A battle was won – The war is still raging

When all the celebrations have ended, we will continue remaining vigilant for Cuba.

Nino Pagliccia

7 January 2015

The last three prisoners of the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, are now back free in Cuba since last December 17. This event was the result of a prisoners’ exchange and a joint U.S. – Cuba declaration of taking steps towards normalizing diplomatic relations. The prisoners endured 16 years of imprisonment – judged by most as unjust – and have now joined René González and Fernando González – freed earlier after serving their full sentences. All five have been welcomed back for days of rejoicing and well deserved celebrations in Cuba.

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

Tamara
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

Time to start new foreign relations based on solidarity between nations.

18 December 2014

Nino Pagliccia

the Five free
The Cuban Five free in Cuba

I feel an overwhelming joy for the families of the three remaining prisoners of the Cuban Five, Gerardo, Ramon and Tony. They are finally reunited after 16 long years of painful separation. I think of Adriana who has not seen her husband since he was imprisoned. I try to imagine a Cuba free of the inhuman 53 year long blockade. I try to imagine what this new Cuba-US relationship will look like. What I read from the agreement just disclosed is encouraging but then there is the reality of foreign policy. It is too soon to do an analysis of the events of today. Today I rejoice and celebrate. Allan Gross’ family also needs time to celebrate. Continue reading Time to start new foreign relations based on solidarity between nations.

Video: International Solidarity with the Cuban Five on Cuban TV

Representantes de los diversos movimientos solidarios con los Héroes Antiterroristas cubanos presos injustamente en EE.UU, comparecieron en la Mesa Redonda, 12 septiembre 2014.

Tamara Hansen, coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), was one of the invited guests on the national nightly CubanTV show ‘Mesa Redonda’.

Tamara and Ali Yerevani wrote a chapter on the solidarity work for the liberation of the Cuban Five on our book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada”