Oscar Lopez Rivera is FREE! Let’s Celebrate and Welcome him to the Bay Area
On January 17, 2017, President Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera. In doing so, he was responding to the overwhelming organizing and pressure by the Puerto Rican people and the international community. We in the Bay Area are part of this victory.
Join us in welcoming Oscar to the Bay Area. Let’s use this occasion to rededicate ourselves to the freedom of all political prisoners and to the sovereignty of Puerto Rico itself.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
PROGRAM: 7-9:30 (doors will open at 6:30pm)
WHERE: St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
Program includes: Oscar Lopez Rivera, Jose Lopez, John Santos and more!
Tickets available through brown paper tickets
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Cuba, Africa, & the World: A Tribute to Fidel Castro
Second Annual Series
Saturday, January 7, 2017
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST
1640 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
In honor of the legacy of the late leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, you are invited by a collective of movements to the second annual series “Cuba, Africa, and the World.” The core of this event will be a panel discussion that will include lively multi-media presentations reflecting on the role of Fidel Castro in history and his contributions to humanism, freedom and justice in the world, particularly Africa.
With confirmed performances by RodStarz, of Duo Rebel Diaz, and vocalist Luci Murphy.
Dr. Piero Gleijeses, Professor at John Hopkins University, and author of Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976.
Heather Benno, ANSWER Coalition,
Mary-Alice Waters, Socialist Workers Party and author of several books on Cuba, including The Cuban Revolution in World Politics.
Jose Pertierra, Cuban-American Lawyer who represented Father of Elián González,
Jennifer Bryant, Venceremos Brigade,
Netfa Freeman, Int’l Committee For Peace, Justice & Dignity, Pan African Community Action, (PACA,), and Institute for Policy Studies.
And an address by special guest Miguel Fraga of Embassy of Cuba to the USA.
This event is free and open to the public but a suggested $5 donation will be requested at the door to defray costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Co-sponsoring organizations: International Committee For Peace, Justice & Dignity, Socialist Workers Party, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Revival of Panafricanism Forum, Friends of the Congo, Answer Coalition, Party for Socialism and Liberation, All-African People Revolutionary Party, Institute for Policy Studies, Venceremos Brigade, DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, All African People Revolutionary Party (GC), Pan-African Community Action (PACA), Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), Latin America and Caribbean Action Network (LACAN), Knights Fraternity Incorporated, D.C. Chapter, National Lawyers Guild, The National Center for African Communitarian Culture (NCACC), Port of Harlem Magazine, and Nyumburu Cultural Center.
Viva Fidel! The Struggle Continues/
La Lucha Continúa
Saturday January 14, 2017
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
$10 general entrance (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Door opens at 6:30pm, program will start at 7:00pm
Photo Exhibit Fidel is Fidel by Roberto Chile
Live Music and Poetry in Tribute to Fidel
Speakers through out the program will address how Fidel’s life and work are linked to their own struggles for justice and how to move forward to end the blockade.
MC, Chelis Lopez, Host at KPOO and Radio Bilingue
Dr. Abraham Vela, ELAM Graduated
Jane Franklin, Historian
Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Walter Turner, Global Exchange
Alicia Jrapko, NNOC co-chair, Int’l Comm for Peace, Justice and Dignity
Co-sponsors: La Peña Cultural Center, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, Richmond-Regla, Cuba Friendship Committee, Task Force on the Americas, Altruvistas, Clínica Martín-Baró, College of Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies Dept, SFSU-Cuba Educational Project, Pajaro Latinoamericano KPOO, Sol Economics, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange.
Endorse by: National Network on Cuba (NNOC), IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Sally O’Brien – Cuba In Focus Radio program-WBAI/Pacifica-NYC, Berkeley-Palma Soriano Sister City Association, Workers World Party, Marcha Patriotica (California Chapter), California Coalition for Women Prisoners, National Boricua Human Rights Network, The Turquino Project
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What: A Symposium On Cuban Affairs
When: October 27-28, 2016
Where: Indiana State University (ISU) Terre Haute, IN
Registration Information: https://isu-aceweb-001.indstate.edu/SubGroup.awp?Group=CON&Title=Conference+Registrations
Pursuant to ISU’s academic exchange agreement with the University of Havana, ISU will convene a symposium on Cuban affairs to be held on October 27-28, 2016. The centerpiece for the symposium will be leading Cuban scholars in their field who will serve as the primary speakers for the symposium sessions. The individual symposium sessions will entail a “round-table” format with the invited Cuban scholars being asked to make a presentation followed by commentary/discussion by U.S. scholars and a question/answer period with members of the audience. The symposium will be open to ISU students and faculty interested in Cuba/foreign affairs, faculty from other universities, regional groups interested in learning more about and establishing closer ties with Cuba, and the general public.
