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Day of Protest Action for the Cuban 5 - the Yellow Ribbon Campaign Continues! Print E-mail

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.
 


 

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

 

 
STRUGGLE, REVOLUTION, JOY & DANCE! Print E-mail

STRUGGLE, REVOLUTION, JOY & DANCE!

>> 9th Annual New Year's Eve Party!

 

>> CELEBRATE 55 YEARS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION!

Short film, delicious food, drinks, live music, DJ & all the dancing
possible!
Come ring in the New Year with friends & supporters of the Cuban Revolution!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
Doors @ 8pm
Victoria Drive Community Hall
2026 East 43rd Ave (@Victoria Dr.)
Vancouver, Canada

FEATURING:

* DJ 100FUEGOS – Last year's sensation! Spinning favourites from Cuba, Latin America & around the world!
* MX KATRACHO – Singing live Ranchera music from the soul of ‘Nuestra America’!
* MARIA MELENDEZ – Latin-American classics from a multi-talented musician with an amazing voice!
* FOOD – Delicious Salvadoran and Middle Eastern cuisine!
* DRINKS – Famous Cuban drinks- Mojitos, Cuba Libres…and more!
* RAFFLE – Win prizes and take home a reminder of your favorite New Year’s Eve!
* New This Year --> PHOTOBOOTH - You will have to see it to believe it!
* DANCE, DANCE, & MORE DANCE!


Tickets: $20 Pre-Sale/ $25 at the door
> Children 12 and under are free
> Pre-Sale Special Group Rate: Buy 4 tickets and get the 5th ticket for FREE!

Ticket Infoline:
778-882-5223
Tickets available now online:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/annual-new-years-eve-party-celebrate-55-years-of-the-cuban-revolution-tickets-9715943649

Or purchase tickets here:
> Highlife Records - 1317
Commercial Dr. @ Charles St.
> Tierra del Sol -2018
Commercial Dr. @ 4th Ave.
> Los Guerreros - 3317
Kingsway @ Joyce St.
> Panaderia Latina - 4906
Joyce St. @ Wellington St.

100% OF PROCEEDS DONATED TO YOUNG PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING IN CUBA!

To join the event on Facebook please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/240117969481486/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1
To see the event poster please visit:
http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/131231-vcsc-NYE-poster.pdf

 

Organized by:
VANCOUVER COMMUNITIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA (VCSC)
http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 778-882-5223
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

 

 
The Yellow Ribbon Campaign for the Cuban 5 Continues Print E-mail

THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 2013
 
* Day of Action for the Cuban 5 *

97th MONTHLY PICKET ACTION

4pm

U.S. Consulate
1075 W. Pender St. @ Thurlow St.
Downtown Vancouver, BC

Cultural Event and Report Back from Vancouver Delegation to the 9th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Cuban Five in Holguin, Cuba

7pm
Joe's Café
1150 Commercial Dr. @ William St.
(In the large North Hall)
Vancouver, BC

Featuring:
- Report back from Vancouver Colloquium participants
- Videos, photos, stories, and more!
- Live music


“The rain of the homeland calls us to its heart! It is the moment! For that, we need a strong and infinite rain of solidarity, of battle, to demand justice until we attain the final victory and can meet and all of us enjoy a new sunset.”

These are the powerful words of Ramón Labañino, one of the Cuban 5 Heroes held in U.S jails. They were part of a message read by Ramon's daughter, Laura, at the 9th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, held in Holguin, Cuba from November 13th to 17th. More than 300 delegates from 51 countries were present at the Colloquium, among them three organizers from the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver. Participants vowed to strengthen their unity and increase their efforts until all 5 Cuban Heroes are released from prison and back in Cuba with their loved ones.

The 97th Picket Action for the freedom of the Cuban 5 Heroes marks 8 years since the first picket organized by the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver, in December of 2005. As we raise our signs and our voices in front of the U.S. Consulate this month in Vancouver, we bring with us the voices of participants at the Colloquium, as well as the never-faltering commitment of the Cuban 5 Heroes and their families to this international struggle for dignity and justice.

Later that evening, at the Cultural Event and Report Back, people in Vancouver will also have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the achievements of this 9th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, and the planning and strategy for future actions for the Cuban 5 Heroes in Canada and internationally.

Join with us as we demand:
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: http://www.facebook.com/events/389696494467076/

For poster click: http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/posters/2013/131205-free-the-cuban-5-picket.pdf

 

 
Solidarity Meeting in the Outaouais Print E-mail

Cuba and the Defence of Its Sovereignty

On November 21, a meeting on Cuba was held at the CEGEP de l'Outaouais sponsored by l'Association d'Amitié Outaouais Cuba, la Société National des Québecois de l'Outaouais, Collectif Montferrand and l'Association Général des Etudiantes at Etudiants de l'Outaouais.

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