Gema is born, Gerardo and Adriana’s daughter

At 8:30 am on January 6, Gema Hernández Pérez, the daughter of Gerardo Hernández Nordelo and Adriana Pérez O’Connor was born in Havana, the product of the love shared by the couple, which has for 16 years survived a great distance and Gerardo’s unjust imprisonment in the United States.  Adriana was prevented from visiting Gerardo while he was imprisoned in the US.

gema 1Gema was delivered via Cesarean section and weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, Gerardo told Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell, faithful friends resident in the United States who over the long years of incarceration have become family to the couple.

The baby is beautiful and Gerardo himself took the first photos of Gema with her mother.

gema 2Solidarity and love made this possible

As Gerardo has said, since his return to Cuba on December 17, the solidarity and love of many made the pregnancy possible, and the dream of having his daughter Gema is a testament to the long-lasting love he and Adriana share. In a telephone conversation with journalist Arleen Rodríguez, Gerardo said he was “very happy, super excited …

I never imagined such a happiness.” All Cubans, who for 16 years demanded the freedom of their heroes, feel the couple’s happiness as their own.

Messages of joy and congratulations from every corner of the globe

And arriving at Granma’s website were messages of joy and congratulations from every corner of the globe. Finally released by the U.S. government, Gerardo Hernández returned to Cuba December 17, with Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino.

The three, along with René González and Fernando González – who had already completed their sentences in full and returned home – were unjustly convicted and given long prison terms for their efforts to monitor terrorist groups based in South Florida which were organizing attacks on Cuba.

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Source:   Gema is born, Gerardo and Adriana’s daughter  Granma

US Art Collector Dedicates Exhibit to the Cuban Five

July 18. 2014

Source:  Cuban News Agency

Brownstone support the FiveA visual arts collection entitled “My Love for Arts, My Love for Cuba,” was inaugurated on Thursday in Havana as a donation by US collector Gilbert Brownstone in tribute to the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, who were arrested in 1998 in the United States.

The Five represent social justice for Cuba and the world; they have been deprived of their freedom because they fought terrorism in the entrails of the monster,” said Brownstone as he recalled a statement by Cuban National Hero Jose Marti about his exile in the United States which said “I have lived in the monster and I have known its entrails.”

In the presence of Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez, the only two of the five men who have returned to Cuba after they served their unfair sentences in US jails, the collector said that he was privileged to have met the relatives of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters.

The remaining three: Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero are still held in US prisons despite a  huge international campaign for their release.

During the inauguration of the exhibit at the Jose Marti Memorial, the president of the National Council of Visual Arts, Ruben del Valle, said that the collection of so many works of art will be displayed until August 17.

The collection includes works by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Andre Masson and other outstanding artists, which Gilbert donated to Cuba.

In September 2011 Brownstone visited Gerardo in the Victorville maximum security prison in California, to offer his support and solidarity.  Below is a report of this visit.

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Support the Cuban 5 Visa Campaign

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Support the Cuban 5 Visa Campaign:

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navenethem Pillay has met with Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva, two of the wives of the Cuban 5, and has stated that she will intercede on their behalf.Now that Rene Gonzalez is now free in Cuba with his wife Olga Salanueva, this means Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo is the only member of the Cuban 5 who has not seen his wife.For the past 15 years Gerardo Hernandez’s wife, Adriana Perez, hasn’t been allowed to visit him.  The U.S. asserts that she is a risk to national security, despite the fact that the U.S. government has no proof or rationale to justify this belief.  This separation is a violation of Gerardo’s civil and
international rights as a prisoner.Mail or Fax Ms. Pillay the Project’s Letter and hold her accountable to her public statement of support.
Remind her that the U.S. community supports the Cuban 5 and their wives’ visitation rights.


U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Expresses Support for the case of the Cuban Five

Mar. 1, 2013
Reprinted from MinRex

 UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA, March 1, 2013 – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navenethem Pillay, received, yesterday, Olga Salanueva, spouse of René González, and Adriana Pérez, spouse of Gerardo Hernández.

During the meeting, Adriana and Olga explained to the High Commissioner the necessity that this organization intercedes in a direct manner on behalf of the case of the Cuban Five for a definitive solution, while they requested their support in order to be granted visas to entry the United States to visit their husbands.

Olga stressed that the supervised freedom regime endured by Rene constitutes a legal absurdity that does not comply with any purpose and unnecessarily prohibits his return to his Homeland and reunite his relatives. Adriana requested a humanitarian gesture that requires the political willingness and ethics of the United States Government.

