CSW 2013

Cuban and US Collaboration Members at
2013 UN Commission on the Status of Women

Actions, Events, Delegations

National Network on Cuba Statement on Orlando
. . . We are horrified and outraged at yet another mass murder in the United States. While we mourn for the victims, their families and the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Fla., we also stand in solidarity with the necessary struggle against racism, against Islamophobia and bigotry or violence against Arab people, as well as homophobia and transphobia. . . . Especially for those of us who have visited or lived in socialist Cuba, we are sharply reminded that Cuba has no culture of gun violence. Cuban society values all life and works as a community to promote understanding, tolerance, and love of one's neighbors. . . .
Read complete NNOC Statement on Orlando

Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Cuban Lesbian Activist, on US Tour
Lesbians and Allies Project Seattle Events

Check back for updates to this event calendar.
Public Talk: Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Santiago de Cuba, will speak about her work as the founder of "Las Isabelas," the first lesbian organization in Cuba, and as a consultant with CENESEX (Cuban National Center for Sex Education) working to develop strategies for the struggle against homophobia. She is a member of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), and she is a nurse by profession.
Co-sponsored by US Women and Cuba Collaboration, Dyke Community Activists, Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee and WILPF's Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee
Saturday, June 11, 2:30-4:30 pm
Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Avenue South, Seattle

Contact: Cindy Domingo, cindydomingo@gmail.com

Lesbian/Queer Community Film and Dinner Event
Cho Bo Ji Zen Temple, Beacon Hill, 1733 S Horton St, Seattle, WA 98144
Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Cuban lesbian organizer and health care worker, will give a presentation at a dinner hosted by Sue Hodes and Dyke Community Activists. The film "Breaking the Silence," a Cuban documentary about the 1st National Cuban Lesbian Conference will be shown and Ms. Calzadilla will talk about lesbian/queer women in Cuba and Cuba's national struggle against homophobia & for gender rights. Dinner will include Cuban rice and beans.
Co-sponsored by US Women and Cuba Collaboration and Dyke Community Activists
Friday, June 17, 6-8:30 pm
Please RSVP to suehodes2@gmail.com or 206 499-7948.
Isel Calzadilla Resume
Lesbians and Allies Project Overview


Speakers include:
Isel Calzadilla Acosta, leading LGBTQ activist from Cuba
Gail Walker, Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace
Tamara Hansen, Coordinator Vancouver Communities in Solidarity w/ Cuba
Rev Robert Jeffrey, Pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Angela Gilliam, Emeritus Professor, Evergreen State College
Xochitl Garcia, US graduate of Latin American Medical School, Havana
Performers include:
Seattle Peace Chorus Action Ensemble
Seattle Fandango Project
New Hope Missionary Baptist Choir
Laura Oviedo & Marc Smason
Jose Carrillo
Rally Flyer

Luisa Campos, Director of Cuba's National Literacy Museum, on US Tour
                                    Visa Granted After Delay, Tour Begins!

Luisa Campos brings the first of two Literacy Campaign History tours to the U.S. this year during April, May and June. Griselda Aguilera and Tatiana Rodriguez will tour in October 2016, also talking about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which brought Cuban citizens to a 96%+ literacy rate in that one year, and led the way to a 99%+ rate today, one of the highest in the world.
See updated Luisa Campos tour information and learn more about opportunities for hosting and participating in these tours which are co-sponsored by the Collaboration.

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    World March of Women Newsletter
    See current and previous editions here.

    Cuba Life Travels, a Baltimore travel agency, welcomes the institution of direct flights from BWI to Havana. Caridad Morales Nussa, program director for Cuba Life Travels, and her partner, CEO Jasmin Torres, were at BWI for the inaugural flight and Morales Nussa spoke to the Baltimore Sun about her work as a Cuban American setting up and guiding trips to Cuba. The Sun reported that Morales Nussa "has led trips for students studying Spanish and Catholics who saw Pope Francis in Cuba. In January, she's taking a group of college students and professors from Pennsylvania to Cuba." See Cuba Life Travels website, linked below, for more information on their wide range of Cuba tours.
    Cuba Life Travels Website
    Baltimore Sun story

    A Year without Sundays: Images from the Literacy Campaign in Cuba
    Catherine Murphy's new book (by Murphy and Carlos Torres Cairo, edited by Esther Perez and produced by Lilian Lombera) includes archival photographs from the 1961 Campaign, interview fragments from literacy workers, an introductory essay by Cuban poet Nancy Morejon, and a DVD of selected moments from Murphy's award-winning film Maestra. Published by Aurelia Ediciones.
    Order here

    Recent interviews with Filmmaker Catherine Murphy:
    Democracy Now
    Tavis Smiley

    Maestra, Catherine Murphy's documentary about women of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Project, is available from Women Make Movies.
    Order Maestra, narrated by Alice Walker
    Maestra Website
    Two-minute Trailer
    Eight-minute Promo

    Raul Castro Champions Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
    ACN: Cuban News Agency

    Read Raul Castro's recent UN Talk here

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