Session I -Thursday, October 27. Registration for full participation (all faculty)- $25
Includes dinner as well as a panel discussion about how to set up teaching and learning travel experiences to Cuba and a presentation by Cuban diplomat, educator and writer, Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto. Parking in University pay lots is included.
Session II – Friday, October 28 — Registration for full participation (all faculty)- $25
Includes breakfast, lunch and a snack, as well as presentations by leading Cuban academics. Parking in University pay lots is included.
Registration for faculty participating in entire Symposium is $45 – (a $5 cost savings). If students attend and do not eat, they will be admitted at no charge, but they must register as noted below. If they plan to eat, they must pay the same as the other participants. This also includes parking if they park in the pay lot.
In order to register for the Cuban Symposium, please proceed as follows:
Click on the link “Registration Information” under the “What-When-Where” picture at the top of the page. When you get to this page
Click on the link for the Cuban Symposium. When you get to this page,
Click on the link “Enroll Yourself” at the bottom of the page, which will take you to the “Login Page”.
Once you reach the login page, you will need to create a login and password, unless you have registered for a conference or course at ISU previously using this system. The login and password are not linked to other Indiana State University networks. Both Session 1 (October 27 – 3 pm to 8 pm) and Session 2 (October 28 – 8 am to 4 pm) cost $25 each. If you sign up for both sessions, you will save $5 (total cost $45). Students planning to eat at the event must register at this link.
For students planning to attend, but not eat at the Symposium, please see below:
Students planning to attend, but not eat at the Symposium must still register, but not using the link mentioned above. They will use the no-charge student link. The no-charge student link is: https://indstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Fw1EhyGhOUTSbH . Regarding the item asking which session DID you attend, simply indicate which session(s) you INTEND to attend.
Daily Session Schedules:
Session I -Thursday, October 27.
Registration – 3 pm
Panel on how to set up teaching and learning travel to Cuba – 3:30 pm to 5 pm in Dede II
5:30 – 6:00 pm break to allow dinner to be set up
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm buffet dinner
7:00 Keynote speech by Carlos Alzugaray
Session II – Friday, October 28
Registration – 7 am to 8 am
Breakfast – 7 am – 8 am
Dr. Raul Rodriguez on Cuban/U.S. Relations
Approximately 8 am – 9:30 am
Dr. Jorge Mario on the Cuban Economy
Approximately 9:45 am -11:15am
Lunch 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dr. Marta Nunez on Women in Cuba
Approximately 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Dr. Enrique Baldarrin Chaple on the Cuban Health Care System
Approximately 2:30 pm -4:00 pm
Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto (keynote speaker)
Dr. Alzugaray Treto was born in Havana in 1943. He is a Cuban diplomat, educator and writer.
He graduated from Havana University in 1965. He also did undergraduate work at Sophia University’s International Division in Tokyo, Japan, from 1959-1961. He holds a Master’s Degree on Contemporary History (1997) and a PhD on the History of International Relations (1998) from the University of Havana. Professionally, he has been a member of the Cuban Foreign Service (1961-1996), a Professor of International Relations at different Cuban Institutions (1980-2012), and an Editor and Member of the Advisory Council of the Cuban social science & humanities journal Temas (Topics) (Since 2010).
At present he is a member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UN-EAC), an independent international affairs analyst and an advisor for New Cuban Consulting, a business consultant firm.
In the Foreign Service he served in Cuban Embassies and Consulates in Ja-pan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia and Belgium. From 1992-1994 he was Advisor to the Cuban Foreign Minister on Global Political Affairs and from 1994-1996 Ambassador, Chief of Mission to the European Union.
