Demonstration demanding justice for the
Cuban Five, Washington, DC, Sept. 23, 2006.
International Days of Action demanding freedom for the Cuban Five will take place from Thursday, Sept. 9, to Monday, Sept. 13, marking the start of the 12th year of their unjust imprisonment in federal prison.
In Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Albuquerque, Chicago, Philadelphia and many other cities there will be protests, rallies, mass leafletting and petitioning. Many actions are planned for other U.S. cities as well as worldwide from for the Days of Action.
The demonstrations are sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, the National Committee to Free the Five and others.
If you can organize a demonstration, rally, vigil or other action—large or small—click this link so that we can list your event information on the web site and in future email blasts.
The Best Trial Results Money Could Buy – Exposing Gov’t Misconduct
The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, represented by attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, filed a lawsuit on Sept. 9, 2009, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) because it has "unlawfully failed to disclose specific U.S. government-paid contracts with journalists" who pumped out prejudicial, inflammatory and outlandish stories about the Cuban Five and Cuba before and during the trial, including during the deliberations by the non-sequestered jury. Earlier, the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, under the Freedom of Information Act, submitted a request to the BBG seeking public disclosure of the BBG's funding of journalists who published materials about the Cuban Five and Cuba. The BBG is prohibited by law from funding domestic propaganda and attempting to influence U.S. opinion, yet has apparently been funding journalists who place stories in domestic media outlets. Click here to see the lawsuit.
Sentenced to Life in Prison for Exposing Terrorism
Free the Cuban Five billboard, Los Angeles
The Cuban Five—Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González—are serving outrageous sentences ranging from 15 years to double life. They were convicted of espionage conspiracy, but their real “crime” was trying to prevent Miami-based terrorist organizations from carrying out murderous attacks on their homeland—Cuba. They never spied on the United States or did any harm to people here.
More than 3,400 Cubans have been killed by U.S.-based terrorist attacks directed against the island over the past 50 years, and Cuba’s economy has been damaged to the tune of billions of dollars. The U.S. government, while preaching to the world about its “war on terror,” continues to this day to harbor and protect right-wing Cuban terrorists in this country, who are mainly based in Miami. The aim of those terrorists, trained and armed by the CIA, has been to destabilize the Cuban economy and terrorize the population.
The Cuban Five’s mission was to infiltrate the Miami terrorist groups and monitor their plots to stop further attacks. Instead of prosecuting the Miami terrorists, the government arrested the courageous Cubans—the Cuban Five—on Sept. 12, 1998, and prosecuted them in a rigged Miami show trial.
Join the International Days of Protest for the Cuban Five’s Freedom
We will call for the immediate freedom of the Cuban Five, for the U.S. government to grant visiting rights to Adriana Pérez, wife of Gerardo Hernández, and Olga Salanueva, wife of René González, who have been denied U.S. entry for 12 years, and full disclosure by the Broadcasting Board of Governors regarding the activities of government-paid journalists that may have impacted the Cuban Five's trial.
You can also click here send a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by clicking here, calling on the Justice Department to immediately remedy the gross violation of the Cuban Five’s constitutional rights to due process, and free them.
Activists are organizing across the country to make the Sept. 9 - Sept. 13 International Days of Action to Free the Cuban Five a success, but we need your help. Please make an urgently needed donation to help this effort and support justice for the Five!