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Vol. 81/No. 11      March 20, 2017


Conference on solidarity with Cuba set for NY

A “National Conference for the Full Normalization of US-Cuba Relations” will be held March 25-26 at Fordham School of Law in Manhattan, sponsored by a coalition of groups and individuals in the Cuba solidarity movement from the United States and Canada.

The purpose of the conference is summed up in three slogans on the conference website:

End all U.S. economic, financial, and travel sanctions against Cuba!

Get the U.S. out of Guantánamo!

Stop all regime change programs against Cuba!

The conference opens with two Saturday plenaries from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and concludes with a Sunday morning plenary.

Participating in the conference, including a March 25 evening public meeting at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center in Harlem, will be José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the United States; Anayansi Rodríguez, Cuba’s ambassador to the United Nations; and leaders of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) in Havana. The Harlem meeting will be held at 3940 Broadway (corner of West 165th Street) with a reception at 7 p.m. and program at 8 p.m.

Other speakers at the Saturday evening program include Piero Gleijeses, author of Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991; Andrés Gómez, a coordinator of the Antonio Maceo Brigade, a Cuban-American organization that supports the Cuban Revolution; Rafael Cancel Miranda, a longtime Puerto Rican independence fighter; and Aislinn Pulley, a leader of Black Lives Matter in Chicago.

There will be two workshop sessions Saturday afternoon. One workshop is on “Where We Are Today in the Fight to End All Travel Sanctions Against Cuba,” presented by Bob Guild of Marazul Charters and Walter Turner of Global Exchange. Steve Eckardt from the Chicago Cuba Coalition is coordinating a workshop on “How the United States Occupied Guantánamo Bay and the Fight to Close It.”

Yanira Kúper and Maritzel González, part of a leadership delegation from the Federation of Cuban Women participating in the annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women this month, will attend the conference. They will speak at a workshop entitled, “Women’s Rights and the Cuban Revolution,” chaired by Mary-Alice Waters, a leader of the Socialist Workers Party.

Other workshop topics include “Cuba and Africa” and Cuba’s internationalist medical missions.” For more information, a list of workshops and to register, see the conference website ; or call (917) 887-8710.
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