Thursday, March 30, 2006

Free the Cuban Five: A Public Forum at the WSU Law School Auditorium Saturday, April 1

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For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
March 31, 2006

Event: Free The Cuban Five: The Convictions Were Overturned--Why Are They Still Imprisoned?
Saturday, April 1, 2006, 2pm-5pm,
WSU Law School, 471 Palmer

Special Guests: Atty. Leonard Weinglass, Civil Rights Lawyer, Appellate Counsel for Cuban Five Defendant.
Also Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell of the Chautauqua Institute.
Judge Claudia Morcom, retired Wayne County Circuit judge Will Chair This Important Public Gathering.

Contact: Phone/Fax--(313) 561-8330

Public Forum on the Appeal for the Cuban Five Will be Held Sat. April 1 at the Wayne State Law School Auditorium

Five Cuban men have been held in federal prisons throughout the United States since 1998 after they were charged with spying and other crimes in Miami, Florida. In actuality their only crime involved monitoring anti-Cuban terrorist organizations with a vast track record of engaging in violent acts against this government.

The public is invited to hear more information on the significance of this case at the upcoming meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at the WSU Law School Auditorium. Both speakers, Atty. Leonard Weinglass and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, are leading advocates for these Cuban nationals and their families. Retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Claudia Morcom, a long-time human-rights advocate who recently testified before the UN Human Rights Commission, will moderate.

Atty. Weinglass, a graduate of Yale Law School and a former Captain, Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, is one of the appellate lawyers in this landmark case. He argued the appeal of Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five, before the 11th Circuit three-judge panel that overturned the convictions of the Cuban Five in August of 2005.

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, the Director of the Department of Religion of the Chautauqua Institution who holds 11 honorary degrees, assisted in the negotiations between former President Clinton and President Fidel Castro of Cuba that successfully returned Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba during 2000. Campbell visits the families of the Cuban Five who are inhumanly denied visitation to their loved ones.

This event is free and open to the general public. It is being sponsored by the WSU Student Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild along with the Michigan Campaign to Free the Cuban Five, a Project of the Justice for Cuba Coalition.

Other sponsors include: US/Cuba Labor Exchange, the Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the Metro Detroit American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. Peace Council, Michigan Chapter, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Canadian/Cuban Friendship Association, Windsor and the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.

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