@ 6pm (Reception) 7pm (Cultural program) Casa de las Americas
182 E. 111th St.
(Btwn. Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.)
Dos Alas 2013 A cultural/political evening of celebration and solidarity presented by
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign and Casa de las Americas! Dedicated to the
FREEDOM OF THE CUBAN 5 AND THE PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Join us as we celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Cuban revolution anniversary and the 70th Birthday of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera!
• Keynote address by the new Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations
• Boleros: Abram Alberto
• Poetry: Bobby Gonzalez and Rafael Landron
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
In the Final Declaration of the “8th Colloquium of Holguin for the freedom of the Cuban Five and against terrorism” held from November 28th to December 1st, more than 300 delegates from all over the world agreed to work on a number of actions over the coming year.
In the third point of the declaration delegates at the Colloquium approved to “support a second series of actions in Washington DC “5 days for the Cuban 5″ and that during these days, committees from all over the world will hold demonstrations in front of U.S. embassies. Also people from other countries will adapt the poster “Obama Give me Five” and post them all over their cities during these 5 days, among other activities”.
The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuba 5 has set the dates for the actions in Washington DC from May 31st to June 5th.
Among the various activities that will take place during these days, on Saturday June 1st there will be a rally held in front of the White House to demand that Obama immediately free the Cuban 5. Also the committee is planning to organize two days of lobby in Capitol Hill as well as public meetings.
We make an appeal to the entire solidarity movement with Cuba and the Five in the U.S. and all over the world to join and support these days of actions in Washington DC.
This is what I received, asking us to sign a petition on a White House website, asking the White House “to open an honest dialog with the Cuban government to secure the release of American Operative Alan Gross” I thought it was a put-on. The message read:
The White House has put this petition on its website. It asks the US government to open a dialogue with Cuba for the release of Alan Gross. Your signature is needed. http://1.usa. gov/TyOtlG
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Open an honest dialog with the Cuba government to secure the release of American operative Alan Gross
Include potential prisoner exchanges, admissions of wrong doing, drop of the embargo as incentives to bring this man home. His employer owes it to him.
When I first received an email urging me to go to the White House site to sign a petition of this nature, I thought it was a spoof or a virus or something — that it couldn’t be serious. So I asked around, and received this explanation:
It’s part of an initiative by the WH to “listen to the people”. So anyone can go there and post a petition. I think in this case it was LAWG/WOLA/ETC. Then if 25,000 sign it within an allotted amount of time, it gets bumped up to a higher level and at some point the most popular petitions get accepted and read by whoever at White House is in charge of this program. Supposedly it is a way for people to organize and be heard by the administration and for the admin to know what is important to large groups of people. Which means we need to get the largest number of people possible to sign this petition, and soon.
Here’s an explanation about how to do it:
Here is how the White House Petition works. You have to open an account with them first:
2- There is a blue square that reads “Create an account”. Click on it.
3- Fill in the blanks on the form: e-mail address, name, last name and zip code (optional).
4- Read and type the gibberish they put below [“Captcha” –used on many sites to make sure you are a real person and not a spamming machine. That’s the hard part for me because I often don’t see them in my browser. I’m not sure what you can do if you have the same problem. klw]
5- Click again on the blue square at the bottom “Create an account”.
Take a quick break and go to your e-mail inbox. You are going to have a message from them to confirm that you are in fact a real person.
6- After the first paragraph there comes a long link. Click on it and you have already set up the account with them.
7- After that you have to go back to the original petition:
8- Click on the blue square which says “Sign in” and then fill in the blanks and you are all set. You’ll be immediately notified that your name was registered.
I know this sounds like a lot of hassle, but believe me, people who really want to see improved relations between the two countries believe this could be a very effective tool to get the Administration’ s attention, so it’s worth doing. If you can’t do it right now, don’t delete it — put it in some folder you will go back to when you have the time (I have one like that called “Activities” ) and do it. But don’t wait too long.
