COUNTDOWN TO THE “5 DAYS FOR THE CUBAN 5″ IN WASHINGTON D.C.

May 15, 2014 by

Posted on May 14, 2014 by ICFC5

 The Time is Now to Ask Obama to Free the Cuban 5 and to change U.S. Policy toward Cuba. All out to Washington D.C.!

It is only three weeks until supporters and personalities from all over the United States, Latin America, Canada and Europe join together to ask President Obama to change the policy of hostility towards Cuba that has lasted for over fifty years. One of the pivotal points in this widening discussion is finding a solution to the case of the Cuban 5, which, for over 15 years, has raised serious questions about the absence of U.S. justice.

 June 4th – Special Media Event
 On June 4 a media event will take place at the National Press Club featuring, via Skype, two of the Cuban 5 who have returned to Cuba after completing their entire unjust sentence, along Martin Garbus, the lead attorney of the Cuban 5, and Canadian author Stephen Kimber, whose new book “What Lies Across the Water” has exposed the case of The Five to a wider audience.

 

Wednesday [6/4/2014]

 [10:00 – 11:00 am] News-Maker

Organized by the National Press Club

Speakers:

•    Martin Garbus, lead attorney on the case of the Cuban 5;
•    Stephen Kimber, Journalist, professor and author;
•    Via Skype: Rene González and Fernando González.

This event is not open to the public; accredited media is welcomed to come.

Location:     National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
 Washington, DC 20045

 New Era in U.S.-Cuba Relations  
On June 5 and 6, a two-day conference entitled “New Era in U.S.-Cuba Relations.” will take place. The conference’s opening session will include speakers such as Rev Joan Brown Campbell, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, and actor Danny Glover.

 

Thursday [6/5/2014]

 TWO-DAY CONFERENCE: “A New Era of US/Cuba Relations”

First Day: The conference will include an opening plenary session, short videos, cultural presentations, a round table and panel of experts to talk about the blockade, the travel ban, the economic changes taking place in Cuba, cultural and religious exchanges, the case of the Cuban 5 and others.

Note: During the two-day conference,  Gerardo Hernandez’s cartoons “Humor from my Pen” and Antonio Guerrero’s paintings “I will die the way I lived” will be on display and will be presented by Gilbert Brownstone, Art Curator and Founder of the Brownstone Foundation.

[10:00 – 10:30 am] Welcoming by Rev. Edgar Palacios, Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Calvary Baptist Church.

Pre-recorded messages from René Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez;

Messages from Nobel Peace Prize winners Rigoberta Menchu and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel as well as by Frei Betto.

[10:30 – 11:30 am] Opening Plenary

•    Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches;
•    Danny Glover, actor and activist;
•    TBA.

[11:30 am – 1:00 pm] Panel

“Prospects for U.S.-Cuba Relations: New development on USAID program”

Speakers:

•    William Leo Grande, former Dean of Public Affairs of American University in Washington;
•    Lawrence Wilkerson, retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell;
•    Arturo López-Levy, Professor at the University of Denver and one of the founders of Cuban-Americans for Engagement (CAFE);
•    Tom Hayden, Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center and author;
•    Wayne Smith, former chief of the US Interests Section in Havana.

Moderator: Nalda Vigezzi, NNOC co-chair, member of the Boston Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba and member of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

[1:00 – 2:30 pm] Lunch

[2:30 – 2:40 pm] Video: “Reasons of Cuba”

[2:40 – 4:10 pm] Panel

“History of Terrorism Against Cuba: The Case of the Cuban 5“

 Speakers:

•    TBA;
•    Francisco Letelier, Chilean artist and writer;
•    José Pertierra, U.S. based attorney representing the Venezuela government in the case of extradition of Luis Posada Carriles;
•    Sandra Levinson, President Center for Cuban Studies;
•    Alicia Jrapko, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5.

Moderator: Vania Ramirez, Sweden Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

[4:10 – 4:20 pm] Break

[4:20 – 4:40 pm] Pre-recorded greetings from Mariela Castro, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX)

[4:40 – 6:00 pm] Panel

“Cultural Exchange during the Obama administration“

Speakers:

•    James Early, Director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution;
•    Mavis Anderson, Mavis Anderson, Senior Associate of Latin American Working Group (LAWG);
•    Miguel Barnet, President of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC);
•    Sarah Stephen, Director of Center for Democracy in the Americas;
•    Gilbert Brownstone, President Brownstone Foundation.

Moderator: Sofia Clark D’Escoto, Office of Father Miguel D’Escoto, former 1st Secretary of the Nicaragua Mission in the United States

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Location: 

Calvary Baptist Church

755 8th Street NW

Shallenberger Hall (in the Greene Building)

Washington, DC 20001

Prospects for U.S.-Cuba Relations: New development on USAID program
To kick off the first day of the Conference a panel discussion “Prospects for U.S.-Cuba Relations: New development on USAID program” will bring together a number of experienced personalities to touch on all these new developments and important issues. The speakers on this panel include William Leo Grande, former Dean of Public Affairs of American University in Washington; Lawrence Wilkerson, retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell; Arturo López-Levy, Professor at the University of Denver and one of the founders of Cuban-Americans for Engagement (CAFE);  Tom Hayden, Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center and author; and Wayne Smith, former chief of the US Interests Section in Havana.

 

Dead Prez: Friday June 6th @ 9:00pm   
On Friday, June 6th, at 9:00pm, renowned Hip Hop Duo Dead Prez will provide a Mega Meeting of Art and Empowerment Music.

[9:00 PM – 12:00 AM] Dead Prez Mega Meeting of Art and Empowerment Music

Dead Prez Live in DC!

The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 presents Dead Prez’s CD, “BATTLE CRY FOR CUBA AND ZIMBABWE”.

Backed up by DC’s own “DJ phenomeJon” will also be several impressive local progressive performers representing a variety of music genres.

$20 advance, $25 door.

To reserve your ticket go to http://deadprezforthecuban5.bpt.me/

Co-sponsors: Organization of Graduate Sociologists-HU Chapter, Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI), DC Metro Coalition to Free the Cuban 5, Institute for Policy Studies, Art Under Pressure, WPFW 89.3 FM, WE ACT Radio 1480 AM

Location:

Auditorium of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus
3101 16th Street NW (corner of 16th and Irving), WDC.

Descend on the White House   
And on Saturday June 7, at 1:00pm people will descend on the White House to demand that President Obama release the Cuban 5. An important delegation of Cubans residents in Miami will participate in the rally, as well as buses traveling from New York and a delegation of supporters from Montreal. Speakers at the rally include Rafael Cancel Miranda, leader of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement and peace activist Cindy Sheehan, as well as personalities and representatives of different solidarity movements from the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Saturday 6/7/2014

[1:00 pm] RALLY IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

After the rally there will be a program with a number of speakers including Rafael Cancel Miranda, leader of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement and peace activist Cindy Sheehan, as well as personalities and representatives of different solidarity movements from inside the United States and other parts of the world.

Location:

Across the street from Lafayette Park

 

 

THE 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Plans are now underway to hold the 3rd Annual “5 Days for the Cuban 5″ in Washington, D.C. The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five [www.thecuban5.org] will soon announce times, dates, and places for the numerous important events to be held June 4th to 11th, 2014. Stay Tuned!

[Wednesday, June 4th]

Press Conference and Welcoming Reception

[Thursday, June 5th] 

Two-Day Conference: A New Era in US/Cuba Relations

[Friday, June 6th]

Two-Day Conference: A New Era in US/Cuba Relations

Plus ***Concert with Renowned Hip Hop Duo Dead Prez***

[Saturday, June 7th]

Rally in front of the White House

[Sunday, June 8th]

Orientation for Visits to Capitol Hill

[Monday, June 9th]

Lobby Visits

[Tuesday, June 10th]

Lobby Visits, Teleconference, and Closing Event

 [Wednesday, June 11th]

Return of Delegates to their Cities/Countries

 

 

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