Events with Cuban guests in Chicago, May 21-26

Wednesday May 21,  7pm
Panel on the Current Situation in Venezuela and the Peace Dialogue

Colibri Studio Gallery
2032 W. 18th street

Steve Ellner
Professor of Political Science at the “Universidad de Oriente” in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.

Miguel Tinker Salas
Venezuelan author and professor of Latin American History at Pomona College in California.

Since February of this year, Venezuela has witnessed violence ignited by student protests focusing largely on economic demands.   Both government and opposition supporters have been killed and injured, yet this has not stopped the road disruptions nor the burning of public property.  Please join us for a panel discussion with two distinguished Venezuelan experts who have just come from Venezuela to discuss the current situation and current dialogue underway between the government and opposition.

With the Exhibit “Timeline of the Life of Commander Hugo Chávez” and the most recent work of Venezuelan artist Eduardo Angulo Salas from May 21st to the 24th

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Chicago

Thursday May 22, 7pm

Cubans, Venezuelans and Hondurans resist US Intervention
& An exchange with the Cuban guests from the LASA conference

Grace Place, 2nd floor
637 S. Dearborn

Chair: Jesus Rodriguez Espinosa, Consul General, Consulate of Venezuela in Chicago

Cuban professors from the University of Havana, CENESEX  and related Cuban institutions attending the Latin America Studies Ass. conference

Vicki Cervantes, National Coordinator, Honduras Solidarity Network;  La Voz de los de Abajo

George Ciccariello-Maher, author of  We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, former professor at Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas

Join us for an evening of solidarity and opposition to threats and sanctions against Venezuela, against continued terrorism against Cuba, the US blockade, the Cuban 5 political prisoners and against repression of the democratic movement in Honduras.

Sponsors: Venezuela Solidarity Committee, National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5, Consulate of Venezuela in Chicago, All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, La Voz de los de  Abajo, US Women and Cuba Collaboration Project, Veterans for Peace (Chicago), Midwest Workers Association

See also events with  US Women and Cuba  Collaborative:

Friday May 23, 6:10pm
African Liberation Day
Chicago State University Student Union                                                                                          9501. S King Drive
Speakers include:
Jesus Rodriguez Espinosa, Consul General, Consulate of Venezuela in Chicago
Venezuela’s solidarity with African struggles
Norma Guillard, Cuban representative of the Network of Women Afro-descendents of the Caribbean and Latin America, leader of CENESEX (National Center for Sexual Education)

For more info: 773-208-6602
Sponsored by All African Peoples Revolutionary Party

Saturday May 24.  7:30 pm
Evening in Solidarity with the Cuban 5

Grace Place, 2nd floor
637 S. Dearborn

Miguel Barnet, President, Cuban Union of Writers and Artists
Nancy Morejon, President, Writers Section, UNEAC
and Cuban representatives at the Latin America Studies Association (LASA)  in Chicago

Sponsors:  Chicago Cuba Coalition, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, ANSWER Coalition

Monday May 26,  4-6 pm
The 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign:

Maestra,  & discussion with Norma Guillard
Universidad Popular,                                                                                                                    2801 S. Hamlin Ave, Chicago

Norma Guillard joined the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign when she was 15 years old, and is featured in Maestra, a documentary about the women and girls who taught their nation to read and write during the Campaign. . She is an adjunct professor at the University of Havana teaching psychology and gender, and executive secretary of the Cuban Association of Psychologists.  She is a principal collaborator at the National Center for the Prevention of AIDS and the National Center for Sex Education (known as CENESEX in Cuba), which spearheads work to educate against homophobia and to lobby for civil unions in Cuba. Additionally, she is one of the founders of “Oremi,” the first organization of lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba. She primarily works on the issues of gender, race, sexual orientation and issues of diversity and  identity in a Cuban and Caribbean context
Film “Moments with Fidel”
Sunday May 25,  2pm
Loyola University (downtown)
Corboy Law Center, room 422,   25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
(one block north of Chicago & State Red line L stop)

Since revolutionary Cuban forces toppled the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship on January 1, 1959,  Fidel Castro embodied the Cuban Revolution. This original documentary from the Cuban Film Archive uses rarely seen, archival footage and audio from the toppling of Batista  to 2004, to create a collage of pivotal moments in the life Fidel and the revolution. The film includes his redefinition of Cuba’s role facing isolation and scarcity in the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Hear Fidel addressing millions in Havana about the Cuban people’s struggles for land reforms and increased sugarcane production, and against the threat of U.S. imperialist intervention.

Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5, 773-322-3168

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