Hundreds sign anniversary card to the Cuban people - add your name today

Campaign News | Thursday, 1 January 2009

Harold Pinter, Tony Benn, Dave Prentis among first to sign

Hundreds sign anniversary card to the Cuban people

Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter has been joined by MPs, Trade Union General Secretaries and hundreds of others in signing the anniversary e-card celebrating 50 years of the Cuban Revolution. The e-card, is expected to be signed by thousands of people, and will be sent directly to Cuba to contribute to the anniversary celebrations on January 1st 2009 and throughout the anniversary year.

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Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC

“Over the last 50 years, Cuba has achieved much in areas like health and education, in the face of an illegal blockade by the US. The TUC opposes the blockade and calls for closer diplomatic and trading ties. Solidarity with the people of Cuba.”

Victoria Britain, Writer

“The Cuban revolution, with its great triumphs in health and education, and the selfless ordinary Cubans who have given these gifts to transform so many lives in Africa, are an inspiration for us all, as they have been for countless millions over fifty years.”

Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON

“When Fidel said in 1953 "History will absolve me" he probably did not forsee the awesome achievements, in the face of unbelievable odds, that the Cuban revolution would go onto achieve under his leadership. Cuba's commitment to public services alongside its amazing internationalism has been a source of inspiration not only for UNISON members in the UK but trade unionists around the world. I wish the Cuban people well for the next fifty years.”

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North

“For fifty years the Cuban revolution has survived isolation, attacks and threats. The paranoia about Cuba by the last ten US Presidents and their administrations has been the threat of example. A Caribbean island with free health care, education and full employment is indeed a threat by example. Cuba has exported music and medicine to the world and given practical solidarity in the struggle against apartheid just as in the struggle for decent health by the world's poorest. Congratulations to Cuba and its people; may the isolation end!"

Tony Benn

“The Cuban Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro has been an inspiration and its effect may now be seen in the transformation of Latin America from the backyard of the USA into a living campaign for Peace and Justice, carried through against the American Blockade.”

Rob Miller, Director, Cuba Solidarity Campaign

“The last 50 years have seen the Cuban people experience an amazing journey that still continues today. Despite all the attempts to end their dream of a better world the Cubans have managed to continue along their own chosen path and have achieved great things particularly in health, education, international solidarity and culture. January 1st 2009 marks the triumph of their Revolution and we in the UK will certainly be contributing in every way to their big party.”

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