The speaking tour was initiated and centrally organized by Toronto Forum on Cuba and, in the course of organizing, we enjoyed the great support of the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN - Toronto), Latin American-Canadian Solidarity Association (LACASA), National Council of Latin American and Caribbean Women of Canada – Latin@s – York University Chapter, Professor Arnold Itwaru, Ph.D, Lecturer, Caribbean Studies, Father Hernán Astudillo and the Church of San Lorenzo, Casa Maíz, KW Spot Collective, KW MLPC, Guelph Sense of Security and a great host of journalists who interviewed Bernie Dwyer.
The Cuban Consul General coordinated her transfer to Ottawa for her presentation there. In Quebec, we enjoyed the leadership of the Table de Concertation de Solidarité Québec-Cuba, which organized the events and interviews in Quebec.
In Toronto, during the tour, we were able to organize events whereby the audience not only enjoyed watching “The Day Diplomacy Died”, but engaged in lively discussions about the extension of U.S. intervention in Cuban affairs. We were able to disseminate information about the case of the Cuban Five and also had people sign the petition demanding visitation rights for the Cuban Five’s families and for their immediate release. Other written materials in relation to the Cuban Five, as well as Fidel's Reflections were also distributed.
In Kitchener/Waterloo, the efforts of the organizers from the Spot Collective paid off with another lively discourse on Cuba.
In London, the presentations at educational institutes and the community event led by the Latin American-Canadian Solidarity Association (LACASA) prepared the way for the organizers to gather strength to call for a Cuban Five Committee to be formed there.
While the tour in itself was an important step in exposing the hostile U.S. policies against Cuba, we learned that we have to do much more in order to bring the case of the Cuban Five (who are in their last year of legal battles), to the forefront.
Understanding the covert U.S. government operations that are being carried out in Cuba and the information provided by the documentary “The Day Diplomacy Died” amongst others that are presently being broadcast on Cuban television in a series entitled “The Reasons of Cuba”, means to understand the necessity of the work of the Cuban Five.
We shall continue working towards the goal of freeing the Cuban Five in the coming year and beyond, until justice is served upon their release.
Toronto Forum on Cuba will continue building the ever-growing campaign for the freedom of the Cuban Five and we will continue to post the very recent documentaries produced by Cuba on our website, which expose the ongoing and growing hostile U.S. policy, in its attempts of overthrowing the Cuban government.