Twin Cities and Collegeville
Book Tour with author

 Arnold August

Monday, April 14 at 7:30 PM
St. John’s University
Collegeville, Quad 170
Sponsored by CSB/SJU
Global Awareness Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 15 at 4:00 PM
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Book Store (West Bank)
Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 PM
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Blegen 120 (West Bank)
Wednesday, April 16 at 4:45 PM
Macalester College, St. Paul
Maxim Hall – Davis Court
Sponsored by Latin American Studies
and Hispanic Studies

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 PM
May Day Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis
Sponsored by Minnesota Cuba Committee

Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
Sub-Text Bookstore
165 Western Ave North, St. Paul

Third Annual
Five Days for the Cuban Five
June 4-11, 2014, Washington, DC (en Español)

Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan
July 2014, dates and details to be announced

Afro-Cuba Gala
6 pm-11 pm, July 26
October 6-11, 2014, details to be announced


           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 acts against Cuba. 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, the first of the five, Rene Gonzalez was released from the Florida prison where he spent 13 years while being unjustly sanctioned. 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 was released after serving his sentence and returned to Cuba. The release date for Antonio Guerrero is September 18, 2017 and for Ramón Labaniño is October 30, 2024. Gerardo Hernández has two sentences of life imprisonment and no scheduled release date.

The fight to three them all continues. An international tribunal of inquiry into the case concluded in March 2014 and the third Five Days for the Five will take place in Washington, DC in June.              

The latest updates on the case can be found at the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five and the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five.