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96th MONTHLY PICKET ACTION Print E-mail

* The Yellow Ribbon Campaign Continues *

Tuesday November 5
4pm
U.S. Consulate (Downtown, Vancouver)
1075 W. Pender St. @ Thurlow

The simple phrase“they will return” has been echoed around the world. It has been spoken by peace-loving people everywhere, by artists and intellectuals from actor Danny Glover to 10 Nobel Peace prize winners. Often it is followed by another phrase, “the Cuban 5 will be free.”

Antonio, Fernando, Ramón and Gerardo have now been imprisoned in U.S. jails for over 15 years, but they have never once stopped saying “I will return.”

It is this conviction that fuels René Gonzalez, one of the Cuban 5 who was released from prison and is now permanently in Cuba. This is the hope that has led to the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, launched by  René Gonzalez, that has people all over Cuba and the world tying a yellow ribbon to trees, light posts, fences and more to demonstrate their desire to see all of the Cuban 5 return.

This determination is also what brings the Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver to the front door of the U.S. government in Vancouver every month. It is what brings people who believe in justice and dignity to be part of an international pressure campaign demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama free the Cuban 5.

On Tuesday, November 5th, join us for the 96th consecutive monthly picket action to free the Cuban 5 heroes held in U.S. jails, as we go to the steps of the U.S. Consulate to say, “Volveran!”, “They will return!”
 
FREE ALL THE 5 CUBAN HEROES NOW!
RELEASE ANTONIO, FERNANDO, RAMÓN & GERARDO FROM U.S. PRISONS NOW!
GRANT A VISA TO ADRIANA PEREZ NOW!
 
Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225237810975363/
For poster click:http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/posters/2013/131105-free-the-cuban-5-picket.pdf

The Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Javier Domokos spoke in Vancouver on October 19th at an event for the Cuban 5 organized by the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver and Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC).
Check out the Working TV coverage of the event here:
Part 1: https://vimeo.com/77646926
Part 2: https://vimeo.com/77652985
For a report and photos about the event click here:
http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/reports/2013/131019-cubanfive-vcsc-consulgeneral.html

>>Fall Newsletter of the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver – Issue #2 http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/materials/newsletters/2013/FC5C-NewsletterFall-2013-issue2.pdf
 
*NEWS ON THE CUBAN 5 HEROES*

>> René Gonzalez and Ricardo Alarcon in a Democracy Now Exclusive – October 24, 2013
Exclusive: René González, Lone Cuban 5 Member Freed from U.S. Prison, Speaks Out from Havana:
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/24/exclusive_rene_gonzalez_lone_cuban_5
Ex-Cuban Foreign Minister on Threats by Militant Exiles & Why Obama Should "Free the 5":
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/24/ex_cuban_foreign_minister_on_threats
>> Canada: Updates Offered on Case of Cuban Anti-Terrorists  –  October 13, 2013
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1965421&Itemid=1
>> The Cuban Five were fighting terrorism. Why did we put them in jail? – October 4, 2013
Opinion piece published in the Washington Post by Canadian author Stephen Kimber: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cuban-five-were-fighting-terrorism-why-did-we-put-them-in-jail/2013/10/04/37c556a6-1fca-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html


WHO ARE THE 5 CUBAN HEROES?
Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, also known as the Cuban 5, are five men who were wrongly accused and convicted in a U.S. Federal Court of “conspiracy to commit espionage” and other fabricated charges, following their arrest and imprisonment in 1998. The 5 were actually unarmed men involved in monitoring Miami-based terrorist organizations, which since 1959 have been responsible for the deaths of over 3,400 people in Cuba, including one resident of Canada, Fabio di Celmo, in 1997. Through their important work, these 5 men were able to prevent further deaths in Cuba. In April of 2013 René González, one of the Cuban 5, returned permanently to Cuba in a great victory for justice-loving people all over the world. Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando remain unjustly in U.S. jails facing sentences up to double-life plus 15 years.


Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver
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http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Freethe5_Van
Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/22825164484/

 
Free Public Forum Print E-mail

Free All the Cuban 5 Now!
Join the Yellow Ribbon Campaign!
Javier Domokos, Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Speaks on the Case of the Cuban 5


FREE PUBLIC FORUM
Speakers, Multimedia, Discussion


SATURDAY, October 19
4:30-6:30pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway (One block East of Fraser St.)

September 12, 2013 marked 15 years since the original imprisonment of the Cuban 5 anti-terrorist Heroes. A lot has changed since then. The international campaign demanding their freedom has grown substantially. One of the Cuban 5, René González, has also returned to Cuba permanently. All in all, the Cuban 5 have become the most well known political prisoners in the world. Proof of this was recently demonstrated again through the successful, “Yellow Ribbons for the Cuban 5” campaign initiated by René upon his return to Cuba.  Yellow ribbons covered all of Cuba, and then spread across every continent in the world in an increasingly diverse, coordinated and ongoing effort to raise awareness about this critical human rights case. For the first time in 15 years, the majority of major international press agencies were forced to cover the case at the same time.

The stakes continue to be high. Four innocent men remain in jail 15 years after their original imprisonment, while the U.S.-backed terrorists they exposed walk free in Miami. Gerardo Henandez  continues to face a double life sentence, plus 15 years, and would die in prison if the U.S. government has its way. The campaign to “Free All the Cuban 5 Now!” is at a crucial stage, and the clock of injustice continues to tick.

Please join us for a special event featuring the Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Javier Domokos, to discuss the past 15 years of campaigning for the freedom of the Cuban 5, and the prospects and challenges for the future.

JAVIER DOMOKOS, Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Canada Javier graduated from the Havana's “Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales” (ISRI) in 1992. Since 1992, Javier has been posted in several diplomatic missions around the world including Turkey, Zimbabwe and Kenya, during this time he has also worked for Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Co-Organized by: Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba and the Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC)
http://www.vancubasolidarity.com
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Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/vancubasolidarity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanCuba_VCSC
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vancouver-Communities-in-Solidarity-with-Cuba-VCSC/228094570576786


Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver
http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca
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Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTheFiveNow
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Freethe5_Van
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/22825164484/

 
Report back from Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba - Vancouver/Seattle Print E-mail
Join us in Vancouver and Seattle for videos, photos, stories and live music in a
report back from this year's Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba which travelled to
Havana and Santiago de Cuba! 

The 24th Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba returned at the end of
August 2013 after having completed voluntary work while in Cuba and delivering
important humanitarian aid. Each year Pastors for Peace has organized this Caravan
as part of the struggle to lift the U.S. blockade on Cuba, bringing aid and U.S.
citizens to Cuba defying unjust U.S. law. For more information on the Pastors for
Peace Caravan to Cuba please visit:
http://www.ifconews.org/

*  VANCOUVER EVENT
Thursday
October 10th
7pm
Joe’s Café (1150 Commercial Dr. @ William St)

Vancouver event will feature:
- Commemoration of the life of revolutionary hero Che Guevara who was murdered in
October 1967
- Report back from Caravanistas 
- Live music
- Videos, photos, stories 

To see poster for Vancouver event please visit: 
http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/131010-P4P-Vancouver.pdf
To join Vancouver event on Facebook please visit: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/184462535074756/

* SEATTLE EVENT
Saturday
October 12th
5-8pm
El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th. Ave South Seattle, on Beacon Hill)

Seattle event will feature:
- Caravanistas from Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC)
- Outstanding music from Seattle legend Jim Page
- A Free Potluck dinner and more!
- Videos, photos, stories

For more information on Seattle event please visit:
http://www.seattlecuba.org 
To see poster for Seattle event please visit:
http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/131012-P4P-Seattle.pdf
To join the Seattle Event on Facebook please visit: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/599564413418228/

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba – VCSC
http://www.vancubasolidarity.com

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Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/vancubasolidarity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanCuba_VCSC
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vancouver-Communities-in-Solidarity-with-Cuba-VCSC/228094570576786
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SATURDAY October 5 Day of Action Print E-mail

STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS!
STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE!

