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Rally to Free Cuban 5 Political Prisoners

Friday September 12
4:30-6:30 pm
outside Millennium Park
( to catch the crowd attending the  Cuban band Pablo Menendez & Mezcla,  playing at the Pritzker Pavilion at 6 pm that day)
Leafletting and signs along Michigan and Randolph Streets
Sponsors: Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5, ANSWER Chicago, Vets for Peace – Chicago, Chicago Cuba Coalition, Socialist Workers Party
Jimmie Carter on the Cuban 5
“I believe that there is no reason to keep the Cuban Five imprisoned, there were doubts in the U.S. courts and also among human rights organizations in the world…the original trial of the Cuban Five was very doubtful, it violated standards….In my private talks to President Bush and also with President Obama, I have urged the release of these prisoners.”
Rev. Joan Campbell, former head, National Council of Churches, on the Cuban 5  
  “the imprisonment in the United States of Five Cubans, from a trial full of irregularities, whose sentences have been declared unjust by numerous human right organizations, including Amnesty International and the United Nations.
The Cuban 5 were no threat to US national security. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González sacrificed their lives to monitor terrorist groups based in Miami. They came to this country to alert and protect Cuban and North American people from criminal actions that cost the life of thousands of Cubans and foreign citizens like Fabio Di Celmo, a young Italian who died in a Havana hotel bombing.
 Cuba asked the U.S. to put an end to the impunity of violent organizations that seriously threaten both countries.

President Obama: It is time to free the Cuban 5 as a sign of our humanity. This same concern is felt by the leaders of all religions, lawyers, intellectuals, artists, 10 Nobel Prize recipients, parliaments, governments. There is no reason for our country to continue such an inhumane policy towards the island nation.”
Free the Cuban 5!    Contact the White House: 202-456-1111
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