under clouds of enclosure,
but flying butterflies
in watercolors and in verses"*...
People of all ages, many of them Latino, showed their astonishment when they heard for the first time the injustice committed against the Five and their families. Men who came to this country armed only with great courage and love in defense of their people against terrorist attacks.
The 25 indigenous butterflies of Cuba exposed, once again, the humanity of the poet and artist Antonio Guerrero who like his four brothers, never harmed anybody and continue creating art under the most adverse conditions.
Chelis Lopez, who is a host of the program Linea Abierta from Radio Bilingüe and the Pajaro Latinoamericano from KPOO radio station, was the Master of Ceremony. Alicia Jrapko, of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, explained the case to the perplexity of a group of young people who had never heard about the unfair sentences rendered on the Five. In addition, the renowned filmmaker Saul Landau, author of the documentary "Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up" transported the audience to the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, explaining the failure of the U.S. policy towards Cuba and urging those present to call their congressmen and to join the fight for the freedom of the Five.
The warm night of solidarity was punctuated by the music of the talented young Chilean singer Maria Loreto who delighted the audience with her songs.
A number of activists and friends of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 worked together in the organizing of this cultural event. Through the art of Antonio, the evening event achieved its objective of bringing the case of the Five to a new audience and to raise funds for the second "5 days for the Cuban 5" in Washington DC which will take place from May 30 to June 5.
* Excerpt from the poem "The butterfly that I paint" of Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez
For more information about the Cuban 5 visit: www.thecuban5.org
SAVE THE DATE: II Annual "5 Days for the Cuban 5 in Washington DC" May 30 to June 5
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5