Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cuban Five 2008
May 25, 2009

National Committee To Free the Cuban Five Bulletin

CBC News Covers the Cuban Five
Featuring René, Olga, and their daughters
Rene, Irma, and Ivette

Last week, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) broadcast an extremely positive and moving 13-minute news segment on the Cuban Five. The mini-documentary tells the complete story of the Cuban Five, featuring René González. It has interviews with René's wife, Olga Salanueva, his daughter Irma, and one of the Five's appeals attorneys, Leonard Weinglass, who gives an outstanding description of the case. The video also shows a large amount of historical footage. It's really a remarkably informative piece, and can be used as a great introduction to, or as an update on, the case of the Five.

The video is on the front page of our website, available for online viewing or downloading in QuickTime (.mov) or Windows Media (.wmv) formats.

A second video newly available on our website was actually shot last September 12 by Al Jazeera English television (worldwide audience of 125 million), coinciding with the demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on the 10th anniversary of the arrest of the Five heroes. It features a 4-minute interview with Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five.

Both of these videos are of tremendous significance, not just for their content, but because of the large audiences they were able to reach.

Now is the time to encourage even more newscasters to follow the example of CBC and Al Jazeera.
Don't forget birthday greetings
for Gerardo and Ramón
You can write to them directly at the prison, (address below) and also transmit a greeting to our email address below. We will then mail Ramón and Gerardo your greeting which you e-mail us.

Gerardo Hernández was born June 4, 1965.
His address is:
Gerardo Hernández, #58739-004
U.S.P. Victorville
P.O. Box 5300
Adelanto, CA 92301

Ramón Labañino was born June 9, 1963.
He is registered in prison as Luis Medina, so you have to address the envelope as:
Luis Medina, #58734-004
U.S.P. McCreary
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
Then inside the cards and letters, you can write to him as Ramón.
Or call: 415-821-6545
Free the Cuban Five Now!
Allow the families' visits!
Grant entry visas to
Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva!

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