About the Venceremos Brigade

In 1969, a coalition of young people formed the Venceremos (“We Shall Overcome”) Brigade, as a means of showing solidarity with the Cuban Revolution by working side by side with Cuban workers and challenging U.S. policies towards Cuba, including the economic blockade and our government’s ban on travel to the island. The first Brigades participated in sugar harvests and subsequent Brigades have done agricultural and construction work in many parts of the island.

Over the last four and half decades, the V.B. has given over 8,000 people from the U.S. the opportunity for a life-changing experience. While the trip has evolved over time, the Venceremos Brigade has always kept its format of work, educational activities, and travel. In addition, we remain committed to organizing the most diverse contingents possible; Brigadistas are young and older, of many races, nationalities, socio-economic classes, and sexual orientations.

The oldest Cuba solidarity organization in the world, the V.B. has never requested permission from the U.S. government to go to Cuba–and we never will! We believe it is our right as U.S. citizens to travel free of U.S. government obstacles. We also believe that we have much to learn from Cuba and the best way to do that is to travel there and see for ourselves!

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2 thoughts on “About the Venceremos Brigade”

  1. 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of the Brigade! Calling on all former Brigadistas to help activate younger people in your area (and new Elders) to join the Brigade this year and especially the 50th anniversary contingent next year!!! klw

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  2. When Cuba celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Revolution next Jan 1, it will also be the 50th anniversary of the conception of the Venceremos Brigade. The Bay Area was once the most vital section of the VB. Now less than a handful go from California.klw It would be great if everyone who has been on a brigade (yeah, I know, a lot of us are now old and decrepit, but some have gone more recently) could help young activists in their area build the 50th anniversary contingent. People are planning for this already. Can you help? And If you and/or anyone you know has any contacts with other former brigadistas, please contact karenlee726@gmail.com

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