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50th Anniversary Contingent

SINCE 1969, THE VENCEREMOS BRIGADE SUPPORTS CUBA’S RIGHT TO SOVEREIGNTY AND SELF-DETERMINATION:

We demand:

  • END THE US BLOCKADE OF CUBA & ALL RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL!
  • CLOSE THE US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTÁNAMO BAY AND FREE THE LAND!

Stand in solidarity with Cuba. See the real Cuba for yourself.

Join the historic 50th Anniversary Contingent, July-August 2019!

SAVE THE DATE:  JOIN THE 47TH VENCEREMOS BRIGADE  FOR OUR ANNUAL REPORT BACK

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WHEN?

Friday December 9th @ 7pm

WHERE?  

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue (btw. 34th & 35th Streets)

New York, NY 10016 USA

Room 5414

 

WHAT IS THE VENCEREMOS BRIGADE (VB)?

  •  The Venceremos Brigade (VB) is the oldest Cuba solidarity organization in the world and has traveled to Cuba from the United States for the past 47 summers.  You can join us next summer!!!
  • The VB works to challenge U.S. policies towards Cuba, including the economic blockade and our government’s ban on travel to the island.
  • We show our solidarity when we are in Cuba through talking with and learning from the Cuban people and engaging in volunteer work.

 

WHAT IS THE ANNUAL REPORT BACK?

Members of the 47th VB will share their insights learned from their experience in Cuba this past summer. There will also be:

  •   FOOD!!!
  •   Presentations and short films regarding current US/Cuba relations 
  •   Slide show of pictures of the VB
  •   Raffles and fundraisers to raise money for scholarships for future VB members

 

WHY ATTEND THE VB’S REPORT BACK?

  • To learn how you can travel to Cuba with the VB, a group committed to social justice and learning from the Cuban way of life
  • To gain a better understanding of current US/Cuban relations
  • Help us raise money for scholarships for future VB members
  • If you went on past VB’s and want to spend time with your extended VB family
  • Yummy food!

 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU?

  • THE EVENT IS FREE, but we suggest bringing cash for the bar and raffle tickets
  • A form of identification in order to get into the building
  • $10 suggested donation (no one turned away)

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR JOINING  THE VB FAMILY!

VB statement: Hasta Siempre Comandante

It is with great sadness that we send this message of condolence and solidarity to our friends and comrades in Cuba and wherever else they may be found. The death of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, is a loss that is felt deeply by all of those engaged in the fight to create a better world.

Fidel was a revolutionary of the highest order: visionary, heroic, honest, disciplined, and critical; his life truly spent in commitment and service to the liberation, peace, and dignity of all people. There are no words that can capture the immense contributions made over his lifetime to human history and to the future of humanity, or that can express the love for him felt by the millions whose lives improved under his leadership and the many millions more inspired to struggle by his example.

Indeed, the examples set by Fidel, of unity and internationalism, of sacrifice and solidarity, have shaped and guided the work and the workers of the Venceremos Brigade for 47 years, and his memory will continue to motivate our efforts to defend Cuba’s sovereign right to self-determination against any enemy for years to come.

We join the Cuban people and people of conscience all over the world in mourning this great loss, and we commit to continue fighting alongside you. History will absolve us as it has Fidel.

Comandante Fidel, Presente!

Venceremos Brigade

47th Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade

Today, for the 47th time since 1969, the Venceremos Brigade leaves the United States for Cuba. This group of US citizens, embarking on their 14th Travel Challenge, is taking a public stand against the policies of blockade and restricted travel that the US government has maintained against Cuba and against its own people since 1962.

The 47th Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade will return to the US via Canada on August 8 and be met by members of the 27th Friendshipment Caravan of Pastors for Peace, an interfaith group that will have also traveled to Cuba in defiance of the travel restrictions and returned to the U.S. via Mexico.

At their joint rally in Buffalo on August 8, members and supporters of the Venceremos Brigade and Pastors for Peace will reaffirm their commitment to defending Cuba’s national sovereignty and right to self-determination through continued civil disobedience until the blockade and travel ban are lifted, the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay is closed and the illegally occupied land is returned to Cuba, and the US government ceases funding for regime change programs in Cuba.

The VB has won great victories in recent years. While the liberation of the Cuban 5 and the policy changes and bilateral negotiations that are already underway do indeed make this a time for celebration, it is critical today more than ever that all those in favor of real normalization of relations between the US and Cuba unite and are persistent in advocating for an end to the aggressive policies that curtail our rights and seek to restrain Cuba’s ability to develop independently. As the energy around movement building in the US surges for racial, economic, and social justice, we must look to Cuba as a role model. Cuba has shown us that another world is possible. In the words of the late Reverend Lucius Walker, founder of IFCO/Pastors for Peace: “We act not just in defiance of our government, but in obedience to our conscience.”