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From September 12 to October 8 committees and friends from around the world will be organizing a wide range of solidarity activities in support of our 5 brothers and to keep the struggle going against the grave injustice against them. Here in the U.S. it is particularly important that we do everything we can to help keep a focus on the Cuban 5 during all the distractions associated with the upcoming elections.
The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 is continuing the momentum achieved during the 5 days for the Cuban 5 in Washington DC in April by building several events during this time.
One of these activities will take place on September 14 when two well-known personalities will participate in an evening event to examine the case of the Cuban 5 and how it remains at the center of U.S. – Cuba relations.
Rafael Cancel Miranda is a Puerto Rican independence fighter who was sentenced in 1954 to life imprisonment in the United States for occupying, along Lolita Lebrón, Andrés Figueroa and Irvin Flores Rodriguez, the U.S. Congress to draw international attention about the colonial situation of Puerto Rico. Thanks to international pressure, then President Jimmy Carter granted them amnesty in 1979, after 25 years in prison. Cancel Miranda, is the author of seven books and remains active in the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico and the freedom of Puerto Rican prisoners. In 2006, he received from the Cuban government the Order of Jose Marti, the highest distinction that Cuba bestows on a foreigner.
Tom Hayden was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1961. Currently he is a writer and editor of The Nation, he organizes, travels, and speaks against the current wars as Founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City California. Hayden served 18 years in the California legislature and has recently taught at at Scripps College and Pitzer College in Claremont California, Occidental College, and Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. Hayden is also the author or editor of eighteen books.
The evening event will also include an update on the case and will feature musical guests.
The fact that more well known people are lending their voice in calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 shows the great respect that Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René enjoy both from here in the U.S. and from countries all over the world.
Friday September 14
Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW
Organized by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
Endorsed by: DC Metro Coalition to Free the Cuba Five, Institute for Policy Studies, Takoma Park Free the Five Committee
For more information call: 202-787-5229 or 510-219-0092