MAKE A DONATION TOWARDS THE
“SANDY RELIEF FUND” CAMPAIGN
At 1:25 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25th, Hurricane Sandy entered Cuba just west of Santiago de Cuba as a category 2 hurricane. However the extent and speed of Sandy gave it a destructive capability as great as any of the category 5 hurricanes. Its central path took it rapidly through the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Holguín and Guantánamo, the former two provinces being the most populous in Cuba after the City of Havana.
The hurricane devastated the heroic city of Santiago de Cuba, destroying houses, damaging public buildings and monuments, leaving the city without water supply, electricity, shops, markets and trees. Despite massive evacuations, it took a toll of some 11 human lives, an unusually high number in Cuba for hurricanes (mainly by collapsing buildings) — 132,733 houses were affected with 15,322 totally destroyed and 43,426 losing roofs. Massive damage, not yet fully calculated, was caused in Guantánamo and Holguín before the hurricane left this province near Banes, precisely where hurricane Ike had entered four years earlier.
Cuba needs substantial help, both immediate and long term, in order to overcome the crisis brought on by hurricane Sandy. Cuba’s Ministry of External Commerce (MINCEX) is establishing an account to receive the financial contributions. As in all our previous fundraising efforts, every single penny donated will go to Cuba. Charitable tax receipts will be provided.
Our experience with regard to Cuba’s response to natural disasters is that it knows how to multiply the value of any donations it receives. We feel confident, based on the island’s unsurpassed humanitarian work both within Cuba and in other countries, that it has the skills, the organization and the ethical and moral values to put whatever aid it receives to the best possible use.
We urge everyone who can afford to do so to support this effort by giving a donation:
payable to “Victoria Friends of Cuba” send to: #19 – 1241 Balmoral, Vic. B.C. V8T 1V2 and please write “Sandy Relief Fund” on your cheque’s memo line.
Charitable receipts will be issued by the Mackenzie-Papineau Memorial Fund on request in 4-8weeks (Charitable Org – Revenue Canada Reg, #88876 9197R0001). There will be no administrative charges, not even for postage stamps or anything else.
The Cuban 5 Must be Freed
Who are the Cuban Five?
The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami, on June 8, 2001. They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.
The Five were falsely accused by the U.S. government of committing espionage conspiracy against the United States, and other related charges. But the Five pointed out vigorously in their defense that they were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba.
The Five’s actions were never directed at the U.S. government. They never harmed anyone nor ever possessed nor used any weapons while in the United States.
The Cuban Five’s mission was to stop terrorism
For more than 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations based in Miami have engaged in countless terrorist activities against Cuba, and against anyone who advocates a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. More than 3,000 Cubans have died as a result of these terrorists’ attacks. Terrorist Miami groups like Comandos F4 and Brothers to the Rescue operate with complete impunity from within the United States to attack Cuba—with the knowledge and support of the FBI and CIA. Therefore, Cuba made the careful and necessary decision to send the Five Cubans to Miami to monitor the terrorists. The Cuban Five infiltrated the terrorist organizations in Miami to inform Cuba of imminent attacks.
The aim of such a clandestine operation by the Cuban Five—at great personal risk—was to prevent criminal acts, and thus protect the lives of Cubans and other people.
Five men who were on a mission to
stop terrorism and save lives
We hope you will join us in our campaign to free them.
There is an international campaign for the Cuban Five’s freedom. Hundreds of union, community and legal organizations, Latin American and European parliament members, are actively calling for their freedom. We believe that public awareness will ultimately free them.
ON THE FIFTH OF EVERY MONTH, MAKE A CALL, OR SEND A FAX, OR EMAIL OR TELEGRAM to the WHITE HOUSE to demand President Obama free the Cuban 5 imprisoned in the US for defending their homeland.
Let’s continue to demand that President Obama make use of the rights conferred upon him by the US Constitution, as a lawyer, as a father, as a son, as a husband and as a winner of the Nobel peace Price, to END THIS COLOSSAL INJUSTICE AND TO FREE THE 5 NOW!!!
DIFFERENT WAYS TO REACH THE WHITE HOUSE
By phone: 202-456-1111
If calling from outside the US, dial fist the international are code + 1 (US country code) followed by 202-456-1111
By Fax: 202-456-2461
Fax sent from outside the US, dial first the international Area Code + 1 (US country code) followed by 202-456-2461
To send a telegram
President Barak Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 2500
THIS COLLECTIVE ACTION WILL ONLY BE EFFECTIVE IF PEOPLE FROM THE US, AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, CALL OR SEND FAX, EMAIL OR TELEGRAMS, ON THE 5TH OF EACH MONTH. IF YOU CAN NOT REACH ANYBODY BY PHONE, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE.
TOGETHER WE CA DO IT!!!
CUBA FOR HAITI CAMPAIGN
The Cuban Doctors have been in Haiti for many years, even before the recent hurricanes and cholera epidemic. They are providing health care to the very poor and isolated. Our goal is to raise funds to provide useful equipment, medications and general supplies to these doctors so they can carry out their humanitarian work even more effectively.
As Victoria Friends of Cuba has no paid staff and works on purely volunteer basis, all the funds we raise go to support our projects. We raise funds by donations at our Social Justice Movie nights, special dinners and events, and by mail in donations. (see our donations page) We thank you for any help and support you can give.
Cuba In Haiti
At the time of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 402 Cuban internationalists, 302 of them medical personnel, had already been helping the Haitian people. “The Cubans did not wait for the earth tremor to offer their help. They were already working along with us long before,” Haitian President René Préval said.
Cuba’s cooperation with Haiti began in 1998, after Hurricane George hit Haiti. It has amplified since the January 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people, wounded more than 300,000 and displaced more than 500,000.
Since the earthquake, Cuban cooperation has grown to 1,304 persons, with 679 Cubans, and 625 graduates and students from 26 other countries, trained and educated free of cost at Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine. The Haitian President declared that the people of Haiti view the Cuban physicians as extremely important, “second only to God.”
The Cuban medical mission has treated more than 300,000 patients, performing more than 8,000 surgeries. Cuban assistance encompasses more than just the provision of immediate medical attention. It is now also focused on strengthening and rebuilding the Haitian healthcare system. Toward those ends, the Cuban medical and paramedical internationalists work in 56 hospitals and healthcare centres, and have installed and equipped 30 rooms, in which more than 85,000 patients have been treated.