Trip to Cuba May 2018

 

 

 

 

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Las Terrazas, Artist Studio View of Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Restaurant in Havana

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Mateo Fuentes-Rohwer at Plaza de la Revolución, Havana

 

 

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Children at La Colmenita with Director Cremata

 

 

 

 

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Symphonic Music in El Mejunje Theatre

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Portrait of José Martí

 

 

 

 

 

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Revolution Café

 

 

 

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Latin American Working Group toolkit

href=”http://lawg.org/storage/documents/CubaToolkitJuly2018.pdf

Latin America Working Group provides a toolkit to advocate for an end to the U.S. travel ban and trade embargo against Cuba.

One example of the economic outcome of the “blockade”…

Battery maker suspends trade with Canadian cobalt supplier over U.S.-Cuba sanctions concerns.
Panasonic Corp, which produces batteries for Tesla, suspended trade with its Canadian supplier Sherritt International Corp over embargo-related concerns surrounding the amount of Cuban-mined cobalt that may be in the cells, which may end up in the U.S. market, Reuters reports. A spokeswoman for Panasonic told Reuters that the company “has sought guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regarding its interpretation of the scope of the U.S. ban on Cuban-origin imports.”
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Unrelated but also of interest:
Slow food movement takes hold in Cuba.
https://www.slowfood.com/Finca-slow-food-Cuba/

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Cuba Caravan with Gail Walker

Podcast of interview with Gail Walker on WFHB.

Pastors for Peace Gail
Walker w/ Ned & Heike

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Cuba Caravan

Building Bridges
Tearing Down Walls
The Cuba Caravan is Coming to town

Join Cubamistad and Pastors for Peace
for a Pitch-in Meal and a Movie.
6:00 pm Thursday June 28th
AME BETHEL CHURCH
​302 N. Rogers St. Bloomington, IN.
Hear the inspirational words of Gail Walker
​Director of IFCO-Pastors for Peace
Dare to Dream is a 30 minute movie the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba through the eyes of US students who are recipients of full scholarships in return for their commitment to practice medicine in under-served communities.
Through the stories of ELAM graduates, we learn the history of this medical school that is revolutionizing healthcare on a global level, graduating more than 26,000 doctors from around the world.

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Cuba Caravan event June 28.

Join us as we welcome director of Pastors for Peace, Gail Walker, during her stop in Bloomington June 28.
She is the daughter of IFCO Founder Lucius Walker and has been the director since 2011. She facilitates the process for dozens of US students studying medicine in Cuba courtesy of the Cuban government. Stay tuned for more information as to the time and place of the event.

For further info on the caravan itself local contact is cyndict@riseup.net or look on the national website http://www.ifconewsorg.org

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El Romerillo/ Kcho.


El 8 de enero de 2014, en la esquina de 120 y 7ma, abrió el Kcho Estudio Romerillo: Laboratorio para el Arte, donde antes existía un abandonado taller de ómnibus, nació un espacio con un marcado perfil social, cultural y educativo.

A la inauguración oficial asistió el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro; acompañado de Eusebio Leal, historiador de La Habana; Miguel Barnet, presidente de la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC); Abel Prieto, actual Ministro de Cultura; entre otras personalidades.

Fragmento de poema de Samuel Feijó, obra de David Záyas. Foto: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate
Muchos son los testimonios que corroboran que, solo dos años atrás, la barriada de Romerillo en el municipio Playa estaba en muy malas condiciones estructurales. Hoy la historia es diferente, poco a poco, el lugar adquirió identidad, y todas las personas quedan encantadas por el ambiente colorido de sus calles.

La magia no fue la causante de las mejoras constructivas en los alrededores, sino el artista de la plástica Alexis Leyva (Kcho), quien quedó enamorado de la localidad desde su época de estudiante. Su juventud se desarrolló en estas cuadras, porque estaba becado en la Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), a pocos metros; aquí venía a divertirse con sus amigos y a las cafeterías; llegó un momento en que fue un vecino más, afirmó Leonor Marrupe, guía del Kcho Estudio.

El propósito de Kcho al intervenir en este espacio fue la difusión del arte en la comunidad, dirigido al mejoramiento humano y a defender los valores nacionales. El objetivo fue crear un proyecto cultural de utilidad social, sin fines de lucro, para que los ciudadanos tuvieran un espacio de integración y experimentación del arte.

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Los Elementos

Theatre meets permaculture.
The company worked with a lot of children from poor, urban and rural neighborhoods teaching them about theater until 1995. They also worked with people living with HIV. While the troupe has had a history of moving, in 1995 they decided to settle down for in Cumanayagua where they established a caring and eco-friendly community. The location for this community was the farm that belonged to José Oriol’s grandparents. By settling down, it allowed the troupe to build an artistic community, where many artists – actors and writers – decided to live.

The community practices sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry and community based social programs, which are consistent with their beliefs and objectives of respecting the earth and improving their living conditions.

When the theater company was founded in 1990, it was mainly composed of alumni of the Havana National Institute of Performing Arts. Throughout the years, the troupe’s productions have taken place in many different locations.

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