FREE ALL THE CUBAN 5 NOW! 

SATURDAY October 5 Day of Action
The “Yellow Ribbon Campaign” for the 5 Cuban Heroes continues!

<< 1 >> Information table & outreach campaign 
12pm - 2pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson St. @ Howe St.
Downtown Vancouver

<< 2 >> 95th Monthly Picket Action
2pm - 3pm
U.S. Consulate
1075 W. Pender St. @ Thurlow St.

On September 12, 2013, the 15th anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of the Cuban 5, our 5 Heroes released a statement saying, “We will never surrender one iota the moral advantage that has allowed us to resist and grow, as we bear all the weight of the vengeful weight of the most powerful planet on earth.” 

Over the last 15 years of their imprisonment, it is words like these spoken from within US jails that have shown the great strength and humanity of our 5 Cuban Heroes. While the Cuban 5, so full of inspiration, love and hope remain behind bars, the anti-Cuban terrorists responsible for the deaths of nearly 3500 people since 1959 walk freely in the United States. 

October 6th marks the 37th anniversary of one of the anti-Cuban terrorist actions that have yet to see justice. On October 6th,  1976 a bomb exploded mid-air on Cubana Flight #455. All 73 innocent passengers on board were killed. The man responsible for masterminding the bombing, Luis Posada Carriles, has never been brought to justice for this crime. It is crimes like those committed by Luis Posada Carriles that the 5 Cuban heroes were working to prevent when they were arrested and put in US jails.

As peace and justice loving people we must bring a end to this injustice and keep struggling until ALL of the Cuban 5 are free!

On October 5, the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver invites you to join with us as we demand:

  • JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIMS OF ANTI-CUBAN TERRORISM NOW!
  • EXTRADITE POSADA TO FACE TRIAL IN VENEZUELA NOW!
  • FREE ALL THE 5 CUBAN HEROES NOW!


Join Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1375365479367791/
For poster click:
http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/posters/2013/131005-FC5CV-Picket.pdf
Issue #3 - Newsletter of the Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver 
http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/materials/newsletters/2013/FC5C-NewsletterFall-2013.pdf

* * * * Check out the report and photo gallery from the BC wide Yellow Ribbon Campaign and actions for the release of the Cuban 5 on the 15th anniversary of their imprisonment:    
http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/reports/2013/130912-15-cubanfive-actions.html

 

 

WHO ARE THE 5 CUBAN HEROES?

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, also known as the Cuban 5, are currently serving outrageously long sentences, including even a double-life sentence plus fifteen years, in the United States. They were wrongly accused and convicted in a U.S. Federal Court of “conspiracy to commit espionage” and other fabricated charges. The 5 were actually unarmed men involved in monitoring Miami-based terrorist organizations, which since 1959 have been responsible for the deaths of over 3,400 people in Cuba, including one resident of Canada, Fabio di Celmo, in 1997. Through their important work, these 5 men were able to prevent further deaths in Cuba.

WHAT IS THE YELLOW RIBBON CAMPAIGN?
In May of 2013, René González, one of the Cuban 5 returned to Cuba. From his home in Cuba, René González has launched a new Yellow Ribbon campaign for the Cuban 5 heroes. René has asked the people of Cuba to saturate the island with yellow ribbons, as a symbol of their desire to see all of their 5 heroes return. The Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver and supporters of the Cuban 5 are bringing the Yellow Ribbon campaign to the streets of British Columbia. As René has said, "My desire is that on September 12 yellow ribbons will appear in trees, on balconies, on people's arms, on their pets or however they want to display it.”

 


 The September 12-15 actions organized
in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Bowen Island:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEAjfhY1ZG0


  

Organized by: Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver
604-518-7361 http://flymail.web.net/src/compose.php?send_to= This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/
Follow us on Twitter: @Freethe5_Van https://twitter.com/Freethe5_Van
Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/22825164484/

 

 

 

 


 
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