CSC statement on the death of Leonard Weinglass

Campaign News | Thursday, 24 March 2011

"The Cuba Solidarity Campaign was saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard Weinglass, lead lawyer for the Miami Five, who died on Wednesday 23 March. Leonard was an inspirational defense attorney who represented political and civil rights cases throughout his career including the Chicago 7 in their 1968 trial, Angela Davis, and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Len was much loved and admired and a good friend of CSC. In November 2007 he toured the UK as our guest to raise awareness of the case of the Miami Five with MPs, amongst the legal profession and members of the public. On behalf of all our members and supporters of the Five in Britain CSC sends its sincere condolences to the friends and family.

Len’s death is a great loss for the five, for all who knew him and for justice in the world, but we are sure he would support us in quoting Che Guevara in his honour as a rallying call in the ongoing campaign for the Miami Five: “I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.”

In his memory we will continue to fight for justice for the Miami Five and ensure thousands more pick up this cause."

Rob Miller, Director, Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Below we reprint a statement from Maimi Five prisoner Gerardo Hernandez, a report of Len’s visit to the UK in November 2007 and an interview he gave to CSC’s CubaSi magazine in the same month.

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