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The Legacy of Fidel in the Coming Period

January 14, 2017 – Talk given by Alicia Jrapko, U.S. co ordinator of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity at event in Berkeley California commemorating the life and impact of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

Photo: Bill Hackwell

In thinking about our work in the progressive movement there can be no denying the influence that Fidel’s life and legacy has had on our efforts over the years. His vision that was brought to reality in the Cuban Revolution remains a guide and beacon of hope for people around the world.

Despite the fact that the criminal US blockade has cost Cuba $833 billion dollars it has still been able to raise the living standard of the entire population in every social index from free access to education to health care for all. The continual lies and slander that we hear on a daily basis from the corporate media has no answers as to how Cuba has not only been able to achieve this, but continues to improve on it. In 2016 for example the province of Pinar del Rio was able to record the lowest infant mortality rate at 2.1 deaths per 1000 live births.

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A generation’s incalculable contribution

The more than 700,000 Cubans who learned to read and write, especially for those well into adulthood, literacy provided the opportunity to take control of their lives

Author: Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu

december 27, 2016 10:12:51

Young volunteer teachers reached even the most remote regions within the country. Photo: Archive

What did it mean for a small country like Cuba to eliminate illiteracy in just one year, with a massive, popular campaign? What changes did learning to read and write bring to the lives of illiterate individuals? What would have been the country’s fate if the effort had not be made?

No one doubts that undertaking such an ambitious effort would not have been possible without the nascent Revolution. The campaign not only taught reading and writing, but served as well to dignify the noble vocation of teaching, and transformed the foundation of national life by guaranteeing access to education for all.

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President Obama: use clemency to free a wrongfully convicted Native American

Leonard Peltier was unjustly convicted of murder in 1975. Only the president can give him justice in his old age

Leonard Peltier at Leavenworth Federal Prison in 1992. Photograph: Courtesy of Jeffry Scott

Approaching the Standing Rock Reservation to stand with the Water Protectors, you couldn’t miss the dramatic display of tribal flags flying high along the dirt driveway and surrounding the perimeter of the large campgrounds. Scattered between hundreds of flags are banners bearing messages such as: Mni Wiconi, “water is life” in the Lakota language.

Also scattered among the flags were banners calling for the release of Leonard Peltier, a Native American who has been in jail for more than 41 years, unjustly convicted of the 1975 murders of FBI special agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Barack Obama just pardoned or commuted the sentence of 231 individuals on Monday, and Peltier was not among them.

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Cuba: Where Real Human Rights are the Foundation of Society

Statement from the National Network on Cuba (NNOC)

The whole world reacted to the death of Cuba’s historic leader Fidel Castro. For most of us there was sorrow; respect for a life well lived. The revolutionary process he unleashed created measurable improvements to the lives of many ordinary people on every continent.

But there was another reaction, too. Pres.-elect Donald Trump declared he wanted a “better deal,” demanded that Cuba release political prisoners that don’t actually exist and rolled out slanderous code words “dictator,” “tyrant.” In a little more than a month, the president-elect will lead a country where police kill Black and Latin people — men, women, children, transgender — with impunity. Yet he is quoted by the Washington Post saying that Fidel’s legacy is the denial of human rights.

With International Human Rights Day around the corner, the National Network on Cuba will not let this slander go unanswered. Without going into all 30 articles of the Declaration adopted Dec. 10, 1948, the first sentence of the preamble says that recognition of “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all member of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

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Remembering Fidel Castro; A Global Revolutionary

No one can look back over 20th and 21st century history, without studying the work and ideas of this Cuban who wrote a small Caribbean island into the pages of “true global history,” as told by the people

By Sergio Alejandro Gómez on August 12, 2016

cuba-fidelYou can learn as much about a man from his critics as you can from his admirers. Henry Kissinger, U.S. secretary of state under Nixon, described Fidel in his memoirs as perhaps the most genuine revolutionary leader in power at that time.

The former Secretary of State and advisor to various U.S. Presidents was referring to 1975 when – to the surprise of the U.S. – Cuba lent its support to the Angolan independence struggle. In the Cold War geopolitics of the time, the Soviets were opposed to direct involvement, while Washington blatantly supported the racist apartheid regime in South Africa.

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Condolences Book at the Permanent Mission of the Rep of Cuba

f0072813_58129The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations communicates that following the decease of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba declares nine days of National Mourning, from 6:00 am on 26 November to 12:00 noon on 4 December 2016.

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba informs that a Condolence Book will be placed at the Mission, located at 315 Lexington Avenue, NY 10016, from Monday 28 November until Sunday 4 December, from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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