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Cuban Film Festival 2016: Cuba Engages the World!
November 12 and 15, Bozeman MT

Join recent travelers to Cuba and view the latest documentaries in a 2-part Cuban Film Festival, Images of Cuba Engaging the World. Both Montana State University-Bozeman and Bozeman Public Library will be hosts to the documentary film screenings that explore our nearest island neighbor in their humanitarian and solidarity relationships with the world as part of International Education Week organized by the MSU Office of International Programs. Read about films and film fest details by clicking on the flyer below.
Film Fest Informational Flyer

Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Cuban Lesbian Activist, Concludes US Tour
"As a Cuban, it was essential to show the work we do in Cuba, the network of lesbian women."
Isel's Project Report in Spanish and English
eNews Overview of Tour, Calendar, Lesbians and Allies Project
Isel Calzadilla Resume

Public Talk: Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Santiago de Cuba, will speak about her work as the founder of "Las Isabelas," the first lesbian organization in Cuba, and as a consultant with CENESEX (Cuban National Center for Sex Education) working to develop strategies for the struggle against homophobia. She is a member of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), and she is a nurse by profession.
Co-sponsored by US Women and Cuba Collaboration, Dyke Community Activists, Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee and WILPF's Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee
Saturday, June 11, 2:30-4:30 pm
Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Avenue South, Seattle

Contact: Cindy Domingo,
Lesbian/Queer Community Film and Dinner Event
Cho Bo Ji Zen Temple, Beacon Hill, 1733 S Horton St, Seattle, WA 98144
Isel Calzadilla Acosta, Cuban lesbian organizer and health care worker, will give a presentation at a dinner hosted by Sue Hodes and Dyke Community Activists. The film "Breaking the Silence," a Cuban documentary about the 1st National Cuban Lesbian Conference will be shown and Ms. Calzadilla will talk about lesbian/queer women in Cuba and Cuba's national struggle against homophobia & for gender rights. Dinner will include Cuban rice and beans.
Co-sponsored by US Women and Cuba Collaboration and Dyke Community Activists
Friday, June 17, 6-8:30 pm
Please RSVP to or 206 499-7948.


Speakers include:
Isel Calzadilla Acosta, leading LGBTQ activist from Cuba
Gail Walker, Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace
Tamara Hansen, Coordinator Vancouver Communities in Solidarity w/ Cuba
Rev Robert Jeffrey, Pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Angela Gilliam, Emeritus Professor, Evergreen State College
Xochitl Garcia, US graduate of Latin American Medical School, Havana
Performers include:
Seattle Peace Chorus Action Ensemble
Seattle Fandango Project
New Hope Missionary Baptist Choir
Laura Oviedo & Marc Smason
Jose Carrillo
Rally Flyer

Luisa Campos, Director of Cuba's National Literacy Museum, on US Tour
                                    Visa Granted After Delay, Tour Begins!

Luisa Campos brings the first of two Literacy Campaign History tours to the U.S. this year during April, May and June. Griselda Aguilera and Tatiana Rodriguez will tour in October 2016, also talking about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which brought Cuban citizens to a 96%+ literacy rate in that one year, and led the way to a 99%+ rate today, one of the highest in the world.
See updated Luisa Campos tour information and learn more about opportunities for hosting and participating in these tours which are co-sponsored by the Collaboration.

National Network on Cuba Statement on Orlando
. . . We are horrified and outraged at yet another mass murder in the United States. While we mourn for the victims, their families and the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Fla., we also stand in solidarity with the necessary struggle against racism, against Islamophobia and bigotry or violence against Arab people, as well as homophobia and transphobia. . . . Especially for those of us who have visited or lived in socialist Cuba, we are sharply reminded that Cuba has no culture of gun violence. Cuban society values all life and works as a community to promote understanding, tolerance, and love of one's neighbors. . . .
Read complete NNOC Statement on Orlando

LASA 2016! NYC end of MAY!
Lesbians and Allies Project Forum!

Join us during the Latin American Studies Association Conference in New York at the end of May. Our Lesbians and Allies Project is hosting a community event that will be co-sponsored by the WILPF Cuba and Bolivarian Issues Committee and the National Dominican Women's Caucus. The forum will feature Cuban panelists with extensive expertise in lesbian advocacy, and Collaboration members will be featured on a variety of LASA conference panels.
Learn more about the forum and LASA panels
Lesbians and Allies Project Overview
Flyer for Lesbians and Allies Project Forum

Miguel Fraga, First Secretary of the US Cuban Embassy, Washington, DC
Visits Seattle March 2-6

Roundup of Miguel Fraga's West Coast Tour
Miguel Fraga, First Secretary of the Washington DC Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, makes an historic Seattle visit the first week of March. This will be the first visit of a Cuban diplomat to Seattle since the 1999 WTO, and the first official diplomatic visit to Seattle by a representative of the newly-restored embassy since the 1961 end to normalized diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba.

