Mission of the July 26 Coalition


-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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Community Doctors: A look inside Cuba's medical scholarship program

How Cuba facilitates Medical Science for the People!

This exceptionally moving and inspiring film tells the story of Cuba's international medical scholarship program and the young US-Americans, many from poor and underserved communities in the United States, who were awarded full scholarships to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. It follows them through their studies and experiences in Cuba and ultimately their work as medical doctors following graduation and their return to the USA.

The producer of the film, Kunle Ekunkonye, will be present for Q and A.

Wed. Aug 10th 7 PM

MIT Building 6 Room 120 (see link at bottom)

Although it is a resource-poor country Cuba has developed a highly effective medical system. Their health outcomes are on par with those of the United States. Cuba has provided thousands of doctors to work in medically underserved areas in countries around the world to restore those communities from the impact of natural disasters, epidemics and the widespread lack of medical care.

In 1999 Cuba opened the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) to give medical scholarships to the brightest from poor areas around the world so that they may become doctors that will eventually return and serve the communities from which they came.

Film “All Guantanamo is Ours” July 26th

Celebrate July 26 the date marking the start of the Cuban Revolution with

Join this commemoration of the start of the Cuban Revolution showing of the just-released documentary “All Guantanamo is Ours” (37 minutes), with guest presenter(s) and discussion, at the Coolidge Corner Library, Tuesday evening, July 26, 6:45-8:30. The event is cosponsored by Brookline PAX and the July 26th Coalition, the Boston area Cuba solidarity organization, along with the National Network on Cuba and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

The film, by filmmaker and journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina, produced by Resumen Latinoamericano and the International Committee, in Spanish with English subtitles, presents the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, particularly those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base and shows what the occupation looked like before and after the revolution. The trailer is
available at http://theinternationalcommittee.org/new-film/.

Brookline has been selected for this showing as it is the first
municipality on the East Coast to pass a resolution to End the
Embargo/Blockade on Cuba which will be briefly discussed. Nancy Kohn with the International Committee will talk about the recent conference that demanded the return of Guantanamo.

Luisa Campos Director of Havana's "Museum of Literacy" and of the "Si, yo puedo" Global Literacy Campaign.

The Cuban Literacy Campaign was a year-long effort to abolish illiteracy in Cuba after the Cuban Revolution. It was the world's most ambitious and organized literacy campaign.
Before 1959 the official literacy rate for Cuba was between 60% and 76%, largely because of lack of education access in rural areas and a lack of instructors. As a result, the Cuban government dubbed 1961 the "year of education" and sent "literacy brigades" out into the countryside to construct schools, train new educators, and teach the predominantly illiterate peasants to read and write. The campaign was "a remarkable success." By its completion, 707,212 adults were taught to read and write, raising the national literacy rate to 96%.
The Literacy Campaign was also designed to enhance contact between sectors of society that would not usually interact. As Fidel Castro put it in 1961 while addressing literacy teachers, “You will teach, and you will learn.”

The Cuban literacy program Yo sí Puedo, created to teach adults how to read and write has extended with great results to various countries in Latin America and the rest of the world.

Wed. June 1, 7-9pm free/donation requested
Encuentro 5 (E5)
9A Hamilton Place
Boston, Ma
Near Park St. T and the on the same street as the Orpheum Theatre

Organizing from the grass-roots in revolutionary Cuba: The Experience in one working-class community

Maritza López and Hildelisa Leal, community organizers from Balcón Arimao/La Lisa, are also trained popular educators working on issues of race and gender empowerment, and activists in Cuba's Neighborhood Network of Afrodescendants.

Sun. Dec 6, 6:30 PM
Encuentro 5 9A Hamilton Place (near Park St. T)

info at july26 dot org
(Electronic Printable leaflets available on request)

The following article gives background on their work.

Free admission

Casa Comunitaria “Pablo Freyre” (Balcón Arimao, La Lisa), July 13-15, 2012

Maritza López McBean is the leading organizer at the “Pablo Freyre” Community House in Balcón Arimao, district of La Lisa, a working class neighborhood on the periphery of Havana. The Balcón Arimao Casa Comunitaria was the location of a three day workshop held last July (2012), organized and led by community members to highlight issues of race and racism in Cuba. The workshop had a two-pronged focus: The 1912 founding and subsequent violent government suppression of the Partido Independiente de Color (Independent Party of Color) as a major marker in Afro-Cuban history, and the particular challenges faced by Afro-Cuban women throughout Cuban history and since the triumph of the revolution in 1959. “Many over there (in the US) think that these topics only get to be debated in ‘official’ institutions like the UNEAC (National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists)”, said López McBean.

Freedom for the Five and ...

The July 26 Coalition of Boston thanks all those who have helped Free the 5 and set the table for changes in the future.

Below are 3 chances to come an celibate...

The The National Lawyers Guild is turning their Happy Hour on Wed. Jan 7th into a celebration of the 5. It's from 6 to 8 at the Red Hat at 9 Bowdoin St. near government center. The room holds up to 60 people.

On Sat. Jan 10th at Encuentro 5 there will be a Pena for the 5

Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, art y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song.

A Peña is a gathering of musicians, artists, and friends who come to share their work and to play together. Peñas take historical root from Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork.

Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share.

7 pm - late
@ Encuentro 5
9 Hamilton Place, Boston.
Next to Park Street T Station


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

For version with photos see

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)

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

Walking directions

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).

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

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

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