Actor and Activist Danny Glover Seeks Justice for the Cuban Five
Casa de Las Américas is in the house
By Dominic Redmond
On September 12th, 1998 five Cuban men–Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, FernandoGonzález and René González– were arrested and wrongfully placed in prison to serve two life sentences. The Cuban Five, as they are called was convicted of committing espionage conspiracy against the United States. However, they maintain that they were on assignment to watch terrorist groups throughout Miami.
Tuesday evening, at the Howard University School of Law, students and activists gathered to address The Cuban Five. The Moot Court Room was almost filled to capacity as the discussion, headed by actor and activist Danny Glover discussed the case. Nearly 100 people sat in the room anxiously awaiting every word.
The forum began with Gloria La Riva, the coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. The audience sat in awe as Gloria spoke on the details of the case and why she feels this is a national issue that should be made more public.
“This injustice is one that needs to be stopped” were Gloria’s closing remarks.
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover injected the audience with enthusiasm and passion for the case. His first remarks were ones of honor and praise to the Howard University law school and to the people of Howard University.
“[It’s a] pleasure to be here with such courageous students, thank you Howard University for having me,” said Glover.
From this remark arose a common feeling of pride amongst the crowd. He spoke about the need for justice to be brought about and there is no better time than right now. Gerardo Hernandez, one of the men arrested with the Cuban Five, is one of Glover’s close friends and brothers. Glover’s only wish is that Howard can help in getting this case more notarized and bringing justice to these men.
The evening continued with remarks on the case from Martin Garbus, one of the country’s leading trial lawyers, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, a professor of Government and Public Policy, Kurt Schmoke, Vice President and General Counsel of Howard University, Anderson Francois, Supervising Attorney of the civil rights clinic and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the partnership for civil justice fund.
Each panelist shared the same message–people must use social media to spread awareness about The Cuban Five and bring justice to these men. It is the job of the students, leaders and activists to spread awareness through social media efforts and educate others about the injustices of this case.
Irene Barnes, a Howard University Law student, said that she “found [the forum] very informative and an important topic for us to be informed on.”
Important Cuban Five Forum, Tue. Nov. 13: Howard University School of Law Washington, DC
“Unjustly Imprisoned in the U.S. for Defending Cuba: The Case of the Cuban Five” is the title of an important forum, sponsored by Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC, Tuesday, November 13.
The panel of speakers at the forum includes:
* Danny Glover (pictured at right with Gerardo), actor and social activist who has visited Gerardo Hernández at Victorville Prison many times. * Martin Garbus (pictured below), member of the Cuban Five’s legal team, spearheading the latest appeals in Gerardo’s case on the issue of the U.S. government’s massive misconduct in influencing the Five’s trial by paying journalists. These reporter-agents covered the trial in an extremely prejudicial manner. * Okianer Christian Dark, Dean of Howard University School of Law. The Law School submitted an Amicus brief for the Five’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. * Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney and co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice, instrumental in forcing the government to reveal some of the information about its illegal payments to journalists. * Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell 2002-2005, vocal supporter of freedom for the Cuban Five. * Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, leading efforts to expose the government journalists and their influence on the trial.
The forum is free and open to the public, and offers an important opportunity to the students of Howard University, the public, and audiences far beyond, to learn about the grave injustice dealt to the Cuban Five, and learn about their freedom campaign. If you are within driving distance of Washington, D.C., you won’t want to miss this important meeting. Make sure your friends in the area know about as well!
Details of the forum:
Date, Time: Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 pm Location: Howard University School of Law
Moot Court Room
2900 Van Ness St. NW
Washington, DC Admission: Free
Foro importante para los Cinco Facultad de Derecho de Howard University Washington, DC, martes, 13 de nov.
“Injustamente encarcelados en Estados Unidos por defender a Cuba: El Caso de los Cinco Cubanos” es el título de un importante foro, auspiciado por la Facultad de Derecho de Howard University, en Washington, DC, el martes, 13 de noviembre.
El panel de oradores del foro incluye a:
* Danny Glover (foto en la derecha, con Gerardo), actor y activista social, quien ha visitado a Gerardo Hernández en la prisión federal de Victorville muchas veces. * Martin Garbus (foto abajo), miembro del equipo legal de los Cinco, está dirigiendo el tema de los periodistas pagados por el gobierno, en la apelación actual de Gerardo. El gobierno de EEUU pagó a decenas de periodistas, quienes influenciaron negativamente al jurado y la comunidad de Miami con su cobertura perjudicial contra los Cinco, durante el juicio. * Okianer Christian Dark, Decana de la Facultad de Derecho de Howard University. La Facultad de Derecho entregó un documento legal a favor de la apelación de los Cinco, ante la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos. * Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, la abogado y co-fundador de la Asociación para la Justicia Civil, instrumental en forzar al gobierno revelar información sobre los pagos ilegales a los periodistas. * Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Asistente principal para Colin Powell, cuando era Secretario de Estado en 2002-2005, quien apoya enérgicamente a los Cinco. * Gloria La Riva, coordinadora del Comité Nacional para la Libertad de los Cinco, dirigiendo los esfuerzos para exponer a los periodistas del gobierno.
El foro es gratis y abierto al públicó. Será una oportunidad importante para los estudiantes de Howard University y al público, para aprender sobre la injusticia tan grave cometida contra los Cinco, y saber de la campaña por su libertad. Si usted está en la región de Washington DC, no deje de asistir este importante foro. ¡Invite a sus amigos también!
Detalles del evento:
Fecha, hora: Martes, 13 de noviembre, 6:00 pm Sede: Howard University, Facultad de Derecho
La Sala “Moot Court Room”
2900 Van Ness St. NW
Washington, DC Entrada: Gratis
Un llamado para continuar nuestro trabajo en los Estados Unidos en apoyo a los 5 Cubanos
Queridos amigos solidarios con la causa de los 5 Cubanos,
Les enviamos un YouTube que acabamos de editar del trovador cubano Vicente Feliú en vivo, en el Teatro Brava de San Francisco, esperamos lo disfruten. Vicente Feliú junto al guitarrista Alejandro Valdés realizaron una gira en Washington DC, Nueva York y San Francisco utilizando la música como herramienta para llamar la atención sobre el encarcelamiento de los 5 Cubanos.
Esta fue solo una de la gran cantidad de acciones que se llevaron a cabo en todo el mundo desde el 12 de septiembre al 8 de octubre. Durante esos días, el apoyo internacional por el reclamo de la libertad inmediata a Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando y René se puso de manifiesto mostrando la indignación que sentimos todos al cumplirse 14 años del injusto arresto de los 5 Cubanos.
En EE.UU. donde los Cinco continúan siendo rehenes de más de medio siglo de una política fracasada, es urgente e imperativo continuar llegando a más y más sectores.
En un año electoral en EE.UU. lleno de obstáculos para nuestro trabajo de solidaridad con los 5 Cubanos, el Comité Internacional ha organizado constantes actividades donde se destacan las siguientes:
5 Dias por los 5 en Washington DC, reunió a solidarios de diferentes países, incluyendo Canadá, Bélgica, Italia, Francia, Alemania y Honduras. Durante esos 5 días fueron colocados por toda la ciudad de Washington carteles “Obama Give me five”. Se exhibió en diferentes universidades el documental de Saúl Landau “Que Por Favor se Ponga de Pie el Verdadero Terrorista”. Logramos llegar al Capitolio, tocando las puertas y estableciendo contacto directo con las oficinas de 40 congresistas y senadores. Se organizaron eventos públicos que contaron con la participación de prestigiosas personalidades como Danny Glover, Dolores Huerta, Stephen Kimber, Cindy Sheehan, Wayne Smith, Saul Landau, Salim Lamrani y muchos otros. Las jornadas concluyeron con una importante manifestación frente a la Casa Blanca demandando a Obama la libertad de los Cinco.
Recientemente para conmemorar el 14 aniversario del injusto arresto de los Cinco organizamos un evento público en Washington DC que contó con la participación del líder independentista portorriqueño Rafael Cancel Miranda y Tom Hayden, editor de The Nation. Además organizamos una gira por los EE.UU. con Vicente Feliú, una de las voces más representativas de la Nueva Trova Cubana y Alejandro Valdés, reconocido guitarrista cubano.
