Mission of the July 26 Coalition

IS TO OPPOSE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S HOSTILITY TO THE CUBAN REVOLUTION AND TO WORK TOWARD NORMALIZING RELATIONS

-End the US Embargo against Cuba!

-Normalize Relations with Cuba!

-Respect Cuba's Sovereignty!

-Lift the Travel Ban!

-Return the Guantanamo Naval Base to Cuba!

-Repeal the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act

Our activities include a variety of public educational programs including video showings, talks from visiting Cubans, and report backs from those who have recently traveled to Cuba. We participate in humanitarian material aid campaigns and we support tours to Cuba where people from the US can see the island nation for themselves.
See Flyers for our upcoming events.

Our interests include educating ourselves and others about the achievements of' the Cuban Revolution:

- in health care

- in literacy and the right to education

- in the lowering of infant mortality

- in the rights of women

- in the work to eliminate discrimination based upon race and class

- in the arts, sports, and culture

- in social and community relations

- in solidarity with the struggles of the oppressed people of the world

We are committed to working to end the aggressive policies of the United States toward Cuba, as well as toward other Caribbean and Latin countries.

We support the struggles of popular movements of the poor, working, and indigenous peoples of the Americas to obtain peace; economic, political, and social justice; and to end environmental destruction.

We understand the connection between foreign and domestic policies of the United States, and we strive to contribute to the movements for social justice by working to change our own society as well as ourselves.

Please join us in this important work. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at Roxbury Community College, Academic Building, Faculty Lounge, 4th floor, 7-9 p.m.
For more information please call us at 617-566-2861 email info @ july26.org

The Coalition was formed in 1989 and is affiliated with the National Network on Cuba (NNOC). Locally we are affiliated with Central American Education Fund (CAEF).

Ongoing Projects of The July 26th Coalition

Free the Five

Supporting the FriendShipments organized by Pastors for Peace. For the latest info check out the Caravan
Home Page

Helping the US-Cuba Labor Exchange organize workers and unionists to attend meetings in Cuba and to have Cuban workers visit the US. Local Contact: 617-254-9070

The July 26th Coalition urges all those who oppose the embargo and US policy towards Cuba to come to our regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. The meetings usually are at 7:00 pm at Roxbury Community College, Administration Building, 4th floor, Faculty Lounge. Call the number above for more information and to confirm that the meetings are happening, or write us at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02111.
Besides our own events we also let people on our email list know of other interesting Cuba related events in the Greater Boston Area.

Our email address is info @ july26.org

Affiliates and Other Organizations:

List of organizations we work with
We announce our events on the Greater Boston Activists email list Act-MA.

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Partial History of our Past Events

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July 26th Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution takes its name from the July 26 Movement Video of Cuba, which led the revolutionary upsurge that culminated in the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship on January 1, 1959.

Formed in 1989 and joined LACASA in 1993

Member National Network on Cuba

Activities of the July 26th Coalition

Some of our events were taped and are available at the sites below. There is a notation next to the event about who taped it.

Radio Free Maine (RFM)

More recently FreemanZ and his 492 Cafe have also recorded some of our events.

The following is a list of local events we either cosponsored or
publicized. If you signup for our email list you will find out about similar Boston area events in the future.

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Latest activities can be found on our home page.

Highlights of 2011


Paintings by Antonio Guerrero - Political Prisoner in Portland Maine 2011


Let Cuba Live - Art Exhibition
Paintings by Antonio Guerrero - Political Prisoner
(Note this was not actually sponsored by the July 26th Coalition but we organized transportation from Boston to participate in the reception.)

Nationwide showings of these 30 paintings are aimed at raising awareness of Antonio’s unjust imprisonment and that of four other Cuban men who defended their country from terrorist attacks launched from the United States.
A worldwide movement demands their freedom. Ms. Burrows will discuss the case of the Cuban Five and read some of Antonio’s poems. In her presentation, she will relate working to free the Five to ending racial oppression and securing world peace.
She dedicates her program to Rev. Lucius Walker. The Pastors for Peace leader fought for human rights and a “people’s foreign policy.” He died on September 7, 2010.

For information about Antonio Guerrero and the Cuban Five, go to www.letcubalive.org, www.freethefive.org,
or www.thecuban5.org.

