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New! Website to Free the Five Cuban Political Prisoners
by ANSWER Boston/Free The Cuban Five
Email: answerboston (nospam) iacboston.org
Address: 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
27 Jul 2002
Dear Friends: In honor of the Cuban holiday of July 26, which is celebrated by people around the world, we are proud to announce the launching of the new webpage site
Posted July 26, 2002: A message from the National Committee to Free
the Five Cuban Political Prisoners.
In honor of the Cuban holiday of July 26, which is celebrated by
people around the world, we are proud to announce the launching of
the new webpage site:
The name speaks for itself. It is dedicated to the liberation of the
Five Cubans who heroically defended their people of Cuba from decades
of terrorism that emanates from Miami and Washington, and who are
incarcerated in five U.S. federal prisons, sentenced to long prison
The ultra-right terrorists of Miami, those of Omega 7, Alpha 66,
Brothers to the Rescue, CORU and Cuban American National Foundation,
among others, are the ones who should be in prison for raining terror
on the people of Cuba for more than 40 years. But the five Cuban
heroes, Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio
Guerrero and René González, were railroaded by the U.S. government
and wrongfully convicted in an evident move to stifle Cuba's right to
defend its people and territory.
Because the case is virtually unknown to the U.S. public – due to
lack of media coverage and deliberate attempt by the government to
hide the existence of these political prisoners, the National
Committee is using every means possible to publicize their case. We
are confident that as the case of the Cuban Five becomes known across
the country, people of the U.S. will join in the call for their
As part of that publicity campaign, we have inaugurated the Free the
It is a truly beautiful page that was composed with the labor of many
individuals and is sponsored by the National Committee to Free the
Five Cuban Political Prisoners Unjustly Held in the United States.
The page has many interesting features. In addition to the photos and
stirring speeches given by each of the five Cubans at their
sentencing in December 2001, poignant talks by their wives, mothers
and children also stand out.
It has two formats for petitions, one to send directly to George W.
Bush at the White House, calling on him to release the five, and the
other petition to be downloaded, filled with 10 signatures each, and
mailed to the national office in San Francisco. It is bilingual with
nearly all of the information available in both English and Spanish.
One of the page's sections, "A long and sordid history" on the record
of the Miami terrorists against Cuba, gives solid documentation of
the ongoing danger that the ultra-right presents to Cuba and anyone
who advocates a normalization of relations between the two countries.
It provides important background for activists who wish to speak on
the case and build support.
Flyers can also be downloaded. Soon to come will be a streaming video
of several minutes.
The National Committee was initiated by the International Action
Center, Pastors for Peace, National Lawyers Guild, Antonio Maceo
Brigade, the National Network on Cuba, and Cuba support groups from
San Francisco, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Madison,
Seattle, Detroit, and other cities. The committee has grown to enjoy
the support of dozens of Cuba solidarity and peace groups in the
United States. Committees for the liberation of the five Cubans have
also sprung up around the world, including Argentina, Belgium,
France, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Spain, the Ukraine, the Philippines,
Chile, and South Africa.
As their appeals are prepared by their legal team for filing in the
U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta (date not yet set), it
is more important than ever that the community support grow, with
public meetings and protests, and petitioning. We welcome suggestions
and contributions to the website.
If you wish your Free the Five committee to be listed in the website,
please contact us at: www.freethefive.org or call 415-821-6545 for
Freedom Now for Gerardo, Antonio, René, Fernando and Ramón!