Para continuar dando a conocer el caso de los Cinco, nuestro comité está trabajando en nuevas acciones. Hay dos ingredientes necesarios para el éxito de nuestros proyectos: los recursos humanos y los recursos monetarios. Contamos con un equipo de trabajo dinámico y comprometido, pero los recursos económicos que tenemos son insuficientes.
Sabemos que podemos apoyarnos en personas como ustedes que entienden la importancia de continuar el trabajo de solidaridad en apoyo a los Cinco dentro de los EE.UU. Vivimos tiempos difíciles para todos, pero una pequeña contribución de su parte puede hacer una gran diferencia en nuestro trabajo. Necesitamos su ayuda para continuar la campaña por la libertad de los Cinco.
An Appeal to Help Us Continue Our Work in the United States
Dear friends and supporters of the Cuban 5,
Here is a moving YouTube that we just finished of Cuban performer Vicente Feliú live at Brava Theater in San Francisco. We hope you enjoy it. Vicente along with Latin Grammy winning guitarist Alejandro Valdés toured Washington, New York and San Francisco using their music to draw attention to the imprisonment of the Cuban 5.
This was just one of a great number of activities that took place all over the world from September 12th to October 8th to commemorate the 14th anniversary of this enormous injustice. There were more events and actions this year than any other before and that shows we are making progress in reaching more layers of people. But we do not have the luxury to rest on what we have done and the gains we have made. We need to intensify the work especially in the U.S. where the Five have been kept hostage due to a 50 year old failed U.S. policy towards Cuba.
We were cautioned that we should not expect much to happen in this election year but that did not stop the International Committee for the Freedom of Cuban 5 from organizing a number of activities this year including:
5 days for the Cuban 5 in Washington DC that brought together Cuban 5 supporters from all over the world including Canada, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and Honduras. During these 5 days posters of “Obama Give me 5” were pasted all over DC, we featured the documentary “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up” in different universities. Also we organized public events with known personalities including Danny Glover, Dolores Huerta, Stephen Kimber, Cindy Sheehan, Wayne Smith, Saul Landau, Salim Lamrani and many others. We also brought the issue of the Cuban 5 to 40 members of Congress, and we ended the 5 days with a rally in front of the White House.
More recently and in addition to the tour of Vicente Feliú, we organized a public meeting in Washington DC on September 14, with the participation of the fighter for Puerto Rico independence Rafael Cancel Miranda and Tom Hayden, editor of The Nation and others. We also followed up with our lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill by visiting 7 more members of Congress.
To continue raising awareness about the case of the Cuban 5, we are currently planning a number of new activities and there are two main ingredients that will make them successful; human commitment and monetary resources. Our committee has a growing number of dedicated activists and with the necessary donations we feel we will be able to achieve more in the upcoming period.
Many of you have given your financial support in the past and we are asking you to do it once again. And for those of you who haven’t donated to us in the past, but who follow the work of the International Committee, we urge you to do so.
September 5th for the Cuban 5, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell Joins the International Campaign and Sends a Message to Obama
September 12th will mark the 14th anniversary of the unfair imprisonment of the 5 Cuban Patriots. On the 5th of this month, joining thousands of people from all over the world, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell is sending a letter to President Obama asking him to release the Cuban 5.
Dr. Campbell was the first woman to be Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches; the first woman to be Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches; the first ordained woman to be General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and today, she is the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Dr. Campbell is truly a “first woman.” In every job she has held, she was the first woman to carry that responsibility.
As General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ, Dr. Campbell played a crucial role in the fight for the return of 6 year old Elian Gonzalez to Cuba in 2000.
LETTER OF REV. JOAN BROWN CAMPBELL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
September 5, 2012
Dear President Obama,
Today I joined with thousands of people from all over the world to ask you for a humanitarian gesture to allow 5 Cuban men, four of them in US prisons and one under supervised probation to return home to their loved ones.
