Cuban filmmaker Eric Corvalán Set for April 22 – CANCELLED

Unfortunately filmmaker Eric Corvalán had to cancel plans for this trip at the last minute. We’ll try to get a copy the movie and show it at a later date.  

Award-winning Cuban filmmaker Eric Corvalán Pelle will introduce his 35-minute documentary Race (Raza): A Cuban Documentary in Colors (2009) on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, next to the Orpheum Theatre at the Park Street MBTA Station.     Continue reading

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The New Year — Good News, Bad News

Amidst new year tributes on the Cuban Revolution’s 60th anniversary, foreboding reports about Venezuela

New year congratulations and tributes to the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution have been posted from around the globe — e.g., from the National Network on Cuba (NNOC), the African Awareness Association, Let Cuba Live, the Republic of South Africa, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere.   There are celebrations occasioning the 50th anniversary of the Venceremos Bridge and invitations to join it in July — — and for IFCO/Pastors for Peace’s 38th Friendshipment Caravan also in July. 

Mixed with these announcements, Havana was hit at the end of the month by a destructive tornado (note the link for support) — and foreboding reports about Venezuela.

What makes the Venezuela reports so worrisome is the complicity of so many seemingly progressive voices in U.S. aggressive militarism and avoidance of U.S. responsibility for the country’s destabilization.  FAIR (and more generally here), Democracy Now, NACLA have been especially informative in both providing thoughtful and detailed analyses of media complicity in U.S. aggression as well the on-going struggles there.

Notable is the special February 4th weekly Resumen Latinoamericano English Edition (on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as at, issue 302, devoted entirely to Venezuela.

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12/02 Fundraiser for WFP Cuba Food Justice Delegation, More

Join Witness for Peace at encuentro 5, Sunday, December 2, 6:00-8:30 for a community dinner, screening of Tierralismo (2014) about the 26 acre farming co-op on the outskirts of Havana, and dialogue with urban farmers of color from Boston about their upcoming delegation to Cuba in December.

This fundraiser and send-off event for the delegation, with a $10 suggested donation at the door for food and the screening, will help to cover participants’ delegation fees for meals, lodging, transportation, interpretation and guide services, program and entrance costs, direct support to Cuban farmers, popular educators and organizers on the ground, and extensive reading and activist tools for delegates. More on the trip at its Facebook site.

See, too, the flyer about the WFP March 2019 Arts, Culture and U.S.-Cuba Relations Delegation trip here.

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We’re interested in hearing from anyone attending the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies November 30 program at Harvard on Cuba Studies Graduate Student Symposium: New Voices in Cuba Studies. Contact

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Just in from Judy Robbins and our colleagues on the Maine solidarity committee — The Let Cuba Live web site has been updated with:

  • Articles written by the Cuban doctors returning from the Mais Medicos program in Brazil
  • Coverage in “Our America” of increasing intervention in Latin America by the Empire and its allies
  • Several new pieces in “News and Views” by Tom Whitney, Arnold August and others
  • p.s. does everybody know that now flies from Boston to Havana ?!?!
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Fall US-Cuba Activities Underway – September 2018

New Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel Comes to the U.S.

On Monday, September 17, there will be a live broadcast from Radio Havana, from 10 am (EDT) to 12 noon, a Twitter Storm and online forum, “The World Against The Blockade” that can be followed on Facebook and Twitter @Siempreconcuba. More info here.

From Monday, September 24, through Friday, September 28, a week-long series of Days of Action Against the Blockade will take place in Washington, DC featuring congressional visits, rallies, movies, and other events. There is more info on the pages of its main co-sponsors, The International Committee and the Institute for Policy Studies.

On Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 at Riverside Church in New York City a special program will welcome new Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel leading a delegation to the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. The publicity/outreach for the special program here; Díaz-Canel’s speeches of the day here.

On Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, three Cuba films will be shown as part of the Boston Latino International Film Festival:
xxx* “The Rest I Make Up” – Fri, 5:00-7:00, Brandeis, Wasserman Cinematheque
xxx* “Los Viejos” – Fri, 8:00-10:00, Emerson Paramount Center, Bright Family Screening xxxxxRoom, and Sat, 7:00-9:00 – Brandeis, Wasserman Cinematheque
xxx* “Voices of the Sea” – Fri, 7:30-9:00, Harvard, Tsai Auditorium, David Rockefeller   xxxxxCenter for Latin American Studies and Sat, 5:00-7:00, Northeastern, West Village xxxxxF, Room 020
More info about these films is available at

Coming Soon:

Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, National Network on Cuba Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Augsburg University – notes and photos available here.

December 12-21, “Sustaining Food and Farming in Cuba,” Witness for Peace delegation, registration extended — more info here.

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July 26, 2018 Revolution Day

On the May Day Brigade, the Venceremos Brigade, and the Latin American Medical School

Thursday, July 26, 7:00, Encuentro 5: Claudia Kaiser-Lenoir leads a program for the annual July 26th Cuban Revolution Day celebration, the 65th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel attack led by Fidel and Raul Castro on the Moncada military barracks. Claudia is the co-founder of the Latin American Studies program at Tufts and has traveled to Cuba on many occasions. She’ll talk about the perspective from this year’s May Day Brigade.

The program will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Venceremos Brigade and its ongoing work with two early Brigade alums, Richard Cambridge and Greg LaMotta. Dr. Tia Tucker, a graduate of Escuela Latino Americana de Medicina, ELAM, featured in the June Pastors for Peace program, currently serving in Cambridge, will also speak.

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Pastors for Peace Caravan in Boston

Friday, June 29, at 7:00 pm — First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain

The July 26th Coalition is hosting a gathering in honor of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/Pastors for Peace, based in New York City, a group that has long worked throughout the country and the world to end the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba. Since 1992 has taken yearly Friendshipment Caravans to Cuba without a license as a protest and conscious act of civil disobedience.

Journalist ​Cheryl LaBash, one of the chairpersons of the National Network on Cuba, will introduce Dare to Dream: Cuba’s Latin American Medical School, a new documentary about Escuela Latino Americana de Medicina (ELAM), the training facility that provides free medical education and graduates over 1000 new doctors every year, from countries all over the world including the United States. Cheryl works in Michigan with Doctors 4 Detroit supporting the ELAM scholarship program, Detroit area students and graduates.

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IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan Coming Up

cuba-caravan-2018An Invitation from IFCO/Pastors for Peace:  Join the 29th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba this July, May 1 Deadline

This year the Caravan will spend 11 days in Cuba following a three day orientation in Toronto, primarily in Santiago, with day trips to Guantanamo, and participation in the July 26th celebration of the 65th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks, the beginning of the Cuban revolution. The cost of the full two-week program is $1650 plus travel to Toronto and back; the application is due May 1st.

The Caravan visit to Cuba will be preceded in late June by 10 days of Caravan vehicles traveling to public events throughout the US on five routes; the Boston visit is set for Friday June 29th. The schedule, application and additional information are available on the IFCO/Pastors for Peace web site here.

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Rally to Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00 pm, at Park Street Station

Guantanamo 2018-2-24 1+2+3Photos above by Susan McLucas (click to enlarge); see also story by Kaylie Feslberg in the Boston University Daily Free Press and MIT radio segment with Chuck Rosina.

February 23 is the 115th anniversary of the US seizure of Guantanamo from Cuba as a result of the provoked Spanish American war.  Join us, as part of this nation-wide protest (click photo for a closer look).  Organized by the Committee for Peace and Human Rights; No Bases Coalition; United National Antiwar Coalition; United for Justice with Peace; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Boston branch; the July 26th Coalition; and Brookline PAX.  Rally flyer, more info here.

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May Day Brigade Webinar February 5th

Supplementing the earlier “Travel to Cuba” information posting, there is a webinar about the upcoming May Day Brigade Monday, February 5th, at 8:00 pm. Highlights of the trip include participating in the May 1 International Workers Day mobilization in Revolution Square in Havana and the International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba the following day. The webinar features people from the U.S. who have participated in past brigades and the opportunity to ask them about their experiences.

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A Cultural History of Cuba and the Literacy Campaign of 1961

Two Programs:  Thursday and Friday, February 1 & 2 — and a Sunday addition. (Scenes from the Friday program here.)


Alan West-Durán, A Cultural History of Cuba, book launch — reading, discussion, Q&A — Thursday, Feb 1, noon-2:00, Northeastern University, Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, 310 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont St., across from the Ruggles MBTA station and parking garage, #63 on the campus map. Alan will host the Friday program.

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Friday, Feb 2, 7:00 at Encuentro 5. Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was a seven-year-old teacher in Cuba’s 1961 Revolutionary Literacy Campaign, one of nine women featured in “Maestra,” the award-winning documentary whose synopsis begins: “250,000 volunteer teachers joined the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same.”

Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity.  We plan to show the 32-minute documentary at the beginning of the program. Griselda will talk on Cuban education then and now and entertain questions about a wide range of topics.  Encuentro 5/E-5 is located at the Park Street T Station, next to the Orpheum Theatre at 9A Hamilton Place. Cuba travel information from the notice below will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Boston Latino International Film Festival.

Griselda will also be doing a short “seven minutes on a Sunday” presentation at the Community Church of Boston, at Copley Square, on Sunday, Feb. 4th at 11:00 a.m. before the main program. Details here.

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