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CSC TUC fringe report

Campaign News | Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Liverpool was the venue for the 2009 TUC Congress where delegates heard from special guests from the Cuba trade union confederation, CTC and the British trade union movement.The CSC fringe meeting on the Monday night of conference was standing room only as over 300 delegates crowded into the Liverpool Convention ... read more

US Embassy Protest Vigil for the Five - final speakers confirmed

Campaign News | Sunday, 27 September 2009

Please forward this information today Thursday 1 October 2009 6pm-7.30pm US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, with special guests from Cuba Adriana Pérez, Olga Salanueva, and Irma González - families of the Miami Five. They will be joined by many guest speakers including: Colin Burgon MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Michael Mansfield QC, Bob Crow, ... read more

Cuba expresses serious concern over events in Honduras

News from Cuba | Sunday, 27 September 2009

Cuba expresses its concern at the seriousness of the events in Honduras and spoke in support of the people of that sister nation suffering the repression risks run by the Constitutional President Manuel Zelaya.Full text of the Statement:Given the seriousness of the events that continue to occur in the sister ... read more

Winter Solidarity Brigade

Campaign News | Friday, 25 September 2009

29th November - 21st December 2009BOOK NOW and join up to 30 UK brigadistas this December for a once-in-a-lifetime experience working, learning and socialising alongside Cubans and other Europeans.Brigades offer a unique chance to?? Volunteer alongside Cubans on light farming and construction projects? Partcipate in educational seminars and hospital, school and community ... read more

Castro urges Cubans to rethink Cuban socialism

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 23 September 2009

By Marc Frank for ReutersCubans began taking a hard look this week at entrenched customs like food rationing, pilfering on the job, cradle-to-grave subsidies and black market trading in a national debate called by President Raul Castro.Authorities have circulated a ten-point agenda for thousands of open-ended meetings over the next ... read more

Report on the effects of the blockade in advance of the UN vote

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 22 September 2009

With the UN General Assembly shortly to hold its annual vote on the US bolckade of Cuba, this summary provides an insight into the full extent of how the blockade functions and its brutal effects on the island.........................................Report by Cuba on Resolution 63/7Necessity of ending the economic, commercial andFinancial Blockade ... read more

Speech to TUC Congress by Salvador Valdes Mesa General Secretary of CTC

Campaign News | Monday, 21 September 2009

Speech to Congress by Salvador Valdes MesaGeneral Secretary of CTC (Cuba Workers' Group of Affiliated Trade Unions) address to TUC Congress, Liverpool, Tuesday 15 September 2009."Brendan Barber, Secretary General of the TUC and Sheila Bearcroft, President of this Congress, dear friends, dear brothers and sisters, dear delegates. Since long ago ... read more

Huge crowd fills Havana square for peace concert

News from Cuba | Sunday, 20 September 2009

By Jeff Franks for ReutersHundreds of thousands of people filled Havana's Revolution Square for a "peace" concert on Sunday in which Colombian singer Juanes and other musicians sought to bridge the political divide that has separated Cubans for 50 years.The concert was shown live on international television, including to viewers ... read more

Obama renews Cuba trade embargo

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 15 September 2009

By Michael Voss , BBC News, HavanaUS President Barack Obama has extended the 47-year-old trade embargo against Cuba for another year.In a statement, Mr Obama said that it was in the US national interest to extend the Trading With The Enemy Act which covers the trade embargo.It is largely a ... read more

CTC leaders are special guests at TUC Congress

Campaign News | Monday, 14 September 2009

Cuba Solidarity Fringe meetingHAVANA CLUB RUM RECEPTION at the TUCLiverpool Convention Centre, Room 3bMonday 14 September5.30pm or conference endwith guest speakers:Salvador Valdés Mesa - General Secretary, CTC, CubaRaymundo Navarra - Head of International Releations, CTC, CubaBrendan Barber - General Secretary, TUCChristine Blower - General Secretary, NUTBob Crow - General Secretary, ... read more

Juan Almeida Bosque - tributes, reports and statements

News from Cuba | Monday, 14 September 2009

CUBA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN STATEMENTJuan Almeida Bosque (1927-2009)Hero of CubaOn behalf of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the UK we would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the family and comrades of Juan Almeida Bosque - a true Hero of Cuba.We recognise the vital part that Juan Almeida Bosque played ... read more


Campaign News | Monday, 14 September 2009

Meeting Wednesday 14 October, 7.30pm - Transport House, Unite the Union Building, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN (Holborn tube)No more dictators in Latin AmericaEnd all US financial support to the coupSpeakers:Ken LivingstoneTony Lloyd MP,Chair, Parliamentary Labour PartySally Hunt, TUC General Council International SpokespersonColin Burgon MPKatherine Ronderos, Central America Women’s ... read more

Venezuelans mobilise for Cuban 5, to Welcome President’s Return

News from Cuba | Sunday, 13 September 2009

Venezuelans mobilised yet again this weekend, this time to welcome back President Chavez from his diplomatic tour, and on Saturday, to demand the release of the five Cuban political prisoners in the US. Venezuela also expressed its condolences for the death of the Cuban revolutionary leader Juan Almeida.President Hugo Chavez ... read more

Music and politics mix to break the silence on the Five

Campaign News | Monday, 7 September 2009

Forth plinth art installation in Trafalgar Square entertains crowds and helps campaign for the Five reach international internet audienceArt, politics, music and dancing combined to take the campaign to free the Miami Five to a whole new audience on Monday night.To mark the eleventh anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of ... read more

Environmental Study Tour

Campaign News | Tuesday, 1 September 2009

22 November - 7 December 2009Book now for this innovative and unique tour exploring Cuba’s developing green issues. CSC is the only UK organisation able to provide access to various study centres and environmental projects.Luis Santamaria, a keen and active environmentalist with a detailed knowledge of Cuba’s developing green issues, ... read more

Amnesty urges Obama to lift Cuba sanctions

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Reporting by ReutersU.S. President Barack Obama should lift sanctions against Cuba this month in a step towards dismantling the U.S. embargo against the island, rights groups Amnesty International said on Wednesday.The provisions of the Trading with the Enemy Act, among a raft of U.S. sanctions against Communist-run Cuba, expire on ... read more