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April 17-21, 5 Days of Activities for the Cuban 5 in Washington DC

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Press Release
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 Announces

Contact: Nancy Kohn 617-504-9773 nancybkohn@gmail.com
Alicia Jrapko 510-219-0092 ajrapko@yahoo.com

Supporters of Changing Relations with Cuba and for the Freedom of the Cuban Five to Converge on Washington, DC

“5 Days for the Cuban 5” April 17-21
Partial list of endorsers include Father Miguel D´Escoto, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Angela Davis, Gayle McLaughlin, National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Network on Cuba, the School of the Americas Watch, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Global Exchange, Alianza Martiana, William C. Velazquez Institute, and more….

People from all over the U.S. along with international representatives will be in the U.S. Capitol for five days of events in April aimed at bringing about awareness of the failed 50 year old policy that this country has had towards Cuba with the demand to change it. The events will focus on various topics such as the blockade, the travel ban and the case of the Cuban Five who are serving long sentences in U.S. prisons. These men, considered heroes in Cuba, were in the U.S. monitoring the activities of anti-Cuba terrorist groups operating in Southern Florida. Activities of the week will include city wide outreach, public meetings, film showings and a day of lobbying the Congress and Senate.

As part of the five days of activities, on April 20, at 6pm, an evening event entitled “Obama Give me Five” will take place at the Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW. Known personalities will raise the obstacles to the improvement of relations with the island nation and how that could change. Keynote Speaker: Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, co-founder United Farm Workers. Other speakers include Wayne Smith, former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, James Early, Director, Cultural Heritage Policy, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, Jose Pertierra, Immigration Attorney, who represents the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the case of Luis Posada Carriles’s extradition, and others.

Also, on Saturday April 21st at 1pm people on buses from New York City will be joining organizations from the DC area for a rally at the White House to Tell Obama: Free the Cuban 5.

Supporters will travel from cities across the United States, Europe and Canada to participate in the 5 days of activities, including Dr. Norman Paech, expert in International Law, ex member of Parliament, Germany; Peace activist Cindy Sheehan; Salim Lamrani, French researcher and professor; actor Willy Toledo from Spain, Stephen Kimber and Arnold August from Canada and many others.

The “5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington D.C.” was initiated by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5.

The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 is a network of concerned citizens from several countries of Europe, Latin America and from the United States. The main objective of the International Committee is to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5

For more information about the Cuban 5 visit www.thecuban5.org

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