Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Observing Cuban Independence Day on May 20th demonstrating commitment to freedom

Happy Cuban Independence Day! We can't wait to be able to say Happy Cuban Freedom Day!


 Today at Florida International University at 6:30pm be sure to check this event out. The event is being organized by Rey Anthony, Organizaciones Patrióticas de la Comunidad Cubana, and is being backed by the FIU College Republicans.

Below is the announcement for the event that they are organizing and that will be held today at the Cuban Memorial located on 11201 SW 24 Street.
On May 20th, 1902 the Cuban people decided they would become the craftsmen of their own destinies. Let’s return the Cuban people’s right to decide, their right to freedom of speech, right to protest, and right to peacefully assemble.

This May 20th, our community will demonstrate its total and absolute commitment to the cause of Cuban freedom. Cuban dissidents, former political prisoners, community figures, opposition leaders, and elected officials will join us in this patriotic moment.

We hope you can join us,

Organizaciones Patrióticas de la Comunidad Cubana.
20th of May Cuban Patriotic Ceremony
Where: Cuban Memorial (11201 SW 24 ST)
When: 6:30 PM
Additional Contact Info:
786-614-6611.
Union20deMayo@gmail.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rosa María Payá returns to Cuba to place flowers on her martyred father's tomb

Rosa María Payá returns to Cuba lays flowers at her father's tomb, demands justice
Rosa María Payá at Colón cemetary in Havana where she left flowers at her father's tomb. In the video below she outlined the purpose of her visit and calls for solidarity. Please share the video and help spread the word.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Want a Free Cuba? Sign the Agreement

Add your name here to The Agreement for Democracy if you want to see a free, sovereign and democratic Cuba. The Free Cuba Foundation is a 1998 signatory of The Agreement.


The Agreement for Democracy, known as “El Acuerdo” emerged from within Cuba and exile in 1998.  It was signed that year by a broad ideological spectrum of the Cuban opposition to the dictatorship and reaffirmed in Lubin, Poland in 2007, with international support during a ceremony commemorating the massacre of polish workers in that city by the pro-soviet regime 25 years earlier.
The Agreement for Democracy is a unitary document that expresses and explains what units Cuba’s pro-democracy movement and details the steps that should be taken for the re-establishment of a multiparty representative democracy within a genuine Rule of Law. Some of the original signatories of El Acuerdo have passed away.  Many more have since signed it, and continue doing so.  As recently as January, 2015, hundreds of pro-democracy activists within Cuba added their names to El Acuerdo.


We, Cubans conscious of the need for transcendental change in the political, social and economic structures of our country, gather, beyond our diverse strategies for liberation, to affirm before our people and the international community the essential postulates that substantiate the democratic alternative to the despotism which currently prevails in our homeland.

We affirm that the Cuban nation is one, within the national territory and in diaspora. We believe that all Cubans have the right to be equal before the law and the nation, with full dignity that cannot be subject to any discrimination. We likewise understand that the present regime has shown itself incapable of assuring liberty and justice and of promoting well-being and human solidarity in our homeland. Due to this, from this point forward, we establish, through a great national consensus and as a clear alternative to the current oppression, this:

Agreement for Democracy in Cuba

We recognize as the fundamental principle of the new Republic that Cuba is one and independent, whose sovereignty resides in the people and functions through the effective exercise of representative multi-party democracy, which is the government of the majority with absolute respect for the minority.