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Article on the exhibit in the Portland Phoenix,
January 17 - February 18

Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine.
The display is at the 5th floor exhibition space

View Antonio Guerrero’s paintings, hear his poetry, and learn his story.
Vinie Burrows has performed in Broadway theaters, on radio and television. The New York Times calls her "a magnificent performer." For New York Post reviewer Clive Barnes, she is "one of the reigning divas of the Black theater." In one - woman shows performed across the world, Ms. Burrows acts out lives of Black women in Africa, in struggle for civil rights, and in the American theater. At the United Nations she serves as Permanent Representative for the Women's International Democratic Federation."

Let Cuba Live of Maine and the University of Southern Maine Libraries are co-sponsors of this event.
For more information, call (207) 743-2183.

January 17 - February 18

Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine.
The display is at the 5th floor exhibition space

View Antonio Guerrero’s paintings, hear his poetry, and learn his story.
Vinie Burrows has performed in Broadway theaters, on radio and television. The New York Times calls her "a
magnificent performer." For New York Post reviewer Clive Barnes, she is "one of the reigning divas of the Black
theater." In one - woman shows performed across the world, Ms. Burrows acts out lives of Black women in Africa,
in struggle for civil rights, and in the American theater. At the United Nations she serves as Permanent Representative
for the Women's International Democratic Federation."

Let Cuba Live of Maine and the University of Southern Maine Libraries are co-sponsors of this event.
For more information, call (207) 743-2183.

Highlights of 2010

PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN TO CUBA

SPONTANEOUS CELEBRATIONS
45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain
Tuesday, July 6th, 6pm – 9pm

MUSIC, DANCING, DISCUSSION, FOOD
By traveling to Cuba with humanitarian aid without a U.S. government license, Pastors for Peace challenges the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba as well as the blockade on the minds of the Americans about the achievements of the Cuba people.

Partial list of sponsors: July 26th Coalition of Boston, Newton Cuba Solidarity, Bikes Not Bombs, City Life/Vida Urbana, Community Church of Boston, World Fellowship, Hubie and Kathy Jones, Mark Solomon

"We don’t need a government license. Love is our license.”
Rev. Tom Smith, Pastors for Peace

Highlights of 2009

July 26th Celebration 2009


In the 50th year of the Cuban Revolution, we celebrate the national holiday, July 26th, with Tony Van der Meer speaking on On the work of Cuba patriot Eugene Godfried

Eugene Godfried, who died earlier this year, was a long time English-language correspondent for Radio Havana Cuba.

A short presentation by Omar Sierra the Venezuelan consul
Along with.a Film on Women and the Cuban Revolution Con la Memoria en el Futuro (With Our Memory on the Future)
This documentary produced by the noted Cuban filmmaker Octavio Cortázar in 2005 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the founding of the "Federation of Cuban Women (FMC)" charts the profound changes in the status of women as a result of the Cuban revolution. At an FMC Congress in 1966 Fidel Castro described the beginning of these changes as the "revolution within the revolution."
This FMC documentary gives the viewer a picture of Cuba today, with women working in a variety of jobs that were almost exclusively male prior to the 1959 revolution. Through the lively interviews, women and men of many generations describe how the revolution, with hundreds of thousands of women working outside the home everyday, has impacted relations in the workplace, sexual relations, divorce, and women and men's role in the household. You get a frank picture of how deeply entrenched traditional views are on these questions, and of the role of the FMC in this on-going battle of ideas.

7/7 20th "Pastors for Peace" Caravan to Cuba

6/17 Picket Line to Protest Supreme Court Decision on the Cuban 5

Highlights of 2008

Showed the film "Cuba, an African Odyssey" in Oct. at the Community Church

Continued showings of the Film "Salud"

10/29 "MIT Amnesty International"

10/24 "Jamaica Plain Forum"

4/14 Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury

6/17 19th "Pastors for Peace" Caravan to Cuba

6/06 Picket Line to Protest Court Decision on the Cuban 5

Highlights of 2007


We sponsored a number of showing of the Film "Salud"

11/1 and 3/20 at Bunker Hill Community College
10/18 and 8/14 at "Encuentro 5"