As an educator he achieved the rank of Profesor Titular (Professor) in 1999 and taught at the following Cuban institutions: Higher Institute of International Affairs (at which he also served as Vice Dean, Head of Department and Coordinator of Strategic Studies), University of Havana (at which he is still consultant for the Center for Caribbean Studies and the Center for Hemispheric & United States Studies), the National Defense College & the Academy of the Armed Forces. He has been honored with the annual title of National Distinguished Professor (five times) and Researcher (on one occasion).
He has published three books and more than 100 articles, essays & book chapters. In Cuba he has been honored by the Critics’ Prize for best non-fiction book (2000) and the Casa de las Américas literary prize (on two occasions – 2001 & 2013).
He was a member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences between 2000 and 2012 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Political Science Association between 2002 & 2010. At present he is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Cuba Section, LASA.
He has been Visiting Professor or Research Fellow in the following institutions outside Cuba: Beloit College, Queens College (CUNY), Harvard University & Johns Hopkins University in the USA; European University Institute in Italy; University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain; Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo (ITAM) in Mexico; and the University of Winnipeg in Canada.
Dr. Raul Rodriguez Rodriquez (US/Cuban Relations)
Raúl Rodríguez Rodríguez is a professor/researcher and Director of the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies at the University of Havana. Mr. Rodríguez holds a M.A. degree in 20th century history and international relations and a Ph.D. in History from the School of History and Social Sciences at the University of Havana and a degree in English from the Higher Institute of Foreign Languages. At the University of Havana, he teaches introductory and postgraduate courses on U.S. history and he has co- authored syllabi and taught courses (in English) on Cuban history and the history of U.S.-Cuban relations to U.S. undergraduate students from the Harvard University, University of North Carolina, American University and University of Alabama on semester programs at the University of Havana since 2004.
Mr. Rodríguez’s has been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer in Canadian, UK, U.S. and Latin American Universities since 2002 on topics related to Cuban Foreign Policy and US-Cuba/ Canadian-Cuban relations and his most recent publications include: “Convergence and Divergence in United States and Canadian Cuba Policy post 1959; A Triangular Comparative Analysis,” in International Journal of Canadian Studies no 37, 2008; and “Las relaciones Estados Unidos Canadá en el contexto regional de América del Norte” in Estados Unidos: Una mirada en el siglo 21, edited by Jorge Hernández (Havana: Editorial Ciencias Sociales, 2009); “Canada, Cuba and the United States as seen in Cuban Diplomatic History 1959-1962,” Working Papers Series, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1/10, Harvard University; “Canada and the Cuban Revolution: Defining the Rules of Engagement,” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 2010, Co-Author with Rosa Lopez Oceguera; “Las Relaciones Histórico Políticas entre Canadá y el Gran Caribe” in Conexión Canadá-Caribe: política, economía, historia y migraciones recientes, Milagros Martinez (editor), Editorial CEDEM, La Habana 2013; Co-author with Harry Targ, “US Foreign Policy towards Cuba: Traditional Explanations and Levels of Analysis,” International Journal of Cuban Studies, London U.K. Jan-June 2014; and “US Economic Sanctions on Cuba: An International Ethics Perspective,” LASA Forum, Spring 2016: Volume XLVII: Issue 2.
Dr. Jorge Mario Sanchez Egozcue (Cuban Economy)
Jorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue is currently a Senior Researcher and Professor at the University of Havana’s Center of Studies of the International Economy (CIEI). Previously, 2010-14, he was with the Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana (CEEC) and, 1990-2010, with the Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies (CEHSEU). His research focuses on foreign policy and economic development. He served as Co-president of the Cuba Section at LASA – Latin American Studies Association, in the U.S. (2009-2013). He has also served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program UNDP in Cuba (2011,2014,2016), and for the Canadian Agency for Cooperation ACDI (1999-2010), and has published in various journals and edited collections. He has been a Visiting professor as well as lecturer at several universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Latin America, among which have been: Visiting Professor, IHEAL-Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 (2016, 2009) and SciencesPo (2009); Tinker Visiting professor, Institute of Latin American Studies-LLILAS-, University of Austin, Texas (2013); Visiting Research Fellow, ILAS- SIPA Columbia University, New York (2011); and Visiting Scholar for a third time at The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies DRCLAS, Harvard University (2010).
