Freedom Ride for The Cuban Five

FREEDOM RIDE FOR THE CUBAN FIVE

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Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and René González, the Cuban 5, were arrested by the F.B.I. on “conspiracy” and other trumped-up charges.  The real reason for their imprisonment was that they infiltrated and gathered information on right-wing Cuban-American groups in Miami in order to prevent terrorist attacks against Cuba by these groups.  The Cuban 5 have been imprisoned for more than 13 years – for defending the sovereignty of their homeland.  Join the international campaign to free them.  Demand that President Obama free them immediately.  Yes We Can!

The Freedom Ride for the Cuban 5 is part of the  “Solidarity Week for the Cuban 5” campaign in Washington, D.C., April 16-21, 2012, initiated  by The International Committee for the
Freedom of the Cuban 5.

Freedom Riders $5 – For The 5 (Round-Trip Cost)
Bring Lunch/Water Will Be Provided
Freedom Buses Leave @ 6am – Return: 4pm

For More Information, To Become A Sponsor, & Reserve Your Seat Today:
Tel. (917) 945-9877 – (718) 601-4751

INITIATORS/SPONSORS: El Puente, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights-NYC Chapter, DC 37/AFSCME-Local 372, Casa de las Américas, July 26 Coalition,  Cuba Solidarity New York, Wives Without Rights Campaign, Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, Latin America  Democracy Committee, 1119/SEIU, and Occupy Harlem, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Venceremos Brigade, NYC Jericho Movement, Peoples’ Attorney Michael  Tariff Warren, NYC Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), Fuerza de la Revolución Dominicana (FR/NY), The U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange,. National Network on Cuba (NNOC), La Mesa de Izquierda Dominicana, New Black Panther Party, Peoples Organization for Progress, Mesa Redonda Dominicana, Hartford Committee for Cuba, Bolivarian Circle –NY, Socialist Workers Party (SWP), Cuba In Focus/WBAI Radio, Fundación Andres Figueroa Cordero, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, International Action Center (I.A.C.) and Workers’ World Party (WWP)

BELOW ARE THE BUS LOCATIONS.

El Barrio – East Harlem
106 St. and Lexington

The Bronx
Hostos Community College
149 St. and Grand Concourse

Washington Heights – Upper Manhattan
Port Authority Bus Terminal
179 St. and Broadway

Lower Manhattan (this bus is full)
DC 37
125 Barclay St.

 

Tel: 917 – 412 – 4451 Nancy C.

917 – 945 – 9877 Franklin F.

718 – 601 – 4751 Frank V.

COMING SOON!  SEPTEMBER 2012 – NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE! WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.

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Cuban Revolution Today – Revolutionary Continuity and Change

The Cuban Revolution Today: Revolutionary Continuity and Change

Session: Session 6
Room: E325
When: Sunday, March 18th
Time: 12:00pm – 1:50pm

Abstract:

This panel will give Left Forum participants the opportunity to hear official representatives of the revolutionary Cuban government in an open, unrestrained, free discussion and debate. Topics to be addressed will include the new economic policies being currently implemented; Cuba’s internationalist foreign policy; US-Cuban relations under Obama; the Case of the Cuban Five and Cuba’s fight against terrorism; democratic rights and human rights in Cuba; and advances in struggles against racism, for women’s rights, and, notably, LGBT rights. The Chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, Jorge A. Bolanos Suarez will be the featured panelist in a freewheeling discussion on the Cuban Revolution Today. The panel will be organized by the July 26 Coalition, a Coalition of over 25 groups fighting Washington’s ongoing economic and political war against Cuba.

Panel Topics:
Caribbean Basin
Latin America

Chair:
Ike Nahem -A longtime anti-war, socialist, and labor activist, Ike Nahem is the coordinator of Cuba Solidarity New York and a founder of the July 26 Coalition. Nahem is an Amtrak Locomotive Engineer and member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a division of the Teamsters Union. He participated in a panel on Latin American politics at the 2011 Left Forum.

Speakers:
Nancy Cabrero – President of Casa de las Americas. Long time activist in Latin American solidarity work.

Jorge Bolanos – Since 2007, Chief Jorge Bolanos has served as the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC is a veteran Cuban revolutionary and diplomat. Bolanos graduated in Political Sciences and International Law from the University of Havana and did postgraduate courses in Foreign Relations from the University of London. Chief Bolanos has been a member of the Cuban Foreign Ministry since 1963. He has served as ambassador to Poland, Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom , Brazil and Mexico.

Frank Velgara – is a longtime political activist the in Puerto Rican Independence Movement and U.S. left and solidarity movements. He is a leader of the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, the Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, and the Socialist Front of Puerto Rico. He is a founder of the July 26th Coalition. Member, Local 1251/District Council 37.

 

COMING SOON!  NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE! WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.

FMC – Federation of Cuban Women

This forum is an opportunity to hear official representatives of the Cuban Federation of Women (FMC) in an open and free discussion.

The Cuban delegation is in New York as part of United Nations activity around Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. They will address the position of women in revolutionary Cuba today, as well as the new economic policies being currently implemented; Cuba’s internationalist foreign policy; US-Cuban relations under Obama;  the Case of the Cuban Five and Cuba’s fight against terrorism; democratic rights and human rights in Cuba; and advances in struggles against racism.

Sponsored By:
Casa de las Américas and the July 26th Coalition, an ongoing initiative by the organizations and individuals in solidarity with the People of Cuba in the NYC/Tri-State Area, and
Occupy Harlem.

For more information call: 917-887-8710

 

El ‘exilio’ vuelve por Navidad

Scrito por Fernando Ravsberg    
Lunes, 09 de Enero de 2012

Los cubanos en EEUU son “refugiados políticos”, los únicos que pasan las vacaciones en el país que los persigue.

Alrededor de 400.000 emigrados cubanos llegaron en 2011 a la isla, convirtiéndose en el segundo grupo de visitantes, tras el millón de turistas canadienses. Los viajes se dispararon apenas el presidente Obama eliminó las restricciones, pese a los esfuerzos de los políticos de Miami por reimplantar la prohibición. Las reformas en marcha en Cuba y la nueva ley migratoria que se debate facilitan aún más las visitas de la comunidad de emigrados.

Este mes se disparó el número de vuelos desde EEUU, país donde radica la mayor comunidad, con 1.200.000 emigrados cubanos. El miércoles 21 de diciembre, por ejemplo, llegaron nueve vuelos con alrededor de 2.000 pasajeros, uno de Los Ángeles, otro de Atlanta y siete desde Miami. Algunos de estos chárter se ven obligados a fletar un avión extra de carga para traer las maletas con los regalos. La terminal que recibe los vuelos es por estos días un verdadero hormiguero, en total esperan que 50.000 emigrados pasen las fiestas en Cuba.

400.000 emigrados viajaron en 2011 a la isla, tras “huir del comunismo”

“Vine a pasar las fiestas con mi familia, para verlos y también para traerles todo lo que necesitan”, dice a Público Leticia Molina. Esta cubana-estadounidense sostiene: “Me parece muy bien que no existan leyes que nos impidan venir, porque este es mi país”.

Por su parte, Natalia García explica: “Entre pasajes, pasaportes y regalos me costó 6.000 dólares norteamericanos el viaje, pero quería a ver a mi padre y a mis amigos, hacía años que no venía”. No lejos de allí, Estela Miranda recibe a su hermana y van brindando desde la puerta del aeropuerto. La fiesta va a ser en grande. Nos cuenta que tienen todo preparado: “Vamos a asar un puerco en púa, hacer chicharrones y tamales. Hacía años que no pasábamos las fiestas toda la familia junta”.

Lo paradójico es que la mayoría de los cubanos residentes en los EEUU son “refugiados políticos”, amparados por la Ley de Ajuste que otorga residencia y permiso de trabajo de forma automática a cualquier persona que pise suelo norteamericano y pueda probar que nació en Cuba. Así se convierten en la única comunidad de exiliados del mundo que pasan las vacaciones en el país que los persigue.

Hay vuelos chárter que fletan otro avión para las maletas y los regalos
¿Exilio o emigración?

La contradicción no pasó desapercibida para los políticos de Miami que convencieron al expresidente George W. Bush de que era necesario prohibir los viajes y el envío de remesas de dinero. Fue entonces cuando se limitó a un viaje cada tres años y a cien dólares mensuales de ayuda, pero sólo al círculo familiar más estrecho: padres, hijos y hermanos.

La medida contuvo las visitas y también el flujo de dólares hasta que Obama la eliminó, como había prometido durante su campaña electoral.

La crisis ha hecho que más de 60.000 hayan solicitado regresar a su patria

Recientemente, el congresista cubano-estadounidense David Rivera volvió a sacar el tema, proponiendo castigar a “aquellos que hacen uso de una ley concebida para protegerlos de la persecución y luego viajan al país perseguidor”. Mientras, su colega Mario Diaz-Balart intentaba colar en un proyecto de ley de gastos del Gobierno una reedición de las restricciones de Bush. El Congreso de EEUU paró la maniobra, pero seguramente muy pronto volverán a la carga.

El tema migratorio está politizado desde 1959. En Miami y Washington aseguran que todo el que sale del país “huye del comunismo”, mientras desde La Habana se les calificaba de “gusanos”. Pero el Gobierno cubano cambió su percepción, los identificó como “comunidad cubana en el exterior” y Raúl Castro reconoció públicamente que “casi todos [los emigrados] preservan su amor por la familia y la patria que los vio nacer y manifiestan de diferentes formas solidaridad hacia sus compatriotas”.

Sin embargo, en EEUU continúan hablando de “exilio”, aunque en realidad sólo una ínfima parte entra en esa categoría.

Perspectivas de regreso

Las reformas económicas de Cuba dan una nueva dimensión a las relaciones de los emigrados con su país. Julia Báez, residente en Valencia, y su esposo construyen un apartamento en casa de su hermana en la ciudad de Bayamo, gracias a que se abrió la venta de materiales de construcción. Helena vive en California, pero está haciendo gestiones para comprar una casa y un automóvil y regresar a vivir en Cuba en cuanto haga “un poco más de dinero en los Estados Unidos”. Otros invierten sus dólares a través de la familia para crear negocios conjuntos.

Algunos, como Lenin Abreu, empujados por la crisis, están regresando a vivir y trabajar en Cuba. No es un caso único. En la Dirección de Migración hay decenas de personas haciendo los trámites para ser repatriados. Tanto es así que las autoridades se vieron obligadas a colgar un cartel explicando los documentos que hacen falta para poder volver a residir en el país. Fuentes oficiosas dijeron a Público que en la actualidad hay más de 60.000 personas solicitando regresar.

La nueva ley migratoria que debe aprobarse en próximas semanas contemplará mayores facilidades de movimiento para los cubanos de la isla y también para los emigrados, que podrán pasar más tiempo fuera del país sin perder su derecho a regresar. Además, se les autorizará a mantener sus propiedades durante ese periodo o dejarlas en manos de sus familiares si pasan más tiempo en el exterior. También podrán invertir en la isla lo que ganen en otros países.

Fuente: Público, Madrid

 

 

¡Cuba & Puerto Rico: De Un Pajaro Las Dos Alas!



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center-1199/SEIU

310 West 43 Street, Manhattan 7pm

Greetings by

  • Honorable Pedro Nuñez Mosquera, Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Boricua African & Caribbean Sounds by Bomba Yo, Youth Ensemble
  • Boleros by Venezuelan Abram Alberto
  • Evening Salsa, Merengue & Bachata – Sounds by DJ Carlito and DJ Che

$15 Suggested Donation (Includes Caribbean Dinner)

Moderators:

Nancy Cabrero, President, Casa de las América

Benjamin Ramos, ProLibertad Freedom Campaign

“Dos Alas 2012”

A Cultural/Political Evening of Celebration & Solidarity Presented by Casa de las Américas & The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign

Dedicated to the Freedom of the Cuban 5 & Puerto Rican Political Prisoners.

Co-Sponsored by The World Health Organization for the Right of the People to Health Care, 1199/SEIU

JOIN US ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH FOR AN EVENING OF CULTURE, FOOD, DANCING, AND SOLIDARITY!

For more information, tickets, palm cards & flyers: (917) 945-9877/(718) 601-4751

La Colmenita

 

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

Original Cuban Artworks at Casa de las Americas

In spite of the decades-long US embargo on Cuba, Americans and Cubans have found ways to get to know one another, especially through cultural exchanges.

Casa de las Americas of NY has obtained over 30 original works of art by well known Cuban artists that are for sale.

This is your opportunity to not only view these dynamic works of art but to also own one of them.
• Select from a great range of extraordinary original art, at all great prices
• An investment opportunity, not to be missed
• Landscapes, abstracts, portraits, still life, surrealism paintings

182 East 111th St. (bet. Third and Lexington Ave.)
#6 Lexington Ave. line train to 110th St.
Friday, October 14, 2011 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Proceeds of the sale of the art work will help fund the US tour of La Colmenita, a national children’s theater group of Cuba

Salud ~ Cuba Medical Film

FREE THE CUBAN 5 MONTH/FILM FESTIVAL!

In 2006, President Ricardo Alarcon of the Cuban parliament, called for the period of time between September 12th through October 6th, to be a time to call attention to the case of the Cuban 5; 5 U.S. held political prisoners incarcerated for 13 years for fighting against terrorism in the United States and Cuba. In New York City, we extend the time frame by 6 days to make it a full month, Sept. 12th-Oct. 12th.

This year, The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 is organizing a film festival and a series of forums to educate, organize and mobilize for the freedom of these innocent men! Please Support our efforts! Contact us if you want to host a film showing or a forum! Email us at: freethecuban5@gmail.com or call
718-601-4751

¡Salud!:

A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud!hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba — now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right.

A feature documentary, ¡Salud! is directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field and co-produced by Gail Reed. The film spans three continents to look at the philosophy and health professionals placing Cuba on the map in the worldwide movement to make health care a global birthright. Today, Cubans are among the world’s healthiest people, despite the island’s poverty. Cuba’s volunteer corps now posts 28,000 health professionals in 68 countries; and Cuban medical schools will graduate an unprecedented 100,000 new doctors from developing countries over the next decade.

Friday Sept. 30th, 2011 at 7pm-10pm

Casa de las Américas, 182 East 111th St. (bet. Third and Lexington Ave.)
#6 Lexington Ave. line train to 110th St.
Friday, October 14, 2011 5:00PM to 8:00PM

REMEMBERING THE VIEQUES STRUGGLE


REMEMBERING THE VIEQUES STRUGGLE

Monday Nov. 28th, 2011 at 6:30pm
Casa de Las Americas
182 E. 111th St. (btwn. Lexington Ave. and third Ave.) Take the 6 train to E. 111th St.
Suggested donation: $5-10 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

BEFORE WE OCCUPPIED WALL STREET;
BEFORE THE UPR STUDENT STRIKE;
BEFORE THE PROTESTS OF THE GAS PIPELINE
THE PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE PROTESTED THE MOST POWERFUL NAVY IN THE WORLD AND WON!

Join the ProLibertad Freedom Campaign as welcome veteran Vieques activist Robert Rabin, Director of the Fort Count Mirasol Museum in Vieques and spokesperson of El Comite Pro-Rescate y Desarollo de Vieques, to New York!

Come hear an update on:
The Community Struggles in Vieques


The work for de-contamination


The devolution of Vieques’ lands

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
 www.ProLibertadWeb.com

ProLibertad@hotmail.com
 718-601-4751

Defending the Cuban Revolution