Reblogged from RealCuba
August 31, 2012
|Free The Cuban Five Actions on the 14th anniversary|
National Committee To Free The Cuban Five
Despite cruel and inhumane conditions of imprisonment for Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando, and René being forced to remain in the U.S., the Five remain steadfast and optimistic in the prospects for their freedom.
Important legal developments are taking place, with ground-breaking new documents before the court based on the secret U.S. government payments to Miami journalists. Exposing the government’s illegal actions has been a major focus of research by the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five for several years.
But the ultimate goal of the Five’s freedom also critically depends on the mobilizing campaigns of the supporters of the Five and all people who believe in justice across the United States and internationally. The U.S. prosecutor referred during the resentencing of Antonio Guerrero to the need to “quiet the waters of contentiousness that swirl about this case.” In recent weeks and months there has been an impressive growth in Free the Five activities. Let’s join together to increase the mobilizations and demand that the U.S. government the Five NOW!
The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five is urging all cities and organizations to plan actions – whether a protest rally, a leafleting session to the public, a press conference with local speakers, a forum, visiting government representatives and asking for their support – every action will reach more people and make visible the case of the Cuban Five and their struggle for justice. Together we can reach tens of thousands of people, one on one, in a meaningful way that will grow the movement.
We have prepared a leaflet for publicity and educating the public, which we will be happy to adapt for your local action if you wish. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
You’ll find activities scheduled in cities around the world on our calendar. If you have an activity scheduled, please let us know so we can add it to the calendar. If you don’t, there’s still time! The Cuban Five must be free, and it is up to us to keep the pressure on.
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 Press Release
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 Announces
The Price 5 Cubans are Paying for Fighting Terrorism
Public Event: Friday, September 14, 7:30 PM
On the 14th anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of the Cuban 5 and in the wake of new legal proceedings, attend an informative evening dedicated to winning their freedom.
The Cuban 5 were arrested in 1998. Although they made no threats or injury to anyone and transferred no U.S. government documents or classified material, they were convicted on conspiracy to commit espionage charges and originally sentenced collectively to four life sentences plus 77 years in U.S. prisons. Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González remain incarcerated in separate U.S. federal penitentiaries. René González served out his 13 year sentence but since his release last October, must remain in Florida on probation for 2½ more years. These men were in the U.S. to defend their country by monitoring the activities of anti-Cuban terrorist groups operating in Southern Florida.
An affidavit for Cuban Five defendant Gerardo Hernández will soon be filed by attorney Martin Garbus in Federal District Court in Miami. The new affidavit supports Hernández’s habeas corpus appeal and seeks to overturn his conviction, based on government payments to Miami journalists during the Five’s prosecution. Garbus, a civil rights attorney known for his defense of the First Amendment, joined the Five’s legal defense team in April, 2012.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rafael Cancel Miranda is a Puerto Rican independence fighter who was sentenced in 1954 to 84 years in the United States, along with Lolita Lebrón, Andrés Figueroa and Irvin Flores Rodriguez, for occupying the U.S. Congress in order to draw international attention to the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Due to international pressure, then President Jimmy Carter granted them amnesty in 1979, after 25 years in prison. Cancel Miranda, is the author of seven books and remains active in the struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico and the freedom of Puerto Rican prisoners.
Tom Hayden was a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1961. In 1968, he played a leadership role in protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago for which he was indicted on federal charges of conspiracy as one of the “Chicago Eight.” Attorney Leonard Weinglass defended the Eight and later, before his death last year, represented Tony Guerrero, one of the Cuban 5. Hayden served in the California State Assembly from 1982 to 1992 and the State Senate from 1992 to 2000. Currently he is a writer and editor of The Nation and director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA.
Other speakers will include: Lawrence Wilkerson, Retired United States Army Colonel and former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell; Jose Pertierra, an immigration attorney representing the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the case of the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles; and Michele Tingling-Clemmons, a social and human rights activist and organizer in DC, who is a co-founder of the National Welfare Rights Union and the Metropolitan Washington Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee.
Special Guest: Vicente Feliu, leading voice of the Cuban Nueva Trova Movement, will be traveling from Cuba on a three-city tour accompanied by Cuban Latin Grammy Award Winner Alejandro Valdez. They will be offering a free concert on Wednesday September 12 at 8pm at the Embassy of Venezuela – Bolivarian Hall, Washington DC.
The September 14th event is being organized jointly by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, a network of concerned citizens from several countries of Europe, Latin America and the United States, whose main objective is to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5, and the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank that has served as a policy and research resource for social justice movements for over four decades.
For more information visit www.thecuban5.org