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SUNDAY JANUARY 5, 2014

* Day of Protest Action for the Cuban 5 - the Yellow Ribbon Campaign Continues!*

>> Information Table & Outreach Campaign - 1pm - 2:30pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson St. @ Howe St.
Downtown Vancouver

>> 98th Monthly Picket Action - 3pm
U.S. Consulate
1075 W. Pender St. @ Thurlow St.
Downtown Vancouver, BC


 

January 5th marks the first '5th of the month for the Cuban 5' in the new year. As 2013 comes to a close, we can look back at the last year in the case of the 5 Cuban heroes and see many victories in this battle that we continue to fight. Although 2013 was another year that the Cuban 5 spent behind US prison bars, in 2013, Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban 5 who had completed his prison sentence and was serving out parole in Florida, was allowed to remain at home in Cuba. In 2013, the international movement for the Cuban 5 vowed to take that victory and extend it by re-doubling our efforts to free ALL the Cuban 5.

As the late Leonard Wineglass, one of the lawyer's for the Cuban 5 once said, "these 5 men have had the very heart of their lives stolen."With each passing year the injustice grows deeper and deeper, but not once in the 15 years since their arrest have the Cuban 5 heroes lost hope for their release. We want 2014 to be the year that all of the Cuban 5 are released from US prisons and returned to their homeland.

As we get closer to the 100th consecutive monthly picket for the Cuban 5 heroes on March 5th, let us make our voices louder and louder each time we picket in front of the US Consulate, demanding:

  • 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/1390759211174672
For poster click: http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/posters/2014/140105-free-the-cuban-five-picket.pdf

*NEW BLOG*Click here for videos, photos and reports from Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver organizers who attended the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador Dec 7 - 13 and met with youth from around the world working to Free the Cuban 5: http://ftt-ecuador2013.tumblr.com/

*NEWS ON THE CUBAN 5 HEROES*
>> An Interview with Rene Gonzalez - December, 2013
http://www.antiterroristas.cu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=721:black-agenda-report-an-interview-with-rene-gonzalez-of-the-cuban-5&catid=43:news&Itemid=106
>> Hollywood star Martin Sheen adds his voice for Five - December 6th, 2013
http://www.voicesforthefive.com/news/article/34/hollywood-star-martin-sheen-adds-his-voice-for-five
>> The Cuban 5 Heroes Send Messages in Honour of Nelson Mandela - December 5/6, 2013
Message from Gerardo and Ramon: http://www.freethefive.org/updates/Comuniques/COMandelaRamon120613.htm
Message from Antonio: http://www.freethefive.org/updates/Comuniques/COMandelaTony120613.htm

 


 

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.
 


 

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