6:00pm: Ecumenical-Cultural Event. Special Guests: Angela Davis
, Nacyra Gómez Cruz
, Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, Secretary of International Relations of the Christian Conference for Peace for Latin America and the Caribbean, Maria León
(from the Venezuela National Assembly) Yeidckol Polevensky
(former Vice President of the Mexican Senate). Poetry by Andy de la Tour
, English actor and screenwriter. Music by Mighty Gabby
, a Cultural Ambassador for the island of Barbados who sings Calypso and the DC Labor Chorus
Saint Stephen Church, 1525 Newton St. Washington DC.
SUNDAY JUNE 211:00am: Community Event.
Gathering at 11am in downtown Takoma Park (between Carol Ave and Laurel) to walk back to Place:
Casa Rutilio, 102 Park Ave, for a community event at 1:00pm. This event is organized by the Takoma Park Free the Cuban 5 Committee and endorsed by the DC Metro Coalition to Free the Five and the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5. Music by Ismael "Bandolero" Duran
and Patricio Zamorano
.2:30pm: Hip Hop Cultural Event with Head Roc and Mighty Gabby
. Head Roc
, for nearly 20 years has been regarded as the best that DC Hip-Hop has to offer. He has come to embody the passions, hopes and dreams of a wonderfully talented DC Black music scene. Opening remarks by Rev. Graylan Hagler,
Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice. Place:
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, D.C
MONDAY JUNE 39:00am: Lobby activities.
Members of Parliaments from other countries who have confirmed their participation: Yeidckol Polevensk
y (former Vice President of the Mexican Senate), Maria León
(Venezuela) a Member of Parliament from El Salvador
, Gianni Vattimo
, (Italy), Hugo Gutierrez
and Alejandro Navarro
(Chile) and others to be confirmed.11:00am: Meeting with attorneys and jurists from the U.S. and abroad.
Convened by Martin Garbus
, attorney of the legal team of the Cuban 5 with the presence of lawyers from the U.S. and abroad including former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark
, Peter Schey
from the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Jose Pertierra,
Attorney representing Venezuela in the case of the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela, Rafael Anglada
from Puerto Rico, Fabio Martelli
and Tecla Faranda
from Italy, Beinusz Szmukler
from Argentina, Graciela Rosemblum
President of the Argentinean Human Rights League, and many others. Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild. Place:
Georgetown Legal Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.6:00pm: Meeting of elected union leaders and rank and file members from the U.S. and abroad.
Welcome from Dena Briscoe
, President, American Postal Workers Union Local 140. Special guests: Dennis Lemelin
, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Santos Crespo
, President, Local 372 New York City Board of Education and more. Find out why unions in Canada, Ireland and Britain support freedom for the Cuban 5 and how the movement is building in the U.S. Place:
Postal Workers Union Hall, 6139 Chillum Place NE, Washington, D.C. 20011.7:00pm: Opening of an art exhibit of new paintings by Antonio Guerrero followed by a panel of intellectuals.
This exhibit is comprised of 15 new paintings by Antonio Guerrero
reflecting the 17 months the Cuban 5 spent in the "Hole" and will be introduced by by Gilbert Brownstone
, artist, curator, collector and philanthropist. The panel will discuss Cuba in contemporary times and will include Ignacio Ramone
t, Spanish writer and former editor-in-chief of Le Monde Diplomatique, Jane Franklin
, author, historian and expert on Cuba-U.S. relations, Miguel Barnet
, writer and current President of the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba (UNEAC) and Salim Lamrani
, French professor, author and researcher. Place:
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW.
TUESDAY JUNE 49:00am: Lobby activities continue11:00am: Reception at Capitol Hill hosted by a U.S. Congressman to welcome the Parliamentarians from other countries (Place TBA)6:00pm: Panel discussion and book presentations
by Brazilian and Canadian authors about democracy in Cuba and the case of the Cuban 5. Panelists: Fernando Morais
, Brazilian journalist and author of: The Last Soldiers of the Cold War
, Stephen Kimber
, Canadian journalist, professor and and author of What Lies Across the Water
, and Arnold August
, writer, and lecturer from Montreal, author of Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion
. Celebration of Gerardo Hernandez's birthday. Place
: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW
WEDNESDAY JUNE 59:00am: Last day of Lobby Activities5pm: The 5th for the Cuban 5 closing event:
An art exhibit of a motorcycle journey throughout Latin America by graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba that promoted awareness about the Cuban Five. Video conference with family members of the Cuban Five from Havana and guests in Washington D.C
. Special guest: Danny Glover
and Ambassadors from ALBA countries. Plenary Session
with organizers from the U.S. and abroad discussing work and future actions is support of the struggle to free the Cuban 5. Music by Mighty Gabby
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela- Bolivarian Hall, 2443 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
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