In December of last year a delegation led by the Reverend Dr. Michael Kinnamon, Former General Secretary of the US National Council of Churches of Christ visited Cuba. They held a number of important meetings including one with the Council of Churches of Cuba. In these meetings they shared days of pray and reflection. They then issued a joint statement in which they committed to work towards the normalization of the relations between the US and Cuba. The relationship between the U.S. National Council of Churches and the Cuban Council is 70+ years old and predates the revolution.
The statement of the churches indicates that to obtain that desired and necessary objective, a number of humanitarian questions must be solved, “that are cause of the lack of unjustifiable understanding and an unnecessary human suffering”. The greatest obstacle mentioned in their declaration was the US blockade against Cuba. Voting on the lifting of the blockade has been brought up in 20 occasions at the General Assembly of United Nations.
Another obstacles mentioned in the joint statement is the imprisonment in the United States of “Five Cubans”, from a trial full of irregularities, whose sentences “have been declared unjust by numerous human right organizations, including Amnesty International and even the United Nations”.
Members of the delegation met with the mothers and spouses of the Cuban 5 as a show of support for the freedom of their children and spouses.
The Cuban 5, as they are internationally known, were no threat to US national security. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González sacrificed their lives to monitor terrorist groups based in Miami. They came to this country to alert and protect Cuban and North American people from criminal actions that have cost the life of thousands of Cubans and foreign citizens like Fabio Di Celmo, a young Italian who died in 1997 product of a bombing in a Havana hotel.
The Cuban government asked the U.S. government to put an end to the impunity of violent organizations that seriously threaten both countries. In June 1998 a delegation of high-level FBI went to Havana due to the magnitude of the complaint. Cuban officials gave the FBI all the information they had on these criminal groups to cease their actions. Incredibly, three months later the FBI arrested the messengers of this critical information, the Cuban 5.
This month of September will mark the 14 anniversary of the arrest of these five men; and so far no terrorist has been convicted, while the Cuban 5 still remain imprisoned.
On October 7 of last year, Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban 5, served his sentence of 15 years and was released, but the U.S. government prevented him from returning to Cuba to be reunited with his loved ones. René is being forced to stay for three years of probation in South Florida where his life is in constant danger. As an additional punishment, the U.S. government refuses to grant a visa to his wife Olga Salanueva to visit him in the U.S.
President Obama, I have visited Cuba over 30 times, I have met the families of the Cuban 5 and I share their suffering. It is time to free the Cuban 5 as a sign of our humanity. This same concern is felt by the entire Cuban people, leaders of all religions, lawyers, intellectuals, artists, 10 Nobel Prize recipients, parliaments, governments, Christians and Catholics in Latin America and thousands around the world.
More than a decade ago, when I was the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States, I had the opportunity to get involved in the return of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba. He was a young child, a victim of the contentious relations between the United States and Cuba. During that time I was able to meet his grandmothers and his father and I experienced the pain of a Cuban family.
I feel there is a similarity between both cases, although Elian was child separated from his family, the Cuban 5 have spent 14 years without watching their children grow, and be with their parents as they grow older. Some of them have lost family members during these long years of incarceration. Furthermore, as Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban 5 are at the center of U.S./Cuba relations.
President Obama, the people of the United States and Cuba wish to live in peace, harmony and brotherhood. There is no reason for our country to continue such an inhumane policy towards the island nation. Releasing the Cuban 5 undoubtedly will help in the restoration of relations between both countries.
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
REMEMBER: THE 5TH OF SEPTEMBER FOR THE CUBAN 5
NEXT WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH, CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND JOIN THE WORLDWIDE DEMAND FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE FIVE.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO REACH THE WHITE HOUSE
By phone: 202-456-1111 (If nobody answers the phone leave a message)
If calling from outside the United States, dial first the International Area Code
+ 1 (US country code) followed by 202-456-1111
By Fax: 202-456-2461
If fax is sent from outside the United States, dial first the International Area
Code + 1 (US country code) followed by 202-456-2461
To send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To send a letter
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500