Mariela Castro on Ending the Embargo – Swapping Cuban Five – Jailed U.S. Contractor Alan Gross

By DemocracyNOW – Amy Goodman

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, calls on the U.S. to release five Cubans jailed for spying on anti-Cuban militants in Florida in exchange for Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen jailed in Cuba. The Cuban Five were convicted in 2001 for committing espionage in southern Florida. They say they weren’t spying on the U.S., but trying to monitor right-wing violent Cuban groups that have organized attacks on Cuba. “I want the Cuban Five to go back to Cuba and for Alan Gross to go home,” Castro says. “I want an end to the financial, commercial and economic blockade that violates the human rights of the Cuban people, and the normalization of relations between both countries.”

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up: Saul Landau

By DemocracyNOW.org – Amy Goodman

Award-winning journalist, filmmaker, author, professor Saul Landau has made more than 45 films and written 14 books, many about Cuba. His latest film is “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up,” about U.S. support for violent anti-Castro militants. Landau joins us to discuss the history of the Cuban Five and U.S. support for a group of anti-Castro militants who have been behind the bombing of airplanes, the blowing up of hotels and assassinations. Today they are allowed to live freely in the United States. “What did Cuba do to us?,” Landau asks. “Well, the answer, I think, is that they were disobedient, in our hemisphere. And they did not ask permission to take away property. They took it away. They nationalized property. And the United States … has never forgiven them.”

RECEPTION FOR THE PUERTO RICO DELEGATION

Foro y compartir – Reserva la fecha
La tarde del sábado, 16 de junio, Pro Libertad y el Comité de Puerto Rico en Naciones Unidas celebrará una actividad para peticionarios amigos(as) que viajan a Nueva York para las vistas sobre Puerto Rico de Naciones Unidas y activistas de la comunidad puertorriqueña en Nueva York. La actividad será tipo foro donde se podrá compartir y hablar de la situación y las luchas de los puertorriqueños(as) en Estados Unidos. Esta actividad la acordamos en la actividad de Pro Libertad del año pasado.

La actividad se celebrará el sábado, 16 de junio en Casa de las Américas, 182 E. 111 St, entre Lexington y la 3era Ave en El Barrio, 2pm. Habrá comida.

Trataremos temas como el trabajo de puertorriqueños(as) en EU sobre los presos políticos puertorriqueños, el problema colonial, el gasoducto, Vieques, y diversas expresiones de solidaridad con otros pueblos que emanan desde nuestra comunidad acá.

ESTA ES UNA GRAN OPORTUNIDAD DE DIALOGO – ¡ ¡N O  F A L T E S! !
¡RESERVA LA FECHA! R.S.V.P – Por favor.

Forum and social – Save the date
On Saturday, June 16, Pro Libertad and the Committee for Puerto Rico at the United Nations will host an activity for petitioners travelling from Puerto Rico to New York for the United Nations hearings on Puerto Rico and activists of the Puerto Rican Community in New York. The activity will have the format of a forum where we will be able to engage in a dialogue on the situation and the struggles of Puerto Ricans in the United States. This was agreed upon in last year’s Pro Libertad activity.

The activity will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Casa de las Américas, 182 E. 111th St between Lexington and Third Ave in El Barrio, at 2pm. There will be food. We will address topics such as the work of Puerto Ricans in the United States on the Puerto Rican political prisoners, the colonial problem, the gas pipeline, Vieques, and solidarity work regarding diverse peoples in the world

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR A DIALOGUE – DON’T MISS IT!!

When:Saturday, June 16 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: Casa de Las Americas

Host:Benjamin Ramos

SAVE THE DATE!
Please R.S.V.P.

Casa in Solidarity with the Puerto Rican people on the Annual Parade – NYC

Nancy Cabrero, President of Casa de las Américas and Jaime Mendieta, Vice President along with other members join in Solidarity with the Puerto Rican people for the NYC annual parade.