7/26 at the Brookline Town Library

4/29 Cosponsored with the "MIT Western Hemisphere Project"

10/10 The Trial - the Untold Story of the Cuban Five

On the 40th anniversary of Che Guevara’s death in combat in Bolivia

New England Premier

"The Trial - the Untold Story of the Cuban Five"
Narrated by Danny Glover

This documentary explores the U.S. government's use of false conspiracy charges and secret evidence which laid the basis for the conviction of five Cuban nationals - Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, René González, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labanino - who were peacefully monitoring the activities of counterrevolutionary groups in the United States who had a history of terrorist attacks against Cuba. They are now serving draconian sentences in U.S. federal prisons.
The film features revealing interviews with defense and prosecuting attorneys, Cuban and U.S. experts, and advocates for the Five's freedom.
"The Trial" is a dynamic portrayal that in its search for truth and justice, forcefully demonstrates the enormous injustice meted out to the Cuban Five. It makes a convincing factual case for their liberation.

This meeting is part of the International Days of Solidarity with the Cuban Five from Sept. 12 (1998), the anniversary of their false arrest to Oct. 6, the anniversary of the "first mid-air bombing of a passenger plane - Cubana 455" as it took off from Barbados - killing all 73 passengers in 1976. Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch who engineered this violence against Cuban and international civilians walk
free in Miami today.

MIT Building 4 Room 149

Co-sponsored by: "MIT Western Hemisphere Project"

Film and Discussion

"The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" 2/5/07

Coolidge Corner Cinema

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba lost most of its access to oil, fertilizers and pesticides. Learn how Cuba's response to this crisis has led it to the forefront of the movement for sustainable and organic agricultural practices.

Did you know that 50% of the vegetables eaten in the city of Havana, Cuba are organically grown within the city limits?

Where: Coolidge Corner Cinema, Brookline, MA

Elizabeth Morrow is a graduate student of History at Tufts University and has written and spoken about US foreign policy towards Cuba.

"Sajed Kamal" is Adjunct Professor, Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University Sponsored by Newton Cuba Solidarity Group.

Highlights of 2006

Superpower Principles: US Terrorism Against Cuba, 10/06/06
Noam Chomsky, Salim Lamrani and National Lawyers Guild President Michael Avery speak on the topic of the Cuba Five


and associated US state-sponsored terrorism against this tiny island nation which displays the unmitigated chutzpacity to defy the century old Monroe Doctrine of US domination of Latin America. Cosponsored with MIT Western Hemisphere Project
Available from Radio Free Maine (not listed on the site but ask for it!)

A Transcript of the Q and A section of the program is available on Z-Magazine

Noam Chomsky Presents Panel on Terrorism and Film Showing on the Cuban 5 2/8/06

According to Professor Noam Chomsky in his 2000 book, Rogue States, Cuba and the United States have a unique status in international relations. There is no similar case of such a sustained assault by one power against another - in this case the greatest superpower against a poor, Third World country.
Professor Chomsky will be presenting a showing of the documentary film:
Mission Against Terror
and chairing a panel discussion with Bernie Dwyer, Journalist and Filmmaker and Father Geoffrey Bottoms. The film follows the case of the five Cubans currently serving long sentences in U.S. jails for trying to prevent terrorist attacks on Cuba. It also depicts the long history of violence against innocent Cubans by right-wing groups based in Miami that are supported by the U.S. government. Cosponsored by the MIT Thistle.

Mountain of Light, a film about Cuban doctors around the world 7/27/06

Among the achievements of the Cuban revolution none is known as far and wide as its healthcare system, not only domestically but internationally. Doctors and paramedics from Cuba, who serve in more than seventy countries, are for many in the Third World their only life-line.

Directed by Guillermo Centeno and produced for Cuban television,
Centeno’s riveting and poignant documentary presents the experiences of about a dozen Cuban medical personnel serving in Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Burkina Faso, Mali, Botswana and Namibia. Whatever the politics that viewers bring to this film they're likely to be touched by the sheer humanity of the Cuban practitioners in some of the most remote regions of the world.

Watch Mountain of Light in Spanish

Montaña de Luz
by SODEPAZ

Hands off Venezuela & Cuba!


