35th Venceremos Brigade

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35th Venceremos Brigade

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In 2004, the 35th Venceremos Brigade arrived in Santiago de Cuba on July 4, for a week of work, meetings and travel in the eastern part of Cuba. In Santiago they stayed at the Abel Santamaria School, where they helped to renovate the school building, as well asmone other school in the province. Among their activities have been meetings with members of the Women's Federation of Cuba and with Cuban veterans who fought against Apartheid South Africa; Brigade members been named welcomed as "Distinguished Visitors" by Santiago city officials.

Arturo Perez, 34, from New York City, says[1];

I am participating in this travel challenge because the current law is unjust. It degrades humanity. It hinders progress. Since I am fully cognizant of the blockade [against Cuba] and its direct effects on the Cuban people, I want to see for myself how this socialist country is solving problems. I am eager to see a society that is based on human need and not corporate greed."

LeiLani Dowell, a member of Workers World Party, is running for Congress on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket in San Francisco (8th District). She recently visited Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, and participated in the 35th annual travel challenge, returning to the U.S. from Canada on July 19.[2]

Bonnie Massey traveled to Cuba with the 77 strong 2004 Venceremos Brigade[3].

"The Cubans need to see that solidarity has not stopped," said Bonnie Massey, a 23-year-old high school counselor from New York City. "We're very firm on our stance. We have the moral law on our side."

"It's changed, but the concept is the same," said Massey, one of the brigade's organizers. She said the group still believes Cubans should be able to determine their own destiny without U.S. interference.

STORM associate Mei-ying Ho-now Mei-ying Williams traveled to Cuba with the 2004 Venceremos Brigade[4].

Larry Hales traveled to Cuba with the 77 strong 2004 Venceremos Brigade[5].

Kendra Guild, 27th, 31st, and 34th Brigades,and planning on the 35th.[6]

In 2004, the 35th Anniversary Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade arrived in Santiago de Cuba on July 4, for a week of work, meetings and travel in the eastern part of Cuba. In Santiago they stayed at the Abel Santamaria School, where they helped to renovate the school building, as well asmone other school in the province. Among their activities have been meetings with members of the Women's Federation of Cuba and with Cuban veterans who fought against Apartheid South Africa; Brigade members been named welcomed as "Distinguished Visitors" by Santiago city officials.

Rosina Roibal, a 24 year old from New Mexico, says[7];

"It is my obligation to show Mr. Bush that what he is doing is immoral, greedy, unfair, illegal, and wrong. It should be our right to travel wherever we want in this world and for people in other countries to do the same."

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