WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Bloomberg Room, Washington DC
WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:00 AM
WHO: Rene Gonzalez, the first of the Cuban 5 to be released; live from Havana.
Ignacio Ramonet, Spanish writer and former editor in chief of Le Monde Diplomatique, author of “100 Hours with Fidel”
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama 2012
Wayne Smith, former Chief of U.S. Interests Section in Havana during Carter administration; Currently Senior Fellow at Center for International Policy
WHAT: Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban 5 was released in October 2011 but had to remain in the U.S. for three more years under supervised probation. Just recently, in a two-week authorized visit, due to the death of his father, Gonzalez was allowed to stay in Cuba after renouncing his U.S. citizenship. Incarcerated since 1998, the internationally known Cuban 5 came to this country in the 1990’s to monitor the activities of right-wing anti-Cuba groups responsible for carrying out terrorist acts against Cuba that have resulted in the deaths of close to 3500 people since 1959. The other 4 remain in U.S. prison.
Starting May 30th through June 5th, representatives from 22 countries will participate in a series of activities calling for changing U.S. policies towards Cuba and for the freedom of the Cuban 5.
The Five Days for the Cuban 5 is being organized by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and sponsored by Institute for Policy Studies