Vietnam Sends Aid to Cuba to Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Vietnemese leaders have sent letters of solidarity to the Cuban people and government following the devastating Hurricane Irma. Vietnam is formalizing a plan to send Cuba a shipment of aid as they recover from the damages caused by Hurricane Irma after it ripped along the Caribbean country’s coast as a category 5 hurricane last week, Prensa Latina reported.

The vice president of the Union of Friendship Organizations of Vietnam (VUFO), Don Tuan Phong, spoke to Prensa Latina saying that the Vietnamese express their solidarity and encouragement to Cuba, emphasizing the close economic, political and cultural ties build between their nations. Phong said that Cuba has been with Vietnam during its most difficult times.

Earlier this week, Vietnamese leaders, including Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, and the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent letters of condolences and solidarity to the Cuban people and government.

Phong also said that a Vietnamese delegation will be traveling to Cuba in October to participate in the commemoration for the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s assassination.

Teams of volunteers are currently beginning the long process of cleaning and rebuilding from the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma, a hurricane that meteorologists have described as one of the most powerful in the Caribbean in a century.

Venezuela has contributed ten tons of material aid, including food, drinking water, medicine, and other needed items to Cuba, in addition to its assistance to other affected Caribbean islands.

For its part, Cuba has sent 771 medical professionals to other Caribbean islands suffering the storm’s devastation.

First shipment of humanitarian aid from Venezuela arrives to Cuba

Mattresses, water and canned food formed part of the first shipment of aid from Venezuela. Photo: Prensa Latina

HAVANA.– Venezuela became the first country to send humanitarian aid to Cuba this Tuesday, September 12, following the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island over 72 hours.

The aircraft 2803, model Y-8, of the Venezuelan Air Force arrived at Havana’s José Martí International Airport with a message of solidarity on behalf of the people of Venezuela and President Nicolás Maduro, in addition to a cargo of 7.3 tons of aid for the victims of Irma.

Mattresses, water and canned food formed part of the first shipment of aid from Venezuela, while further donations from the sister nation are being prepared for shipment, Prensa Latina reported.

As the aircraft arrived, Venezuelan Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Blanca Eekhout, assured that her country is ready to assist Cuba in anyway it can, as an expression of infinite gratitude and solidarity.

Cuba – she stressed – was always with Venezuela in the most difficult times and that is why we are permanently committed to its people and Revolution.

We have also worked in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the rest of the Caribbean, impacted by Irma’s powerful winds and heavy rain, she added.

The Venezuelan minister emphasized that these efforts follow the legacy of The Liberator Simón Bolívar, and the late Comandante Hugo Chávez, upheld by President Nicolás Maduro.

We know that Cuba will be victorious because of its level of organization and preparation, especially because it is a united people; but they can also count on the solidarity and love of Venezuela, Eekhout concluded.

Meanwhile, Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Roberto López, highlighted the gesture of solidarity from Venezuela, and its support at this difficult time.

This is the first shipment of aid we have received and we reiterate our gratitude. This reaffirms the bonds of brotherhood between the two nations, López stressed.
Many countries around the world, especially in Latin America, were attentive to the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island and have expressed their solidarity.

Support Balto youth “In the footsteps of Che brigade”

Baltimore youth and community activists will be attending the International Brigade “In the Footsteps of Che” on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Che Guevara. This trip includes volunteer work at various work places, learning opportunities and meetings with Cubans and visiting sites of significance to the Guevara anniversary.

Help Archie, Basma, David, Hannah, Andrew, Steven and Sharon be able to attend this once in a lifetime opportunity. All of those attending have been working in the trenches of Baltimore on a variety of campaigns. They pledge to bring back eye-witness reports and apply their experience in their Baltimore organizing.

Our final goal is $5,000. If you would like to send checks or money orders instead please make out to: Solidarity Center (earmark Che trip) and mail to: Solidarity Center, 703 E. 37th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you would like more information you can call 410-218-4835.

Baltimore Youth Cuba

Milwaukee, October 27-28, 2017: WI Latino Labor Conference – Congreso Laboral Latino

Hosted by LCLAA Milwaukee

2609 W Oklahoma Avenue, Machinists Lodge 66

This biennial two-day conference is organized by Milwaukee LCLAA with the backing of the union movement. It will deal with the theme: Latinos and Unions Uniting to RESIST, PERSIST, and PREVAIL!
Este congreso bianual de dos días es organizado por LCLAA Milwaukee con el respaldo del movimiento sindical. Tratará con el tema: Latinos y sindicatos uniéndose para RESISTIR, PERSISTIR, y PREVALECER. The sessions are conducted bilingually. Se conducen las sesiones de manera bilingüe.


Milwaukee, October 7: Activism Now: Re-Ignition

Hosted by Milwaukee Film

This event is FREE & open to the public.

This panel will explore the transformation of activism from the 1960s into the second decade of the 21st century with help from veterans of Milwaukee’s housing desegregation struggle, the Wisconsin immigrant rights struggle, contemporary Black Lives Matter movement activists, and organizers doing contemporary housing, economic rights, and immigration justice work.

This event is a part of the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, taking place from Sept. 28 – Oct. 12. For more information, visit

Days of Action Against The Cuban Blockade September 11-16, 2017

Cubans will “always thank our American friends for all they do” to try to ease the impact of the U.S. blockade on Cuban health, says Leima Martinez of Cuba’s Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). But real change won’t happen, she suggested to an audience of students and health care professionals at American University in Washington Tuesday, until the U.S. Congress finally ends its failed blockade of Cuba.

