Milwaukee, November 29, 2017: Meet the youngest teacher from Cuba’s renowned Literacy Campaign

Hosted by The Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba

639 N 25th Street, Central United Methodist Church, Milwaukee, 7 P.M.

Hear and meet Griselda Aguilera Cabrera, the youngest teacher in Cuba’s world recognized Literacy Campaign of 1961 & featured in the film “Maestra.” Milw. School Board member Tony Baez will welcome us all with a song & introduce this iconic Literacy Teacher and activist.

In 1961, revolutionary Cuba virtually ended adult illiteracy in one year. 100,000’s of students became teachers and partners with those who were not literate. Most of the literacy teachers were young women, and they were transformed by their experience. Featured in the renowned documentary “Maestra,” seven year old Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was the youngest of these teachers. “This experience was seared into me with such force that it defined my future. From that moment, I decided to dedicate my life to teaching.”

Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, in activities to combat homophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls. Cuba has meanwhile shared its teaching program, helping 8 million adults to become literate worldwide.

A dynamic and exciting presence, Griselda will speak in Spanish with interpretation in English, along with the award winning short documentary “Maestra.”

Come hear her story and that of a generation of young people, particularly women, whose lives were changed by helping to uplift the education of an entire nation.

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Viva Fidel & Cuba!

“La historia me absolverá”

Fidel Castro died a year ago today. His revolutionary legacy lives on. Fidel brought Cuba out of a fascist regime and worked until the end of his life to continuously revolutionize their society. Now with free healthcare, free education, 0% homelessness, and many other radical, socialist changes in Cuba, only reactionaries can deny the colossal amount of work put forth by the Comandante, and how he led his people down a revolutionary path. Viva Fidel! Viva Cuba! Granma – English

FIDEL: “Revolution is having a sense of the historic moment; it is changing everything that must be changed; it is full equality and freedom; it is being treated and treating others like human beings; it is emancipating ourselves on our own and through our own efforts; it is challenging powerful dominant forces in and beyond the social and national arena; it is defending the values in which we believe at the price of any sacrifice; it is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity, and heroism; it is fighting with courage, intelligence and realism; it is never lying or violating ethical principles; it is a profound conviction that there is no power in the world that can crush the power of truth and ideas. Revolution is unity; it is independence, it is struggling for our dreams of justice for Cuba and for the world, which is the foundation of our patriotism, our socialism, and our internationalism.”

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Chicago, December 2: Cuba’s International Literacy Campaign For Human Liberation

Hosted by Chicago Cuba Coalition

2229 S Halstead, SEIU Hall, Chicago (Parking In Rear), 6 P.M. 

“To educate is to give man the keys to the world, which are independence and love, and to give him strength to journey on his own, light of step, a spontaneous and free being.” – Jose Marti, Cuban Independence Leader

Meet Cuban Literacy Teacher-Griselda Aguilera Cabrera
The 7-year-old teacher in Cuba’s 1961 Revolutionary Literacy Campaign
Food, Reception, Award-Winning Maestra Film, Presentation & Discussion
Donation: $5, no one turned away

• In 1961-1,000,000 Revolutionary Cubans Abolished Illiteracy in 1 year
• 11 Million People in 30 Countries have become Literate through Cuba’s “Yes I Can” Program since 2000
• 32 Million U.S. Adults Can’t Read: What are We Doing About It?

Most of the literacy teachers in Cuba in 1961 were young women, and they were transformed by their experience. Featured in the renowned documentary “Maestra,” Griselda Aguilera Cabrera wasthe youngest of these teachers. Only 7 years old, Griselda volunteered to help make literacy universal in Cuba. “I taught literacy to a 58- year old man, Carlos Perez Isla, who was a street cleaner and totally illiterate. This experience was seared into me with such force that it defined my future. From that moment, I decided to dedicate my life to teaching.” Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, in activities to combat homophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls.

END THE BLOCKADE: THE ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL WAR ON CUBA!

U.S. OUT OF GUANTANAMO NOW!

STOP ALL U.S. INTERFERENCE IN CUBA’S INTERNAL AFFAIRS!

http://www.maestrathefilm.org/
www.chicagocubacoalition.com
www.facebook.com/chicubasolidarity
chicubacoalition@gmail.com

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Detroit, December 16, 2017: End of Year Holiday Potluck

Hosted by Michigan Peoples Defense Network – MPDN

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, 5-9 P.M. 

Join activists from the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Detroit Active and Retired Employess Association (DAREA), Michigan Peoples Defense Network, and Workers World Party for the annual year’s end pot-luck dinner and celebration/commemoration of another fierce year of struggles.

Come and relax and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of fellow activists as we break bread together and celebrate another year of anti-capitalist struggle.

Please bring a dish or beverage to share.

Call Lula 313-587-7845 for dish suggestions or to see if anyone else may be preparing the same dish as you are. In any case, please let Lula know what you are bringing so that we will know what food groups my be missing.

For other questions, please call 313-680-5508

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Viewpoint: Leadership Change Underway in Zimbabwe After Resignation of President Robert Mugabe

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/viewpoint-leadership-change-underway-in-zimbabwe-after-resignation-of-president-robert-mugabe/

Read this report by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, on the recent rapidly developing political situation in the Southern African state of Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for 37 years, resigned on November 21, 2017 resulting from an apparent factional dispute within the ruling ZANU-PF Party. Azikiwe reviews some of the issues involved in the crisis and the posture of western imperialist states which have for nearly two decades sought the overthrow of the president and his national liberation movement turned political party. This article was published by News Ghana. According to its website: “News Ghana is Ghana’s leading online news publication for business executives in West Africa and around the continent. We carry news analysis, documentary & business news and sports news worldwide to a larger audience and also focus on developmental issues on Africa, Investment in Africa’s Infrastructure, Health & Education, Roads & Railways, Energy, Transport, etc. News Ghana is updated with increasing depth and frequency. Today, the site is updated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. News Ghana will stimulate and expand the national conversation, reporting the news as it breaks, while providing a platform where readers and contributors may have an imprint on public policy, influence public opinion and ultimately, contribute towards bringing the change that we desire in our country, Ghana.”

 

Milwaukee, November 30: Meet the Cuban Teacher Who Made History

Hosted by Young People’s Resistance Committee

6 P.M., Location TBA

Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was still a child when she joined the mass movement to end illiteracy during the Cuban Revolution. She was the youngest person to serve as a teacher during this historic time, when the Cuban nation eradicated illiteracy in the span of a couple years.

Join Young People’s Resistance Committee (YPRC) for this once-in-a-lifetime event. We will show the 30-minute documentary “Maestra” about the literacy campaign, followed by a discussion with Griselda. She will discuss how the Cuban people have achieved so much against all odds, and the work that still needs to be done.

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