Saturday, June 20, 2009

Film on Cuba and the African Revolution Screening in Washington July 2; Youth Protest Cuban Five Supreme Court Refusal

SALSA, Social Action & Leadership School for Activists invites you to a free screening of "Cuba; An African Odyssey."

Thursday, July 2, 2009
6:00-9:15pm FREE!

1112 16th Street NW, ste 600
Washington DC 20036

Cuba's pivotal military role assisting African independence movements remains largely unknown. See Jihan El-Tahri's cinema chronology of how Fidel Castro's small island became a central player in the African Cold War. As is customary for SALSA, there will be an intriguing Q & A and discussion to follow the film.

Young people protest against new injustice in the Five’s case

Anneris Ivette Leyva

THE recent refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of our five heroes, scorning the demand for "Freedom!" that is latent in every part of the world, and the adjournment of the trial of the criminal Luis Posada Carriles, has once again demonstrated that justice in the empire of the North is neither blind, nor does it wear spectacles.

In the face of this new example of injustice, young Cubans representing political and mass organizations and impassioned by the cause, gathered together yesterday afternoon at the Flag Memorial to demand the return of René, Antonio, Gerardo, Fernando and Ramón, soldiers of peace who have been incarcerated for more than 10 years in U.S. jails.

Speakers from various levels of education demanded that the U.S. president respond to the universal clamor surrounding this issue. "Our demand is that he find out about the true history of Cuba and the case of the Five," stated New Yorker Ian Fabián, a student at the Latin American School of Medicine, who also called on him to "break the stigma of hostility" against a people who "have given us the opportunity of studying what we wanted to study but were unable to do in our own country."

Members of the Political Bureau Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, and Pedro Sáez Montejo, first secretary of the Party in the capital, were accompanied at the event by relatives of the five heroes. The protest was also attended by Elba Rosa Pérez and Jorge Martí Martínez, heads of the Central Committee’s Science and International Relations departments, respectively.

Also present were Julio Martínez Ramírez, first secretary of the Union of Young Communists, and members of the National Committee of that organization, whose 9th Plenary Session begins today.

Translated by Granma International

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