Upcoming Events

WI Cuba Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba Monthly Meeting & Special Program

You can see the You Tube video of the Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Wis Cuba Coalition program featuring Milwaukee African-American artist Fatima Laster will present her visual “Exploracion Arte” (Art Exploration) from Cuba, from her December 2016 trip to Cuba.

Location  at Central United Methodist Church (CUMC), 639 N. 25th St., in Milwaukee.  Free admission and open to all interested.

Our coalition normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

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Iconic Cuban Literacy Teacher, Griselda Aguilera Cabrera 

Wednesday November 29, 7 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th Street, at Wisconsin Ave., MKE 53233.  (Free off street parking south of the church.)  Free and open to the public, donations gratefully accepted. Sponsored by: Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, https://wicuba.wordpress.com/ or on Facebook.  Bilingual program (Spanish & English)

Milwaukee Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Chicago Dec. 2-8, 2017: Iconic Cuban Literacy Teacher Griselda Aguilera Cabrera: Please check on our website, facebook pages or contact us for the final time & place of her public event, or if you would like to schedule a meeting or program with her.  Call 414 273-1040, ext. 12 or email Wis Cuba Coalition at CubaWIFriends@mindspring.com

Griselda 1961 handing titulo to Carlos Perez IslaGriselda 1961 handing titulo  (literacy certificate) to Carlos Perez Isla.

Come and hear from the youngest of 100,000’s of Cuba’s literacy teachers, the amazing story of how the lives of Cuba’s young people, particularly women, were transformed in 1961 by their voluntary efforts to end illiteracy in the entire nation. In 1961, revolutionary Cuba virtually ended adult illiteracy in one year. Featured in the renowned documentary “Maestra,”  Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was the youngest of these teachers, and will be speaking in Milwaukee on Wed. November 29, 2017.
Only seven years old, Griselda volunteered to help make literacy universal in Cuba. “I taught literacy to a 58 year old man, Carlos Perez Isla, who was a street cleaner and totally illiterate. This experience was seared into me with such force that it defined my future. From that moment, I decided to dedicate my life to teaching.”
Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, in activities to combat homophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls.
Described as a dynamic and exciting presence, Griselda will speak in Spanish with interpretation in English, along with the award winning short documentary “Maestra.”
Come hear her story and that of a generation of young people, particularly women, whose lives were changed by helping to uplift the education of an entire nation.

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“New Exhibition: Nov. 11, 2017 – March 18, 2018, Minneapolis//Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, Walker Art Center, MPLS.”

Join us at the Walker through March 18, 2018   Click here for a critique of the exhibit by The Minnesota Cuba Committee.

WALKER

EXHIBITION OPENING


EXHIBITION OPENING
Saturday, November 11 
Visionary, experimental, social, and political—discover the ways that Cuba’s revolutionary epoch shaped the past 65 years of Cuban art. Adiós Utopia brings together some 100 works rarely seen in the United States, including painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance, created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers. >>more
AFTER HOURS PREVIEW PARTY

Fri, Nov 10, 9 pm–12 midnight
$15 (Free for Walker members)

Be among the first to see Adiós Utopia at this late-night preview party. Celebrate with music by Charanga Tropical, Malamanya, and DJ Don Cuco; indulge in specialty cocktails and small bites; and get your hands dirty in a screenprinting workshop. Get your tickets in advance to skip lines the night of the event! >> more

 

Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 is a project conceived by the Cisneros Fontanals Fundación Para Las Artes (CIFO Europa) and The Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation, CIFO USA; and curated by Gerardo Mosquera, René Francisco Rodríguez, and Elsa Vega. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

For the opening night, November 18 from 3 to 11 p.m., Squirrel Haus Arts will become a mini-version of Havana’s famed Fábrica del Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory), with Cuban music and movies, snacks and drinks, as well as the many forms of art present throughout the show. The exhibit’s regular hours will be 12 to 5 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sundays from November 19 – January 14, 2018.  This is a free event, open to the public.  Click here for more information Facebook page 1

 

MADE IN CUBA/Hecho en Cuba: Recycling Memory & Culture, II. will show at Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 Snelling Avenue in Minneapolis from November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018.  Join us for our opening reception on November 18 from 3 to 11 pm. Click here for more information Facebook page 2

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Past Events:

