- Below find the names of top Canadian union leaders who have signed on to the international campaign “Together for the Holidays” for justice and for the release of the three of the Cuban Five still imprisoned.
The following are the names from labour unions who have added their names to a letter to President Obama:
* Paul Moist, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
* Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director for Canada (USW)
* Paul R. Meinema, National President, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
* Patrick (Sid) Ryan, President, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
* James Clancy, National President, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
* Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
• Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) (see his letter attached)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
In the last few weeks, the New York Times published a series of editorials and
opinions asking your administration to change its policy toward Cuba. The
centerpiece of this request involves the case of three Cuban men who have
been in U.S. prisons since 1998.
Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero are part of the
internationally known “Cuban Five” who came to the United States to monitor
the activities of certain groups of Cuban exiles who were responsible for acts of
violence, resulting in the immeasurable suffering of many Cuban families.
Unarmed, the altruistic mission of the Five aimed to save lives and prevent
additional criminal acts against their people, and also against U.S. citizens.
General James Clapper, the current National Director of Intelligence, testified
at their trial that the Five did not damage, nor did they endanger U.S. National
Security. Two of them, René González and González Fernando Llort have
returned to Cuba after serving their entire sentences and the three others
remain in prison to this day.
In the 16 years that have passed since the sentencing, many well-known
personalities, including 10 Nobel Laureates, jurists, intellectuals, artists, trade
union and religious leaders, parliamentarians, governments, human rights
organizations and U.S. elected officials have repeated their calls for the freedom
of these prisoners. Major international bodies such as the UN Working Group
on Arbitrary Detention and Amnesty International have also chimed in with
Former President Jimmy Carter expressed in 2011: “I believe that the detention
of the Cuban Five makes no sense, there have been doubts expressed in U.S.
courts and by human rights organizations around the world. They have now
been in prison 12 years and I hope that in the near future they will be freed to
return to their homes.”
President Obama, 16 years of this unjust imprisonment is unconscionable.
We have added our voice to those throughout the world who are asking you to
resolve this issue without further delay.
In the spirit of the holiday season, we implore you to use your constitutional
powers to free the three remaining Cuban men and to enable them to join their
loved ones by this New Year; a moving gesture that only a caring President of
the United States can deliver.
Whilst improving the relations between the United States and Cuba, such a
gesture would also enrich the lives of the mothers, wives and children who are
waiting for them.
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- Dear Friends,
We are announcing a new campaign, “Together for the Holidays,” on behalf of the three remaining members of the Cuban Five still imprisoned in the United States.
Our aim is to urge the president to release them so that they can be home with their families for the Holiday season and the New Year.
We are asking each committee in support of the Five, in their respective countries, to contact personalities who have joined the cause of the Five during these 16 years and ask them to add their names to the enclosed letter.
The letter will be sent to Obama before the Holidays so there is some urgency. The purpose of the campaign is to bring the issue of the Five at a particular time when there is awareness and discussion about the case. There are many new voices asking Obama for their freedom and a fundamental change of policy towards Cuba.
The holidays provide us with a perfect opportunity to push Obama towards a turning point of the struggle for their freedom. We asking you to gather the names of the personalities as soon as possible and begin to send them to the following addresses:
For Spanish-speaking countries: <email@example.com> ;
For the rest of the world: <firstname.lastname@example.org> ;
We only need the names of the personalities, with a brief description of who they are, and the country where they are from.
Time is vital and we must act quickly. Please send us the names of the personalities no later than December 20. We only have a little more than one month to achieve our common goal. Together we can do it.
Katrien Demuynck, Coordinator of the European Campaign of Solidarity with Cuba
Alicia Jrapko and Graciela Ramírez, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
Estamos anunciando una nueva campaña por nuestros tres hermanos presos: “Juntos en Navidad”*, Juntos con sus amadas familias, Juntos en Cuba con su heroico pueblo.
Se trata de que cada comité en sus respectivos países, contacte a las personalidades que se han sumado a la causa de los Cinco durante estos años y siguen sumándose día a día y les pidan su firma a la carta que les adjuntamos.
Esta es la carta que recibirá el Presidente Obama con las firmas de dichas personalidades y es la que ustedes deben compartir con las personalidades que contacten para que estén de acuerdo en sumar sus nombres.
El objetivo de la campaña es incidir en una fecha de especial sensibilidad y un momento crucial de nuestra causa, donde muchas más voces le están pidiendo a Obama un cambio de política hacia Cuba y la libertad de los tres Patriotas cubanos.