The Circulo Bolivariano Martin Luther King (Boston) and July 26th Coalition are sponsoring this important demonstration

March on Washington, D.C.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 to demand

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA & CUBA!
Fund raiser in preparation for this Summers Pastors for Peace Caravan
to Cuba!

Saturday, April 22 7 PM
Community Church of Boston

John Waller from Pastors for Peace

Film
"Bloqueo" about the illegal and immoral blockade on Cuba which features John

Co-sponsored by
Newton Solidarity Group
Community Church of Boston

Highlights of 2005

Transvestism, Transexuality and AIDS in Cuba 4/15/05

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Cuba Studies Program
sponsored the following lecture and video screening

"Cuban Medical International Cooperation" &

"Transvestism, Transexuality and AIDS in Cuba"

with Dr. Jorge Perez Avila

Director of the Instituto de Medicina Tropical Pedro Kouri Hospital

Jorge Perez-Avila is the Director of the IPK Hospital and the former Director of the Sanatorium of Santiago de Las Vegas for medical care of people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, Dr. Perez has an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Havana where he has taught since 1982. A member of several scientific committees including his current work with the National Commission of AIDS and the IPK Scientific Council, Dr. Perez has published more than 80 articles in both national and international journals, and has served as a member of the editorial board for the Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical. In addition to participating in many national and international seminars, conferences, and workshops, including the International AIDS Conferences, Dr. Perez has been on the Advisory Board for the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change in the Department of Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School since 1999.

"The Kouri Institute is one of the finest infectious disease and
parasitology programs in Latin America, and it's a shame that they've been isolated by the embargo," noted Dr. Paul Farmer

OPEN HOUSE ON Comparative Social Policy U.S.-CUBA: 2005


PRESENTATIONS BY–The Boston College Graduate School
SW813.01 COMPARATIVE SOCIAL POLICY CLASS
who did two weeks research in Cuba in January ‘05
(Professor Demetrius Iatridis, Instructor
and leader of graduate research in Cuba for 29 consecutive years)

Reports, Discussion, Exhibits On Cuban vs. U.S.
Child Welfare, Gender Equality, Education, Health & Housing

Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
McGuinn Hall Auditorium (Rm. 121), Boston College

more info

Highlights of 2004

A gap in time that needs to be filled.

Highlights of 2003

Organized a delegation that participated in the

3rd US - Cuba Youth Exchange

Errol Flynn witnessing the Cuban Revolution rare movie 7/26/03

Film -- The Cuban Story

Shot live during the revolution, with an introduction and remarks by none other than Errol Flynn, this 55 minute documentary contains unique and previously unseen archival footage of the Batista regime, its police brutality, resistance to it, scenes of Moncada after the massacre, Fidel, Che, and others, the triumphant entry of the Rebel Army into Havana, the revolutionary tribunals, an extraordinary scene of the million-person mobilization in support of the execution of the Batistiano killers (including the carrying out of the sentence against a prominent murderer), and solidarity demonstrations in Caracas in defense of Cuba's bringing the criminals to justice.

The movie was never screened in the United States, as Washington began to demonize the then widely popular revolution. This unrivaled footage of the earliest days of the revolution provides a starting point for a rich discussion.

Performance by the cast of PRESENTE!

PRESENTE! is a theater-in-the-round performance that brings awareness to the reality of political prisoners and prisoners of
war in the United States.

The cast, former political prisoner Kazi Toure, Richard Cambridge, Myriam Ortiz, Malena, Gary Hicks, and Jamey Smythe, will be performing an excerpt from the show, featuring the Cuban Five.

Community Church of Boston

Highlights of 2002

Jane Franklin on Jeb & father Bush's links to Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch

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S o u n d s o f D i s s e n t

90.3 FM WZBC (12 - 2 p.m. Saturdays)
More info

Free the (Cuban)Miami 5, 2/21/02

On June 8, a jury in a federal courtroom in Miami handed down guilty verdicts against five Cubans - Rene Gonzales, Ramon Labania±o, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Gerado Hernanez - on 23 charges of "spying" for the government of Cuba. Their crime was monitoring right wing terrorist groups in the US like Alpha 66, Brothers to the Rescue, Omega 7 and others who have carried out bombings and other terrorist actions against the people of Cuba.

