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IFCO/Pastors for Peace: On the road to Cuba

By July 29, 2014

Since 1992 the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment caravan has challenged the U.S. blockade of Cuba, casting a solidarity net to every corner of the United States and into Canada and Mexico. On July 23, caravanistas marched across the border to join their brightly painted vehicles. Without U.S. government permission or an […]

 

Return Cuba’s heroes

By June 4, 2014
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Cuba is awaiting the return of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, the three of the Cuban 5 who remain unjustly held in U.S. prisons. Along with René González and Fernando González, who served their full sentences and returned to Cuba, these five men are heroes who risked their own lives to infiltrate Miami-based […]

 

Art exhibit builds 5 Days for the Cuban 5

By May 23, 2014
‘The Small Ball’ names the physical reaction to what Guerrero calls ‘that well designed
punishment’ of 17 months of solitary confinement. Behind the viewer is ‘The Night Watch.’ Guerrero writes: ‘There is a schedule for the officers of the night watch to count the prisoners. However, they can do it at any time of the night and day.’WW photo: Cheryl LaBash

Washington, D.C. — Westminster Church hosted an exhibit and sale of reproductions of watercolors by Antonio Guerrero, titled “I will die as I have lived,” on May 17. Guerrero is one of the unjustly imprisoned Cuban Five, who are the focus of an international campaign to free them from U.S. prisons. Pastor Brian Hamilton welcomed […]

 

May Day in Havana

By May 7, 2014
One million march in Havana.WW photo: Berta Joubert-Ceci

At 6 a.m. on May 1, the Havana sky was dark, but the intersection of the tree-lined Paseo boulevard and Avenida 23 was already packed with May Day marchers waiting for their contingents to form, talking, drumming and blowing noisemakers. Children were perched on parents shoulders to get a better view. I too was waiting […]

 

Who are the Cuban 5?

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Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, Ramón Labañino Salazar, and Rene González Sehewert.

The Cuban 5 came to south Florida from Cuba to infiltrate, observe and report on the U.S.-based and supported paramilitaries who had bombed Cuban hotels and restaurants, causing injury and even death to innocent people. On Sept. 12, 1998, the Cuban 5 were arrested, denied a change of trial venue just 30 miles outside of […]

 

Tweets, the Cuban 5 and the U.S. blockade

By April 5, 2014

A widely distributed Associated Press article on April 3 revealed details of yet another covert U.S. program meant to undermine socialist Cuba. The AP’s investigative report, titled “U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest,” describes a multimillion-dollar program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that was meant to gather intelligence on cellphone […]

 

Uruguay president says: Yes to Gitmo prisoners, now what about Cuban 5?

By March 27, 2014
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Uruguayan President Jose Mujica broke through the U.S. corporate media blockade and made headlines about the Cuban 5 heroes — three of whom remain in U.S. prisons. In a radio broadcast on March 21, Mujica reported that Uruguay would accept prisoners from the notorious U.S. Guantanamo concentration camp and also urged the U.S. to free […]

 

Vote for the Cuban 5 now!

By March 17, 2014

Ask your friends to vote for them too. Voting ends 5 p.m. on March 21. IT WILL TAKE ONLY ONE MINUTE OF YOUR TIME! humanrightsaward.org/2014-peoples-choice/contest/#!/entry/6042488 The 2014 People’s Choice Award will be announced on April 9 by Global Exchange. Every effort to make the Case of the Cuban 5 known contributes to the jury of […]

 

Britain denies visa to Cuban 5 hero

By March 15, 2014

The British labor movement reacted swiftly when the government there denied an entry visa to Cuban 5 hero René González. González was to be the main witness for “The International Commission of Inquiry on the Case of the Cuban 5,” held at London’s Law Society on March 7 and 8. In an open letter published […]

 

Debt, Cuba and Detroit

By February 15, 2014
Photo: Daymon J. Hartley

The following is excerpted from a talk by Cheryl LaBash, an organizer for last summer’s Five Days for the Cuban 5 and co-chair of the National Network on Cuba. LaBash highlighted the relationship between the struggle to free the Cuban 5; the development of economic solidarity structures throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly the […]

 
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