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Revolutionary Miguel Cruz Santos: 1958-2014

By February 24, 2014
Miguel Cruz Santos

Miguel Cruz Santos, a tireless fighter for the working class and a defender of socialism, died on Feb. 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the early age of 56. A memorial in his honor was held on Feb. 9 at the Ehret Funeral Home there where hundreds of activists, trade unionists and socialists praised […]


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 […]


New York tribute to Mandela and Cuba

By February 12, 2014
Mariela Castro Espin

By Cheryl LaBash and Monica Moorehead Harlem, N.Y. — A special tribute to the great freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was held Feb. 8 at the historic Riverside Church Chapel in Harlem, N.Y.  Mandela, the first Black-elected president of post-apartheid South Africa, died this past Dec. 5 at age 95.  The theme of the meeting was […]


Cuban hero to be released from U.S. prison

By February 5, 2014
Fernando González

After spending 15 years unjustly imprisoned for fighting terrorism, Fernando González, one of the Cuban Five, is scheduled to be released from federal prison on Feb. 27. Fernando will be the second of the Five to be released. René González was released in October 2011 after serving his entire sentence. The Five were sent to […]


CELAC Summit in Havana challenges U.S. domination


The development of countries and regions is an ongoing dialectical process, just as the peoples’ movements throughout the world are. In the Latin American and Caribbean area, the peoples’ participation in political life, with a renewed involvement of sectors of the population who had been excluded for decades, has brought about significant positive changes in […]


Pete Seeger: Folk musician, anti-capitalist fighter

By February 3, 2014
Pete Seeger

World-renowned folk musician and songwriter, Peter “Pete” Seeger, was born in 1919. He came from a wealthy New England family, and both his parents were classical musicians. In the summer of 1936, when Seeger was 17 years old, he went to “Mountain Dance and Folk Festival” in Asheville, N.C. At the festival, Seeger had what […]


Amiri Baraka: Poet on Fire (1934-2014)

By January 24, 2014
Left to right: Amina Baraka, Iyaluua Ferguson, Suzanne Ross, Larry Holmes, Amiri Baraka and Herman Ferguson demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Harlem, 2008.WW photo: Anne Pruden

Jan. 10 — The name Amiri Baraka has been known to me since my teens, when I was a member of the Black Panther Party. His name was often linked with that of Dr. Maulana Karenga (credited with founding Kwanzaa) of the Los Angeles-based US Organization, which began as competition with the L.A. Black Panthers […]


Cuban leader Ricardo Alarcón: Amiri Baraka ‘led an unwavering life’


By Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada Alarcón was president of the Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power and a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba until 2013. Beautiful black women, it is still raining in this terrible land. We need you. We flex our muscles, turn to stare at our tormentor, […]


IFCO /Pastors for Peace resists IRS attacks

By January 18, 2014

Once again the U.S. government is targeting the solidarity movement with harassment in an attempt to silence the progressive movement in this country. IFCO (the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization)/Pastors for Peace says it has become the victim of “political persecution and an aggressive harassment campaign by the IRS.” At the root of this recent […]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 27

By January 11, 2014

Cuban women and Cuban ‘marriage’ “With a bleeding eye in their hands, a sergeant and several other men went to the cell where our compañeras Melba Hernández and Haydée Santamaría were held. Addressing the latter, and showing her the eye, they said: ‘This eye belonged to your brother. If you will not tell us what […]