The arrests and convictions of the five are an attack directed not only at Cuba but at democratic rights in the United States. FBI agents broke into their homes repeatedly over the three years prior to the arrests, violating the Fourth Amendment protection against arbitrary search and seizure. The prosecution's 'evidence' consisted of information the FBI claimed to have collected in these raids, and from short-wave radio transmissions governments asserted they intercepted between Havana and the defendants. No evidence of any military secrets being stolen from the United States and turned over to Cuba was ever presented.

A discussion with

Fernando Garcia Diplomat, Cuban Interest Section, Washington, DC

Andres Gomez Co-Chair, Free the Five Committee, Miami and Coordinator, Antonio Maceo Brigade, Miami

Teresa Gutierrez
National Coordinator, International Peace for Cuba Appeal
National Co-Coordinator, International Action Center

Performance by The Cast of ¡PRESENTE! with Richard Cambridge
Cambridge Family YMCA, — Central Square

Co-sponsors

International Action Center of Boston, Jamaica Plain, MA

Community Church of Boston

Cuba's Relations with Africa from 1959 to the Present 11/14/02

(A Rare change to here a historic Cuban leader.)

Speakers:

Victor Dreke Cruz
Mr. Dreke is currently the vice president of the Cuba-Africa Friendship Association. During the last decade he has helped lead work in constructing housing, schools, roads, and other development projects in Africa. In 1965, Dreke served as second in command under Ernesto Che Guevara in the Congo. Cuban volunteers went to that country at the request of followers of
Patrice Lumumba, the assassinated leader of the Congo's fight for independence.
Dreke returned to Africa in 1966-1968 to head Cuba's military mission in Guinea-Bissauat the time fighting for its independence from Portugal.
He fought alongside Amilcar Cabral there and also headed Cuba's mission in the Republic of Guinea.

Dr. Ana Morales Varela. Dr. Morales is currently a professor at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. She headed the Cuban medical mission in Guinea-Bissau in 1985 and was an adviser to the Ministry of Public Health in that country from 1985 to 1987. During that time she had responsibility for founding the first medical school in Guinea-Bissau, which was donated by Cuba. Morales returned to the Republic of Guinea and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau in 1995-1997 directing medical facilities in both countries.
Morales received a degree as a medical specialist in Health Organization and Administration from the Institute for the Development of Health in 1983.

UMASS BOSTON

Sponsors:
Africana Studies Dept., Coll. of Public and Community Services (CPCS), Students Arts and Events Council, Black Student Center, Casa Latina, Feminist Majority

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Joukowsky Forum, 1st Floor, Watson Institute
2/15/02
Sponsors:

Africana Studies Department, Center for Latin American Studies, Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning

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Highlights of 2001

Cuban Union Leaders Speak about daily life in Cuba & Cubas role in fighting the Free Trade Area of the Americas

July 21 at Boston Iron Workers Union Hall

The program included Cuban Union Leaders of the CTC: CENTRAL de TRABAJADORES de CUBA

Leonel Gonzalez Gonzalez

Director of International Relations of the Central Organization of Cuban Workers (CTC)<< br>

Manuel Montero Bistilleiro

Chief of the American Interests Bureau of the CTC

Diana Maria Garc�a Mart�nez

General Secretary, Public Administrative Workers Union

Edison Earl Brown

L�zaro Pena Trade Union School

Sponsored by (partial list): U.S. / Cuba Labor Exchange; Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, MA Chapter; July 26 Coalition, National Lawyers Guild, MA Chapter; Labor Extension Program, U Mass. Lowell; Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights; Latinas and Latinos for Social Change; Mass. Jobs with Justice; Boston Global Action Network; Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, MA Chapter, Womens Institute for Leadership Development; Bank Busters; North Shore Labor Council; Umass Boston Labor Resource Center; Bill Fine, Mobilization Committee Rep. NALC-34*; Jeff Klein, Pres. NAGE-RI 168*; Eddie Childs, Chief Steward HERE Local 26*; Jose Soler, Director UMass Labor Education Center*; Steven Lewis, COPE Chair SEIU 509*; Bert Barao, Pres. UNITE 177*; Jerry Fishbien, UNITE Regional New England Joint Board*; Jeannette Huezo, Organizer SEIU 254*; Rand Wilson, SEIU*

Saturday Aug 11th, 2001
Organized to send a number of local participants to The 2nd U.S. - CUBA Youth Exchange and organized a report back.

