
Casa de las Americas

182 E. 111th St. (Btwn. Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.) Take the 6 train to E. 110th St.

LGBT rights have always been a controversial issue in Cuba! The Cuban Revolution has taken steps to promote LGBT rights, freedom of gender identity/expression, and to combat homophobia, but there is still a lot to be done! Join The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 for this special Queer Pride event!

Join us as we explore this hot button issue! We will answer questions; ask new ones; debate these issues; and learn from each other!

Program: Screening the film Mariposas en el Andamio (Butterflies on the Scaffold):
After the Revolution, gays were not respected in Cuba, but in the small Havana neighborhood of La Güinera, a few courageous women came to power and encouraged the gay community. Glamorous gowns fashioned from grain sacks and eyelashes made out of carbon paper are the reality of drag in Cuba. In La Güinera, gay transvestite performers have earned respect and status through creative work for the neighbourhood. On stage action and backstage preparation opens out into insightful interviews with community leaders, families, and the performers themselves. the question; can you be gay and accepted in Cuba?

An interview of Mariela Castro; director of CENESEX (the national Cuban sexual health and sexuality organization) by Filmmaker/Journalist Jennifer Wager.

René González has been given permission to remain in Cuba!

Originally posted by National Committee to Free the Cuban Five

René with his family in Cuba on a previous visit.
René with his family in Cuba on a previous visit.

In a huge development in the case of the Cuban Five, the court has finally granted a motion, first made last June, to allow René González to serve the remaining portion of his three-year parole in Cuba, after which he will of course be able to remain in Cuba, outside the jurisdiction of the court. Until this time, the court has required him to spend that parole at an undisclosed location in Florida, requiring him to remain in virtual seclusion because of the danger to his life from the very terrorists whose plots he and the other members of the Five came to the U.S. to expose.

René has been in Cuba for two weeks to attend a memorial service for his father Cándido, who died recently.

Phil Horowitz, Rene’s attorney, said: “Rene and I are happy that he will be able to be permanently reunited with his family. Rene’s exemplary conduct shows that these are not individuals that the government has made them out to be. We are just so happy and will take all the steps pursuant to the court order.”

The 7-page court order by Judge Joan Lenard (click to download), describes the requirements for his right to remain in Cuba. The principal requirement is that he renounce his citizenship, which he willingly offered to do previously (René held dual U.S.-Cuban citizenship). To renounce a U.S. citizenship, it must be done outside of the United States, as per U.S. federal code, Section 1481 a(5).

We are extremely happy for René, who has, along with his Cuban Five brothers, been unduly punished for being a proud defender of his people, his homeland and the Cuban Revolution.

This development must give all the Cuban Five supporters great inspiration to continue the fight so that Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando can return home immediately!

VIGIL FOR OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA and NORBERTO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO!

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Vigil and Community Speak out for Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera and NORBERTO GONZALEZ CLAUDIO!

Wednesday May 29th is the 32nd anniversary of the arrest of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera!

Community Vigil at the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner mural on E. 107th St. between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.Take the 6 train to E. 103rd St. and walk up 4 blocks uptown on Lexington Ave.

Despite 32 years of psychological and physical torture, Oscar’s and Norberto’s revolutionary spirit has never been broken! Both men continues to be a powerful voice calling for Puerto Rican Independence!

Join The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign as we honor Oscar’s life, work and sacrifice! Join us for a community vigil at the Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Mural in El Barrio!

Bring flags, candles, instruments, flowers or art so we can place them at the foot of the mural!

Freedom Ride For THECUBAN FOUR 2013

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$5.00 Round trip

For more information call
347-201-3728 (9am-5pm)
Freedom Ride Hotline
718-676-0106 (24/7)

Organizers of the Freedom Ride for the Cuban 4 include: Local 372-DC 37 ASFCME, 1199 SEIU, the July 26 Coalition, Casa de las Americas, Venceremos Brigade and Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, IFCO-Pastors for Peace, Workers World, and International Action Center (IAC).