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Tues, Nov. 14, 7pm: Meet & hear Cuban specialist in international relations and study, Henry Heredia

11.10.17 Henry

Meet & hear Cuban specialist in international relations, Henry Heredia, who has managed academic exchanges since 2011 for the Cuban Institute for Cultural Research and previously was the international relations coordinator for the Cuban Writers and Artists Assn. (UNEAC). He will join us on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7pm at our monthly Coalition meeting, at Central UMC, 639 N. 25th St., MKE 53203. (if you want to hear or meet him, but cannot make this time, call us at 414 273-1040, ext. 12  or email us at cubawifriends@mindspring.com)

Henry Heredia holds a degree in Education from the Pedagogical University in Havana and has also studied at the Higher Institute of International Relations Raul Roa (ISRI). Henry has over fifteen years of experience with the environmental and community group Project Espiral, of which he is a founding member. Since 2011 he has managed academic exchange for the Cuban Institute for Cultural Research Juan Marinello and previously Henry was an International Relations Coordinator for the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC). Henry speaks English fluently and has lectured at numerous prestigious institutions in the U.S since 2013. Henry looks forward to meeting with students, faculty and members of various organizations.  Presentations are strongly interdisciplinary and are of value to diverse audiences. Those interested in areas such as Latin American Studies, International Relations, Political Science, History, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology and Education would benefit from these events.

Symposium topics include but are not limited to:

1. Experiences in Community Work in Cuba: Henry would talk about his experiences as a member of Community Project Espiral since year 2000, a grass-root organization that works for the social, cultural and environmental development of Cuban society.

2. Cuban Culture and Cultural Shocks: Henry would talk to students and faculty signing for Study Abroad Programs to Cuba about culture, idiosyncrasy and traditions of Cuban people.

3. The US and Cuba: Changing Perceptions: This talk is about the results of Henry’s researches on the image of Cuba that Americans have before and after their first visit to the island, and the impact of those visits on the image of the US that Cubans have.

4. Understanding Regla de Osha or Santeria: Henry addresses anthropologist, ethnologist and other social scientists with a profound approach to the basic elements of this Cuban religion of African origins.

5. Gender and Sexuality in Cuba: This talk is about the achievements and challenges in the fight for gender equality in Cuban society today from the perspective of an activist rather than a scholar.

6. Cuban System of Education: A descriptive overview of the system of education in Cuba and the current challenges to keep the quality standards that have made it famous worldwide.

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Please support the “Fundraiser for Cuba after Irma” 4 to 1 matching gift by Oct. 8th

SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA AS IT CONTINUES TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH HURRICANE VICTIMS IN OTHER NATIONS

FOR EVERY $1 THAT YOU GIVE MADE OUT TO MEDICC (which is tax deductible) for “Hurricane relief,” MEDICC and our allies in Chicago  will each double your gift, so that $4 will go to help CUBA REBUILD.  Please bring or send that to us by October 8, 2017 to: Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, 633 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1410, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203, (414) 273-1040.

Sunday, October 8 at 7pm-9pm, featuring Latin music and culture. The Coffee House (19th St. & Wisconsin Avenue, MKE)  

See https://www.facebook.com/events/116310815711357/      Cuba Hurricane pic.jpg

Entertainers will include guitarist & vocalist Darele Bisquera, and Troubadour Tony Baez performing songs of love and struggle from the Hispanic world, plus New Orleans jazz and a special music performance from Havana!

map of hurricane Irma over Cuba.pngThis image shows the storm over Cuba. The eye of the storm is right by Milwaukee’s old sister city of Nuevitas, which is on the northern coast of Cuba.  Irma was a category 5 Hurricane from the time it hit Cuba and for 72 hours it spent its force on Cuba, being reduced to a Category 3 when it hit Florida. As members of Congress including Rep Kathy Castor from Tampa, FL and our own Rep. Gwen Moore, wrote, “Cuba absorbed much of the impact from Hurricane Irma which lessened the damage to southern Florida and the United States.” Their letter asks Pres. Trump to use his power to lift restrictions and thus to allow U.S. companies to sell re-construction materials to Cubans

Cuba is the only area affected by the recent hurricanes which is subject to U.S. economic sanctions (as it has been for over 50 years).

