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BICYCLE RIDE FOR THE CUBAN 5
IN SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday September 27   

16 YEARS IS TOO LONG!

JOIN A BICYCLE RIDE IN SUPPORT OF THE CUBAN 5 THROUGH THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO.  


DAY: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27   

PLACE: 24TH AND MISSION BART STATION

(WEST SIDE) 

 START GATHERING AT NOON  

LEAVING: 1 PM    
    
Solidarity friends from the Bay Area, will travel through The Mission, the heart of the Latino community in San Francisco, to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5. The bike ride will end at the Civic Center Plaza.
For more information call: 510-219-0092 or 415-269-7917




As part of the activities being organized in cities all over the world from September 12 to October 6, the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, along with solidarity friends is organizing this bicycle ride in San Francisco, California to bring attention to the 16 years of cruel imprisonment of the Five.


While Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez are back in Cuba after serving their entire sentences, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero remain in U.S. Prisons. These three men are paying a high price for defending their country against terrorism. Instead of the continuation of their imprisonment they deserve to receive medals for their heroic actions. It is long overdue for President Obama to negotiate in good faith with Cuba to reach a humanitarian solution to this case and allow them to return to their loved ones.  

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Round up of Events for the Cuban 5 in Washington D.C.

Photos and Video    

Evening of Solidarity with the Cuban 5 at SEIU Union Hall

People of good will from all over the world have responded to the call of organizing activities from September 4 to October 6 to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban 5.

 

These two days were not selected randomly but instead mark a very dark moment in the history of terrorism against Cuba that will never be forgotten until justice is done. On September 4, 1997 an explosive device in the lobby of the Copacabana hotel in Havana killed Fabio DiCelmo, an Italian tourist. And on October 6, 1976 a Cuban airliner was blown up in mid-air killing 73 innocent people. The person who masterminded both of these terrorist attacks, Luis Posada Carriles, today enjoys complete freedom in Miami.

 

The Cuban 5, who are considered Heroes by the Cuban people, were sent to Miami precisely to prevent future attacks against innocent people in Cuba and in the United States. The heroic and dangerous work they were carrying out is now receiving greater respect and admiration from people all over the world. More people than ever are joining in the struggle to free Antonio, Ramon and Gerardo.

 

This anniversary of the imprisonment of the five brought a widening of events in the U.S. with many cities organizing activities including Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Minnesota, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

 

In Washington DC, in the center of political power, the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 organized the following activities:

  • Visits to 20 offices of Capitol Hill and a meeting at the State Department.
  • Public events at Impact Hub and Casa Rutilio Grande in Takoma Park.
  • A rally in front of the White House.
  • The Premier Opening of Antonio Guerrero's new exhibit "Absolved by Solidarity" followed by an evening of solidarity at the SEIU Hall. Cuban Ambassador in Washington. D.C. Jose Ramon Cabanas opened the exhibit followed by music and a panel discussion with special guests including Yeidckol Polenvsky, ex President of the Mexican Senate, Professor Piero Gleijeses and Canadian author Stephen Kimber. Ann Wright, U.S. Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official was unable to attend but sent her statement that was read in its entirety at the event.

The movement in solidarity with the Cuban 5 will not go away until Gerardo, Ramon and Antonio return to their loved ones.

 

16 year is too long!

 

Photos: Bill Hackwell
VISITS TO CAPITOL HILL

Meeting with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
EVENT AT CASA RUTILIO GRANDE IN TAKOMA PARK


RALLY IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
ON SEPTEMBER 12
 


EVENING OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE CUBAN 5,
PREMIER OF "ABSOLVED BY SOLIDARITY" AN EXHIBIT OF PAINTINGS BY ANTONIO GUERRERO
 
D.C. Labor Chorus
Spoken words artists E.L.P.J. and Tom Kat
Valarie Long, Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Piero Gleijeses, professor of United States foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Jose Ramon Cabañas, Chief of Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC, Stephen Kimber, Canadian author, Yeidckol Polenvsky, ex Vice-President of the Mexican Senate, Alicia Jrapko and Netfa Freeman from the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

VIDEO OF THE RALLY IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

16 Years Is Too Long!
By Jennifer Wager


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5人のための国際週間(9月4日~10月6日)

 

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Professor from San Francisco State University
Felix Kury Sends Letter to President Obama
Gray

 


Felix Kury specializes in mental health policy issues facing Latinos in the U.S.  He has taught at San Francisco State University (SFSU) since 1988.  Mr Kury teaches Latino Health Care Perspectives, Latino Family Narratives, Latino Mental Health, Cuba: Health, Education & Culture, Community Organizing, and other courses. Professor Kury established the SFSU Cuba Educational Project in 1996, the first such academic exchange between Cuba and SFSU, taking over 350 students to Cuba on the study-tour. Felix Kury is Program Director and Founding Faculty Adviser for the Clínica Martín-Baró SFSU-UCSF in the Mission District of San Francisco. Clínica Martín-Baró serves uninsured, low-income persons who would otherwise have limited or no access to healthcare on a regular basis.


September 5, 2014

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20500

Dear President Obama,

I am writing as a Professor in the Latino Studies Department San Francisco State University (SFSU).  This September will mark 16 years of unwarranted imprisonment of the Cuban Five, whose only crime was to prevent terrorist acts in Cuba from right wing para-military Cubans in Florida who have operated with impunity for the last fifty years. During these years, hundreds of my students at SFSU who have learned about the Cuban Five have also joined the call for their release.

The Cuban Five have never posed a threat to national security of the US.  When they first were arrested, they spent time in solitary confinement, isolated from family and friends - a clear violation of their human rights, cruel and unusual punishment, and no doubt a form of torture. Two of the five, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, have both returned to Cuba, having served their sentences.

Mr. Obama, I urge you to use the power of your pen to commute the sentences of Gerardo Hernandez, serving double life sentences in USP Victorville, California, Antonio Guerrero, serving 22 years in FCI Marianna, Florida, and Ramon Labañino (known as Luis Medina), serving 30 years in FCI Ashland,  Kentucky.

As President, you are dealing with many challenges and controversies, such as the humanitarian crisis of Central American children, and the police brutality of the citizens of Ferguson. You promised change when you were elected.  I have not seen any change in the foreign policy towards Cuba. Making such a humanitarian gesture by granting clemency will enhance the credibility and moral authority of your administration that has deteriorated as a result of listening to the wrong advisers.

As I write this letter to you I reflect on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:  "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Sincerely,

Félix Salvador Kury
Program Director & Faculty Advisor
Clínica Martín-Baró, SFSU-UCSF
1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132  

 

 

Remember: On Friday September 5th, call Obama and demand the freedom of the Cuban 5

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE TO JOIN THE WORLDWIDE DEMAND  
FOR THEIR FREEDOM.

By phone:
202-456-1111  (If nobody answers the phone leave a message)

If calling from outside the United States, dial first the International Area Code
+ 1 (US country code) followed by 202-456-1111

By Fax: 202-456-2461

If fax is sent from outside the United States, dial first the International Area
Code + 1 (US country code) followed by 202-456-2461

To send an e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

To send a letter:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

United States    



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September Activities in Washington D.C. and San Francisco to Mark the 16th Anniversary of the Arrest of the Cuban 5
SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE CUBAN 5
 
From  September 12 to October 8, supporters of the Cuban 5 will be organizing activities in cities all over the world and in the United States to  bring attention to their 16 years of cruel imprisonment.

While Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez are back in Cuba after serving their entire sentences, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero remain in U.S. Prisons. These three men are paying a high price for defending their country against terrorism. Instead of the continuation of their imprisonment they deserve to receive medals of honor for their actions. It is long overdue for President Obama to negotiate in good faith with Cuba to reach a humanitarian solution to this case and allow them to return to their loved ones.

The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 is returning to Washington D.C. after 5 days of activities for the Five in June. Members of the Committee, other solidarity friends and personalities will visit Capitol Hill to follow up on their June visits and organize other activities, including a rally in front of the White House and a Public Forum. Also in San Francisco, CA the committee is organizing a Bicycle Ride in Support of the Cuban 5.

null PICKET IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
on the 16th Anniversary of the arrests of the Cuban 5
Friday September 12
12 Noon
Across the Street from Lafayette Park
16 YEARS IS ENOUGH!
FREE THE CUBAN 5 NOW!
PUBLIC FORUM IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Cuban 5

Saturday September 13, 7pm
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
1800 Massachusetts Avenue
NW Washington, DC
( Dupont Circle METRO stop - Red line)

Program will include:
  • Welcoming by SEIU leaders followed by a panel discussion
Speakers to include:
  • Jose Ramon Cabañas, Chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC.
  • Yeidckol Polevnsky, former Vice President of the Mexican Senate.
  • Stephen Kimber, Professor of Journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax. Author of What Lies Across the Water, the Real Story of the Cuban Five.
  • Ann Wright, anti-war activist, former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official.
  • Piero Gleijeses, professor of United States foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Poetry by local artists 


BICYCLE RIDE FOR THE CUBAN 5 IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Saturday September 27, 4pm
Starting point:  24th & Mission St BART Station
Bay Area activists will travel through the streets of San Francisco to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5.
For more information call 510-219-0092 or 415-269-7917
Join the activities in Washington D.C. and San Francisco on the 16th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban 5 
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