Mrs. Pillay acknowledged the visa denial as a violation to the human rights and expressed this cannot constitute an additional punishment.

UN Commissioner expressed her support to this fight and her intention to do whatever is possible to find a solution to the case.

March 1, 2013
Cuban Permanent Mission in Geneva

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Ms. Navanetham Pillay, High Commissioner of Human Rights
Office of the High Commissioner for HumanRights
United Nations Office at Geneva
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International Day of Solidarity with the Cuban Five

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AN APPEAL TO YOU ALL ON BEHALF OF THE CUBAN FIVE

We believe that this is a crucial time for all anti-war movement activists, all Canadian Peace Alliance member organizations and, basically, all of us who care for justice and peace, to come out to the following events and join in the struggle to secure freedom for the Cuban Five.  
In the words of Gerardo Hernández:  “Only a jury of millions will bring us home.”

In  conjunction  with  the  rally  in  front  of  the  White  House  and  other  rallies  across  the world,  taking  place  as  part  of  the  third  annual   “5  Days  for  the  Cuban  5

Join us by the headquarters of the television/radio broadcast hub of Bell Canada’s media unit:

Sat. JUNE 7th, 2014 – 1:00 PM
299 Queen Street West
(Queen St. West & John St.)

The   CUBAN  FIVE  are   heroes   who   were   accused   and   imprisoned   in   the U.S.   After   having   saved   thousands   of   lives   (risking   their   own  lives   in   the process)   by   infiltrating   U.S.-based   terrorist   groups   that   killed   3,478   people and   maimed   2,099   others   since   the   triumph   of    the   Cuban   Revolution   in 1959,   in   order   to   prevent   further   attacks   against   their   country   and   others!  René   González   and  Fernando   González   were   released   after completing   an   unjust   sentence   of   over   13   years   and   over   17   years respectively.    Today,   Antonio   Guerrero,   Gerardo   Hernández   and  Ramón  Labañino   are   serving   their   16th   year   of   unjust   imprisonment   in   US   jails.  
THE   STRUGGLE   FOR   THEIR    FREEDOM   CONTINUES!!!
Organized by TORONTO FORUM ON CUBA 

US Policy on Cuba: Fruitless, Mean and Cruel

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Danny Glover, Gerardo Hernández (one of the five Cuban Heroes) and Saul Landau

by SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS

In their 54-year-old effort to bring down Cuba’s revolutionary government and restore obedience in our Caribbean neighbor, U.S. officials have compiled a spectacular record of failure, overshadowed only by the determination to persist in their pursuit of wrongheaded polices, further damaging U.S. interests.

Adriana Perez to Speak in Canada about Gerardo and The Five

AdrianaAdriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorists condemned in the United States, will speak in Canada on April 15 about the injustices committed against these patriots.
  
Tamara Hansen, coordinator of communities in solidarity with Cuba in Vancouver, told ACN that Adriana will give activists in this northern city details on the biased trial against The Five and about cruelty against Gerardo, sentenced to two life imprisonments plus 15 years.  
  

Gerardo Hernández: The pride of being Cuban

gerardo 2Hero of the Republic of Cuba Gerardo Hernandez appraises the inaugural session of the 8th Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

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“I am feeling many things, including some sadness at not being able to be there on this historic and transcendental moment for our country. But amid mixed feelings the one that stands out above the others is pride. Pride of being Cuban and living in these times at the side of revolutionaries, on the side of those who have been faithful at all costs, (knowing that) we have resisted all gales without intimidation, without surrender, and without selling out.

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Would you be the Change?

Introducing the Five Cuban Heroes

by Melissa McDonald
JYEU

February 15 2013

Do you have someone whom you consider as your hero?  Why do you consider him/her hero?

Is it your mom, a grandparent, a best friend, or perhaps a national icon? Whoever it is, he/she must have done something admirable or courageous, someone brave or someone who possesses noble characteristics.

Whoever he/she may be, that person is now regarded as a model, someone to look up to and emulate.

Men with honourable qualities

five cuban heroes 6So, I introduce you to five men who possess all these honourable qualities, yet they’ve been unjustly punished – in fact, unjustly held in US prisons for 14 years now. They are known internationally as The Five Cuban Heroes and are Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González.

Why are they considered to be heroes?

Well…what would you do if your country was being attacked by terrorist organizations for more than forty (40) years? Would you be a spectator living in fear each day, waiting for someone to take a stand? Or would you be the change?

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