The Boston Area Participants of The 2nd U.S. - CUBA Youth Exchange will host a Report Back to the Community on their recent July 22-July 31st trip to CUBA.

"Over 180 Delegates from 22 American States were in attendance at the 2nd U.S. - CUBA Youth Exchange hosted by a federation of University Students and the Union of Young Communists."

Come hear about Visits made to Schools, Cultural Centers, Farming Cooperatives Sites of Historical Interest, Museums, a Computer Center and much, much, more...

At the Community Church of Boston

Highlights of 2000

Black Farmers Report Back From Cuba with Willie Head, Jr.

Member of Georgia Vegetable Producers Cooperative Vice-President, Peoples Tribunal of Valdosta, GA
April 20, Roxbury Community College

In February a group of family farmers visited Cuba to learn about its agricultural policies. Prominent among them were several Black farmers from Georgia who were part of a historic lawsuit against the U. S. Department of Agriculture for its racially discriminatory lending practices. The suit was won and now the farmers are fighting to collect their settlements.

All the farmers who went on the fact-finding trip are struggling to hold onto their land. They face falling prices for agricultural commodities and monopoly prices for inputs, including gas. Several are farm activists.

In Cuba, where they were hosted by the National Association of Small Farmers of Cuba (ANAP), the farmers learned that land there is available to anyone who wants to work it, that credit is cheap, and that there are no farm foreclosures.

One of the farmers from Georgia will come to New England in mid-April and will speak in Boston and other cities about the trip, his experiences as a farmer and the ongoing fight against the USDA.

RICHARD LEVINS CUBA: The Ecological Path to Development 11/15/00

Professor Levins has focused his work on theoretical, agricultural and public health ecology, and philosophy of science. He has helped to form modern agro-ecology, and is applying ecological and evolutionary perspectives to epidemiology, especially the study of new and resurgent infectious diseases and environmental change. For over 35 years he has been a participant/observer in the development of Cuban ecology, agriculture and mathematical biology, and recently, infectious diseases.

John Rock Professor of Population Science and Director of the Human Ecology Program, Harvard School of Public Health

Sponsored by Tufts University, Somerville, MA, recorded by Martin Voelker

Available from Radio Free Maine

Let Elian Gonzalez Go Home to Cuba!

Saturday January 29 2pm
Park Street Station Boston
(coordinated with National Demo in Miami and regional demos around the country)
Say no to the right wing attacks on Cuba! End the Blockade! Let Elian
Go Home!
Initiated by International Action Center/Peace for Cuba Appeal
Endorsed by: Latinas & Latinos for Social Change, Veterans for Peace, Community Church of Boston, July 26 Coalition and Committee for Peace and Human Rights Vigils for the Iraqi People
In support of National Demonstration in Miami and demonstrations around the country on January 29 called by the National Committee to Send Elian Home to Cuba.
Around the US, people are demonstrating to demand that the U.S.
government stop holding 6-year-old Elian Gonzales hostage, and send him back home to his father and grandparents in Cuba. Hundreds of thousands of Cuban people have demonstrated their outrage in the streets, and angrily reject the claims of the right wing that it is "child abuse" to raise a child in a socialist society.

Highlights of 1999

100 years of Imperialism - 1898-1998 with guest speakers Rafael Cancel Miranda,
former Puerto Rican political prisoner and representatives from Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic at Roxbury Community College

Celebrating the Role of Blacks in Politics and Culture in Cuba
with special guest speaker Felix Wilson, First Secretary Cuban
Interests Section, and others including a participant in the Cuban Literacy Campaign in the early '60s, presented at the Blacksmith House, Cambridge, March 1999

Supported Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, Inc. (IFCO) and "Pastors for Peace" Medical Aid to Cuba 9th Friendshipment. Joined with the Pastors as an intervener in their legal case against the US Government. Pastors opposes the US blockade of Cuba.