Dr. Enrique Beldarraín Chaple (Cuban Public Health)
Dr. Beldarraín is Chief of the Research Department at the National Information Center of Medical Sciences and a Professor of Public Health and the History of Medicine at the National School of Public Health. He has over 50 professional publications (books, articles, etc.) as well as major research grants (e.g., from the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University) and has received prestigious Cuban awards for both his publications and his contributions to the development of the Cuban public health system. His international activities have included lectures, expert consultations, field work, visiting professorships, and the like in Puerto Rico, Spain, Angola, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and the U.S. (at such universities as Harvard, Yale, and Brown). He has been awarded a 2016 Fellowship to serve as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University.
Dr. Marta Nuñez Sarmiento (Women in Cuba)
Marta Núñez Sarmiento (Cuba, 1946) is a retired professor at the University of Havana (1966-2011) where she taught methodology and gender studies. Her research has concentrated on women and employment in Cuba (in the public sector and in the newly opened small businesses); gender studies in Cuba; images of women in Cuban mass media; transition projects for Cuba proposed by Cuban American and U.S. scholars. She holds a Master’s in Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Santiago, Chile (1971) and a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, USSR (1983) and has been a visiting professor at universities in the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Canada, Spain and Argentina. She teaches semester abroad programs on Contemporary Cuba –focusing on Gender Relations, Race and Inequalities- in Havana for students from the Consortium of Advanced Studies Abroad of Brown University, as well as for American University, Hampshire College and North Carolina Chapel Hill, among others. She has worked as a consultant on gender for several agencies of the UN (1988-2015), for the Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA) (2007-2008); the Association of Caribbean States (1999) and for several NGOs. She is a founding member of the Women´s Studies Program at the University of Havana (1991) as well as of the Casablanca Dream Group of feminist scholars from the South (since 2007). She served as an Expert for the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA), (Moscow, 1978-1983) and as Counselor for the Embassy of Cuba in Russia (1993-1997). Marta was a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (2010). She has published extensively in the US, Cuba and other countries. Her latest book Yo sola me represento (I speak for myself) came out in 2012.
In commemoration of the 90th birthday of the Heroic and Beloved Leader of the Cuban Revolution:
As Fidel Castro turns 90 on August 13 solidarity groups and admirers from around the world will be recognizing his birthday in numerous ways. This momentous occasion will open a period of celebration and reflection on a leader who never wavered against the Empire despite over 600 attempts on his life and their constant attempts to undermine the Cuban Revolution. Cuba has come to be a living, unrelenting beacon that never dims in our collective struggle for a better more just world based on equality, peace and mutual respect.
Roberto Chile’s remarkable and poignant exhibit of 17 images is a dignified documentation of Fidel in the later period of his life. It is currently being shown around the world from now until the end of the year.
Here is the initial schedule for “Fidel is Fidel” in the U.S.
August 3-15, 2016
376 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30312
For more information: 678-399-3475
August 23-30, 2016
Opening Tuesday August 23,
11:30 am-1:30 pm
25555 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward, CA 94545
For more information: 510-219-0092
Opening Friday August 26, 2016
Music and Refreshments
Global Justice Center
225 E 26th Ave
Tucson AZ 85713
Sponsored by the Alliance for Global Justice and
the International Committee Peace Justice and Dignity
For more information: pault@theInternationalCommittee.org
Saturday and Sunday September 10 and 11
302 E. Federal St. 1st floor North
Baltimore Maryland 21202
Co-sponsored by Baltimore-Matanzas Association
and Howard County Friends of Latin America
For more information: 410-718-0630 or
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday September 17
From 5:00-8:00 PM
2445 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20008
Program includes a documentary about Fidel produced also by Roberto Chile, Cultural Performers. Special Guests soon to be announced.
Organized by the Forum of Sao Pablo Executive Committee (FSP)
For more information write to: email@example.com
San Rafael California
December 1-31, 2016
Opening Friday December 9
Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM)
819 A Street, San Rafael
For more information call: 510-219-0092
Coinciding with the celebration of July 26, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity along with other organizations, will be featuring the new Cuban film “All Guantánamo is Ours” in San Francisco, Washington DC and in Boston.
