Washington D.C., May 30-June 5: Free the Cuban Five!


CONTACT:  Netfa Freeman, (202) 787-5229

(Spanish or English): Javier Rojo, (202) 787-5273
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

For a second time in two years, people from all over the U.S. along with members of parliament, lawyers and labor representatives from other countries will embark on a series of actions in the U.S. capital, beginning on May 30 and ending on June 5, to advocate for the release of the Cuban 5.

The Cuban 5 are five Cuban nationals who were accused and convicted of conspiracy charges against the United States. In fact, however, The Five’s actions were never directed at the U.S. government. Their sole mission was to monitor Florida-based terrorist groups who had been relentlessly launching terrorist attacks against their country of Cuba. Activities of the week will include citywide outreach, public meetings, press conferences, a Hip Hop cultural event and several days of lobbying the Congress and Senate.

Partial list of participants in the five-day event series include Angela Davis, Father Miguel D’Escoto, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Ignacio Ramonet (former editor of La Monde Diplomatique), Dolores Huerta, Fernando Morais (Brazilian author), Danny Glover, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, Saul Landau and many others.

On May 30, Father Miguel D’Ecosto, a former Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, will, along with other guests, hold a press conference at the National Press Club.

On June 1, buses from New York City, Quebec and other cities will be joining a significant number of Cuban Americans from Miami and activists from all over the U.S. at a rally in front of the White House to tell President Barack Obama: “Free the Cuban 5.”

The “5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington D.C.” was initiated by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The International Committee is a network of concerned citizens from several countries of Europe, Latin America and the United States. The main objective of the International Committee is to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5.

For more information visit www.thecuban5.org


Detroit, May 4: Public Rally & People’s Assembly to Save Detroit


Hear an analysis of how the banks swindled Detroit based on thousands of pages of documents on the bond deals obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition.

SATURDAY – MAY 4, 2013 – 1:00 PM
(at Grand Circus Park – Woodward Ave.)

  • THE BANKS OWE US – The big banks caused the financial crisis in Detroit with their racist, fraudulent, predatory mortgage loans that resulted in 237,000 people being driven out of the city as a result of losing their homes to foreclosures
  • PROSECUTE THE BANKS – They conspired with the rating agencies to manipulate interest rates, saddled Detroit with billions in penalties and continue to loot the city’s tax revenues to fatten their profits. The same banks refuse to pay taxes on the properties they seized ($50 million last year alone).
  • FIGHT THE EMERGENCY MANAGER – The EM’s job is to make sure that the criminal bankers are paid first – it’s spelled out in the law. Wages, city services, pensions, Belle Isle, the Water Department are all to be slashed or sold to pay off the $16.9 billion in debt service, $4.9 billion of which is interest or profits for the banks.
  • STOP PAYING THE CRIMINAL BANKS – The only solution is to put a moratorium on debt service. Let’s fight to restore city services, end pay cuts to city workers, protect pensions, stop union busting and keep valuable city assets. Put people’s needs before bankers’ greed.

Initiated by:   Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shut-offs


To endorse or for more information: 313-680-5508 or moratorium@moratorium-mi.org

Initial endorsers

Reverend Charles Williams, II, President, National Action Network-Detroit Chapter
Free Detroit – No Consent
Reverend Edwin Rowe, Senior Pastor, Central United Methodist Church, Detroit
Detroit Eviction Defense
JoAnn Watson, Council member, Detroit City Council
Vanessa Fluker, Esq., Anti-foreclosure attorney
Maureen Taylor, Chair, Michigan Welfare Rights Oragnization
Reverend Bill Wylie Kellermann, St . Peters Episcopal Church
Conscious Community Network
Detroit Green Party

Weekly organizing meetings every Monday, 7:00 pm, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit