Today, August 6, 2010, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) one of the AFL-CIO constituency groups at its 18th National Membership Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada, unanimously passed a resolution in support for the immediate granting of Humanitarian Visas for Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of two of the Cuban 5.
HUMANITARIAN VISAS FOR THE WIVES OF THE CUBAN FIVE
WHERE AS: for more then a decade the United States government has continued to deny visas to Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez whose only purpose to come to the U.S. is to visit their husbands in prison, Rene González and Gerardo Hernandez respectively are two of the Cuban Five who are serving long sentences in the United States.
AND WHERE AS: on December 18, 2009 the Department of Homeland Security denied a Humanitarian Visa to Olga Salanueva. Without any explanation, they denied this elementary recourse to come to the U.S. with the sole purpose to see her husband René González sentenced to 15 years in prison.
AND WHERE AS: Adriana Perez on July 2002 traveled to the United States to visit her husband Gerardo Hernández, who is unjustly serving two life sentence plus 15 years in a U.S. prison was detained upon her arrived in the Houston Airport. She was photographed, finger printed, interrogated for 11 hours, preventing from speaking to a lawyer or Cuban diplomat(s) and subsequently sent back to Cuba, cruelly preventing Adriana from seeing her husband. That this was the last time she was granted a visa to see him during the 11 years he has been imprisoned.
AND WHERE AS: the last visa denial for Adriana was on July 15, 2002 the day of their 21 wedding anniversary and four months later on November 2, Gerardo Hernández’s mother died and not even on a sad event like this in the life of any human being was Adriana Perez allowed to visit her husband to console him.
AND WHERE AS: the applications for Humanitarian Visa for Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez are supported by an important number of religious and legal and Human Rights institutions. From the World Council of Churches to the U.S. Council of Christian Churches, the Cuban Council of Churches, the Association of American Jurist, Amnesty International, several Noble Peace Prize winners, parliamentarians, elected officials and intellectecuals from all over the world. People and personalities such as former Bishop of Detroit Thomas Gumbleton, former General Secretary of the U.S. Council of Churches Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, union leaders such as the co-founder of the Farm Workers Union Dolores Huerta, the president of the ILWU Local 10 of San Francisco California Melvin MacKay.
AND WHERE AS: in addition others who added their names in support include Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, the Mayor of Richmond Gayle McLaughlin, former Congressman Esteban Torres, actor Danny Glover, writer and poet Alice Walker and Angela Davis, Professor of History at University of Santa Cruz, California. Also former Chief of U.S. Embassy in Havana, Wayne Smith, Civil Right Activist Yury Kochiyama and the President of the Media Freedom Foundation Project Censored, peter Phillips.
AND WHERE AS: on March 8, 2010 letters where sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Home land Security Janet Napolitano bearing the names of the aforementioned supporters demanding the immediate granting of Humanitarian Visas to Adriana Péze and Olga Salanueva and multiple visas to all the family of the Cuban Five. This gesture will show the world that we are represented by elected officials who want better relations with other nations and who have compassion and humanitarian hearts.
THERE FOR LET IT BE RESOLVED: that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) supports the immediate granting of Humanitarian Visas for Olga Salanueva and Adriana Pérez for the purpose of visiting their husband who are imprisoned in the U.S.
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