Monday, May 16, 2011

Celebrating Antonio Guerrero’s art

By Bob McCubbin
Published May 15, 2011 9:20 AM

On May 6 the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego’s Balboa Park was the setting for the opening of an exhibition of the prison paintings of Cuban Five member Antonio Guerrero. Some of the many attendees at this important event gathered for a group photo in the Centro’s art gallery area following a program that focused on the struggle to free the Cuban Five, who have been unjustly held in U.S. prisons for 13 years. In the words of Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general and founder of the International Action Center: “The Cuban Five came here to protect their country. They came here to prevent terrorism. The Cuban Five stand for freedom. They stand for peace.”

The evening’s program featured talks by Gloria LaRiva of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five; Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyers Guild; several poetry and song presentations, along with solidarity messages from San Diego Friends of Cuba, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the International Action Center and Union del Barrio. Ramon Espinal of San Diego Friends of Cuba and Gloria Verdieu of the International Action Center co-chaired the meeting.

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