The Rally on June 1st at 1:oopm in front of the White House is part of the “5 Days for the Cuban 4 in Washington DC” initiated by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5.

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Danny Glover Prevented from Visiting Gerardo Hernandez

Originally posted by International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

Actor Danny Glover Prevented from Visiting Gerardo Hernandez, One of the Cuban 5 Imprisoned in the U.S.

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Oakland, CA April 8th(IC)

Yesterday another incident of injustice against one of the Cuban 5 took place at the Victorville Penitentiary in the high Mojave desert of California.

In a planned visit well known actor and social activist Danny Glover was prohibited from visiting Gerardo Hernandez. Glover, who has visited Gerardo on 9 different occasions since 2010, was told that he would not be admitted because they did not know he was coming. This is an arbitrary decision; any person who is on a prisoner’s list has a right to visitation. Glover had flown yesterday morning from Northern California and then rented a car to reach the remote location of the prison 10 miles outside of Victorville only to have to turn around and go back without having seeing his friend. Undaunted Danny Glover has made it clear that he will return to Victorville soon.

Isolating Gerardo from his friends and family has been a pattern of the US government for almost 15 years. Over that period of time his wife Adriana Perez has been consistently denied visa to visit her husband on a regular basis.

The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 thanks Danny Glover for his continued effort to support Gerardo and his four brothers in the struggle for their freedom.

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez Lives On

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“The Legacy of Hugo Chavez Lives On”
A Conversation with Venezuela’s Ambassador to the UN

Dear Friend,
On Sunday, April 14 (just a few days away) the people of Venezuela will vote for a new president to succeed the late Hugo Chavez.

This election will be enormously significant, not just for Venezuela, but also for the entire Latin American and Caribbean region; indeed, in many respects, crucial to the destinies of many countries in the developing world.

There are reports circulating today that Washington is busy interfering in the election campaign with the objective of determining an outcome that will serve its imperial interests in the Americas.

I hope you can join me, and many others, in demanding that the State Department and the CIA stay out of the Venezuelan people’s internal affairs.

I also hope you can take a few minutes to watch a video interview that I conducted recently with Julio Rafael Escalona, Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations. The video is entitled “The Legacy of Hugo Chavez Lives On” and in it the ambassador speaks movingly about what Chavez and the ‘Chavista Movement’ means to the peoples of Venezuela, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

He also addresses the future of Venezuela’s international initiatives such as PetroCaribe, CELAC, ALBA , the heating oil assistance program in US cities like New York, Boston and Detroit etc. in the post-Chavez period.

If you like the video, feel free to post it to your Wall and share it with your Facebook friends and with those in your other networks, and if you have a Web site or blog please consider posting it there, as well.

Thanks.
In solidarity,
Don Rojas

Potluck Dinner Raffle at Casa de las Americas

A Message to the Friends and Supporters of New York Solidarity with Vieques (NYSV)

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TIME IS SHORT AND WE ASK THAT YOU OPEN AND FORWARD OUR FLYER FAR AND WIDE AND THAT YOU CONSIDER DONATING FOOD, SERVICES, OR THINGS FOR THE RAFFLE THIS SATURDAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU SATURDAY!
NEW YORK SOLIDARITY WITH VIEQUES INVITES YOU TO COME BY CASA DE LAS AMERICAS
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THIS SATURDAY,
APRIL 13TH@6PM

FOR POTLUCK DINNER/RAFFLE& SEND-OFF FOR THE NEW YORK 10 ANNIVERSARY DELEGATION TO VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO – MAY 1-5, 2013

CONTRIBUTE TO THE VIEQUES DELEGATION SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE WITH YOUR DONATIONS, TIME, FOOD, SERVICES, GIFTS FOR RAFFLE, AND/OR JUST COME BY AND SIGN-UP TO JOIN US IN VIEQUES!

Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 6pm
Casa de las Américas

182 E. 111th Street (between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.) Take the 6 train to E. 110th St.

Suggested Donation: $10.00
FOR MORE INFO AND TO OFFER TO HELP OR DONATE FOOD/SERVICES/RAFFLE ITEMS:
Frank Velgara (718) 601-4751 Jesús Mangual Cruz (917) 557-4791 Natasha (347) 693-1610

Between Torture and Resistance

Upcoming New Book
“Between Torture and Resistance”

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A compilation of writings by Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera, edited by Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón

On the release of the English-language edition of Between Torture and Resistance,a compilation of writings by Oscar López Rivera,with an introduction by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Speaker:
Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón

Saturday, April 20, 2013
6:00-9:00pm

Casas las Americas
182 East 111 St.
New York, NY

A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO SUPPORT THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

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No U.S. Intervention in Venezuela Elections

TELL WASHINGTON & THE VENEZUELAN ELITE: NO TO DESTABILIZATION EFFORTS IN VENEZUELA

A day of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution: Thursday APRIL 11, 2013

After the tragic death of our beloved president Chavez, the imperialist nations of the world are preparing to attack the Bolivarian Revolution. Venezuela is getting prepared for a new presidential election and the imperialists are intent to intervene and sabotage the election.

President Nicolas Maduro has claimed that elements of the U.S. State Department are hiring mercenaries to attack Venezuela in the days of the presidential election. The United States wants to create chaos in Venezuela to justify a military intervention. Let them know that we are here to denounce them.

NO US INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA ELECTION

The solidarity movement in the United States right now faces a critical challenge with regards to Venezuela as well as the revolutionary process in Latin America. The tragic death of our comrade President Hugo Chavez has many believing that the important process for progress in Venezuela, Latin America and the world, has been dealt a crippling blow but we know that the Venezuelan people and the region will never go backward. And our solidarity will continue as they move forward in their struggles for self-determination, sovereignty, integration and social justice.

The people of Venezuela will honor the last will of President Chavez by overwhelmingly voting this coming April 14 for Nicolas Maduro for President. The Venezuelan people clearly remain committed to the process of fundamental change in their country, no matter what. We are confident that the roots of the Bolivarian Revolution will remain strong and grow.

But the death of our dear President Hugo Chavez will be used by US imperialism and the elite oligarchy in Venezuela to carry out aggressive plans to destabilize the revolutionary process in Venezuela. We must send a strong message to Washington right away: we are organizing our voices of solidarity with the Venezuelan people and demand no intervention during this coming election in Venezuela.

Why April 11? The Venezuelan coup attempt of 2002 was a failed coup d’état on 11 April 2002, that saw late President Hugo Chavez ousted from office for 47 hours, being restored by a combination of military loyalists and massive public support for his government. Chavez was initially detained by members of the military and of pro-business elites represented by Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce (Fedecámaras) president Pedro Carmona, who was declared as the interim president. Carmona’s brief rule saw the Venezuelan National Assembly and the Supreme Court both dissolved, and the country’s 1999 Constitution declared void.

In New York City, we will gather at Times Square @ 4PM to express our love and solidarity with the legacy of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and then we will march to the U.S. Mission to tell President Barack Obama: We do not want U.S. intervention in Venezuela.

If you are in a city where no action is taking place, call, fax, email the White House and voice your opposition to intervention. Or better yet, organize a local action!

Please contact us and let us know how your organization can support this national day for the Bolivarian Revolution. Email: cbalbertolovera@gmail.com, 718-510-5523 or 347-251-6301 or 646-533-6081.

Partial list of endorsers: Answer Coalition, Pastor For Peace, IFCO, International Action Center, MAY1 Coalition, The Alliance For Global Justice, International Concerned Family and Frieds of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism (CCDS), FMLN NYC, Cuba Solidarity NY, Haiti Liberte, Peña del Bronx, Alianza Pais (Ecuador), Hand off Venezuela, Existence is Resistance, Pro Libertad.

Chavez Vive,La Lucha Sigue!
Chavez por siempre, Maduro Presidente

By The Bolivarian Circle
A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO SUPPORT THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

Defending the Cuban Revolution