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    PRISON ARTWORK OF CUBAN U.S. INMATE OPENS FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 6pm Calles y Sueños Gallery 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago FROM MY ALTITUDE: 30 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS by
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      Fwd: Cuban 5 art exhibit opens this Friday evening, 1900 S

      PRISON ARTWORK OF CUBAN U.S. INMATE OPENS FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 6pm
      Calles y Sueños Gallery
      1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago

              FROM MY ALTITUDE: 30 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS by ANTONIO GUERRERO
              with four additional paintings by Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera,
      the Western Hemisphere's longest-held political prisoner


      Antonio Guerrero is one of the 'Cuban Five' imprisoned by Washington - their case is "the most important issue in U.S./Cuban relations" according to Havana.

      The Five can count Nelson Mandela and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter among those calling for their immediate release, along with eight other Nobel Laureates, assorted governments and parliaments, and millions of grass-roots supporters around the world.

      Imprisoned and abused by Washington for the past 15 years, the Five - Antonio Guerrero, along with Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, and Rene Gonzalez -- were on a mission to infiltrate, thwart, and expose "anti-Castro" terrorists operating out of Miami when they were seized by the U.S. government, demonized as "spies," sentenced to terms up to double-life, thrown into 'super-max' prisons, and denied spousal visits.


      As part of what actor Danny Glover has called "breaking the silence" about this case in the United States, a range of Chicago academic, artistic, community, and political figures and organizations are presenting Antonio's 'From My Altitude' exhibit of original prison paintings with an Opening on Friday April 5th and a closing event on Friday May 4th at the Pilsen gallery.


      Seven other events will take place during the exhibit, including the 'Poesía en Abril' event sponsored by DePaul University and ContraTiempo Magazine featuring Nicolas Guillen (grandson of Cuba's national poet) and Nicoberto Colina (editor of Cuba's cutting-edge cultural journal).

      Speakers at other events include Jose López (Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar López Rivera), Mark Clements (Campaign to End Torture & Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression [himself tortured, and unjustly imprisoned for 28 years]), Felix Masud-Piloto (Cuban-American and DePaul professor), Mary L. Johnson, mother of Michael Johnson, Burge torture survivor, and Jesus Rodríguez, Venezuelan Consul General.

      Exhibit sponsors include Calles y Sueños, Chicago Cuba Coalition, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Chicago Venezuelan Consulate, ANSWER Coalition, Centro Autónomo of Albany Park, M-19 Anti-War Coalition, All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, Chicago Committee to Free the Five, and the Chicago Council on Black Studies.

      Sponsors have released the following schedule of events:

      April 55h Friday 6 to 10pm:  OPENING EVENT featuring Gloria La Riva (coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuba Five) and Richard Monje (VP, Service Employees Int'l Union);
       
      April 11tth Thursday 7pm:  FILM 'Cuba, an African Odyssey' (award-winning documentary of Cuba's central role in defeating racist South Africa), presented by the Pilsen Underground Film Series.
       
      April 19th Friday 7pm: POESIA EN ABRIL featuring Nicolas Guillen (grandson of Cuba's national poet) and Norberto Codina (editor of Cuba's cutting-edge cultural journal), sponsored by ContraTiempo magazine and DePaul University (event in Spanish, English translation for Guillen & Codina remarks).
       
      April 20th Saturday 2pm: BUTTERFLY POETRY PROJECT women's open mike event features presentation about the wives of the Five denied visitation with their husbands for over 14 years.
       
      April 24h Wednesday 7pm:  'FRAME-UP! -Unjust Incarcerations' featuring Jose López (Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar), Mark Clements (Campaign to End Torture & Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression [himself tortured, and unjustly imprisoned for 28 years]), Felix Masud-Piloto (Cuban-American and DePaul professor), and Mary L. Johnson, mother of Michael Johnson, Burge torture survivor.
       
      April 26th Friday 7pm: LIVE WORLD MUSIC DANCE PARTY.
       
      April 27th Saturday 7pm: CUBA, ANGOLA, AND THE FIVE presenting Fidel Castro's (et al) book 'Cuba and Angola:  Fighting for Africa's Freedom and Our Own' with Felix Masud-Piloto, Zoe Franklin (Olive Harvey College professor), John Hawkins (Chicago Cuba Coalition and SWP) and Jorge Rios.
       
      May 4th Saturday 7pm: CLOSING EVENT featuring invited guest Patricia Pego Guerra (1st secretary of the Cuban Interests Section), Stefanie Beacham (ANSWER Coalition), Stan Smith (Chicago Committee to Free the Five) and others to be announced.
       

      Contact information - Phone: 773.208.0553 /Facebook: Calles y Suenos-Chicago / Web: ChicagoCubaCoalition.org >


      Traducción al español estará proporcionada en todos los eventos (simultaneous translation into Spanish provided at all events).

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