Tuesday October 11, 2011
The Pit, Selkirk College, Castlegar Campus, Noon
St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 513 7thAve, Castlegar, 7pm
Selkirk College Faculty Association, Selkirk College Student Association
Mr. Jorge Soberón, the Cuban Consul General to Canada, will give two talks in Castlegar on October 11. Mr. Soberón’s visit is part of a tour of British Columbia to raise awareness of the case of the Cuban 5 who were wrongly convicted of espionage in the United States. He will also discuss Cuba’s well known and much heralded medical mission in Haiti.
At Noon, Mr. Soberon will give a talk in the Pit at Selkirk College, Castlegar Campus.
At 7pm, Mr. Soberon will speak at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 513, 7thAve., Castlegar.
These are free events open to the community.
Any donations collected donated will be sent to the Cuban Medical Mission in Haiti.
Mr. Soberon’s tour is being sponsored locally by the Selkirk College Faculty Association, the Selkirk College Student Association, the West Kootenay Labour Council, the Kootenay Region branch of the United Nations Association (KRUNA), and the Union of Spiritual Communities in Christ (USCC).
As part of his talk, Mr. Soberón will relate the case of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, who are also known as the Cuban 5. These men are all serving long prison sentences in the United States for “conspiracy to commit espionage” and other related charges. Mr. Soberon will relate that the Cuban 5 were not spies. They were involved in monitoring Miami-based terrorist organizations which, since 1959, have been responsible for the deaths of over 3,400 people in Cuba, including one resident of Canada, Fabio di Celmo, in 1997. According to Mr. Soberon, the actions of these five men prevented further deaths in Cuba.
As well as speaking about the Cuban 5, Mr. Soberón will discuss Cuba’s heralded Medical Mission in Haiti.