The purpose of the well attended meeting was to hear an update of labor's involvement in the case and how to expand the work of solidarity with this case in the heavily populated area of Southern California. Those attending included Steven Weinglass, brother of Learnard Weinglass, who until his death was the leading attorney for the Five, well-known local artist Francisco Letelier, whose father, Chilean Foreign Minister under the Presidency of Salvador Allende, Orlando Letelier, was assassinated in Washington D.C. in 1976 and Rev.Orlando Rivera, from the United Methodist Church in Victorville, located near the Penitentiary where Gerardo Hernandez is serving two life sentences.
Labañino and Antonio Guerrero but that we had to seize the moment and push harder because nothing is a foregone conclusion.
The meeting was initiated by Cristina Vasquez, International Vice President, Workers United, Regional Manager WSRJB. A number of speakers delivered brief remarks about different aspects of the case including Mike Garcia, former President of USWW, Tom Hayden, author and politician, director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center, Peter Schey, President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and Alicia Jrapko, U.S. coordinator of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5.
At the end of the meeting a constructive discussion took place on practical things that could be done to enhance the work towards ending the injustice as soon as possible.
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5