Politics and Culture after Padura

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Following the week-long Leonardo Padura festival —on the heels of the Boston Latin International Film Festival, bliff.org, with three full length and three Cuban shorts and the Trump Cuba melt down and unfounded fit over “sonic attacks” on US state department personnel in Havana, complete with new visa restrictions, staff removals and Cuban diplomat expulsions — the calendar of political-cultural events includes the National Network on Cuba annual national conference in Seattle, organizing for local rallies and support actions for the November 1st UN Assembly’s annual vote to condemn the U.S. Blockade and Embargo on Cuba, the upcoming premiere of a documentary about 1,300 Cuban teachers at Harvard summer school in 1900, and the continued exhibition of Yoan Capote’s monumental steel sculpture of Fidel Castro at the Peabody Essex Museum, undercut by the museum’s prejudiced, politically-slanted publicity.

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PADURA IS COMING!

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Cuban Novelist Leonardo Padura is coming to Boston and July26.org is hosting the festivities!  Check out the celebration and all the public events, including the film showings, on the festival site. (Click image to enlarge)

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Poster/Art Show, Witness for Peace/Cuba and July26.org planning meetings in August

The Taunton Public Library, located at 12 Pleasant St., will host an exhibit of compelling Cuban political posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis, August 3 to 30.  A Witness for Peace New England-wide organizational meeting will take place Saturday, August 12, in Boston; their largest program is in Cuba. This month’s July26.org meeting will take place on the second Tuesday, August 8. See the calendar for more on these events.

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July 26th Cuba Revolution Day with Lee Schlenker, Witness for Peace

Lee Schlenker (left) will be featured on the July 26th program, which will include discussion of October programs with Cuban popular educator and poet Marcel Lueiro Reyes and Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura.

On Wednesday, July 26, Cuba’s Revolution Day holiday, the Boston area July 26th Coalition is sponsoring a program on community development in Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations featuring Brookline’s Lee Schlenker, starting at 7:00 at the Encuentro 5 Community Center in downtown Boston, 9A Hamilton Place, next to the Orpheum Theatre, across the street from the Park Street MBTA station. The program is being co-sponsored by Brookline PAX and Witness for Peace. Continue reading

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June: Art, Music, and May Day in Cuba

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Friday, June 9, 6:30-8:30pm —A Discussion with Afro Cuban Artist and Activist Mirna Padrón Dickson – Community Church of Boston – 565 Boylston St., Copley Sq.

Sat, June 10, 4:00 pm – Mozart in Havana – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., Jamaica Plain, Green Street T Stop. The Havana Lyceum Orchestra kicks off their US tour with acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Program, tickets and more info.

Sat, June 17, 8:00-9:30 pm – “What I learned about Cuba by going to May Day in Havana” webinar by the National Network on Cuba. More info and registration.

…and Anti-Cuba Bias in Alternative as well as Mainstream Media

Ths, June 22, 9:45-11:00, “COMPLICITY: How US Community and NonProfit Technology Has Been Complicit in Some Very Ugly Cuba ‘Regime Change’ Policies and Practices — And What To Do About It,” Peter Miller, one of two papers written for the National Cuba Conference workshops in March, at “#ScreenTimeBU 2017: Fake News, Real Emotion, and The Mediated Self,” Graduate Student Conference, Division of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University, StuVi 1, 10 Buick St.

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Pastors Program Postscript

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By Monday, April 24, the public event at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain supporting the IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba had snowballed into a major occasion with four special presenters and attracted 80-90 attendees. Organizer Nancy Kohn sent out the following follow-up afterwards. Miguel Fraga’s portion of the program, recorded by Dave Goodman for IBIS Radio, can be heard here.

Thanks so much for coming to Pastors for Peace event.  What a great turnout Monday night!  Thanks for participating.

Jim McGovern shows there are still members of Congress with integrity. Diana Gutierrez could be a stand up comic and at the same time was heartfelt and full of information about ELAM [Medical School]. John Waller, staff person at Pastors for Peace, was analytical and compelling. [First Secretary] Miguel Fraga is the consummate diplomat and almost everyone stayed to the end because it is so rare to get to hear anyone speak from the Cuban Embassy. Continue reading

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Understanding Diago

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A shortened version of the following was submitted as a letter to the Boston Globe:

I was struck by the recent article about the Juan Roberto Diago show at Harvard’s Cooper Galley, Cate McQuaid’s “Cuba sí, racism no!” (p. G2, April 7, 2017), first by the powerful graphic of Diago’s “Aquí Nadie Gana (Nobody Wins Here),” then by the article itself, its unfortunate stereotypical anti-government slant on Diago’s work, an over-the-top one at that.      Continue reading

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