[act-ma] 7/26 Cuba Today - a long term visitor's perspective
cwelch at tecschange.org
Tue Jul 25 13:38:38 PDT 2017
On Wednesday, July 26, Cuba’s Revolution Day holiday, the Boston area
July 26th Coalition is sponsoring a program on community development in
Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations featuring Brookline’s Lee Schlenker.
Lee Schlenker, who has been living in Cuba working with Witness for
Peace for the past year, is a graduate in Latin American Urban Studies
at Middlebury College, is a dynamic, bilingual researcher, community
organizer and international solidarity activist currently based in
Havana as an International Team member with Witness for Peace. He is a
strong believer in grassroots solidarity work, participatory
neighborhood planning, worker-owned cooperatives, and the ongoing
construction of an urban commons. “In his free time,” according to Lee’s
biographical note, “he pretends he can dance salsa, tries the spiciest
thing he can find, and beatboxes until his throat is dry.”
Wed. July 26th 7:00 PM
Encuentro 5 Community Center 9A Hamilton Place, next to the Orpheum
Theatre, across the street from the Park Street MBTA station.
The July 26^th program will address both ongoing issues in Cuba and the
more recent changes involved surrounding President Trump’s announced
changes to the Obama-Castro rapprochement including new restrictions on
trade and on travel, especially person-to-person travel, the specifics
of which are due to be announced in mid-September. In addition to
looking at new contexts and strategies for ending the embargo, the
program will also address other areas relevant to normalizing relations
including the return of Guantanamo to Cuba and additional matters
involved with respecting Cuban sovereignty, especially ending U.S.
government-supported “regime change” programs. The program will also
address and help plan two major Cuba programs coming this fall.
The July 26 program announces the reactivation of Witness for Peace’s
work in New England, and will be followed up with regional gatherings on
August 12th and a fall speaking tour with Cuban popular educator, media
producer, and poet Marcel Lueiro Reyes in October. Marcel is a
specialist in the fields of popular communication, culture and the arts
in Cuba. His poetry collections have won national literary prizes.
Marcel has traveled to many countries as both a popular educator and a
journalist and will focus on community-based experiences in the struggle
to create a more inclusive and democratic socialism. Marcel is eager to
discuss the perception of US policies on the island as well as the
influence of people from the US on aspects of Cuban life such as
baseball, music, and film.
The program is being co-sponsored by Brookline PAX and Witness for Peace.
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