We are a group of people coming together from different walks of life. Some of us have traveled to Cuba and were impressed by the social advancements accomplished by the Cuban people and their government. Some of us have family in Cuba or are connected with her in one way or another.
Over the years our committee has been active in various campaigns to end the illegal, immoral and unjust U.S. Blockade against Cuba and to free the anti terrorist Cuban Five. We are dedicated in bringing truth and knowledge about Cuba to our community and counter the misinformation and lies that so often is spread amongst us by the mainstream media and in various other ways.
Our organization was formed in 1992 under the name of Victoria Goods for Cuba Campaign and in 2010 we changed our name to Victoria Friends of Cuba. Our solidarity work has been non-stop since our birth. We have been able to host and sponsor many guest speakers, screen documentaries, begin letter writing and petition campaigns, do media work, hold cultural events, organize demonstrations and marches, fund raise, participated in 20 Pastors for Peace caravans and co-ordinated a number of them across Canada.
It has and continues to be an honour and pleasure to be in solidarity with a country that is such a great example for justice, peace and equality in our world.
We hope you can join us in contributing towards our solidarity and friendship work.
Historically and up to now, many of us have struggled in many organizations on different issues to rid the earth of inequality, injustice, wars, racism, sexism, environmental degradation and all other issues that makes humanity’s state precarious.
Many of us at times may feel that our struggle has not achieved very much since as there seems to be too much to be done and not enough of us to do it. However we need to remind ourselves what the world would be if all the work that has been done by so many of us had not been done.
Not one right, freedom, equality or public benefit, was handed to people from any master, oppressor, colonialist or imperialist. People struggled for each and all of them. Should we ever stop fighting for them, we will lose them.
2017 has been a difficult year for many people in many movements. Social protests has been criminalized in many places, with many fighting for social justice have been imprisoned or murdered. Corporate media have provided only the official lies, aided by the murder of honest journalists who tried to expose the truth.
Imperialism plans to intensify the criminal blockade against Cuba that grinds on daily and includes a huge setback in the incipient relations with the US, have the clear objectives of annihilating the Cuban Revolution, devouring our economies, imposing puppet regimes, destroying the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela.This covered up by their lies of protecting freedom and democracy as they extend their control over everyone and everything.
The Canadian government continues to play a major role in these imperialist/colonialist activities supporting whatever the US dictates. A few months ago the Canadian government along with the US imposed illegal sanctions against Venezuela and recently the Canadian ambassador to Venezuela was kicked out for meddling in Venezuela’s internal affairs. The recent Honduran election, like the one before it, which international observers exposed as being corrupt with all kinds of irregularities was automatically accepted by the US & Canadian governments. The latest imperialist maneuver has been when the special UN General Assembly meeting was called to denounce the US unilateral move of its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem. The Canadian government instead of voting along with the 128 countries against the move, shamefully abstained from voting. It also failed to support a vote among nations to abolish nuclear weapons to support the USA.
Attacks against democratic, environmental movements and our freedoms will no doubt continue in the coming year. However, our ongoing struggle will give hope as we work for more victories. The Cuban Revolution will fulfill this January 1, on the star of Fidel, as it celebrates its 59 years of successes since its heroic victory of resistance right against the empire.
We will continue denouncing, resisting and struggling everywhere including in the streets. We will continue to provide truthful, alternative information as one of our most important combat weapons. We will continue to resist this immoral, unjust, destructive imperialist order that threatens the planet and all of humanity.
We toast to all of us, in the hope and joy of verifying every day that they have not and will never be able to defeat us.
With courage and dignity we shall continue in our struggle.
In Solidarity, Friendship and Unity,
Victoria Friends of Cuba