In a historic appearance, Cuba's top U.S. diplomat, José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Chief of Mission, Cuban Interests Section, Washington, D.C. spoke at the "Night in Havana" concert at the Ordway Center for the performing Arts on October 5 (see review
en español
), and at St. Thomas University on October 6. View
flyer
. He also toured St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Court-house and laid a wreath at the statue of José Martí, a gift from
the Cuban government to Ambassador Robert Butler in the
1950s. Below Dr. Cabañas meets with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
           
        

        
           
Reembarque (Reshipment), a new film about Haitians, the
"army of black workers who fertilized with their sweat the
fields of Cuba from the beginning of the twentieth century,"
was shown in Minneapolis on October 11 as part of a nation-
wide tour by director Gloria Rolando. Gloria made presenta-
tions at six institutions in the Twin Cities. In the first picture
below, she is pictured
 with students from Metropolitan
Community and
Technical College on October 8. The picture below Gloria talks to Robert Byrd from the Jerome Foundation
at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on October 11.





     THE CUBAN FIVE

             


     In September 1998, five Cuban men were imprisoned in the U.S.for trying to stop Miami exile groups from committing violent against Cuba. Despite worldwide calls for their release, two have served their full sentences and three are still in federal prison. Read more.



Video explains the case of the Cuban Five - in 3 minutes!

 
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