All governments must respect the sovereignty of the people, therefore, at the end of the current tyrannical regime, the provisional or transition government shall be obligated to return sovereignty to the people by way of the following measures:
  1. Guarantee the people’s participation in the decisions of the nation through the exercise of universal, direct, and secret voting to elect its representatives, and the right to seek public office.
  2. Immediately issue a general amnesty for the liberation of all political prisoners, including those who have been sentenced for fictitious common crimes, and cancel the pending political cases against Cubans in exile, so as to facilitate their return to the homeland and their reintegration into the national society.
  3. Organize an independent, impartial, and professional judiciary.
  4. Recognize and protect the freedom of expression, of the press, of association, of assembly, of peaceful demonstration, profession, and religion.
  5. Protect the Cuban people from arbitrary expulsion from their homes as well as against all forms of detention, search, confiscation or arbitrary aggression, and from violation of their correspondence, documents and other communications, and defend all Cubans’ rights to privacy and honor.
  6. Immediately legalize all political parties and other organizations and activities of civil society.
  7. Refer to the Constitution of 1940, when applicable, during the transition period and convoke free elections with the supervision of international organizations within a time period not greater than one year, for a Constituent Congress which will establish a Constitution and which, during its existence, shall have authority to legislate as well as to oversee the executive. Having thus achieved democratic legitimacy, it shall call general elections in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
  8. Recognize and protect the freedom of economic activity; the right to private property; the right to unionize, to bargain collectively and to strike; the Cuban people’s right to genuine participation in their economic development; access to public health and education, and initiate the reestablishment of civic values in education.
  9. Take immediate steps to protect Cuba’s environmental security and protect and rescue the national patrimony.
  10. Propitiate and guarantee the professionalism and political neutrality of the Armed Forces and create forces of public order whose rules of conduct shall adjust to the principles of this Agreement.
Cuba shall resurrect from its own ashes, but it is the sacred obligation of all Cubans – both within the oppressed island and in diaspora – to place our hands on the plough without looking backwards but rather into the deepest part of our hearts, to convert those ashes into fertile seeds of love and creation. Now, as 100 years ago, our national aspiration remains the construction of a Republic based on the formula of triumphant love:

WITH ALL AND FOR THE GOOD FOR ALL

Signed February 20, 1998. Reaffirmed: August, 31, 2007.
La Habana, Cuba.
Lubin, Poland.
Miami, Florida.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FCF founder Gus Monge assaulted by agents of the Castro regime in Panama

Standing up for a free Cuba in Panama
 
Auugusto Monge in Panama City on April 9, 2015
Augusto Monge, "Gus"to his friends was brutally assaulted today in Panama City at Porra Park while joining with 20 other exile and internal opposition activists in laying flowers at a bust of Jose Marti in that public park. The videos of what took place are circulating around the world in the run up to the Summit of the Americas in Panama.


Gus is a founding member of the Free Cuba Foundation and was chairman from 1993 to 1994. In 1994 Gus participated in the first Summit of the Americas and also spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol that same year.

Gus Monge speaks on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1994

 On July 13, 1995 he participated in a flotilla to pay his respects to the 37 men, women and children massacred a year earlier by the Castro regime. Following the February 24, 1996 Brothers to the Rescue shoot down Gus took part in the flotilla to pay his respects for the four men who had been killed.

Flotilla in March of 1996

On the twentieth anniversary of the "13 de Marzo"tugboat massacre Gus gathered at FIU to remember the 37 victims of the Castro regime. Following the December 17, 2014 Cuba policy announcement by the White House Gus Monge joined together with different generations of FCF activists at Jose Marti park on December 20, 2014 to protest the policy changes.

Gus Monge standing on the far right with other FCF members on July 13, 2014
 On January 31, 2015 Gus was one of fifteen former Free Cuba Foundation officers who signed a letter titled Not In Our Name that was published in The Huffington Post. On February 24, 2015 Gus took part in the silent vigil at Florida International University in memory of the four members of Brothers to the Rescue killed nineteen years earlier.

Vigil for Brothers to the Rescue on February 24, 2015
The Free Cuba Foundation denounces the brutal assault on Cuba resistance activists in Panama City today and joins the call for an investigation into what happened and holding responsible those who initiated the attack.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Remembering Joachim: Danish student studying Spanish in Cuba gunned down by soldier

18 years without justice ...
Joachim Løvschall: 1970 - 1997

Joachim Løvschall, a Danish student studying Spanish at the University of Havana gunned down by an AK-47 wielding Cuban soldier as he walked home on the evening of March 29,1997. The body remained hidden for days. The shooter was never identified. Ten years after his son's extrajudicial execution, Christian Løvschall spoke at a parallel forum at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Switzerland about what had happened.

