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GERARDO HERNÁNDEZ SPEAKS IN VANCOUVER! Print E-mail

GERARDO HERNÁNDEZ
Former Political Prisoner for 16 Years in U.S. Jails
SPEAKS IN VANCOUVER!

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
6pm – Photo & Art Exhibit
7pm – Speaking Event

Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch
350 W. Georgia St. (@ Hamilton)
Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and other organizations from across the city are proud to welcome Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban 5 Heroes formerly held in U.S. prisons to Vancouver!

Gerardo Hernández was a leader of the Cuban 5 sent to Miami, Florida to investigate terrorist activities against Cuba. In September 1998, Gerardo, Rene, Ramon, Antonio and Fernando, also known as the Cuban 5, were arrested and held for 18 months in solitary confinement in the United States. Eventually they were charged and found guilty of trumped up charges such as, conspiracy to commit espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. Gerardo was given the most severe sentence, double-life. The United States wanted Gerardo to live his life and eventually die in a U.S. prison.

Meanwhile in Cuba and around the world people rose up to demand the freedom of these political prisoners held in U.S. jails. Gerardo was finally released and returned to Cuba on December 17, 2014 as part of the thaw in U.S./Cuba relations. He spent over 16 years unjustly held in United States jail.

During those 16 years Gerardo was also prevented from seeing his wife, Adriana Perez, who was repeatedly denied a visa to visit the United States. Today Gerardo and the Cuban 5 are all living freely in Cuba for just over a year. He is living happily with his wife, Adriana and their baby daughter, Gema.

Join us Tuesday April 12, 2016 at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library at 6pm for an exhibit of Gerardo’s cartoons and other artwork dedicated to the Cuban 5. Then at 7pm Gerardo Hernández will speak, along with other distinguished guests.

It will be a beautiful evening of art, poetry, solidarity and celebration as we welcome Gerardo to our city!

The program will also include:

  • KELLY WHITE, Coast Salish Indigenous Elder
  • PROYECTO CULTURAL SUR, Live poetry presentation
  • TIM LOUIS, Lawyer & former Vancouver City Councillor (COPE)
  • WILFREDO J. PEREZ BIANCO, Venezuelan Consul General in Vancouver
  • JAVIER DOMOKOS, Cuban Consul General in Toronto

Event organized by Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC)

Event Endorsed By: Friends of Cuba Against the US Blockade – Vancouver (FCAB-Vancouver), Stories from the Salish Seas, Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), Human Rights and International Solidarity Community ETEA (Federation of Post-Secondary Educators Local 21), Richmond-Centre Federal New Democratic Party (NDP), ANSWER – Seattle, Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee, Proyecto Cultural Sur-Vancouver, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, Battle of Ideas Press, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice, Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO), Communist League, Legacy of Equality, Leadership & Organizing - LELO.

Join the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/888016654657839/

See the event poster here: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/160412-Gerardo-Hernandez-visit.pdf

Organized by:
VANCOUVER COMMUNITIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA (VCSC)
(Member of the Canadian Network on Cuba-CNC)
Web: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/
Email: vancubasolidarity@gmail.comPhone: 778-882-5223
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/vancubasolidarity
Twitter: @VanCuba_VCSC
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vancuba
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vancouver-Communities-in-Solidarity-with-Cuba-VCSC/228094570576786

 
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End the U.S. Blockade on Cuba NOW! Print E-mail

Return Guantanamo to Cuba NOW!

THURSDAY MARCH 17 - 4pm-5pm
U.S. Consulate
1075 W. Pender, Downtown Vancouver

 

It has now been over one-year since Cuba and the United States announced the re-establishing of diplomatic relations. In this time there have been a number of steps towards the “normalizing” of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, however today, this relationship remains far from “normal.” The cruelest and most damaging aspects of the U.S. blockade on Cuba are still in place, including trade and financial restrictions that U.S. President Obama has the ability to reverse. The United States also maintains the illegal occupation of Guantánamo Bay.

Now is the time for peace-loving people in Canada to increase our campaign to end the cruel and inhuman U.S. blockade against Cuba. Alongside the Cuban flag flying proudly at the newly re-opened Cuban embassy in Washington DC, we invite you join us this March 17 in front of the U.S. consulate in Vancouver as we continue to demand:

  • END THE BLOCKADE ON CUBA NOW!
  • RETURN GUANTANAMO TO CUBA NOW!
  • US GOVERNMENT STOP THE CAMPAIGN OF ‘REGIME CHANGE’ IN CUBA AND IMMEDIATELY STOP INTERFERING IN CUBA’S SOVEREIGNTY AND SELF-DETERMINATION!

See the event poster: http://vancubavsblockade.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/160317FCABPicket.jpg

Vancouver Picket Action organized by:
FRIENDS OF CUBA AGAINST THE U.S. BLOCKADE (FCAB-VANCOUVER)
(Member of the Canadian Network on Cuba-CNC)
Web: http://vancubavsblockade.org/
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 604-719-6947
Twitter: @NoBloqueoVan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoBloqueoVan

Endorsed by:
VANCOUVER COMMUNITIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA (VCSC)
(Member of the Canadian Network on Cuba-CNC)
Web: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/

 
Join the Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba! Print E-mail

Adventure, Volunteering & Fun!

Info Night & Fundraiser!

SATURDAY MARCH 19 - 7pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 E Broadway, Vancouver

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) invites you to join us for an info night and fundraiser for the 24th annual Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba! The evening will feature videos, photos, poems and stories from past Brigadistas, as well as a chance to win some fantastic Cuban prizes in a raffle draw and help to raise money for people joining the Brigade this year!

This unique trip is not to be missed! For two full weeks in Cuba, from April 28th – May 11th, 2016 the volunteer work brigade combines volunteer work with cultural, social, economic and political encounters visiting different cities across the island. As well, the Brigade will participate in Havana’s powerful May Day parade!

Since 1993, the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade has enabled hundreds of people living across Canada, of various ages, skills and backgrounds to travel and volunteer in Cuba, don’t miss your chance this year!

For Event poster: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/posters/160319_CheBrigade.pdf

For the full 2016 Brigade program and information please visit:
http://www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/brigade/2016Program.pdf

The Che Guevara Volunteer Brigade is a project of the Canadian Network on Cuba:
http://www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/brigade

For more information and to register please contact BC Coordinators:
Tamara Hansen 778-882-5223
Thomas Davies 778-889-7664
Or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Co-organized by:
>> VANCOUVER COMMUNITIES IN SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA (VCSC)
>> FRIENDS OF CUBA AGAINST THE U.S. BLOCKADE – VANCOUVER (FCAB-Vancouver)
(Members of the Canadian Network on Cuba-CNC)
Web: http://www.vancubasolidarity.com/ | http://vancubavsblockade.org/
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Phone: 778-882-5223 | 604-719-6947
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/vancubasolidarity
Twitter: @VanCuba_VCSC
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vancuba
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vancouver-Communities-in-Solidarity-with-Cuba-VCSC/228094570576786
| https://www.facebook.com/NoBloqueoVan

 
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