Les pedimos que a la mayor brevedad posible consigan las adhesiones de las personalidades y comiencen a enviarlas a la siguiente dirección:
Para los países de habla hispana: <email@example.com> ;
Para el resto del mundo: <firstname.lastname@example.org> ;
Sólo necesitamos los nombres de las personalidades con una pequeña descripción y el país Ejemplo: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Premio Nobel de la Paz, Argentina *
El tiempo es vital, debemos actuar con rapidez. Por favor envíennos las adhesiones antes del 20 de diciembre. Solo tenemos un poco más de un mes para lograr nuestro objetivo común.*
Katrien Demuynck, Coordinadora de la Campaña Europea de Solidaridad con Cuba
Alicia Jrapko y Graciela Ramírez, Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos
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Santos Crespo Santos Crespo is the President of Local 372 since June 2011. Local 372 represents nearly 25,000 Department of Education employees who provide essential support services to the 1.1 million children – and their families – in New York City public schools. Local 372 members, who are sometimes referred to as “non-pedagogical” employees because they are non-teaching staff, work in the cafeterias handling food and monitoring children in schoolyards to ensure their safety, in classrooms providing anti-violence/gang and drug prevention counseling, in homeless shelters to ensure that parents send their children to school despite living in a shelter, on trucks bringing supplies to the schools. Local 372 is the largest union within DC 37, which is the largest municipal union in New York City.
May 5, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
As a worker and life time union leader who has lived by the motto, “An injury to one is an injury to all”, I am asking you to take the moral high road towards justice by releasing the Cuban 5 who are serving shocking long sentences in U.S. prisons. As you know these five Cuban men — Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez came to this country to monitor the activities of anti Cuban terrorists in Miami. They came unarmed with no intention of harming the people or security of the U.S. but rather to protect their own island nation; what could be nobler. As a compassionate person you not only have the power but the responsibility to reunite them with their families in Cuba.
The labor movement around the world has had the opportunity to meet the family members of the Cuban 5 and is taking action to build a movement for their freedom. The labor movement in Canada is making the case of the Cuban 5 a political priority including the Steelworkers, Food and Commercial Workers and Postal Workers. And of course throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the injustice done to these men is well known and an example of the breech between your administration and our neighbors in the Southern hemisphere.
With great enthusiasm our union movement contributed our brains, energy and finances in supporting both of your election campaigns. Latinos and workers in general voted for you in record numbers and here in the U.S. we are beginning to reach them about this case. The loud but shrinking voices from Southern Florida do not speak for us in the labor movement. It is becoming clearer that the majority of people even in Florida want normalization of relations with Cuba and you yourself have said that improving relations with the people of Latin America is important to your presidency. One small thing you could do to get that desire started is to free the Cuban 5 now.
President Local 372
USAID is another one of the countless fronts of the CIA.
That Alan Gross worked in Cuba for the USAID is uncontested.
So, guess what?
Mr. Gross is a spy.
Syllogism,above, by A. Shaw
The piece below appeared under Prensa Latina headline “US tried to undermine Cuba by infiltrating its underground hip-hop scene.”
Source: PRENSA LATINA
Washington, Dec 11 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) tried to infiltrate the Cuban hip-hop movement, as part of an undercover project to destabilize the country, according to an investigation by the US news agency The Associated Press (AP).
The revelations, which were published on US and European media on Thursday, show that USAID hired a group of rap singers to create a movement of youths against the Cuban government, according to documents obtained by AP.
The subversive plan, which was implemented for over two years, was aimed at using Cuban musicians to build a network of youths to seek “social change” in the country.
Among the undercover plans ordered to USAID contractors was the recruitment of dozens of Cuban musicians to carry out projects disguised as cultural initiatives and youth festivals, but the real objective was to enhance their visibility and foster a false “artistic” movement that would challenge the Cuban government.
The Huffington Post on Thursday published a chronology of USAID’s undercover actions in Cuba, including the activities carried out by Serbian “musical promoter” Rajko Bozic, who visited Cuba with the mission of incorporating Cuban rappers to his its plan, including the duet Los Aldeanos, and creating an opposition youth movement.
It also describes how the company Salida was founded in Panama on March 23, 2009, as a front firm attached to the Washington-based Creative Associates International. The AP investigation refers to a meeting held in August 2009 in the offices of Creative Associates International in San Jose, Costa Rica, to plan how to use the Concert for Peace, organized by Colombian singer songwriter Juanes in Havana, to promote Los Aldeanos and their opposition discourse.
On December 3, 2009, the USAID subcontractor and US citizen Alan Gross was arrested at Havana’s airport for smuggling satellite telephones and computers without the necessary permits.
The secret operation to infiltrate the hip-hop movement was carried out at the same time as two other USAID-sponsored programs, which were revealed by an AP investigation early this year: the launch of a secret “Cuban Twitter” system, known as Zunzuneo, and a program that brought Latin American youths to Cuba to create destabilization among Cuban young people through discontent and criticisms of the government’s performance.
The AP investigation includes documents linked to Creative Associates International and USAID, which paid millions of dollars to undermine the Cuban government, as well as thousands of pages of contracts, electronic mails, chat conversations, budgets, reports, photos and passports.