Mission of the July 26 Coalition

IS TO OPPOSE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S HOSTILITY TO THE CUBAN REVOLUTION AND TO WORK TOWARD NORMALIZING RELATIONS

-End the US Embargo against Cuba!

-Normalize Relations with Cuba!

-Respect Cuba's Sovereignty!

-Lift the Travel Ban!

-Return the Guantanamo Naval Base to Cuba!

-Repeal the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act

Our activities include a variety of public educational programs including video showings, talks from visiting Cubans, and report backs from those who have recently traveled to Cuba. We participate in humanitarian material aid campaigns and we support tours to Cuba where people from the US can see the island nation for themselves.
See Flyers for our upcoming events.

Our interests include educating ourselves and others about the achievements of' the Cuban Revolution:

- in health care

- in literacy and the right to education

- in the lowering of infant mortality

- in the rights of women

- in the work to eliminate discrimination based upon race and class

- in the arts, sports, and culture

- in social and community relations

- in solidarity with the struggles of the oppressed people of the world

We are committed to working to end the aggressive policies of the United States toward Cuba, as well as toward other Caribbean and Latin countries.

We support the struggles of popular movements of the poor, working, and indigenous peoples of the Americas to obtain peace; economic, political, and social justice; and to end environmental destruction.

We understand the connection between foreign and domestic policies of the United States, and we strive to contribute to the movements for social justice by working to change our own society as well as ourselves.

Please join us in this important work. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at Roxbury Community College, Academic Building, Faculty Lounge, 4th floor, 7-9 p.m.
For more information please call us at 617-566-2861 email info @ july26.org

The Coalition was formed in 1989 and is affiliated with the National Network on Cuba (NNOC). Locally we are affiliated with Central American Education Fund (CAEF).

Ongoing Projects of The July 26th Coalition

Free the Five

Supporting the FriendShipments organized by Pastors for Peace. For the latest info check out the Caravan
Home Page

Helping the US-Cuba Labor Exchange organize workers and unionists to attend meetings in Cuba and to have Cuban workers visit the US. Local Contact: 617-254-9070

The July 26th Coalition urges all those who oppose the embargo and US policy towards Cuba to come to our regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. The meetings usually are at 7:00 pm at Roxbury Community College, Administration Building, 4th floor, Faculty Lounge. Call the number above for more information and to confirm that the meetings are happening, or write us at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02111.
Besides our own events we also let people on our email list know of other interesting Cuba related events in the Greater Boston Area.

Our email address is info @ july26.org

Affiliates and Other Organizations:

List of organizations we work with
We announce our events on the Greater Boston Activists email list Act-MA.

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We participated in the Peoples Climate March to get out the word about Cuba and the 5!

For version with photos see
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By Nancy Kohn

Photo: Nancy Kohn
Nearly 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City in the largest Climate March in world history on Sunday, September 21st. The diversity of the crowd and their messages added urgency to the Climate Summit about to take place at the United Nations. A contingent organized by the National Network on Cuba (NNOC) marched in the section called "We Have Solutions" to show people how much we could learn from Cuba if the U.S. government lifted the blockade.

The chance to also introduce environmental activists to the case of the Cuban 5 was taken up by co-chairs and activists from the NNOC, Pastors for Peace, the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and supporters from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. The group distributed nearly 2,000 flyers with the slogan, "Change U.S. Climate toward Cuba!"

25th “Friendshipment” Caravan to Cuba: Boston Sendoff July 9, 2014

Pastors for Peace Send-off
25th “Friendshipment” Caravan to Cuba
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain
633 Centre St (across from JP Post Office)

Report back on “5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington, DC” in June from a member of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

Caravan Speaker: Tom Whitney, Let Cuba Live

Chomsky and Kimber on the Cuban 5 Sep 17 2013

Noam Chomsky and Stephen Kimber to speak on

“The Real Story of The Cuban Five"

Tuesday, Sept. 17 6:00 pm at MIT,Room 10 Room 250

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (More directions below)
http://whereis.mit.edu/?selection=10&Buildings=go

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban 5, the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 is organizing an East Coast tour with Canadian author Stephen Kimber who will be presenting his newly released book "What Lies Across the Water-The Real Story of The Cuban Five."

Noted American linguist, philosopher, and political scientist Noam Chomsky will be speaking with Kimber about the long history of terrorist attacks against Cuba. The “Cuban 5” came to the U.S. in the 90’s to infiltrate and monitor the activities of violent Cuban exile groups. For their heroic acts they deserve medals but instead they are serving long sentences in U.S. prisons.

Kimber's book is the result of an exhaustive research effort, including the author's review of more than 20,000 pages of court records. His style is riveting from the first page to the last as he leads the reader through the twists and turns of their mission leading up to the arrest of the Cuban 5. Stephen Kimber is a professor of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax and an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. More about the book http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/What-Lies-Across-the-Water/

Books will be available for sale and signing by author.

Organized by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

Co-sponsored by Western Hemisphere Project at MIT and July 26 Coalition

For more information:
www.thecuban5.org _ 617-504-9773

More directions in the second file which contains a map and walking directions from Kendal Square T stop and 77 Mass. Ave.

The easiest way to get to Building 10 Room 250 is to enter the Main Entrance of MIT at 77 Mass. Ave. (On the #1 Bus line Walk straight ahead for about 100 yards and you come to Lobby 10 where there are large windows that look out at a large courtyard and the river. The room is just upstairs. (See second file below.)

Flyer below
http://july26.org/home/sites/default/files/Kimber_Chomsky.pdf

Walking directions
http://july26.org/home/sites/default/files/Dir%20to%2010-250.pdf

Stephen Kimber was on "Radio with a View" on WMBR radio 88.1 FM, (Sun 15th) at 10:30 AM.

It's available on archive for the next two weeks at the following link. (Half hour in to the show).
http://wmbr.org/m3u/Radio_with_a_View_20130915_1000.m3u

Humor from my Pen

Another chance to see the exhibit of the political cartoons of Gerardo Hernández one of the Cuban Five

Gerardo Hernández is one of the Cuban Five political prisoners incarcerated in the U.S. since 1998. The 5 were convicted of “conspiracy to commit espionage.” Their only crime was monitoring violent paramilitary groups operating out of Miami, who were responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 Cubans. Gerardo, who is serving two life sentences, turned to drawing these cartoons as a way to share his political views and creative energy.

A review of the show at Art in the Armory
http://www.somervillecafeblog.org/humor-that-takes-no-prisoners-the-cart...


Community Church of Boston (CCB)
565 Boylston St. Boston
(above Globe Restaurant in Copley Square)

APRIL 6 – 14, 2013

Gallery Hours:
Sat. April 6, 4 to 7 p.m.

Sun. April 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
(after CCB weekly service which goes from 11 to 1 PM,
see http://www.communitychurchofboston.org/home/)

Sat. April 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Please note that we previously announced the viewing hours on Sunday Apr. 14th. Community Church was forced to move their annual retreat back to the Church so there will be a meeting going on. It will be possible to quietly see the show but we encourage you to come Saturday if you can. On Sunday, we will be taking the show down just after 4 PM. If you come at 4 you can view the show quickly and help us take it down. For more info on Community Churches annual retreat see http://www.communitychurchofboston.org/home/)

Sun. April 14 4 to 4:15 p.m.
www.thecuban5.org www.artsatthearmory.org
617-504-9773, 617-718-2191

Sponsors: Community Church of Boston, July 26th Coalition, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

Flyer available below

This show is part of a larger New England Tour

3. Broad Street Gallery at Trinity College,
1283 Broad Street Hartford, CT
Show will be up March 28–April 1
Reception, Thursday evening, March 28

4. Community Church of Boston (See above)

5. New Haven Public Library, 133 Elem Street, New Haven, CT
April 18–27; open during library hours
Film showing “Misson against Terror” 2 PM, Saturday, April 20, followed by reception and discussion

6. Meg Perry Center, Portland, ME

Show will be up starting May 1 (exact ending TBD)
Wednesday, May 1, May Day program (details to be determined)
Friday, May 3, First Friday program at the Meg Perry Center

Transport cartoons to Washington D.C. May 28–30.

Demonstration at White House, June 1.

Flyers available below

About the Black in Cuba: Illusions and ‘pipe dreams’ Tomás Fernández Robaina 2/2/2013

This was a very successful event with about 100 people attending.

Translated version of a recent paper by Tomas

South Asians for Global Justice, The Western Hemisphere Project at MIT and the July 26 Coalition
Present........ Check it out on Facebook

Senior Researcher at the National Cuban Library and
professor in the Art, Communication and Social Sciences Department University of Havana, Cuba

Introduced by Anthony Van Der Meer
Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies, U Mass Boston
Date: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 Time: 3-5 PM.
Where: MIT Building 4 - Room 237

Featured on Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s PBS program on Blacks in Cuba

"Skin color discrimination and racial prejudices are essential components throughout the social history, political and economic, of Cuban society until the triumph of the revolution. If, until the XIX century, Black Africans constituted the main work force that would enrich the colony, both materially and spiritually, this system was articulated to reactionary theories and doctrines, justifying the utilization of slave work, in the Republican period the black was double exploited in her or his condition as a worker and for having dark-skin."
Tomas Fernández Robaina. Black in Cuba 1902-1958
Tomas is the author of Black in Cuba, 1902-1958 (1994), Speak out Santeros (Santerians) and Paleros (Priests) (1997), and Afro-Cuban Identity: Culture and Nationality (2009). Amongst many published papers on the subject of Afro-Cubans are: For a more Participatory Debate on the Cuban Independent Color Party (2012); The Battle against Racism in Cuba (2012); Cuban Independent Color Party, were they Racists or Annexionists? (2012); Racism in the Cuban Cartoon (2011); Why is it Necessary that All Afro-Descendants from Latin America, The Caribbean, and North America Know more about each other? (2011); Toward the Centennial of the Founding of the Cuban Independent Color Party: Three New Contributions to Critical Approach (2008); The Black Topic and its treatment in RAP Music (2002).
Professor Van Der Meer is the former Chairman of the Black Political Task Force of Boston. Professor Van Der Meer’s area of research is focused on African diaspora religion and culture and its image in the mass media.

More information about him is available on AfroCubanweb

Event Flyer

7/02/12 Sendoff Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba

PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN TO CUBA
FIRST CHURCH IN JAMAICA PLAIN
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
6 ELIOT ST. BOSTON, MA 021305
Monday July 2 6:30pm – 9:30pm
By traveling to Cuba with humanitarian aid without a U.S. government license, Pastors for Peace challenges the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba as well as the blockade
on the minds of the Americans about the achievements of revolutionary Cuba.

LEARN ABOUT THE LATIN AMERICAN MEDICAL SCHOOL IN HAVANA WHERE
THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD STUDY MEDICINE FOR
FREE INCLUDING MORE THAN A HUNDRED AMERICANS LEARN ABOUT AND LEND YOUR SUPPORT TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE

Sponsors: July 26th Coalition of Boston, Newton Cuba Solidarity, Jamaica Plain Forum

For more information info @ july.org or 617 916-2265
CELEBRATE A NIGHT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE
"We don’t need a government license. Love is our license.”
Rev. Tom Smith, Pastors for Peace

Downloadable flyer at

http://july26.org/home/sites/default/files/PFP_POSTER_0712.pdf

"5 Days for the Cuban 5" April 17-21, 2012

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 Announces

Supporters of Changing Relations with Cuba and for the Freedom of the Cuban Five to Converge on Washington, DC
"5 Days for the Cuban 5" April 17-21

Contact: Nancy Kohn 617-504-9773 nancybkohn AT gmail.com Alicia Jrapko 510-219-0092 ajrapko AT yahoo.com

Partial list of endorsers include Father Miguel D´Escoto, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Angela Davis, Gayle McLaughlin, National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Network on Cuba, the School of the Americas Watch, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Global Exchange, Alianza Martiana, William C. Velazquez Institute, and more....

People from all over the U.S. along with international representatives will be in the U.S. Capitol for five days of events in April aimed at bringing about awareness of the failed 50 year old policy that this country has had towards Cuba with the demand to change it. The events will focus on various topics such as the blockade, the travel ban and the case of the Cuban Five who are serving long sentences in U.S. prisons. These men, considered heroes in Cuba, were in the U.S. monitoring the activities of anti-Cuba terrorist groups operating in Southern Florida. Activities of the week will include city wide outreach, public meetings, film showings and a day of lobbying the Congress and Senate.

As part of the five days of activities, on April 20, at 6pm, an evening event entitled "Obama Give me Five" will take place at the Festival Center,
1640 Columbia Road, NW. Known personalities will raise the obstacles to the improvement of relations with the island nation and how that could change.
Keynote Speaker: Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation, co-founder United Farm Workers.
Other speakers include Wayne Smith, former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, James Early, Director, Cultural Heritage Policy, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, Jose Pertierra, Immigration Attorney, who represents the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the case of Luis Posada Carriles's extradition, and others.

Also, on Saturday April 21st at 1pm people on buses from New York City will be joining organizations from the DC area for a rally at the White House to Tell Obama: Free the Cuban 5.

Supporters will travel from cities across the United States, Europe and Canada to participate in the 5 days of activities, including Dr. Norman Paech, expert in International Law, ex member of Parliament, Germany; Peace activist Cindy Sheehan; Salim Lamrani, French researcher and professor; actor Willy Toledo from Spain, Stephen Kimber and Arnold August from Canada and many others.

The "5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington D.C." was initiated by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5. The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 is a network of concerned citizens from several countries of Europe, Latin America and from the United States. The main objective of the International Committee is to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5 For more information about the Cuban 5 visit www.thecuban5.org International Committee Advisory Board 5 days for the Cuban 5 in Washington DC April 17-21

WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP

IN DEPTH EXPLORATION OF U.S. CUBAN POLITICS THROUGH THE STORY OF THE CUBAN FIVE
FREE SCREENING
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 --- 7 PM
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave. 5th floor
(near Beach St. in Chinatown)

This film tells the story of the case of the Cuban Five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile
terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed by Washington and then ignored by the very government that launched a “war against terrorism.” This documentary reveals a story of violence that also echoed on the
streets of Washington DC, New York and especially Miami where Cuban American critics of the bombers and shooters wound up dead.

Saul Landau is an internationally known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. His films include FIDEL, the first documentary chronicling Fidel Castro after the Cuban Revolution. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up
Cinema Libre Studio
2010 / Color 82 min.
Starring Danny Glover, Fidel Castro, Saul Landau
Cinematography Roberto Chile, Haskell Wexler
Film Editor Rick Tejada-Flores
Original Music Camilo Landau, Greg Landau
Produced and Directed by Saul Landau

www.july26.org

Discussion on Health Care in Cuba & Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine

When: 7 pm – 9 pm, Thursday, March 29, 2012
Where: 33 Harrison Ave., Encuentro 5, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Program: Talk, Discussion, Qs and As

Speaker: Dr. Lillian Holloway

Lillian Holloway MD grew up in West Philadelphia. She worked as a certified nursing assistant before deciding to go to medical school. She graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine, Havana, Cuba in 2009. She is currently a resident in Family Practice and an MPH candidate at University of Illinois Hospitals in Chicago.

The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) has 10,000 medical students from foreign countries studying free in order to go back to their home countries and help develop health care systems. The students come from 30 countries, including eight African nations. The Cuban government has opened up 500 places for young people from the US to come and study medicine for free, in exchange for the pledge that they will come back and work in underserved areas of the US. Approximately 120 Americans are currently enrolled.

Sponsored by July 26th Coalition of Boston
www.July26.org
info at July26.org
617-566-2861

Flyer
http://july26.org/home/sites/default/files/Discussion_on_Cuban_Health_Ca...

An Oral History of Terrorism against Cuba

Keith Bolender, author of Voices from the Other Side:

An Oral History of Terrorism against Cuba

Contains an Introduction by Noam Chomsky

Published July 2010 by Pluto Press, London, England

The book is a collection of testimonials from average Cubans who have been directly victimized by acts of terrorism, or have had friends or family members killed. Includes a full chapter on the continuing plight of the Cuban Five.

See Keith Bolender's

slide show presentation

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Encuentro Cinco
33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor, Boston
http://www.encuentro5.org/home/directions

Hear updates on developments in the case of the Cuban Five

Sponsored by July 26th Coalition

For more information call 617-522-9478 www.july26.org