Social Justice Film Night Presents:
7pm Thursday, Feb. 22
2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall) Victoria
Admission by donation
The word Guantánamo was popularized world-wide in 2002 when the U.S, Government opened a detention camp at the military base to detain more than 1,000 suspected terrorists there. Few know that the territory is a piece of land that belongs to Cuba, but has been illegally occupied since 1903 and remains a present impediment to the normalization of relations between the two countries. Watch the new documentary “All Guantánamo is Ours”, directed by Colombian journalist and writer, Hernando Calvo Ospina. This short film shows the feelings of the Cuban people, especially the people of Guantánamo, in relation to the occupied territory.
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