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Breaking the Silence Conference, Toronto September 21-23

Breaking the Silence | Peoples’ Tribunal & Assembly | Justice for the Five
Toronto City Hall, September 21st – 23rd, 2012.

Unions and solidarity groups from across Canada, together with the Canadian Network on Cuba and La Table de concertation de solidarité de Quebec-Cuba, and participants from five countries, are convoking the Peoples’ Tribunal & Assembly in recognition of the grievous nature of the human and civil rights violations committed against five Cuban men.

Unfairly imprisoned for almost 14 years, with no justice attained in the U.S. judicial system and with all legal options being exhausted, we denounce the unjust trial and incarceration of five Cuban heroes: René Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, who tried to defend their country against terrorist acts origination from U.S. soil.

The Peoples’ Tribunal’s purpose is to:

(a) Act as a forum for education and appeal;

(b) Break the silence of the mainstream Media;

(c) Render a ruling based on testimonials, which have been disregarded in the U.S. Court System.

Although the Tribunal’s ruling will not be legally or judicially binding, it will have the moral force and suasion of the outrage of concerned women and men of North America.

Testimonials will include witnesses to the suffering caused to Cubans and other people by terrorist attacks on Cuba, the unjust trial in Miami and “payment of journalists” during the trial, the horrendous sentences given to the “Cuban Five” and the violation of International Law by the United States government regarding the inhumane treatment, the denial of visitation rights to family members, and the protection of well known terrorists by the U.S. government.

The Peoples’ Assembly will develop and adopt an extensive plan of action to pressure the Canadian government and especially President Obama of the United States to provide visitation visas for the families and ultimately release the Cuban Five and allow them to return to their homeland.


• Family members of the “Cuban Five” • Livio Di Celmo, Victim of Terror, Montreal, Quebec • Danny Glover, Actor U.S.A. • Gloria La Riva, Free The Five, National Committee- U.S.A. • Cindy Sheehan, Anti –War activist- U.S.A. • Libby Davies, NDP-MP, Vancouver East • Tony Woodley, UNITE the UNION, UK • José Pertierra, Lawyer, Washington, D.C. • Denis Lemelin, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers • Marie Clarke Walker, Canadian Labour Congress • Isaac Saney, Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax • Arnold August, Writer, Montreal, Quebec • Raymundo Navarro, Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC) • Bernie Dwyer, Documentary Film Producer, Ireland • Dra. Digna Castañeda, Cuba • Julian Rivas, Journalist, Venezuela • Wes Elliott, Grand River Territory • Keith Bolender, Freelance Journalist and Author Based in Toronto • Richard Klugh, Lawyer for the Cuban Five, USA • Ken Neumann, National Director
for Canada, United Steelworkers • Stephen Kimber, Professor of Journalism, University of Kings College, Halifax • Alicia Jrapko, International Committee to Free the Cuban Five, U.S.A. • William Sloan •


• United Food and Commercial Workers • United Steelworkers, Canada • Canadian Union of Postal Workers • Canadian Network on Cuba • International Council of Latin American and Caribbean Women – LATIN@S • The Worker to Worker, Canada-Cuba Labour Solidarity Network • Carranza LLP • Canadian Cuban Friendship Association – Toronto • Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network • Canadian Union of Public Employees •

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