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Bicycle Ride for the Freedom of the Cuban 5:
When: Saturday July 5 at 4pm
Where: IFCO/Pastors for Peace: 418 W 145th Street, New York, NY 10031.
The ride will end at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Two years ago 3 young Latin-American graduates from the Latin American School of medicine (ELAM) toured the entire length of South America on motorcycles to spread the word about the Cuban 5 and to raise solidarity about their case. Last year 5 students from ELAM, inspired by this project, made a similar trip on bikes to different municipalities in Havana.
Recently, on June 7, youth attending the 3rd “5 days by the Cuban 5” in Washington D.C., including two 5th and 6th year ELAM students along with friends from Brazil, Vancouver Canada, Venezuela, Italy, Belgium and the United States continued on this bike theme to expose the injustice of the Cuban 5 to a broader audience in the downtown DC area. A group of over 25 bikes adorned with “Obama Free the Five” posters and riders in bright yellow free the five t-shirts circled historical and popular tourist spots. The bike tour concluded when they joined the protest for the Cuban 5 in front of the White House followed by a march to the Justice Department.
The world has recently celebrated a prisoner exchange that resulted in the freedom of a US soldier and five Guantánamo prisoners. We firmly believe that the United States should sit down to enter in serious negotiations with Cuba to arrive at a humanitarian solution in the case of the three of the Cuban 5 who remain in prison.
As a show of love and gratitude towards Cuba, which despite the blockade, has continued training doctors from all over the world and in tribute to the Cuban 5, we are calling for ELAM graduates and friends to join us in a bike ride through the streets and parks of New York City on Saturday July 5.
15 years is too long!
This call is made by: ELAM Students, IFCO – Pastors for Peace, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, the New York July 26 Coalition and the National Network on Cuba (NNOC)
For more information call 202-230 4309 or 212-926-5757. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org