July 26 Annual Celebration: Cuba's Internationalism with
Josefina Vidal, Cuban Interests Section along with speakers
representing the Haitian Consul, South Africa and Iraq at the Cambridge
YWCA, July 1999

"Infomed" computers over the border and now Medical Aid Shipment to Cuba on October 30, 1999 at the US/Canada border in Highgate, Vermont

Student Faculty Cuban Medical Doctor Tour, October 25 - November 7, 1999. Dr. Alfredo Portero, director of the International Medical Cooperation Unit in the Ministry of Public Health in Cuba, addressed more than 600 people on seven campuses and spoke before seven community organizations and health agencies. He described Cuba's medical care system and its international medical brigades. "Cuba maintains one medical care system. It is
accessible to all Cubans regardless of sex, religion, or political belief and it is free of charge, whether you need an aspirin or open heart surgery." The main Boston Event included Dr. Paul Farmer.

Members of Singing with the Enemy performed Embargo at Club Passim in Harvard Square on November 3, 1999. Their benefit performance raised funds for the US/ Cuba 2000 Conference in Seattle, December 4-6, 1999

Sponsored hosted travel to the 14th "World Youth Festival", Cuba, 1997

Highlights of 1998

Presentations by Johanna Tablada & Eugenio Martinez
both are Sectaries of the Cuba Interests Section

Celebrate the Cuban Revolution

and raise funds for
- the "Pastors for Peace" 1998 "Caravan
for the Elders & Children of Cuba"
- to encourage participation in the "Building a New Future; A US-Cuba Conference" in Havana

DJ/Caribbean Music
Saturday, July 18

Community Church of Boston

Highlights of 1997

The Eyes of the Rainbow: Assata Shakur and Oya in Cuba

Boston Premier with a presentation by Gloria Rolando,
direct from Havana, Cuba

An English language documentary: 47 min, color
Gloria Rolando, Director

Roxbury Community College, Main Auditorium

Friday, September 26

Deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 20 years. This film is also about her AfroCuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery. A queen in her own right, Oya was fully the equal of the male orishas.

Gloria Rolando premiered Eyes of the Rainbow in the US at the 5th World Congress of Orisha Tradition, held this year in San Francisco. The film was requested 4 times and the audience was moved to tears.

Organized a delegation to the 14TH WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND STUDENTS - CUBA '97

Presentations & Party

Video and presentation on the Velerution/"Bicyclization of Cuba"

Museum of Fine Arts Apr. 26

Fighting Injustice with Peace
Rev. Lucius Walker from "Pastors for Peace"
This years US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan, which is dedicated to the children of Cuba and comes at a time of increased world-wide outrage at the far-reaching effects of the US embargo, will be organized with extensive participation from Canadian and European organizations.

"In its pathological obsession to destroy Cuba, the US is violating the sovereignty of other nations in the world by trying to force them to support a US policy of economic warfare against Cuba," said Rev. Lucius Walker, IFCO executive director and founder of "Pastors for Peace".
"Just as the international community is outraged at this attempt to compromise their political and financial autonomy, hundreds of thousands of US citizens reject the government's immoral, shameful blockade of Cuba. We plan to keep challenging the blockade until it is lifted."

En route to San Diego and Buffalo, the "Caravan for the Children of Cuba" will hold public educational events at campuses, churches and community organizations throughout the US and Canada. Thousands of volunteers are involved at the local level in organizing material aid shipments and fundraising events in support of this project.

Thurs. April 17,

Harvard Divinity School, Andover Hall, Sperry Room

Highlights of 1996

Program on the Cuban Revolution Friday, July 26

at Phoenix Coffeehouse 675 Massachusetts Avenue

Dagoberto Rodriguez Barrera,
the First Secretary of the Cuban Interests Section
, will be in the Boston area on Friday and Saturday July 26th and 27th. He has had extensive experience dealing with Cuban US (North American) relations.
He offers an interesting perspective on the issues of the past few months including the Helms-Burton Act, the International Aviation Commission's report on the downing of the planes in February.

Workers & Unions in Cuba Today!

A Report Back by three observers to the Congress of the Cuban Workers Federation.

This conference was the culmination of a year long process where by Cuban workers debated and decided their participation in the economic changes affecting their lives.

