DSA International Committee in Los Angeles: Cuba Forum

Start: 2022-01-28 18:00:00 UTC Pacific Standard Time (US & Canada) (GMT-08:00)

This is a virtual event

Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with the people of Cuba and categorically opposes the U.S. economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States and its allies.

DSA International Committee members in Los Angeles have set this Cuba Forum to discuss current political conditions in Cuba to provide general context on this year's national Cuban Solidarity efforts.

Please prepare for the Forum by reading the two brief DSA statements and if able, viewing any or all of the YouTube videos, “The War on Cuba." Whatever preparation you can do will be helpful, but not required. Looking forward to having this first Internationalist presentation and discussion with you all.

YouTube Documentary: Belly of the Beast, The War on Cuba

Belly of The Beast is a media outlet that counters parachute journalism by providing stories directly from the island. This documentary series, The War on Cuba, gives an inside look on the effects U.S. sanctions on Cuban people. The War on Cuba is an award-winning documentary series executive-produced by Oliver Stone and Danny Glover that takes an in-depth look at the economic war waged by the Trump administration on the Cuban people. Released on YouTube in October 2020 and viewed half-a-million times, the series shows the devastating impact of U.S. sanctions and examines the political and electoral interests driving U.S. policy.

Jennifer Cárcamo (she/her/hers) is a PhD Candidate in History at UCLA. She is a social historian with a focus on Latin America, particularly socialist movements and communist parties in Central America, and recently spent 7 months in Cuba, during the pandemic, conducting archival research on early 20th century international solidarity efforts between Central America and Cuba.

Adonay Castillo (he/him/his), MD, is a recent graduate of the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba. He lived in Cuba for 7 years and experienced first-hand the impact of US foreign policy on the island, particularly it’s effect on the Cuban medical system, including the pandemic, and the ways Cuba has and continues to demonstrate international solidarity with the Global South.

Bob Schwartz is the Executive Director of Global Health Partners, and a member of DSA. He has led the Cuba Medical Project that has brought surgical teams and life saving medicines to Cuba for three decades, most recently organizing 6 million syringes for COVID vaccinations and PPE.
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