Important messages re: Free the Cuban Five!

The International Action Center calls on everyone to support two important events on the Cuban 5. Below, find information about an important call for Rainbow Solidarity for the Cuban 5 & a rally for the Cuban 5 in New York on Jan. 13, 2007.

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1. RAINBOW SOLIDARITY FOR THE CUBAN 5

I and other LGBT activists working with the New York Free the Cuban 5 Committee very much hope that you will sign on to the call below.

The Cuban Five are political prisoners held by the United States government for the "crime" of trying to stop U.S.-based terror attacks against Cuba. U.S. courts recently denied the ruling for a new trial. With this call we hope to re-invigorate outrage at the targeting and continued imprisonment of these political prisoners.

As Alice Walker said, "The story of the Cuban Five is one of courage, great sacrifice and love. It is a story for the ages...The treatment the (Five) have received is shameful; the silence around this treatment even more so. Where are the...people with the courage to insist that prisoners not be subjected to torture?" (Letters of Love and Hope: The Story of the Cuban 5)

We believe that many who identify as LGBT and others who face sex/gender and sexual oppression will answer this call.

Once signed by many, we will send this call for a new trial and freedom for the 5 to the U.S. Attorney General. We will send you a copy of the call and signers at that time for you to send out to your lists and it will be posted to its own page on the New York Free the Cuban 5 Committee website (www.freethefiveny.org) so that people will be able to sign on to the call directly.

We hope to hear from you soon. Please send your name, organization/identification (whether only for ID or not is important) and city/state/country. Please e-mail me back with this information: transgenderwarrior@gmail.com

Free the Cuban Five!
Leslie Feinberg

[PLEASE SIGN ON TO THE FOLLOWING CALL]

RAINBOW SOLIDARITY FOR THE CUBAN 5

We, the undersigned, call for a new trial to free the Cuban 5--Ramón Labańino, Fernando González, René Gonzáles, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernández.

The five were convicted for trying to stop terrorist attacks. They were in this country to try to monitor and halt terrorist plots against Cuba by CIA-backed mercenary commandos training and operating out of the U.S. This is in spite of the hundreds of billions of our tax dollars that Washington pours into its phony "war on terror."

The five were convicted on June 8, 2001, on charges that included "espionage conspiracy." Yet no espionage evidence was ever introduced. The trial took place in Miami, a renowned bastion of right-wing Cubans. The trial of the five was so politically charged and biased that in August 2005, a panel of three judges in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta cited a "perfect storm" of conditions that had made a fair trial impossible. Yet the ruling for a new trial was later denied. In early 2005 the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the UN Commission on Human Rights ruled that the detention of the five political prisoners in the U.S. violates the International Convention on Civilian and Political Rights.

Despite growing support in the U.S. and around the world, the five remain imprisoned in far-flung U.S. maximum security penitentiaries, serving sentences ranging from 15 years to two consecutive life terms.

The Cuban people have the right to self-determination and sovereignty. The U.S. must stop targeting Cuba with its economic blockade, and CIA-trained, funded and armed attacks by mercenary "contra" armies operating on U.S. soil. These are all illegal act of wars. We call for a new trial and freedom for the Cuban 5! /To sign the call: //Please send your name, organization/identification (whether only for ID or not is important) and city/state/country. Please e-mail me back with this information: transgenderwarrior @ gmail.com <mailto:transgenderwarrior@gmail.com>./

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2. THREE KINGS PARTY FOR THE CUBAN 5

FREEDOM AND JUSTICE: Three Kings Party for the Cuban 5
Saturday January 13th, 2007 at 7pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center
310 W 43rd St. (btwn. 8-9th Aves)

Join us for a night of MUSIC,POETRY, and DANCING!! Dedicated to our brothers the Cuban 5; five U.S. held Political Prisoners incarcerated for fighting against terrorism!!

PROGRAM:

Speaker from the Cuban Mission to the United Nations Solidarity Statements from the Cuban 5 and their families New York Premiere 12 minute film entitled, "The Cuban 5"

The evening will include food, literature tables, drinks, displays/exhibits. Holiday silk-screen cards will be available for participants to sign to be sent to the Cuban 5. Donations at the door and for dinner are welcome!!

January 13th Organizing Committee:_ The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, Venceremos Brigade, International Action Center,Workers World Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Socialist Workers Party, ProLibertad, Casa de las Américas, Frente Socialista de Puerto Rico -- Comité de Nueva York, New York CityJericho, Fuerzas de la Revolución Dominicana, San Romero de las Americas-UCC/Cuba SolidarityMinistry, the National Committee to Free the Cuban 5, Latin@s for Mumia, ANSWER, Cuba Solidarity New York, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, New York Committee to Free the Cuban Five--List In Formation

 

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