In his major Seattle event, he will keynote a day-long conference at Seattle University on Saturday, March 5. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the topic of normalization of relations between the US and Cuba, including the importance of moving forward to develop renewed relations that are based on mutual respect and a two-way open exchange of peoples, ideas and trade. Presentations will point out that much work remains in spite of encouraging recent progress in this area.

The program includes panels at 10am on lessons the Cuban Revolution offers the US, at 1:30pm on the current laws of the US embargo of Cuba, and at 2:30pm on building links and solidarity between the US and Cuba. US Congressional Representative Jim McDermott will be among panelists for the 1:30 panel.

At 11am Dr. Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs of Seattle University offers a poem of welcome before the keynote address at that time by Miguel Fraga on "The History, Current State, and Desired Future of US-Cuba Relations."

This conference is free and open to the public, sponsored by several programs at Seattle University in collaboration with community sponsors: US Women and Cuba Collaboration, Seattle Cuba Friendship Committee, National Lawyers Guild, LELO, and Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba.
Event Flyer: Front  Back

Other public events include:
Thursday, March 3: Pinchot University, Reception and Miguel Fraga talks about the future of US business in Cuba, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave South, 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Friday, March 4: Exhibit Opening and Reception for First Secretary Fraga at the Bill Hackwell photo exhibit, "The Cuban Five Return: An Entire Country Celebrates," El Centro de la Raza, 3rd floor Hall Gallery, 6:30 to 9:30pm.
Sunday, March 6: Miguel Fraga talks about organic agriculture, Cuba's churches, and race in Cuba, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 124 21st Ave, 12-1pm.


Guantanamo Seminar for Peace
Nov 20-25, 2015
Guantanamo Province, Cuba

The World Peace Council (WPC) and the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (MovPaz), Regional Coordinator of the WPC for America and the Caribbean, call together concerned people for the 4th International Seminar for Peace and Abolition of Foreign Military Bases. The Seminar will take place in the province of Guantanamo, where a territory of 117 sq. km. has been illegally occupied for more than one-hundred years by a United States naval base that is currently one of the most terrifying and inhuman torture centers of the planet.
Event details here

2015 US Women's Delegation to Cuba!
Delegation Dates: November 13-22, 2015
      "Advancing Women's Human Rights,
      Racial Justice and Community Development"


This Women's Delegation to Cuba, traveling to Santiago de Cuba and Havana from November 13-22, is fully booked and now has a waiting list.
Delegation details and application are below and US women are welcome to apply, but we cannot guarantee openings for this year. Any questions can be directed to Nataka Moore and Jan Strout, 2015 Delegation co-leaders, at

Given the dramatic new commitment to restored diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, we are so excited to be leading this Delegation to Advance Women's Human Rights, Racial Justice and Community Development in Cuba. This delegation will give us an early look at how women and all Cubans are experiencing the impacts of these changes. We are seeking US women with a diverse array of experiences to join us for a delegation that will allow you to explore ideas and projects in your respective area of interests, field or professional arena with Cuban women counterparts.
Flyer With Details
Application Form
Marazul Travel Advice
Kim Klein: Grassroots Fundraising

National Network on Cuba (NNOC) Annual Meeting
November 7-8
Washington, DC

NNOC looks forward to the participation of Kenia Serrano, Cuban ICAP President and Leima Martinez, Cuban representative of the North America Division of ICAP, as well as members of NNOC from across the US.
Event details here

US Women & Cuba Collaboration Delegation
Delegation Dates: August 28-September 11, 2015
       "The Cuban Revolution: Its History and Present Day Transformation"

This co-ed delegation is a customized tour organized by US Women and Cuba Collaboration leader and cofounder, Cindy Domingo. Beginning on August 28 in Miami, the delegation will travel to Havana for three days and then proceed by bus to eastern Cuba, studying the history of the Cuban revolution and the current social and economic transformations occurring in Cuba now. The delegation will stop at historical sites and meet with people and organizations in Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Camaguey, Bayamo, Santo Domingo/Sierra Maestras, Baracoa and Santiago.
Delegation Flyer

"From Cuba With Love," Photographic Art by Lissa Barber
June 4-August 31, 2015
The Gallery at Zoot Enterprises, Bozeman, MT

Lissa Barber, twice a member of a US Women and Cuba Collaboration delegation, brings her training as a portrait photographer, as well as her journalism education and, finally, her appreciation for fine photojournalism into her "street photography" approach to the images in her exhibit "From Cuba with Love." Her images portray the people and places in Cuba that she encountered in her two recent visits to the country. This art show also includes "Engaging Cuba" by Bozemen photographer Jelani Mahiri.