The observers include

Nalda Vigezzi (SEIU 509*) US-Cuba Labor Exchange,

Karen O'Donnell, former Dem. State Rep. & (IBEW 103*),

Brian Taylor from the US Cuban Youth Exchange, & former airline worker.

(* for identification only).

SEIU Local 285,

30 Winter St. Boston. 9th Fl.

Thursday July 11 7:30 PM

Potluck Brunch with Fernado Gargia, a Policy Adviser in the US Department of the Cuban Communist Party.

A the home of Mel King, Yarmouth St. South End.

Sunday June 23

Highlights of 1995

Celebrate July 26th with a Cuban Dinner and more
also a sendoff for the International Youth Festival in Havana.
Also Virginia McCarthy will give a presentation about Organic Argriculture in Cuba"

Saturday July 22nd Cambridge Ringe & Latin School

Cuba Since Soviet Collapse: Economic Measures, The New Agriculture & The Environment 4/26/95

MIGUEL NUNEZ Cuban Diplomat

DICK LEVINS Marxist Ecologist

MARY ALICE WATERS Author

Roxbury Community College, Boston

Available from Radio Free Maine

Cubans In the United States 4/19/95

Andres Gomez

National Network on Cuba

Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA

Available from Radio Free Maine

Member Caribbean Focus, Roxbury Community College, sponsoring educational events

The RECTIFICATION CAMPAIGN of the 1980's

APRIL 5

Launched in the mid 1980's, the Rectification Campaign represented Cuba's effort to overcome growing problems of bureaucratism, corruption, and of economic and political stagnation by reviving and deepening popular involvement in the Revolution and its political processes. What was the content of this campaign? What were its accomplishments and successes? How was it impacted by the economic crisis of the past four years.

Carlos A. Batista-Odio, Co-director of the Center of US Studies of the University of Havana, (CESEU).

Don Gurewitz, longtime Cuba solidarity activist, visitor photographer and frequent lecturer on Cuba.

CULTURE, MUSIC and RELIGION IN CUBA

March 29:
6 pm. CUBAN CULTURE & THE REVOLUTION

Jill Nitchinsky, Professor, Tufts University
7 pm. AFRO-CUBAN MUSIC

Merida Castillo, Singer Folklorist

8:30. AFRO-CUBAN RELIGIONS

David Olsen, "Pastors for Peace"
EXHIBIT OF CUBAN ART

March 29 to April 5
Mounted by Francisco Mendez-Diez, Cuban artist.
Reception. 4:30 - 6 pm, March 29, Cafeteria, Student Center 2nd Fl

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM LA HABANA CUBA 1995
Exhibit of Photographs by David Garten of Waitsfield Vt.

INSIDE CUBA TODAY: A Young Cuban Talks About Her Country

APRIL 12

Kenia Serrano-Puig, a Cuban youth activist from the Cuban Center of Studies for youth. The Center does research and provides information on the situation facing Cuban youth, particularly with respect to employment, education and culture. She was high-school leader starting at age 13 and was elected president of the University Student Federation at the University of Las Tunas. She helped organize voluntary student mobilizations doing work in agriculture and other tasks.

Kenia is interested in scientific research & innovations. She is currently studying English and is the secretary of international relations of the University Student Federation (FEU). She is also a member of the Union of Young Communists (UJC).

Highlights of 1994

The Cuba of Today Through the Eyes of a Revolutionary Christian Youth Organizer

Ariel Moriyon Rojas of the "Martin Luther King Jr. Center" in Havana, Cuba

Community Church of Boston Nov. 3rd

Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Community Church of Boston and the Caribbean Focus at Roxbury Community College

A Picket Line to Demand: Stop US Threats Against Cuba

NO Blockade, End the Embargo, Normalize Relations, Honor the Immigration Agreements with Cuba

Aug 26, 4:30-6:30 PM

Park Street Station

Cuba Now An Evening with the Chief of the Cuban Interests Section Alfonso Fraga

Sat. March 26, at the Episcopal Divinity School

Co-sponsored with Anglicanism, Globalism & Ecumenism

New Cuban documentary "Gay Cuba".
Through interviews with gay and lesbian Cubans the video explores the conditions they face and the transformation of consciousness developing in Cuba today.

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Arts Center, 659 Center Street, Tuesday June

A long gap in time that needs to be filled.

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