Eighteen years later he is not forgotten. Friends and family remember and honor this young man on Facebook. He was born on December 8, 1970 and was extra-judicially executed on March 29, 1997 and those responsible in the Cuban regime have not been identified or held accountable.

Joachim should have celebrated his 44th birthday back in December, but thanks to the arbitrary cruelty of Cuba's state security apparatus he perished at age 26.

Today, a prayer in his memory and for his family who still miss him.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Freedom for Danilo concert in Havana, Cuba today

#FreeElSexto

Concert today in Havana, Cuba
On March 28 at 3pm at La Paja Recold located on Ave 35 #4202 between 42 & 44 Apartment 5 in Havana, Cuba there will be a concert, expo, performance and "disrespect" all under the headline: "Freedom for Danilo." These members of civil society are testing the boundaries of what is permissible in Cuba. Increased international visibility may provide some protection. Please sign the petition demanding his release and spread the word on the campaign and the concert.

For more information on imprisoned artist Danilo Maldonado visit here. Below is a music video calling for his release. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

The FIU Declaration: 18 Years Later

On March 13, 1997 forty years to the day after students assaulted the Presidential Palace in Havana and perished trying to assassinate Fulgencio Batista leaving Castro in a better position later to seize power. Every free Cuba organization in FIU's history sat down for an evening and analyzed the consequences of their actions. We also explored what were our responsibilities as students and activists. At the end of the evening the following document was signed. 18 years later we remember this important and tragic anniversary and renew our call to action.

Gathering at FIU on March 13, 1997

Florida International University Declaration

We the Students of Florida International University recognizing that Cuban students have played a leading role in the history of Cuba, do hereby declare our support for the principles, and purposes enshrined in Concilio Cubano's founding statement in Havana, on October 10, 1995:

FIRST: The determination to work for a non-violent transition toward a democratic society under the rule of law, devoid of any vindictiveness, and equally comprising all Cubans.

SECOND: Obtaining unconditional amnesty for all political prisoners.

THIRD: Launching a series of legal transformations that will provide the necessary framework, within the law, to secure absolute respect for all universally recognized human rights, as well as equal participation by all Cubans in an opening process that will lead to economic independence.

FOURTH: The belief that, in order to harmonize the peaceful transition we are advocating the principle that Cuba is the fatherland and the home of each and every Cuban, it is essential to provide such conditions as will guarantee participation for all Cubans, with no exclusions whatsoever.

Concilio Cubano was designed to be a permanent forum where all participating organizations could fashion joint proposals while maintaining their own identity. We the students believe that the systematic denial of human rights and human dignity in Cuba cannot be tolerated. We believe that the moral and pragmatic solution is non-violent resistance to the intolerable situation in Cuba. To this end we pledge our lives and our freedom.

March 13, 1997 marks the 40th anniversary of the assault on the Presidential Palace. On that day the blood of Cuba's university students was spilled in the cause of freedom. On February 24, 1996 our generation of Cuban youth had its first four losses in this struggle. Mario De La  Peña, Armando Alejandre, an FIU alumnus, Carlos Costa and Pablo Morales where of our generation.

Forty years after the 13 of March. One year after the massacre of February 24. We the students who live in exile, wish to join with our brothers and sisters inside of Cuba for the liberation of our nation and the re- establishment of democracy and the rule of law in Cuba.

To this end we seek to follow the lead of the internal opposition, embrace the principles of non-violent resistance, speak out on behalf of Cuba's political prisoners, and issue a call to educate the children of the Cuban exile about the history and reality of the ongoing tragedy in Cuba.

Signed on March 13, 1997

Sebastian Arcos Cazabon
Comite Cubano Pro Derechos Humanos

Pedro Solares
Abdala

Ana M. Carbonell
Alianza de Jovenes Cubanos

Lorenzo de Toro III
Generacion 90

John Suarez
FREE CUBA Foundation

Juan Jose de Castro
Directorio Revolucionario Democratico Cubano