Los 5 En La Parada Puertorriqueña -The 5 in the Puerto Rican Day Parade

Compañeros y Compañeras,

Un pequeño resumen:

Aqui les envio unas fotos del desfile Puertoriqueno que se llevo acabo el Domingo 10 de Junio de 2012. Comenzamos en la Calle 44 de la Quinta Avenida y terminamos en la Calle 79. Gracias a las gestiones de Luis Matos, nosotros en Casa y companeros del 26 de julio pudimos desfilar con el contingente del sindicato 1199. En la foto puedes ver a Mendieta, Luis y a mi cargando la pancarta de Los Cinco con los prisioneros politicos de PR. Franklin, Villa y Jason repartieron informacion de los Cinco a las personas presenciando este. Radhames Morales y su esposa se turnaron cargar una bandera del Che y tomaron las fotos.Tambien podras ver cuando le hago un acercamiento a Gerardo Rivera, un periodista de television puertoriqueno de FOX News para darle un pamfleto de los Cinco preguntandole cuando FOX va hacer un reportaje sobre el caso de los Cinco. Tambien se le hizo un acercamiento a Michael Mulgrew el presidente del sindicato de los maestros de NY. Tambien abordamos a Ben Jealous, Chairman del NAACP que se mostro muy interesado en el caso.

Una Cuba para todos.

Saludos. Abrazos,

Nancy Cabrero
Casa, NYC

Mariela Castro fight for gay rights

Mariela Castro’s fight for gay rights

CNN|Added on June 5, 2012
Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela talks about her fight for gay rights and Cuba’s political future.

Mariela Castro hopes Cuban-U.S. relations can normalize in Obama second term

Mariela Castro hopes Cuban-U.S. relations can normalize in Obama second term
By BYRON TAU |
6/2/12 2:19 PM EDT

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban head of state Raul Castro, said that she hoped Cuban-U.S. relations could normalize if President Obama wins a second term.

In a forthcoming interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour shared with POLITCO, Castro was asked about the possibilities for political reconciliation between the two Cold War adversaries in a possible Obama second term.

“I believe that Obama is a fair man and Obama needs greater support to be able to take this decision. If Obama counted on the full support of the American people, then we can normalize the relationships; we can have better relations than what we had under President Carter,” Castro said.

Obama relaxed some of the rules governing travel and remittances to Cuba in 2009 but the sanctions regime put into place after Castro’s 1959 Communist takeover has largely kept American visitors and businesses off the island.

Castro also told Amanpour that she supports a second Obama term, given the field.

“As a citizen of the world, I would like him to win,” Castro said. “Seeing the candidates, I prefer Obama.”

The State Departmet recently issued Castro a visa to attend a conference in San Francisco — prompting outrage from conservatives who accused the Obama administration of going soft on a regime that abused human rights. Obama supporters, however, noted that the George W. Bush administration also granted Castro several visas to visit.

The issue of Cuban sanctions and the Castro family has some resonance in the heavily conservative anti-Castro Cuban exile community — mostly based in the battleground state of Florida.

LA LUCHA CONTINUA in Vieques

Join The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign for a special conversation with long time Vieques community activist and former political prisoner Ismael Guadalupe Ortiz!

Come hear updates on:

Gentrification in Vieques, the devolution of Vieques lands, the health crisis, the social justice struggles in Vieques, and other topics.

Friday June 15, 2012 at 6:30pm

Casa de las Americas

182 E. 111th St. (btwn. Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.)

Take the 6 train to E. 110th St.

El Comite del PIP de Arroyo

El Comité del PIP de Arroyo te invita a una Tarde Boricua

* Estará con nosotros el candidato a Alcalde y Compañero, Justo Echevarría
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CUANDO: SABADO, 2 DE JUNIO
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The people stand against NATO

Originally posted by A.N.S.W.E.R

“NATO: Shut it Down! Wall Street: Shut it Down! Homeland Security: Shut it Down!” That forceful chant rang out as protesters, many thousands strong, marched on the NATO Summit on May 20 in Chicago.