It is also the only nation in the area which has sent over 700 doctors and medical personnel to aid people in  other Caribbean islands devastated by hurricane. see Irma: Cuba sends hundreds of doctors to Caribbean islands devastated by hurricane (September 9 2017, The Independent UK)

Please support this event, or you can make a tax deductible donation, 100% of which will go to Cuba: by Donating to MEDICC.org’s CUBA HURRICANE RELIEF FUND NOW!

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 2017 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL • “Esteban” on 09/30 & 10/12/2017

Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba is honored to be a Community Partner with the Milwaukee Film Festival for the showing of “ESTEBAN”, on Sept. 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Avalon Theater located at 2473 South Kinnickinnic Avenue, and on Oct. 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre located at 2230 North Farwell Avenue.

(Cuba | 2016 | Director: Jonal Cosculluela)
Official site: estebanlapelicula.com/en/

See trailer at: [youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYwCngfWZQ8?
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Nine-year-old Esteban ekes out an existence with his single mother on the streets of Havana, but he dreams of a brighter future thanks to his natural affinity for music. When a cantankerous old piano instructor makes his way into the young boy’s life, Esteban looks to seize the opportunity, even if it means going against his mother’s wishes. A winning portrait of perseverance with an absurdly charming performance at its center, Esteban is a story for anyone who believes in the power of music to change one’s life.

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WI Cuba Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba Monthly Meeting & Special Program

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Wis Cuba Coalition program and meeting featuring Milwaukee African-American artist Fatima Laster will present her visual “Exploracion Arte” (Art Exploration) from Cuba, from her December 2016 trip to Cuba.

We will also update and answer any questions regarding President’s Trump’s recently announced increased restrictions on the right of U.S. citizens and residents to travel to Cuba.

Location for meeting at Central United Methodist Church (CUMC), 639 N. 25th St., in Milwaukee.  Free admission and open to all interested.

To double check any unusual schedule changes, call us beforehand at (414) 273-1040, ext. 12.  Meetings are open to any persons interested in furthering our purpose.  Our coalition normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

Fatima Laster picture


Perspectives on Cuban-American Relations
and the
Cuban Healthcare System
Monday, April 17
7:00 PM
Waukesha Public Library, Community Room
321 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186

Speaker: Gladys Abella: One of the leaders of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Marianao (IBEM), Havana, was a key player in reorienting IBEM’s ecclesial, ecumenical and social mission in 1971.  In 1987 Ms. Abella played key role in the creation of The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center in Havana.  Ms. Abella works at the Cuban Council of Churches and is currently part of the management team of the IBEM.  She was active in the Coordination of Baptist Students and Workers in Cuba (COEBAC).   Note that due the medical emergency indicated below, Ms. Abella will not be able to be part of this program, but Dr. Elena DeCosta and a representative of IFCO/Pastors for Peace will present this program and show the documentary.  Dr. DeCosta has traveled widely in Latin America, including in Cuba last July where she had contact with the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Havana.  

Featuring Dare to Dream: Cuba’s Latin American Medical School, a 30-minute documentary.

Sponsored by Plowshare-Fair-Trade Marketplace & Education for Peace; IFCO-Pastors for Peace; Waukesha Public Library

For further information contact: Dr. Elena De Costa, Carroll University, edecosta@carrollu.edu  262-524-7284.

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RELIGION AND REVOLUTION – CUBAN STYLE

NOTICE:  PLEASE SEE BELOW REGARDING THE CHANGE IN SPEAKER FOR THIS PROGRAM!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7-9 PM 

Central United Methodist Church
639 N. 25th Street, at Wisconsin Ave. (free parking south of the church)
Milwaukee, WI 53233.  

A free, public event 

Due to our Cuban speaker, Gladys Abella recently suffering a heart attack, she has been forced to cancel her visit.  Instead, we are honored to have speaking on the same topic and leading a discussion, Marilyn McKenna, from the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)

Marilyn McKenna has worked on CRLN’s education/advocacy initiatives to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba with U.S. and Cuban faith communities since 2001.  From 1998 – 2001, Marilyn worked on humanitarian aid caravans and delegations to Cuba and Chiapas for IFCO/Pastors for Peace.  She has served as a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of organizations working to end the U.S. embargo. Since her first trip in 1982, Marilyn has travelled to Latin America more than twenty times.

Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, http://www.wicuba.org.   Like us on Facebook! Pastors for Peace/IFCO, www.ifconews.org

 

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