Cuba Launches Revolutionary Feminist Postal Stamps

Activists and representatives of national institutions participating in the 10th Cuban Assembly Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana and Villa Clara issued the first postal stamp on 11 May, which features a polychrome image of Vilma Espin.
Espin, Cuban President Raul Castro’s deceased wife, was the founder of the Federation of Cuban Women, an organization dedicated to promoting the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.
The stamp was officially released at the headquarters of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, UNEAC, Prensa Latina reported.
At the event, UNEAC President Miguel Barnet emphasized the need to “eliminate stereotypes and prejudices that curb the well-being of men and women.” Cuban Philatelic Federation President Raul Lorenzo echoed similar sentiments, stating that the purpose for issuing the stamp is to pay homage to Cuban history and its continued efforts to guarantee that all islanders benefit from equal rights.
The 10th Cuban Assembly Against Homophobia and Transphobia ran from May 3 – 20. It began with a presentation of an educational campaign titled “Me Included.” This year's theme focused on homophobic and/or transphobic bullying at schools. Every two years, the conference renews its theme based on an issue related to human rights.
On 12 May, a cultural gala was held in honor of equal rights. A conga and performances on Saturday 13 May were also held in Havana to promote gender and sexual diversity.
Espin was one of the most-widely recognized women soldiers who fought in the Sierra Maestra mountains leading up to the 1959 Cuban Revolution. She later became a tireless advocate for women's rights and a leading member of the Cuban Communist Party.

a great totara has fallen

Farewell Comandante

Celebrate a Revolutionary Life
Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution 

December 3rd 

Trades Hall
147 Great North Rd
Grey Lynn

Speakers include
 Cuban Ambassador Mario Alzugaray


Auckland Latin America Community 

Auckland Cuba Friendship Society 
Malcolm: 021 151 7887 

Make donations to The New Zealand Cuba Society 

A Victory for Cuba in the United Nations

Yesterday for the 25th time Cuba presented to the UN General Assembly the resolution calling for the "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States of America against Cuba."

This year the results were different; like last year there were 191 out of the 193 nations who voted in favor of lifting the inhumane blockade but for the first time there was no country that voted against the resolution.

Two nations abstained including the promoters of this criminal policy itself, the United States and, as it has done with servile obedience in past votes - the Government of Israel.

This is a clear victory for the dignity and resistance of the Cuban people and the Cuban government who have had to face the longest blockade in history.
Get the facts

The U.S. had to recognize themselves that this long-standing policy of genocide has led to their embarrassing isolation. 

Yesterday the world said NO to the blockade. Nevertheless, today the United States continues with the policy.

From the Cuba Solidarity Te Waipounamu we congratulate the people of Cuba and their government in their emphatic victory and we renew our commitment to fight tirelessly until the genocidal blockade against Cuba is finally over.

Viva Cuba!!

Hear a speaker from Cuba

Yexenia Calzado

 End the U.S. embargo 

Return Guantánamo 

No interference in Cuba’s internal affairs

In December 2014 Cuba and the United States resumed diplomatic relations and the Cuban Five were freed from U.S. jails. This reflected the continuing strength of the Cuban revolution.
The U.S. still wants to destroy the Cuban revolution, as it has for more than 56 years, but is now using different methods. U.S. President Obama’s statements during his recent visit to Cuba were an indication of this.
Yexenia Calzado is in charge of solidarity work with South Asia and the Pacific for the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
She is currently speaking in Australia, including on Cuba’s contribution to an Aboriginal adult literacy campaign.

Public meeting and discussion
7pm Wednesday  
April 27th
Trades Hall

147 Great North Rd
Grey Lynn

For more information
email: Cuba Friendship Society 
phone: Malcolm, 021 151 7887 or Fiona, 09 620 9872
Donations gratefully accepted to: The New Zealand Cuba Society 02-0159-0200303-00

This meeting is preceded by an “Information session on the next Southern Cross Brigade to Cuba” at 6pm

SCB Information Session on facebook

Welcome Mr President and yes

lets talk Human Rights

The welcome reduction of tensions between Cuba and its North American neighbour reached a new pinnacle yesterday as President and Mrs Obama emerged from Air Force One at Havana’s José Martí Airport.

Equally welcome is the confirmation that high on the President’s agenda is the question of human rights, particularly if this indicates an active commitment, on the part of the U.S.A., to address its behaviour in the Caribbean.

First among the issues the US must address, is the illegal blockade. The United Nations has repeatedly demand the US to meet its obligations under the UN  Charter and international law to lift the criminal blockade and reaffirmed its commitment the freedom of trade and navigation.

Two other issues must also be addressed and corrected if the U.S. is to be taken seriously- ; the torture camp at Guantánamo must be shut and the U.S. Forces, occupying of Guantánamo Bay must be withdrawn and the land returned to Cuba.

Rhetorical grandstanding is fine Mr President but what counts are the facts on the ground. 

Lift the criminal blockade
Close your torture camp 
Return occupied Guantánamo

Cuban Ambassador to open

Cuban art exhibition in Dunedin

Antonio Guerrero’s “The Air Vent”
The Dunedin Cuba Friendship Society is proud to host the exhibition “I will die the way I have lived –15 watercolours by Antonio Guerrero”.

The exhibition is highlighting the illegal U.S. blockade of Cuba which has cost the country over $831 billion since its introduction, over 54 years ago.

The exhibition will be opened at 6pm on Tuesday 22 March by New Zealand's Ambassador for Cuba, His Excellency Mario Alzugaray

The exhibition is held at the Anderson Lloyd gallery of  the Otago Art Society, on the first floor of the historic Dunedin Railway Station, from 21 March to 3 April, 10 am to 4 pm daily (the Gallery is closed on Good Friday, 25 April.)

The opening will feature poetry by Victor Billot and music by John Guy Howell.

 The illegal U.S. blockade has cost Cuba $831 billion
Antonio Guerrero is one of the Cuban Five who learned to paint while imprisoned in the United States. These striking images depict the cruel treatment the Five received while held in isolation awaiting trial in Miami.

Recent changes in Cuba will be highlighted at a free public lecture hosted by the Humanities Department from 4 pm to 5 pm on Tuesday 22 March in the Burns 2 Lecture Theatre at the University of Otago.

The Ambassador for Cuba Mario Alzugaray
Rodriguez will speak on “Cuba's co-operative revolution: worker co-operatives and the future of the socialist agenda”, and there will be an opportunity afterwards for questions from the public. All are welcome.

The Ambassador will meet with members and supporters of the Dunedin Cuba Friendship Society for breakfast on Wednesday morning.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Dunedin branch of the Alliance Party, New Zealand's democratic socialist party.