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San Francisco actions for the Cuban Five

Part of worldwide actions for the Cuban Five Heroes–
Cuban poet Nancy Morejón headlines evening forum

Many Bay Area organizations came together on Sept. 12 in San Francisco to honor the Cuban Five and demand their freedom, with a public rally and an evening forum featuring renowned Cuban poet Nancy Morejón.

Every day, the plaza of 24th and Mission streets fills with people coming home from work. At a 5:30 pm rally, speakers and rally participants told the passersby of the Cuban Five’s anti-terrorist mission and the fight to free Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio.

In one special moment, Cuban Five Hero Ramón Labañino called by telephone to greet supporters and to speak with Nancy Morejón. Sept. 12 was also the 70th birthday of Native political prisoner  Leonard Peltier . Tony Gonzales of American Indian Movement-West told the crowd of Leonard’s freedom struggle.

Nancy Morejón dedicated her poetry and prose about the Five.
In the evening, a packed audience heard Michelle Schudel of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five explain their anti-terrorist mission. Coralia Soliz of the FMLN-No. California emceed for the evening. Rosa Peñate of the National Committee sang a poem by Antonio Guerrero. The video made by youth in Cuba, was shown and well received (see below).

Nancy Morejón spoke of the courage of the Cuban Five and how much they mean for the Cuban people. She read several of her poems, so lyrical and moving. Afterwards there was a warm exchange with her and the audience, about Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, René and Fernando. The following is just one of her poems for the Five:

La Canción de los Cinco

Esta es la canción de los Cinco.
Esta es su canción.
La canción del pan fue la primera,
la canción de las aguas, la segunda.
Esta es la canción de los Cinco.
Esta es su canción.
La canción de los vientos, la tercera.
La canción de la luna es la cuarta, la cuarta canción.
Esta es la canción de los Cinco.
Esta es su canción.
La canción de los fuegos, la quinta, la quinta canción.
La canción de los Cinco contemplando a la luna será la mejor.
Esta es la canción de los Cinco. Esta es su canción.

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