SCHEDULE FROM APRIL 17 TO 21
Tuesday, April 17
- All day of lobbying on Capitol Hill (To participate in lobby’s activities call 510-219-0092 or 415-269-7917)
Wednesday, April 18
- Lobby activities continue with distribution of information to elected officials.
- 2pm-4:30 pm Discussion of the Flawed Trial of the Cuban Five as Described in Stephen Kimbers’s Book, What Lies Across the Water at the University of California Washington Center 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Host: Wayne S. Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy, and Former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. Presenter: Stephen Kimber is an award-winning Canadian journalist and writer. The author of one novel and seven books of nonfiction, he is Professor of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, where he specializes in nonfiction.
Arturo Lopez Levy, now a lecturer at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and formerly a Secretary of Bnai Brith of the Cuban Jewish Community (1999-2001), will comment on Kimber’s presentation.
- 7pm: Screening of the documentary “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up, Nyumburu Cultural Center at University of Maryland, with the participation of invited guest Miguel Barnet, President of the National Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC)
Thursday April 19
- Morning: setting up outreach tables in strategic points around Washington D.C.
- 6:00 pm, 102 Park Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Community Event to launch a new committee in Takoma Park in support of the Cuban 5. Address: 102 Park Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Local elected officials will be invited. Distribution of information and showing of the new documentary “Esencias” about the historic tour of La Colmenita in the U.S. in October 2011.
- 7pm: Screening of the documentary “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up,” Blackburn Center Auditorium, Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street, NW featuring Professor Piero Gleijeses, author of Conflicting Mission: Havana, Washington and Cuba 1959-1976.
Friday, April 20
Evening of Solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban 5
“OBAMA GIVE ME FIVE”
Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road, NW
Speakers will speak about the obstacles to normalize relations with Cuba.
Program: Art Exhibit “Humor from my Pen”, political cartoons by Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban 5.
Special Guest: Danny Glover
Keynote Speaker: Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers.
- Wayne Smith: Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy and Former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.
- James Early: Director, Cultural Heritage Policy, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution
- Salim Lamrani: Lecturer at Paris Sorbonne Paris IV University and Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University and French journalist, specialist on relations between Cuba and the US
- Saul Landau: Professor, author, filmmaker. Emmy Award for his film produced with filmmaker Haskell Wexler, Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (1980). His most recent documentary “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up”
- Jose Pertierra: Immigration Attorney. He represents the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the case of Luis Posada Carriles’s extradition.
- Mavis Anderson: Senior Associate at Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
- Norman Paech: Professor Emeritus of International Law at the University of Hamburg and a former member of the German Parliament (Bundestag, 2005 – 2009) in Berlin
Poetry by Abayomi Huria, Washington DC local artist
U.S. and International Guests: Cindy Sheehan, Peace Activist, Father Luis Barrios, Co-director Pastors for Peace, Norman Paech (Germany) Arnold August (Quebec), Stephen Kimber and Brian Gordon Sinclair (Canada), Katrien Demynck (Belgium), Salim Lamrani (France), Marco Pappacci (Italy) Invited Ambassadors of ALBA countries and others.
Saturday 21 April
- 10 am, meeting with leaders of different religious denominations (Place TBA) with Special Guest: Rev. Dora Arce-Valentín, Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. Cuban Theologian and professor of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Matanzas.
- 1 pm picket/rally at the White House, people will be coming from DC and cities all over the country including buses from New York City that will travel to DC under the slogan “Freedom ride for the Cuban 5”.
We are urging everyone to bring their signs and banners to send a strong message to President Obama.
- 4 pm, Closing Event, Bolivarian Salon of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 2443 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Keynote Speaker Cindy Sheehan. Presentations by DC children’s theater group: “The greatest weapon of Cuba, a tribute to Cuban doctors”, directed by Obi Egbuna Jr. and Hemingway’s HOT Havana: Brian Gordon Sinclair, Artistic Director.