Responding with determination in the face of an organized campaign of government threats and intimidation aimed at anti-NATO protesters, an impressive number of young people, union members, antiwar organizations and community members filled the streets to demand “U.S./NATO Out of Afghanistan Now!” during the opening day of the NATO Summit.

The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8) estimates the crowd size as about 15,000.

In the week leading up to the NATO Summit, thousands of people marched and rallied in Chicago. The actions included a large rally of nurses demanding higher taxes on the rich and a march on Mayor Emanuel’s house, 1,000 people strong, which demanded “Health Care not Warfare!”

People came in buses, by train and by car caravan from all over the country to take a stand in Chicago against imperialist war and capitalist austerity.

In a moving display of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and the Middle East at the end of the march, Afghanistan and Iraq veterans took off their medals and hurled them toward the NATO Summit grounds. One of those who returned his medals, Marine Vince Emmanuelli, said: “Our enemies are right here and we look at them every day. … They are the millionaires and billionaires who control this planet and we’ve had enough of it.” (WBEZ Chicago)

Months-long campaign against protesters

Though the military machines of NATO are the greatest purveyors of violence in the world, local and federal law enforcement agencies and the media engaged in a months-long attack campaign against protesters and protest groups.

The Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild set up a 24-hour hotline to provide support for people who were arrested before and during the NATO protest.

Prior to the May demonstration, the NLG Chicago chapter reported:

“More than two-dozen people had been arrested so far in the lead up to the NATO summit. At least 7 arrestees in addition to the ones with terrorism-related charges are currently in custody.

“During a Wednesday night house raid, police broke down the doors of multiple apartment units with guns drawn and searched residences without a warrant or consent. In addition to 9 arrests made that night, NLG attorneys believe that two undercover police or confidential informants were arrested with the others and were later released. Of the 9 activists arrested, 6 were released without any charges despite being shackled for at least 18 hours in solitary confinement and denied access to attorneys.”

At the May 20 mass march, a police mob surrounded and brutally attacked the demonstration as it was winding down, swinging their clubs at people’s heads and injuring many dozens. At least 45 people were arrested. Among those injured were ministers, community activists, journalists and others who tried to rescue people from police.

‘The people will not be bullied or silenced by the police and government’

The ANSWER Coalition in Chicago went all out to build the March on the NATO Summit, both through street outreach and social media outlets, and had a big presence at the protest with banners and placards and large amplified sound that unified large numbers of marchers with booming chants. The banners and placards read: “No War on Iran! Hands off Syria!”, “Troops Home Now! Money for Jobs and Education!”, “Unite the 99%: Fight Racism!” and “U.S./NATO Out of Afghanistan Now!”

Asked what she thought of the protest, ANSWER organizer Ymelda Viramontes said: “Today’s protest shows that the people can and will resist the government and Wall Street’s attempts to bully and silence us. The number of people that came out into the streets of downtown today to show solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, Iran and Syria and demand no U.S. or NATO intervention—that’s a good indication that we can build a powerful movement against war and racism right here in the U.S.”

The people stand against NATO

US Prize Awarded to Cuban Poet Nancy Morejon

By Prensa Latina

Cuban writer and poet Nancy Morejon said she was surprised for the work/life award granted to her recently in San Francisco, California, by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

“It took me by surprise; I did not expect it,” the author of “Piedra Pulida” (Polished Stone) told Prensa Latina.

She said it is not a book or an essay; it is an important award that recognizes an author’s career.

Born on August 7, 1944, Morejon is one of the most prestigious writers and poets in the Island, and has devoted part of her career to study Caribbean literature and the work by Nicolas Guillen.

She is a full member of the Cuban Academy of Language since 1999, and was awarded the National Literature Prize in 2001.

She also is bestowed with the Officer of the National Order of Merit of France.

Considered the largest association around the world, LASA groups figures and institutions devoted to Latin American studies. Its main mission is promoting intellectual debate, research and teaching about the region.

 

US Prize Awarded to Cuban Poet Nancy Morejon

Defending the Cuban Revolution