Friday, December 9, 2011

Fw: Sat., Dec. 10: Nuyorican Poets & Cuban 5


Nuyorican Legends of Poetry for the Cuban 5

An Artist's Benefit for Rene Gonzalez


Saturday, December 10, 2011: A fundraiser for artist Rene Gonzalez of the Cuban 5 takes place at Casa de Las Americas (182 East 111 Street, between Lexington & Third Avenues), in East Harlem, starting at 2 p.m., and featuring four of the poets who founded the Nuyorican Poetry Movement – Americo Casiano, Sandra Maria Esteves, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, and Louis Reyes Rivera.

Highlighting the event is a special viewing of Saul Landau's documentary, Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up!, which chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations with the story of the Cuban 5 (intelligence agents sent to penetrate exiled Cuban terrorist groups based in Miami; the five agents were subsequently arrested, tried and sentenced to life imprisonment, once they revealed the activities of the Miami exiles and U.S. government collusion). The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage carried out under the auspices of U.S. intelligence agencies, with actual footage of interviews with leading terrorists, now in the 80s, recounting their activities.

Rene Gonzalez of the Cuban 5 was released on parole and returned to Miami, a city of Cubans hostile to the Castro Government. Gonzalez, who has not seen his wife in 13 years, is literally forced to serve parole time in Miami instead of being permitted to return home to Cuba.

Sponsored by the Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, Saturday's program is part of several attempts to raise money for Gonzalez's transition from prison to the outside. Suggested Donation: $5 to $10 per person. No one will be turned away! Take the 6 train to E. 110 Street.

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