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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

VI CNC Convention held in Toronto

VI Biennial CNC Convention

The VI Biennial CNC Convention took place at Toronto's City Hall from May 17 to 20. The Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC) is an umbrella organization integrated by different associations, unions and groups of solidarity with Cuba from all over Canada.

Kenia Serrano, President of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Sandra Ramírez of the Canada Desk of that organization, and the Cuban Ambassador to Canada Julio Garmendía were guests in the event.

The Convention offered a space for friends of Cuba to debate and explore new strategies in favor of the Caribbean island besieged by the hostility and aggression of the United States of America .

Here's a greeting sent to CNC by the  Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO 

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO
418 W 145 Street, New York, NY 10031Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)
418 W 145th Street, New York, NY 10031
Tel.: 212.926.5757 end_of_the_skype_highlighting - Fax: 212.926.5842 - Email: ifco@igc.org(212) 926-5757; Email: ifco@igc.com
Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)
418 W 145th Street, New York, NY 10031
May 21, 2013
VIA Email:
Elizabeth Hill <elizzhill@hotmail.com>
Isaac Saney <isaney@hotmail.com>

Canadian Network on Cuba-CNC
Toronto, Canada

Greetings from the United States;

Congratulations in your 6th Biennial Convention that exchange with love and respect ideas on activities in solidarity with Cuba.

As a grassroots interfaith organization that believes in peace with justice, we want to express our unconditional solidarity love to the Cuban Revolution. Because we believe that another world, much better, is necessary and because we believe that Cuba since the revolution came to power started building this new world we want to say Presente with our solidarity.

We recognize that the imperialist are always looking for an opportunity to isolate the Cuban’s experience and for this reason, we give thanks to liberating spaces like this Conference because is another way to break this blockage. There is no doubt. No other commercial, financial, political, cultural, and spiritual blockade in history has lasted longer than the one imposed by the US government on Cuba since the early 1960s. It's immoral and illegal and in our understanding a modality of political and economic terrorism. We have a clear understanding that the purpose of the blockage is to inflict violence, fear, and intimidation in the Cuban people. We wonder; why this blockage is not in the F.B.I. most wanted list?

For us supporting the Cuban Revolution is to reaffirm the beautiful things that they are doing for humanity. In Cuba, security is viewed not only as that of the nation per se, but at the same time as access to medical services and education, both as human rights and not as privileges. Here in the United States we have the largest prison population in the world. Look at it this way, the United States has less than 5% of the world's population, but one quarter of the prison population of the world. In contrast, there are in the United States more than 50 million people without health insurance: they don't have the right to get sick. If we add to this that we have about 11 million undocumented people that have no right to get sick because someone could declare them illegal, then this issue is very critical because it does not create security. Perhaps this explains why infant mortality in Cuba is much lower - with 4.83 deaths per 1,000 live births - than in the United States - 5.98 deaths per 1,000 live births. Worth noting also is that infant mortality for Black women in the United States is 2.4 times higher than for White women. To this we can add that more than 14% of the adult population of the United States cannot read because they are illiterate. Interestingly, the webpage CIA-Facts tells us that the U.S. spends 5.5% of the GDP on education while Cuba spends 13.6%. It's worth remembering: Cuba sends doctors and teachers to all parts of the world while the United States sends the military. I imagine that you already know what each one of these goes there to do.

This people’s revolution every day makes real what the Bible (Matthew 25:31-46) is telling us: For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me… The Cuban revolution with their solidarity is also rewriting the new Bible.

God bless the Cuban Revolution, God bless the Cuban people, God bless Comandante Fidel Castro, God bless President Raul Castro, and God bless the Cuban Socialist project.

In solidarity love, the most important sacrament,

Gail Walker & Fr. Luis Barrios
Co-Executive Directors

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