Pointing to statistics presented to the United Nations that showed the blockade cost the Cuban health care system $82.3 million in 2014-15 alone, Martinez said that, “if the blockade ended tomorrow, we would have that $82 million to invest in health care for our people.”

The well-attended session at American University — which also featured Dr. Jesus Reno, the head of pediatric oncology at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana, and Dr. Abraham Vela, a California-based graduate of the famed Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana — was one of two on Tuesday featuring our Cuban guests whjo came to Washington as part of this week’s Days of Action Against the Blockade. Later, Dr. Reno, Ms. Martinez and two other U.S.-graduates of ELAM — Dr. Mercedes Charles of Virginia and Dr. David Lavendar of Missouri — spoke at another event at the University of Maryland.

Meanwhile, teams of International Committee activists fanned out on Capitol Hill Tuesday advocating in nine Senate and House offices for action to end the blockade. They will continue their work on Wednesday and Thursday with more than 40 meetings scheduled.

The Days of Action continues for the rest of the week with advocacy and other activities, including a public event Thursday evening featuring Cuba’s Ambassador to the United States, José Ramon Cabañas as keynote speaker.

Complete details are the International Committee’s website:


Days of Action Against the Blockade In Washington DC, September 11-16, 2017

The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity along with other organizations in solidarity with Cuba in the United States, are currently participating in the Days of Action Against the Blockade in Washington D.C.

To learn more, see these links:

Dr Jesus Reno

Dr Jesus Reno speaking at American University with Joe Cassidy from the NNU

National Days of Solidarity with #DefendDurham

By LeiLani Dowell posted on September 13, 2017

An uplifting Bull City Block Party was held on Sept. 9 to celebrate Durham’s continued resistance and tenacity against white supremacy, including the toppling of a Confederate statue on Aug. 14. Some 200 people showed up for the event, held in the parking lot of the Hayti Community Center in the heart of Durham’s Black community.

WWP organizer and 2016 vice-presidential candidate Lamont Lilly emphasized “Activism is going to the people. Activism is feeding the people and meeting the people where they are.”

Participants in the “block party for activism” were treated to delicious Southern food, music, speeches and bouncy houses for the children. The event was co-sponsored by WWP, the Durham Solidarity Center, the Youth Organizing Institute, Duke Grad Student Union, Fight for $15 and Alerta Migratoria.

The block party was just one event in the Sept. 11-17 National Days of Action called by a broad national coalition in solidarity with the Durham Freedom Fighters. The week continued with the court appearance of arrested Fighters on Sept. 12.

For updated coverage, go to and to


Durham, North Carolina September 12, 2017 / Photo: WI BOPM

DACA Renewal at Voces de la Frontera September 12 – October 3, 2017

Hosted by Voces de la Frontera

1027 S 5th Street, Milwaukee 

Asesoramiento de renovar DACA

¿Se vence tu DACA antes del 5 de marzo de 2018? Tienes hasta el 5 de octubre de 2017 para renovarla.

Ven a Voces y te ayudamos a renovarla.

Llama 414-491-5483 para obtener tu cita o ven a Voces en 1027 S 5th St en Milwaukee.

martes y jueves, 3pm a 7pm
sábados 9am a 1pm

Ayuda económica disponible para pagar la cuota federa de $495 para la renovación.


DACA Renewal Assistance

Does your DACA expire before March 5, 2018? You have until October 5, 2017 to apply to renew it.

Voces is helping community members renew DACA

Call 414-491-5483 to make an appointment or come to Voces’ office at 1027 S 5th St in Milwaukee

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm to 7pm
Saturdays 9am to 1pm

Economic assistance available to pay the federal $495 fee for DACA renewal

DACA Renewal Voces September 14 2017

Baraboo, September 17: Taller “conozca sus derechos” / Know Your Rights Workshop

Hosted by Voces de la Frontera

300 2nd Street, St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Baraboo, 12-2 P.M. 

Taller “conozca sus derechos”

Información sobre DACA y otros beneficios migratorios
Consulado mexicano presente
Abogados de inmigración presentes
Gratis y abierto al público

domingo, 17 de septiembre, 12pm-2pm
iglesia católica S. Joseph, 300 2nd St en Baraboo
920-371-6975 •


Know Your Rights Workshop

Information about DACA & immigration benefits
Mexican Consulate present
Immigration lawyer present
Free & open to the public

Sunday • September 17th • 12pm-2pm
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mary & Martha Room
300 2nd St in Baraboo
920-371-6975 •

Barabook Voces September 17 2017

Milwaukee, September 17: Public Vigil in Support of Dreamers and Victims of Police Violence

Hosted by Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin UUs

1342 N Astor, First Unitarian Society Of Milwaukee, 12:15 – 12:45 P.M. 

Recent weeks have seen the president act to end DACA; Milwaukee Police gravely injure a young African-American man in what appears to be a case of “fit the description”, and kill a legally blind African American would-be peacekeeper on his front steps and in the presence of his 13-year-old son and his 83-year-old father; and continued words and actions nationwide against our Muslim and Jewish neighbors.

Please stand with us against white supremacy in all its hateful forms.

Our vigil will be silent. Our bodies and our signs will speak our outrage and our sadness. And our resolve.

This Vigil is being co-sponsored by First Unitarian’s Black Lives Matter Team and Immigration Issues Action Group.