6:00 pm, Monday, October 6
St. Thomas College, Minneapolis

Hear Cuba's top U.S. diplomat, José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Chief of Mission, Cuban Interests Section, Washington, D.C. This is the first time since 2002 that the U.S. government has permitted the Head of Mission to travel to Minnesota.
Join the Minnesota International Center and the University of St. Thomas to hear about U.S.-Cuba relations, the impact of economic reforms and ongoing sanctions, and the prognosis for normalized relations in the future.


Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando
Free event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2:00 pm, Saturday, October 11
 

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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."


Cuba at the Ordway Theater!
Desandann, also known as the Creole Choir of Cuba (pictured above right) is featured in the film,
 Reembarque, and will be appearing at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul on
October 22.
Earlier in the month, on
October 5, Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra will also be performing at the Ordway.
 
In September 1998, five Cuban men were imprisoned in the U.S. for trying to stop Miami exile groups from committing violent acts
against Cuba. Two have served their full sentences, but despite worldwide calls for their release,  three are still in federal prison. More
information on the case can be found at the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. 

Appeals continue in the case. One of the current grounds for appeal is the discovery that Miami reporters were being paid by the U.S. government to write inflammatory articles about the Five while the trial was underway.
On  October 7, 2011, René Gonzalez was the first of the five to be released. In May 2013, after serving part of three years of probation in Miami, he was given permission to return to Cuba permanently. On February 27, 2014, Fernando Gonzalez completed his sentence and returned to Cuba the next day. Antonio Guerrero’s release date is scheduled for September 18, 2017, and Ramón Labaniño is scheduled to be released on October 30, 2024. Under the terms of Gerardo Hernández's sentence - two life sentence plus 15 years - he will never be released.

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