Venceremos Brigade: We will continue the struggle in favor of Cuba

Jul 22, 2015 by

Venceremos Brigade: We will continue the struggle in favor of Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 22 (acn) The 46th contingent of the Venceremos Brigade stressed on Monday in Havana that they will continue to fight for an end of the US economic blockade against Cuba.
During a meeting with representatives of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP, and local government officials of Artemisa on the historic date in which the Cuban flag was raised outside what was the Cuban Interests Section, now embassy in Washington DC, the brigadistas said that this was a victory of the Cuban people for their resistance and struggle after over 50 years of aggressions.
Jonathan Montana from the Bronx, New York said that they are in Cuba to learn about the people and social achievements and take back those examplesto the US in order to educate the American people about the realities of the Revolution.  He pointed out that people in the US are at their “peak of frustration of how things are done in the states”.
Stephanie Nunez from Washington Heights in New York said that she came to Cuba to learn for herself about the realities on the island since all news in the US about the Caribbean island are distorted.  The brigadista of Dominican origin said that she chose the Venceremos Brigade because it was a way of challenging the travel ban imposed by the US government against its own citizens and because it’s a way of representing all the oppressed in the US. 
Stephanie added that despite the improvement of relations between the US and Cuba, the struggle continues and believes it’s more important than ever to express solidarity with the Cuban people.  “It is important to educate the American people about all the suffering that US administrations have imposed on the Cuban population and we must help Cuba in their defense of their independence and self-determination”, said the brigadista. She stressed that “now is when our work is most important”.
Sandra Ramirez, director of the North American division of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP, reminded everyone that the Venceremos Brigade was the first solidarity group that visited Cuba. 
She thanked them for their struggle in support of Cuba and stressed that they are part of Monday’s historic moment in which the Cuban flag was raised at its Interest Section in Washington DC.  She pointed out that there is a long path ahead because we must continue working to end the blockade, travel ban and demand the closing of the illegally occupied US Naval Base in Guantanamo.
The 46th contingent of the Vencermos Brigade is made up by close to 50 brigadistas from all over the US that will carry out a program of activities to learn about the current economic transformations, culture, and music, health and education sectors and do voluntary work together with their Cuban counterparts. 
They will also be celebrating alongside the Cuban people the 62nd anniversary of the attack against the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Garrisons which initiated the struggle for Cuba’s independence.
Cuba welcomes 46th Venceremos Brigade
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 20 (acn) The 29 members of the 46th contingent of the Venceremos Brigade arrived in Cuba over the last few hours, and were officially welcomed at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in the province of Artemisa.
The group consists of young U.S. citizens or Latinos living in the United States and will work for 15 days in agriculture.
During the reception, Osmany Peña, member of the Municipal Bureau of the Cuban Communist Party in Caimito, explained the achievements of the territory in health, education, and social assistance, among other aspects, and invited them to the cultural evening to be held for the 62nd anniversary of the attack on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes garrisons.
Sandra Ramirez, an official of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), thanked the solidarity of the brigade and called to continue the struggle for the lifting of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.
Ramirez added that although today the two countries re-established diplomatic relations the policy of supporting internal subversion remains intact, the radio and television war, the illegal occupation of Guantanamo and the economic war.
Cuba managed to re-establish these diplomatic bonds thanks to the strength and tenacity of its people and to the solidarity and support of forces such as the Venceremos Brigade, among many others, she concluded.
Chris Canik, one of the brigade members, said he joined the contingent because he wanted to challenge the blockade and exercise his constitutional right of traveling to the island, while Jonathan Montero, another member of the group, said he was admired by the spirit of resistance of the Cuban people.
The Venceremos Brigade came to Cuba for the first time in 1969 to participate in the sugar harvest, and following the express wish of U.S. groups to promote solidarity through physical work.
Since then, every year, on this date, a group of U.S. citizens maintains alive a tradition that has enabled more than 10,000 of them travel to Cuba without requesting permission, defying the blockade imposed by the United States.


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