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Vol. 77/No. 19      May 20, 2013

Join, build ‘5 days for the Cuban 5’
The victory won May 3 when Judge Joan Lenard and U.S. prosecutors announced René González could return to Cuba registers that the fight to win freedom for the Cuban Five is winning support. It underlines the importance of getting out the truth and broadening this campaign among working people in the U.S. and worldwide. One down, four to go!

The frame-up and imprisonment of the Five is part of the U.S. rulers’ unremitting efforts to punish Cuban workers and farmers for defending their socialist course and the political power they wrested from the capitalist exploiters more than five decades ago. A quarter million marched in Havana on May Day in a demonstration of support for the Cuban Revolution, which stands as an example for working people in the U.S. and worldwide.

The fight to free the Five is an integral part of the class struggle in the U.S. and is a fight in the interests of all workers today under assault by the capitalist exploiters — from coal mines in Utah to those in Appalachia, from fast food restaurants across the U.S. to garment factories in Bangladesh.

Moreover, millions in the U.S. can identify with the “justice” meted out to the five by the cops, courts and prisons, with its frame-ups and plea-bargain expressway to jail, draconian sentences, solitary confinement and other conditions designed to grind down the morale, solidarity and dignity of working people.

The upcoming “5 days for the Cuban 5” in Washington, D.C., from May 30 to June 5, provides an important opportunity to expand the fight and involve more workers, unions, students and others.

As part of the activities supporters of the Five from all over North America, from Miami to Quebec, Minneapolis and Chicago, will rally in front of the White House June 1. From New York two unions are sponsoring buses to the protest: AFSCME Local 372, which organizes teachers aides and other school workers, and SEIU Local 1199, which organizes health care workers.

It will take “a jury of millions” to force the U.S. government to free the Five, as Adriana Pérez, wife of Cuban Five prisoner Gerardo Hernández, said at a recent meeting for the Five in Canada organized by the United Steelworkers. The latest victory should inspire supporters of the Five to reach out further, win new support and fight until all are free. Join the Five days for the Five!
Related articles:
René González, 1 of Cuban 5, wins battle to return to Cuba
Why revolutionaries condemn terror methods, from Boston to Colombia
Cuba’s Rebel Army and peasants became ‘unbeatable force’
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