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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