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
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.
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.
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
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!"
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
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.)
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).
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
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,
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/)
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
This was a very successful event with about 100 people attending.
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
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
PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN TO CUBA
FIRST CHURCH IN JAMAICA PLAIN
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
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