November 13-15 — Online Conference and Cultural Program
Make 2021 the Year to Defeat the U.S. Blockade Against Cuba!
Online Conference Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15
Register online here.
View full conference program here. Organizing Committee, International Conference for the Normalization of US-Cuba Relations
Visit online: us-cubanormalization
Friday, November 13 – Cultural Program
Register for the Online International Solidarity Concert here.
Miguel Barnet, Pablo Menendez y Mezcla, Moncada, Arturo O’ Farrill, Sintesis, El Jones, Rebel Diaz, Telmary, El Septeto Santiaguero, Alexander Abreu y Havana D’Primera, Nancy Morejon, La Orquesta de Cámara de la Habana, Normand Raymond, Jane Bunnett y Maqueque, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and Jack Hirschman!
Saturday, November 14 – Conference
Session 1 – 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Pacific
After the U.S. Elections: For Normalization! Why We Must End the Blockade on Cuba!
Welcome and Greetings from Gail Walker & Ike Nahem
Co-chairs: Cheryl LaBash, National Network on Cuba and Isaac Saney, Canadian Network on Cuba
Featuring: His Excellency José Ramón Cabañas — Cuba’s Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Josefina Vidal — Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada. Lead negotiator in talks with Barack Obama Administration leading to reestablishment of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations MP Niki Ashton — New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the federal electoral district of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba, Canada Sandy Pappas — Democrat State Senator from Minnesota and a representative from the Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect
Session 2 – 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific
Saving Lives Campaign – Bringing Cuba’s Example to the U.S. and Canada During the Global Pandemic
Co-chairs: Alison Bodine, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice
Pambana Gutto Bassett, Co-Director of the Cuba Program, Solidarity Collective
Featuring: Dr. Samira Addrey — a graduate of ELAM and program coordinator for the ELAM scholarship program Dr. Andy Coates — Physician in Albany NY on the frontline of treating COVID-19 patients Alicia Jrapko — Co-chair of the Cuba Nobel Prize Committee Dr. John Kirk — Cuba Researcher and Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Sunday, November 15 – Conference
Closing Session – 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Pacific Defeating 60 Years of the U.S. Economic and Political War Against Cuba: U.S., Canada, and International Perspectives for Building Solidarity to End the Blockade in 2021
This Closing Session will focus on action and expanding international collaboration and movement-building to defeat – once and for all time – the blockade and secure U.S.-Cuba normalization as demanded by the peoples of the world, including clear majorities in the U.S. Participate in a dynamic discussion with speakers and special guests from Cuba, the U.S., Canada, Quebec, Puerto Rico and internationally.
Co-chairs: Gail Walker, Director, IFCO/Pastors for Peace
Isaac Saney, Co-chair, Canadian Network on Cuba
Special Guests: Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta — Permanent Ambassador of Cuba to the United Nations Fernando Gonzalez Llort — President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP); Cuban internationalist fighter in Angola 1987-1989; Cuban Five hero
Featuring: Tamara Hansen — Coordinator, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba and Executive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) Gabriel Prawl — President, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Seattle Chapter. Leading organizer of an unprecedented work stoppage of ILWU members up and down the U.S. West Coast in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Aislinn Pulley — Black Lives Matter, Chicago Brenda Lopez — Co-coordinator, Los Angeles, U.S. Hands Off Cuba Committee. Participant, Recent Cubambiente International Conference in Havana Mayra Alonso — from Marazul Tours Juanita Palacios-Sims — Cuban-American, Co-owner, Beyond Cuba Travel Colette Lavergne — La Table de Concertation et de Solidarité Québec-Cuba Julio Fonseca — Executive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC), President of the Juan Gualberto Gomez Association of Cuban Residents in Toronto Jocelyn Velazquez — Se Acabaron Las Promesas, Puerto Rico Rev. Dorlimar Lebron Malave — Pastor of the First Spanish United Methodist Church “The People’s Church” located in East Harlem Plus, reports from the Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade, the Venceremos Brigade, the Pastors for Peace Caravane to Cuba & more!
And special presentation by media outlet Belly of the Beast!