International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
Solidarity with the Cuban 5 through Music and Politics on the 14th Year of their Incarceration
"As love is my
greatest asset, to put my song as a little grain of sand on behalf of
the struggle for the freedom of the Five has become one of my
commitments for the last 14 years; wherever I go and wherever I am."
-Vicente Feliú, September 2012
Photos: Bill Hackwell, Brava Theater, San Francisco 9/20/2012
From September 12-20, Vicente Feliú, a leading voice of the Cuban Nueva Trova Movement, reached out to hundreds of people throughout the United States. In all the presentations Feliú
was accompanied by Cuban Latin-Grammy Award winning guitarist
Alejandro Valdés. The tour coincided with the 14th anniversary of the
unjust imprisonment of the Cuban 5 and brought a solidarity message to
audiences in Wahington DC, New York City and the San Francisco Bay
Area. At the last concert in San Francisco, alongside Feliú and Valdés, was Rafael Manriquez, a well known Chilean musician and singer from the San Francisco Bay Area.
NEW YORK CITY
Interviews were conducted in a number of radio and TV stations. Vicente Feliú
and members of the International Committee participated in these
interviews informing thousands of listeners about the concert and about
the case of the Cuban 5. These stations included:
WPWC 1480 AM We Act Radio
WPFW 89.3 FM Voices with Vision
WPFW 89.3 FM latino Media Collective
Block Talk Radio African on the Move
WBAI 99.5 FM Cuba in Focus (NY)
La Grande 1010AM, Marcos Gutierrez (SF)
KPFA 94.1 FM La Raza Chronicles, Nina Serrano (Berkeley)
KPFA 94.1 FM Radio 2050, Darren de Leon (Berkeley)
Radio Bilingue 91.5 FM Linea Abierta, Chelis Lopez (Oakland)
KPFA 94.1 FM Morning Mix, Andres Soto
KTNC 42 Estrella TV, Leticia Mendoza (San Francisco)
KPOO 89.5 Pajaro Latinoamerica, Andanzas, Chelis Lopez
Tecolote, a newspaper serving the Latino Community in the Mission
District of San Francisco published two ads about the concert.
all the venues, the International Committee set up informational
tables and distributed a great deal of information about the case of
the Cuban 5 and asked people to join this struggle for justice.
PUBLIC EVENT IN WASHINGTON DC
September 14, in Washington DC, a well attended event took place to
commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Cuban 5. Speakers included
Puerto Rican freedom fighter Rafael Cancel Miranda, Tom Hayden, Michele
Tingling-Clemmons, Liz Derius and Jose Pertierra.
Freeman from the Institute for Policy Studies and Alicia Jrapko from
the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 facilitated
the two panel discussion.
Rafael Cancel Miranda
For more information visit: www.thecuban5.org