“Humor from my Pen” Political Cartoons of Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo

Exhibition of political cartoons by Gerardo Hernández in California

(VENICE/May 16, 2011) The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, in conjunction with the Social Public Art Resource Center’s (SPARC) 35th Anniversary Celebration: giving voice to art makers and building cultural bridges between communities, and Honorary Committee: Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 presents  “Humor from my Pen”, an exhibition of political cartoons by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo. The exhibit opens Saturday, June 4, and runs through Friday, June 17th at the Old Venice Jail Gallery, 685 N. Venice Boulevard, Venice, California and includes works by Politico’s editorial Cartoonist and Illustrator, Matt Wuerker; and the creator of the nationally syndicated daily cartoon “La Cucaracha”, Lalo Alcaraz.

Honorary Committee of Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 includes: Edward Asner, Jackson Browne, James Cromwell, Mike Farrell, Danny Glover, Ed Harris, Graham Nash, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, Oliver Stone and others.

Opening night, June 4th from 7 to 10pm. Festivities include celebrating Gerardo’s 46th birthday, and panel discussion with Judy Baca, Founder/ Artistic Director of SPARC, Emily Winters muralist and co-founder of the Venice Arts Council, and Carol A. Wells, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.  Alicia Jrapko, coordinator of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 will give an update on the Cuban 5.

Humor has accompanied Gerardo Hernández Nordelo since childhood. A great sense of responsibility, and sense of humor was always part of his philosophy of life. Even in the toughest moments, he has not given up the ability to laugh at adversity. Gerardo is one of the Cuban Five political prisoners held in U.S. prisons since 1998. He is currently serving two life sentences at the U.S. Penitentiary in Victorville, California.  Gerardo, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez, internationally known as the Cuban 5, were accused of conspiracy to commit espionage. The US government never accused them of actual espionage, nor did it affirm that real acts of espionage had been carried out, as no classified document had been confiscated from the Five. Their actual mission in the United States was monitoring the activities of the groups and organizations responsible for terrorist activities against Cuba.

Event co-sponsors include: Aris Anagnos, James Cromwell, Ed Harris, Joe Perez and Susan Sarandon with support from the Venice Arts Council, KPFK, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, FILMS4Cuban5, the Los Angeles Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba, Local- SEIU United Service Workers West, James Beach, Canal Club, Danny’s and ¡Sí Cuba! SoCal http://www.sicubasocal.org/en

For more information visit: www.thecuban5.org or www.sparcmurals.org

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The empire’s untenable position

No one can be sure that, in its agony, the empire might not drag humanity into a catastrophe.

As is known, as long as human life exists, everyone has the sacred responsibility to be optimistic. Ethically, any other type of behavior would be inadmissible. I remember well a day, almost 20 years ago, when I said that one species was in danger of extinction: the human race.

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Lies and Mysteries Surrounding Bin Laden’s Death

The men who executed Bin Laden did not act on their own: they were following orders from the US Government. They had gone through a rigorous selection process and were trained to accomplish special missions. It is known that the US President can even communicate with a soldier in combat.

A few hours after accomplishing that mission in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, home to the most prestigious military academy of that country as well as important combat units, the White House offered the world’s public opinion a carefully drafted version about the death of Osama Bin Laden, the chief of Al Qaeda.

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Alarcón calls on the revolutionary press to unite efforts

• RICARDO Alarcón de Quesada, member of the Political Bureau and president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, has called on the revolutionary press to unite around cases like that of the Cuban Five, unjustly incarcerated in the United States.

“Uniting efforts against the current media wall of silence concerning issues that are not convenient to major interests is an obligation of the revolutionary press, he affirmed, summing up a panel on fighting for media truth in the case of the five Cuban anti-terrorists.

Organized by the Cuban Journalists Union (UPEC) at the José Martí Institute of Journalism, the panel included Gloria de la Riva of the U.S. National Committee to Free the Cuban Five and Alicia Jrapko, coordinator of the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five.

De la Riva recounted her experiences on working on the San Francisco Chronicle, where she unsuccessfully attempted to publish an article on the legal situation of Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and René González, internationally known as the Cuban Five.

Alicia Jrapko spoke of the difficulties confronted by solidarity with Cuba organizations when approaching the issue of the island’s anti-terrorists, due to the prevailing ignorance about them and the truth around their case.

Tubal Paéz, UPEC president, recalled that the manner of lying currently wielded by the U.S. press about the Five is the same that it has utilized against the 50 years of the Cuban Revolution. (AIN)

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The Assassination of Osama Bin Laden

Those persons who deal with these issues know that on September 11 of 2001 our people expressed its solidarity to the US people and offered the modest cooperation that in the area of health we could have offered to the victims of the brutal attack against the Twin Towers in New York.

We also immediately opened our country’s airports to the American airplanes that were unable to land anywhere, given the chaos that came about soon after the strike.

The traditional stand adopted by the Cuban Revolution, which was always opposed to any action that could jeopardize the life of civilians, is well known.

Although we resolutely supported the armed struggle against Batista’s tyranny, we were, on principle, opposed to any terrorist action that could cause the death of innocent people. Such behavior, which has been maintained for more than half a century, gives us the right to express our views about such a sensitive matter.

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May Day marches to show mass backing for Congress agreements

May Day marches to show mass backing for Congress agreements


LOGO-1MAYO• THE marches for this May 1 in the Plaza de la Revolución and other traditional sites throughout the country, will be the first opportunity since the 6th Communist Party Congress for millions of Cuban men and women to show support for its agreements, the will to fulfill them and strong unity around the Revolution and the Communist Party.

May Day marches to show mass backing for Congress agreementsThis is what Salvador Valdés Mesa, member of the Political Bureau and general secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Federation, affirmed toGranma at the end of one of the thousands of special morning meetings at workplaces throughout the country, during which workers have expressed their commitment to celebrate Labor Day en masse.

The celebrations will be a brilliant culmination of the mass and popular participation of workers and the people in the broad and democratic discussions of the Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution finally approved at the 6th Congress, Valdés Mesa stated.

“We have to make ours the decision that slogans around work, productivity, efficiency and savings that workers, campesinos, students, young people and all of the people united will be carrying in the marches, will not remain on placards, but will be instituted as inescapable duties in our daily life.

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