Solidarity when is most needed

At this time of world unrest because of irrational terrorism followed by irrational responses of bombing trying to destroy an elusive opponent, I still think of the only notion that gives me hope: solidarity.

After many years of activism in the Cuba solidarity movement I have learned a lot from my fellow activists and from my Cuban friends. I am convinced that solidarity must be a tool of foreign policy that all governments should adopt to replace their current belligerent practices of warmongering and antagonism. Continue reading Solidarity when is most needed

2015 CARAVAN TO CUBA – SUCCESS

Reported by Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba. Link for Spanish version and more photos.

Just before 5pm today, Saturday, June 27, 2015, a van full of humanitarian aid for Cuba crossed the Canada/U.S. border, breaking the illegal, immoral and unjust U.S. blockade against Cuba! This great victory was accompanied by a loud, colourful and energetic rally at the Peace Arch border crossing, which had supporters of Cuba from both British Columbia and Washington State chanting, “Lift the Blockade on Cuba NOW! Abajo el Bloqueo!” as the van full of humanitarian aid entered the U.S. customs area. Our united voices ensured that the all of the humanitarian aid, including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, sewing machines, hand tools and sports equipment continued on the road to Cuba as part of the 26th Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba.  Continue reading 2015 CARAVAN TO CUBA – SUCCESS

Book launch in Toronto gets good reception

On May 29 I had the pleasure of presenting, for the first time in Toronto, the book I edited, “Cuba Solidarity in Canada: Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations”.

The presentation kicked off the biannual Canadian Network on Cuba General Meeting.

There was good attendance including Cuban Hero Fernando González, His Excellency the Cuban Ambassador Mr. Julio Garmendía Peña, Consul General in Toronto Mr. Javier Dómokos Ruiz, and Sandra Ramírez, head of the North America Office at the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

Also present were some of the contributors to the book who spoke about their chapters.

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Book available here.

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Nino Pagliccia - Editor
Nino Pagliccia – Editor

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Preface to Book on Cuba Solidarity

The following is the beginning of the Preface to the book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada – Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations“, Nino Pagliccia (Ed.)

“It is somewhat of a wonder to pinpoint exactly from where and how the idea of a book comes. I believe that ultimately it comes from a place of interest or passion that matures over time, and eventually compels us to want to tell a story or pass on a message we believe is worth sharing. I have always been fascinated by the concept of solidarity so beautifully made universal by the phrase “La solidaridad es la ternura de los pueblos” (Solidarity is the expression of care of the peoples). Beyond a mere feeling, solidarity for me is the real binding fabric between peoples as well as an essential tool for democracy. It is common among activists and particularly within the labour movement to speak of solidarity or to act in solidarity with someone or a cause. When I say, I am in solidarity with you, I mean to say, I am at your side. Not that I blindly accept everything you claim or represent, but that I place myself close to you so that I can better hear your plea, and support you with my respect, my dialogue, my voice and my actions. Continue reading Preface to Book on Cuba Solidarity

Cuba and the tradition of inspiring humanitarianism

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Professor Keith Ellis

In his chapter “Cuba and the tradition of inspiring humanitarianism”, for the book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada”, scholar and author Keith Ellis refers to the many humanitarian missions that Cuba sends to many countries in the world.

He writes: “The help of the [Henry Reeve] Brigade was also offered by Cuba to the United States along with other kinds of help during the time of the crisis provoked by the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001. The assistance by the Brigade was again offered, with notable persistence, when U.S. citizens were suffering and dying, some of them on the streets of New Orleans, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in 2005. But the Bush administration rejected it.Continue reading Cuba and the tradition of inspiring humanitarianism

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Nino Pagliccia, Editor of the Book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada – Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations”

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NP photo for book poster-croppedSierra Maestra had the honour of interviewing Nino Pagliccia, editor of the book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations“, which was published recently. 
 
The book is a collection of essays about the Canadian solidarity movement in support of Cuba during more than 50 years. It suggests a framework that informs the reader on the meaning, positive influence and potentially valuable role that solidarity can play in the relationship between peoples, indeed between nations.

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Worker to Worker ties with Cuba described in new book

Heide TrampusIn the book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada – Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations” (Pagliccia, Ed.), Heide Trampus tells us about the strong Worker to Worker ties that Canada developed with Cuba in the spirit of solidarity:

With the slogan “Hands off Cuba,” the goal was to present resolutions, demanding an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba, for debate and vote at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and at national, provincial, and local union convention floors. Getting support from members and the union leadership was a challenge partly due to lack of awareness, partly due to an already busy agenda with labour immediate issues. With the continuing efforts by union activists informing and educating the members, and repeatedly presenting resolutions for Labour to take actions opposing and demanding an end to the blockade, resolutions were finally accepted, brought to the convention floors, debated and voted on. In a short time, resolutions against the U.S. blockade, the Torricelli and Helms-Burton Acts, including resolutions asking for the return of the Cuban child Elián González back to Cuba to be with his father, passed unanimously. Continue reading Worker to Worker ties with Cuba described in new book

Tamara Hansen and Ali Yerevani write about solidarity with the Cuban Five

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Tamara Hansen

The Cuban National Assembly and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples have generously recognized the support of the international solidarity movement for the Cuban Five.

Just before the Cuban Five were freed and back in Cuba, Tamara Hansen and Ali Yerevani wrote about some the work done in British Columbia and internationally in their chapter for the book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada – Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations”, (Nino Pagliccia, Ed). Continue reading Tamara Hansen and Ali Yerevani write about solidarity with the Cuban Five