The 37 minute film with English subtitles will be an opportunity for people to learn about how the Cuban people feel about the US Naval base in Guantanamo and their desire for its return.
After the film at each event there will be a panel discussion on Guantanamo, and the current state of US/Cuba relations.
Saturday July 23, 2016, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
The Eric Quezada Center for
Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
Jane Franklin, an internationally acclaimed historian and peace and justice activist. The author of several books on Cuba and Panama, she has published in periodicals including The Nation and The Progressive, and appears frequently on radio and TV as a commentator about U.S.-Cuba relations.
Walter Turner, President of the Board of Directors of Global Exchange, Coordinator of Global Exchange’s Cuba Program, Professor of Social Sciences College of Marin, Host of weekly radio program on KPFA “Africa Today” and member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Archives.
Chair and moderator, Chelis Lopez from Radio Bilingue & KPOO and Alicia Jrapko, U.S. Coordinator, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
Cosponsored by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, the National Network on Cuba (NNOC), Marin Tasks Force on the Americas, KPOO Radio Station, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange, Altruvistas, and Richmond-Regla Friendship Committee.
For updated program information click here
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road NW
Sue Udry, Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation.
Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate, Latin American Working Group
Moderator, Netfa Freeman from the Institute for Policy Studies and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
Cosponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies, International Committee for Peace Justice and Dignity, DC National Lawyers Guild, CodePink, National Network on Cuba (NNOC), Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation, Latin America Working Group, and DC-Metro Coalition In Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution.
For updated program information click here
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6:45 to 8:30 PM
Coolidge Corner – Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street
Peter Miller, Community Media and Technology Researcher who traveled to Cuba in April on a community technology delegation.
Nancy Kohn, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, delegate to the IV International Seminar for Peace and Abolition of Foreign Military Bases in November 2015, in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Cosponsored by Brookline PAX, the July 26th Coalition, the International Committee For Peace, Justice and Dignity and the National Network on Cuba (NNOC).
For updated program information click here
All Guantanamo is Ours, directed by Colombian journalist and writer,
Hernando Calvo Ospina, has been produced by Resumen Latinoamericano and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
To get a copy of the the film write to: info@TheInternationalCommittee.org
or download and complete the following form
Jane Franklin and Walter Turner to speak at the San Francisco Premiere of New Cuban Film
All Guantánamo is Ours
Saturday July 23, 2016,
The Eric Quezada Center for
Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
(Donations at the door, nobody turned away for lack of funds)
The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion on current U.S. Cuba relations, the state of prisoners detained at the base and the struggle for returning the occupied territory. The event will be an opportunity to commemorate July 26, Cuban’s national holiday that signifies the spark that led to the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
- Jane Franklin, internationally acclaimed historian and peace and justice activist. The author of several books on Cuba and Panama, she has published in periodicals including The Nation and The Progressive, and appears frequently on radio and TV as a commentator about U.S.-Cuba relations. She is the author of CUBA and the U.S. EMPIRE A Chronological History.
- Walter Turner, President of the Board of Directors of Global Exchange Coordinator of Global Exchange’s Cuba Program, Professor of Social Sciences College of Marin and Host of weekly radio program on KPFA “Africa Today”. Turner is also a Board of Directors of Freedom Archives.
- The program will be chaired by Chelis Lopez, popular Bay Area cultural worker and KPOO and Radio Bilingue radio host.
The new documentary All Guantánamo is Ours, is directed by Colombian journalist and writer, Hernando Calvo Ospina. This 37 minute audiovisual with English subtitles shows the sentiment and perspective of the Cuban people, especially those living in the towns around the US Naval base in Guantanamo and their desire for its return.
Since December 17, 2014 a number of meetings took place between the U.S and Cuba and Guantanamo remains one of the most important issues for the Cuban people.
“The occupation of the Naval Base is illegal and it is occupied against the will of the government and the people of Cuba who since 1959 have been demanding its return. That is why until Cuba can recuperate Guantanamo’s total sovereignty and control we will not be able to say that there are normal relations between Cuba and the United States.” Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for the United States
For more information about the event call 510-219-0092
For more information or how to get a copy of the film write to: info@TheInternationalCommittee.org