Arn Kawano is General counsel for a family-owned and operated insurance agency operating nationwide that was founded at its New York City headquarters site in 1888.
Mediator and Attorney
1978 – Present. Admitted to practice law in New York (1978) and The District of Columbia (1979). Member of the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.
This chant meaning "Yes to Cuba!" "No to the blockade!" continuously broke out from the audience in support of the Cuban and guest speakers at the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Conference for Democracy and Against Neo-Liberalism held in Havana between November 1st and 3rd 2019 that was attended by CCDS members Ira Grupper of Louisville, KY and Arn Kawano of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. 1,332 representatives of 789 organizations, political parties, religious groups and intellectuals from 86 countries gathered to discuss ways to build international solidarity to oppose the illegal and immoral blockade by the US against Cuba, the longest against any country, and other acts of US imperialism and US support of neoliberal regimes in developing nations.
The closing session was attended by Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the two presidents addressed the gathering. First President Maduro described the revival of the pink tide resistance to neoliberal governments throughout Latin America and decried the US-backed coup developing in Bolivia against its indigenous leader, President Evo Morales. President Díaz-Canel expressed gratitude to those in attendance for their solidarity with Cuba. In his speech, President Díaz-Canel said that "Cuba is the best demonstration of how much solidarity of people's can do." He then went on to give examples of Cuba's solidarity with progressive and developing countries. But that simple sentence describes the reason the US government is using the overt blockade and covert subversive measures to overthrow the Cuban socialist government.
The conference ended in the spirit of another chant often heard during the conference: "El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!" "The people united will never be defeated!"
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Report to Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism NCC on the work of the CCDS Latin America Task Force by Pat Fry, 1/13/19
Our Task Force, a sub-committee of the Peace and Solidarity Committee, was established in June amidst a violent coup attempt in Nicaragua - organized by right wing forces tied to U.S. NGOs, elements of the Catholic church, remnants of the contras, and the anti-Ortega leftists MRS now colluding with rightwing members of the U.S. Congress and the CIA. There has been much confusion and unclarity among the left and progressives in the U.S. about these events. It was for this reason that several of us in CCDS felt compelled to do what we could to counter a well-organized social media disinformation campaign.
We issued a statement last month titled, "Challenging US Imperialism in Latin America." It is in part a response to John Bolton's "Troika of Tyranny" speech in which he has called for regime change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Congress passed the NICA act which imposes economic sanctions on the Nica government, similar to the sanctions imposed on Venezuela - in the name of "humanitarianism and democracy."
Our task force meets every six weeks. We invite all to join. Some CCDS members are active in local committees organizing in defense of Venezuelan sovereignty. Duncan McFarland forwarded to us a statement by the Boston Venezuela Solidarity Committee. A committee is soon to be organized by our comrades in Corvallis, Oregon. In NY, a group of activists including myself met this past week and will continue to meet with the aim of getting accurate information out about the situation in Nicaragua. CCDS has been invited to participate in the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution on July 19th.