This is the time to end once and for all the U.S. unilateral blockade against Cuba

Brookline, MA Calls for the End of the Embargo Against Cuba

BrooklilneLogo (1)On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the third and final session of the Brookline, MA, Annual Town Meeting a resolution asking for the end of the US embargo against Cuba was adopted on the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Selectmen and a concurring Advisory Committee who voted an overwhelming 95% in favor. “The Brookline Town Meeting calls for an immediate end to the United States’ economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba; and strongly encourages Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III to support measures that achieves these goals.”

This is the first resolution of its kind adopted on the East Coast. The campaign initiated on the West Cost by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, along with local activists, recently achieved the passage of three similar resolutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. All four resolutions represent the sentiment of public opinion in the United States that calls for a change of U.S. policy towards Cuba.

Brookline, Massachusetts, is an independent town of almost 60,000, surrounded on three sides by Boston and to the west by the city of Newton, governed by an elected town meeting and a five-person Board of Selectmen, and is known for its progressive schools, culture, and character.

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Congressional Letter to President Obama Calls for Release of Oscar López Rivera

May 27, 2016

o_6858 (2)WASHINGTON, D.C. – The four Puerto Rican Democratic Members of Congress released a letter they wrote to President Obama asking for a meeting to discuss the “immediate release” of Oscar López Rivera, a federal prisoner for 35 years who is considered the last Puerto Rican political prisoner held by the United States. The letter, sent on February 24, 2016, makes the case for Mr. López Rivera’s release and appeals to the President’s sense of justice, saying:

Mr. President, you have articulated a wise, healthy policy in support of giving people serving disproportionate sentences a second chance, recognizing that the constitutional power of pardon is the correct remedy. You have to date responsibly commuted many disproportionate sentences of drug offenders and others – and we have seen that public reaction has been favorable, and indeed critical only of the fact that you have not issued more such commutations.

As we see it, there is no legitimate penological objective being served by the ongoing imprisonment of this 73 year old Puerto Rican, when his people and others who value human rights clamor for his release.

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Oakland: 3rd City in California Stands Against the Blockade of Cuba

City Council of Oakland Joins other Bay Area Cities by Adopting a Resolution Calling for an End to the Trade Embargo of Cuba

oakland_sealOn May 17, in a unanimous decision, the City Council of Oakland California passed a resolution calling for an end to the embargo of Cuba. Along with citing the long standing injustice that the embargo represents, the resolution specifically gives the Council’s official support to current bills in Congress including H.R. 664: the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, H.R. 3238: the Cuba Trade Act of 2015, S299 the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 and S.491 The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act.

The resolution was initially introduced to the Rules and Legislation Committee of the City Council on May 12 by Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Abel Guillen. At that meeting public comment was heard urging the passing of the resolution. According to Oakland resident Helene Maxwell, “Oakland’s passage of the resolution can serve as a model for local governments around the country to send a clear message to Washington that the embargo must be lifted. It is long past time to make amends for the destructive effects of this policy on the Cuban people for over fifty years.”

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In Defense of Telesur

In the Network in Defense of Humanity we are all “Citizens TeleSur”
The solidarity is the tenderness of the people” -Che Guevara

Facebook----Twitter-600x400-K (2)TeleSur was born in 2005, just months after the launch of our platform, the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity. We came about largely as a result of discussions that took place at the meeting of intellectuals in Caracas in December 2004, where many participants stressed the importance of moving forward to establish our own independent media.

In that vein TeleSur has been an important voice to tell the world what was happening from, by and for the peoples, primarily in Latin America. Many examples come to mind but just to name a few, there was TeleSur’s coverage of the coups in Honduras, Paraguay and Brazil, and their warning about the coup attempts in Bolivia and Ecuador. This is one of the only media outlets that has systematically denounced the U.S. blockade against Cuba and the media and economic war against Venezuela. In addition it has given outstanding importance to the new formations of integration of the region like Unasur, Alba and CELAC.

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Press release issued by the Cuban delegation to the Third Meeting of the Cuba-U.S. Bilateral Commission

Cubaminrex on May 17, 2016

f0012049The Cuban delegation was headed by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Director-General of the U.S. Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, and the U.S. delegation was headed by Ambassador Kristie Kenney, Counselor of the State Department, and John S. Creamer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

During the meeting, both delegations reviewed the implementation of the agreements adopted at the second meeting of this Commission as well as the results achieved in the course of the last six months.

Both delegations highlighted the increase of official visits in both directions, including the one paid by President Barack Obama to Havana in March, 2016; as well as of the technical meetings held to discuss topics of common interest and the bilateral instruments signed in order to expand mutually beneficial cooperation between Cuba and the United States.

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More than 800 Intellectuals, artistas and social movements stand up against the coup in Brazil

HumanidadContraElGolpe_enThe undersigned, intellectuals, artists, writers, researchers and social movement organizations from all over the world denounce the coup underway in Brazil and stand in solidarity with President Dilma Rousseff who was elected by 54 million Brazilians only one year and a half ago.

This is not a traditional “political trial”, as the Globo Group is attempting to present it. Michel Temer, the visible face of the coup, has already expressed his intentions to bring the private banking sector into the public sphere and to focus in particular on a social policy of austerity for the poorest 5% of the country, which would mean to exclude the 36 million people from the Bolsa Familia. In addition Temer intends to move toward agreements with the United States and the European Union “with or without the Mercosur”. In short his perspective is a Government for the elite of his country distanced from the majority and to wipe out forever the experience that the country had under the government of the Workers Party.

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