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June 30th-Freethe Cuban 5 Month needs endorsers

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  • Freethe5 Libertadparalos5
    The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 http://www.freethecuban5.com FreethecubanFIVE@hotmail.com Free the Cuban 5 Hotline: 718-601-4751
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      The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5
      http://www.freethecuban5.com
      FreethecubanFIVE@...
      Free the Cuban 5 Hotline: 718-601-4751

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      Download the June 2006 edition of Justice for the FIVE:
      http://www.freethecuban5.com/JF5June2006.pdf

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      To the Movement in support of Justice and Freedom,

      Please join the initial endorsers of the international call for justice for
      the Cuban 5 and Their Families (September 12-October 6, 2006):

      The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5
      IFCO/Pastors for Peace
      Casa de las Americas
      Jericho New York City
      The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
      The Venceremos Brigade
      Cuba Solidarity New York
      Jane Franklin, Noted Author
      The Jeff Free Luers Support group
      Puerto Rican Alliance Of Los Angeles
      US Women & Cuba Collaboration
      Queers In Solidarity with Latin America & the Carribean
      NEW YORK COMMITTEE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE
      Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas-UCC
      Padre Luis Barrios, John Jay College
      Dr. James D. Cockcroft, State Univ. of New York
      World Council of UNESCO-sponsored Jos� Mart� World Solidarity Project
      Comit� Fabio Di Celmo pourles 5 (Montr�al)
      Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity
      Free Mumia Coalition NYC
      Alberto Loveria, Bolivarian Circle
      Bay Area Jericho Amnesty Movement
      Caribbean & Latin American Support Project, New Paltz, NY
      All-African People's Revolutionary Party (GC)
      Pan-African Roots
      International ANSWER


      Please send your endorsement to: FreetheCubanfive@... and circulate
      this call widely. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU CAN SCHEDULE YOUR EVENT
      BETWEEN SEPT. 12TH-OCT. 6TH, 2006.

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      JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR THE CUBAN 5 AND THEIR FAMILIES
      SEPTEMBER 12 � OCTOBER 6, 2006

      Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Laba�ino, Antonio Guerrero and
      Rene Gonzalez, have been unjustly imprisoned in U.S. federal penitentiaries
      since the fall of 1998. Their crime? Fighting terrorism.

      Since 1998 their imprisonment has been determined to be arbitrary and
      illegal by a unanimous decision of a five member panel of U.N. human rights
      experts. Their convictions were reversed by a unanimous decision of three
      judges of the Atlanta Court of Appeals. Those decisions were announced in
      May 2005 and August 2005, but the Five Cubans are still in prison subjected
      to cruel and unusual treatment with severe violations of their human rights,
      including the denial of visas to the wives of Gerardo and Rene.

      Three federal judges for 16 months examined the prejudicial and illegal
      practices that characterized their trial in Miami. In their 93 page decision
      they concluded unanimously that Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon
      Laba�ino, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez were victims of an
      unprecedented bias, which denied them their fundamental right to a fair
      trial. Their ruling set aside each and every one of their convictions. It
      was a great victory, but not one that Washington and its friends in Miami
      could accept. Such a powerful statement by one of the highest - if not the
      most conservative - courts in the United States outraged those ordinarily
      unchallenged makers of Cuban policy and compelled them, in desperation, to
      resort to a rarely used legal tactic to appeal the decision.

      We are now awaiting word on whether or not the federal appellate court in
      Atlanta will hold firm to its' initial determination.

      Two months ago, Ricardo Alarcon, the President of the Cuban Parliament,
      urged that a period starting September 12th and ending October 6th be used
      to break down the silence surrounding the case of the Cuban Five as well as
      to condemn all terrorism and demand justice for its victims.

      Whether it was sending medical brigades, sending scientific experts, or
      training future physicians, Cuba has always responded to the needs of the
      international community. Now, it is our turn to stand in support of Cuba
      and its call to Free the Cuban 5.

      We call upon all of you to join in the international campaign against US
      sponsored terrorism from September 12 to October the 6, 2006, by:

      � Endorsing this call for a period of activities from September 12th to
      October 6th of this year to educate and rally public support for the freedom
      of Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Laba�ino, Antonio Guerrero
      and Rene Gonzalez and to demand that their families be allowed to visit
      them; ADD YOUR ORGANIZATION TO THE LIST BELOW!!

      � Discuss scheduling an event in your church, school, political
      organization, solidarity group, or community organization during The Free
      the Five Month; we need to fill this 25 day period with activitres
      throughout NYC and throughout the United States.

      � Contact The Free the Cuban 5 Organizing Committee for resources, which can
      help to organize your event and to coordinate with others building the
      Freedom Calendar for the 5.

      Please send your endorsement to: FreetheCubanfive@... and circulate
      this call widely. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU CAN SCHEDULE YOUR EVENT
      BETWEEN SEPT. 12TH-OCT. 6TH, 2006.

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      SAVE THE DATE!!! SAVE THE DATE!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!
      JULY 29��JULY 29��JULY 29��.JULY 29�.JULY 29

      FREE THE CUBAN FIVE!
      SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA!
      STOP THE US ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WAR!
      FREEDOM TO TRAVEL TO CUBA!


      On July 26, 1953 a small group of young revolutionary fighters, led by Fidel
      Castro, attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago, Cuba, a garrison of the
      US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Although defeated on that day,
      history has registered that the Moncada assault soon became a determined
      guerrilla army and a mighty mass movement that culminated in the triumph of
      the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959. Over the past 47 years it is also
      clear the Cuban Revolution has become one of the most historic, inspiring,
      and powerful political events of modern times. For these reasons, the island
      and its revolutionary leadership has been targeted for destruction by
      successive Republican and Democratic Administrations in Washington to this
      day. More than ever, as a new wave of popular resistance and struggle
      against imperialist domination for the rights of workers, peasants, and
      indigenous people sweeps the Americas, the example of Cuba is unacceptable
      and intolerable to the powers that be in Washington, DC. We say, in
      response, that Washington's economic and political war against Cuba is
      unacceptable to us and we will fight it by any means necessary and possible.

      July 26 is a national holiday in Cuba. Every year in New York City,
      defenders of the Cuban Revolution come together to celebrate the origin,
      continued example and resonance of the Revolution on or around July 26th.
      This year's celebration will be on Saturday, July 29. We are currently in
      the process of securing a location that is convenient and large enough for
      the many hundreds of people that are attracted to this event. The July 26
      Coalition has been established for the past four years to organize this
      annual event. We will be meeting every Wednesday until the event at the
      1199/SEIU Building, 310 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues (Times
      Square Subway Stop) in Manhattan at 6:30 PM. We urge you or your
      organization to endorse the July 29 event and attend these meetings.

      The celebration this year will have as a central theme, the solidarity of
      Cuba with Latin America and the solidarity of Latin America with Cuba. In
      particular, the growing alliance of revolutionary Cuba with Bolivarian
      Venezuela, and now Bolivia since the stunning election of Evo Morales as
      President in December 2005, and the start of vital social, economic, and
      political transformations in those Latin American states. The July 29 event
      will feature addresses by top diplomatic representatives from Venezuela and
      Bolivia and a keynote speech by an ambassador of Cuba to the United Nations.
      In addition, there will be a speaker that ties the exploding movement for
      immigrant workers rights in the United States and other growing labor and
      other progressive battles here with the Cuban Revolution and the people's
      struggles sweeping the Americas. There will also be musical and other
      cultural performances, a catered meal, and a guaranteed enlightening,
      inspiring, good time for all.

      Save July 29th on your calendar! Details on venue, time, and program will be
      forthcoming soon.

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