Moncada Day celebrations

Friday, July 27, 2012 • noon to six pm

Victoria Park, on Spring Garden Road between South Park and Tower, Halifax, NS. Cost: free.

For the fifth consecutive year Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA) is organizing a public celebration of Moncada Day in Halifax, featuring speakers on Cuba’s medical internationalism, maternity care in Cuba, relations between Cubans and Canadians and the Cuban Five, as well as poetry, music and dancing.

Buenas días,

On behalf of the Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA), I extend a warm invitation to participate in the Fifth Annual Halifax Moncada Day commemoration that will take place on Friday, July 27th, from noon until 6 pm, at Victoria Park, corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, Halifax.

Among the planned activities this year are performances by Los Salseros music and dance.

The commemoration of Moncada Day is a reflection of the mutual respect that has existed between Cuba and Canada since the 19th century. At present, more than half a million Canadians (with many Nova Scotians among them!) visit Cuba each year. There exist numerous institutional and personal programs between Nova Scotia and Cuba.

While NSCUBA members hold diverse perspectives on Cuba, they are united in their stand against the U.S. embargo of Cuba and in support of Cuba’s right to sovereignty and self-determination. Towards this end NSCUBA promotes education and advocacy on issues concerning Cuba, facilitates cultural exchanges and provides assistance to various development projects. Our goal is to build bridges of understanding between the Canadian and Cuba people.

The July 27th Moncada Day commemoration is part of our ongoing educational and cultural work. It will mark the anniversary of the act that is annually celebrated all over Cuba as the beginning of the movement and struggle that paved the way for the Cuban Revolution.

In closing, I hope you will be able to attend and participate in the Moncada Day commemoration. Your presence will further contribute to the deepening of the ties between Nova Scotians and Cubans.

Respectfully,

Nels Larson

Chair, Nova Scotia Cuba Association

( schedule subject to change )

Isaac Saney – MC 12:00 –

Nels Larson 12:00 – 12:15 Bring opening greetings from NSCUBA

Tony Tracey (CLC) 12:15 – 12:30 “What is Moncada Day?”

Megan Leslie 12:30 – 12:45 “Greetings”

Ambros Prechtl 12:50– 1:00 Poetry

Art Drysdale 1:00 – 2:00 Music

John Kirk 2:00 – 2:15 “Medical internationalism programme”

Raging Grannies 2:15 -3:00 Singing

Mike Savage 3:00 – 3:10 “Relationship between Canadians and Cubans”

Nora Fernandez 3:15 – 3:25 “Maternity care for women in Cuba”

Taped Music 3:25 – 4:00

Salseros 4:00 – 4:30 Dancing and Music for all

Stephen Kimber 4:30 – 4:40 “Cuban Five”

Salseros 4:40 – 5:00 Music & Dancing

Nels 5:00 – 5:10 Thank you

Los Salseros 5:10 – 6:00 Music & Dance to close the day

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For your information:

59th Anniversary of Attack on Moncada Baracks in Cuba

Above, Fidel Castro (centre) and other Moncada rebels released from prison, May 1955

Editorial Comment, TML Weekly Information Project

July 26, 2012 marks the 59th anniversary of the historic attack on the Moncada Barracks by revolutionary Cuban youth. Led by legendary leader of the Cuban Revolution Comrade Fidel Castro, the attack was aimed at overthrowing the U.S. puppet regime of Fulgencio Batista. On this occasion, TML sends revolutionary greetings to the Cuban people and their leadership for continued success in their socialist nation-building project.

Although the attack did not succeed, it was a seminal event which consolidated the opposition to the U.S. puppet regime of Fulgencio Batista that ultimately led to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Today, the Cuban revolution marches onward, with the same audacious and revolutionary spirit of the youth who went into battle on July 26, 1953, but tempered by the wisdom of six decades of revolutionary practice in which countless obstacles and hardships have been overcome.

In 1953, Cuba was governed by the U.S. puppet dictator Batista. Seeking to decisively change the situation so that the people would be in control of their own destiny, the Cuban youth planned and carried out the attack on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Barracks of Batista’s army in Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo respectively. The Moncada Barracks were the military centre of the Batista regime in the south and its second largest and most powerful garrison.

Around 120 youth were part of the attacks in which approximately 70 of them were killed; many more were tortured and executed after the attack. The survivors, including Fidel Castro, were subsequently put on trial and given lengthy prison sentences. During his trial, Fidel Castro delivered his famous speech “History Will Absolve Me,” which ardently defended the actions of the youth and laid out the national and social goals of the revolutionary movement that eventually triumphed on January 1, 1959.

Most of the rebels, including Fidel Castro, were released after an amnesty in May 1955. This amnesty was the result of mass popular support for the imprisoned rebels. Following their release, the rebels regrouped in Mexico, eventually returning to Cuba in late 1956 on the yacht the Granma.

The anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada Barracks is today celebrated across Cuba as the National Day of Rebellion and also worldwide by all those who support Cuba’s right to chart its own path, free from foreign interference, especially that of the U.S. Cuba stands second to none in taking principled stands, refusing to submit to the U.S. imperialists’ interference while selflessly extending genuine humanitarian assistance to the peoples of the world. It is this indomitable spirit of defiance and sacrifice which Moncada Day commemorates.

On the occasion of Moncada Day, TML calls on everyone to continue building support for revolutionary Cuba by mobilizing for and participating in Moncada Day activities and coming events such as the People’s Tribunal and Assembly to Free the Cuban Five in Toronto this September. Support for Cuba, including opposing the criminal blockade and the continued imprisonment of the Cuban Five is more important than ever at a time when the hide-bound and desperate imperialists are more and more resorting to violence as the means to resolve their differences with the peoples of the world and impose their dictate on all those who seek an independent path.

Free the Cuban Five! 
All Out to Support Revolutionary Cuba! 
Long Live the Cuban Revolution!

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  1. Nick

    Sounds very lively — how the heck was it and where are the photos?

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