The IRS Plans to Revoke IFCO's Tax Exempt Status
for Providing Aid to Cuba

More than five years after the Internal Revenue Service initiated efforts to strip the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) of its status as a non-profit organization, IFCO has learned that the IRS Appeals Office plans to uphold the revenue agent's recommendation to revoke their 501(c)3 status.
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Join the Collaboration in Supporting Food Justice
Dinner Event in Seattle, WA

The Collaboration is a community partner with Community Alliance for Global Justice for its 9th Annual "Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere" Dinner. The keynote address, by Dean Jackson, ED of Hilltop Urban Gardens in Tacoma, WA, is on a topic our Cuban colleagues have taught us a lot about: urban agriculture and the importance of tying racial and economic justice into our food justice movement.
Event details here

Cuba Libre
Misa Shikuma, Fall 2014 Delegate

Cuba Libre

Digna and Me: Cuba, Race & Transnational Solidarity
Lisa Brock, Academic Director, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Cuba, Race & Transnational Solidarity

Post-2015 Women's Coalition Vision Statement
Vision Statement

"US-style democracy not only option,"
Cuban scholars respond to Obama policy changes

Collaboration Signs July 6 Letter to Department of Justice
Signed by hundreds of gender-activist organizations, the letter calls for attention to the gender-biased "Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault."
Read letter here

CUBA CONSULTATION 2015 in Washington, DC
Sponsored by LAWG and WOLA
Event was held June 23-24, 2015

Leading US organizations who work on progressive US-Cuban relations, including the Collaboration, networked and shared information at a highly successful event.
LAWG Report here

State Department Announces Cuba's Removal
from 'State Sponsors of Terror' List

29 May 2015

"Removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is a long overdue step in the process of updating US-Cuba relations," said Geoff Thale, Director of Programs at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).
Cuba Removed from US List

2015 US Speaking Tour
Women Studies Scholar Norma Vasallo Barrueta
April 18-June 6, 2015

It is a great pleasure to co-sponsor with WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) the visit of Dr Norma Vasallo Barrueta, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Havana. Her US Speaking Tour from April 18 to June 6 includes a presentation at the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin America Studies Association (LASA) in Puerto Rico from May 27 to 30.
Her tour includes visits to six US cities and topics for her presentations include (but are not limited to):
1) Achievements and challenges of Cuban women past and present; 2) Impact of economic changes in Cuba for Cuban women and their families; 3) Cuban women's identity through different generations; 4) The development of Psychology as a discipline in Cuba; 5) Her new book: Ecos distantes, voces cercanas, miradas femeninas (Distant Sounds, Nearby Voices, Feminist Viewpoints)
Please contact Caridad Morales at with any questions about Dr. Vasallo's scheduling.

Film and discussion presented by Gallatin Valley Friends and El Cine Cubano!

Join us for this exciting event about updates on Cuba travel.
Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT
Sunday, March 29, 3-5 p.m.
This special edition of El Cine Cubano! looks at opportunities for, and challenges to, travel to Cuba. Award-winning filmmaker Estela Bravo's documentary Free to Fly will be screened, and experienced Montana travelers to Cuba will share upcoming opportunities to travel, information about the new regulations impacting travel to Cuba and recently introduced bi-partisan Congressional Legislation to lift all travel restrictions that still remain.
Travel experts include: journalist Brian Kahn (Artemis Common Ground), writer Valerie Hemingway, Bill Halperin (Bonefish Excursions), photographer Lissa Barber; cultural tourism leader Doug Wales; and Jan Strout (Marazul Charters/Life Travels to Cuba/US Women and Cuba Collaboration). Presentations will be followed by audience contributions and Q & A.
Co-sponsors include Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, MSU Department of Modern Languages and Literature, and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.
Event Flyer

INCITE! Color Of Violence 4 Conference

Join us for our workshop at this exciting conference!
March 26-29, Chicago

Join the Collaboration and WILPF for CSW 59!
The 2015 UN Commission on the Status of Women Celebrates Beijing+20!
March 9-20, 2015

The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is pleased to join the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Advancing Human Rights and Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Committees, National Organization for Women (NOW) Global Feminist Issues and Strategies Committee, National Dominican Women's Caucus and representatives from the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) with women from around the world in New York as we present at the UN CSW parallel events in 2015. Please join us for our panels!
Panel Details

presented by Gallatin Valley Friends and El Cine Cubano!

Join us for two exciting events about the dramatic changes in relations between the US and Cuba.
Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT

Sunday, Feb 22, 3-5 p.m.
Amigas y Amigos: Celebration of Cuban Arts and Culture
Join Bozeman area artists, writers and musicians celebrate the renewal of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, openings in travel, travel and reuniting families of both nations. Confirmed musicians and artists include percussionist Doug Wales and friends, jazz pianist Ann Tappan, photographer Lissa Barber, plus invited poets, dancers and spirited readings of Cuban writers.

Sunday, March 29, 3-5 p.m.
Right to Travel with El Cine Cubano!
This special edition of El Cine Cubano! looks at opportunities for, and challenges to, travel to Cuba. Award-winning filmmaker Estela Bravo's documentary Free to Fly will be screened, and experienced Montana travelers to Cuba will share upcoming opportunities to travel, information about the new regulations impacting travel to Cuba and recently introduced bi-partisan Congressional Legislation to lift all travel restrictions that still remain.

Co-sponsors include Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, MSU Department of Modern Languages and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.
Event Flyer

"I Will Die the Way I've Lived," Art by Cuba 5 Hero Antonio Guerrero
Columbia City Gallery, Seattle
January 14-February 22

6th International Che Guevara Conference
"Cuba: A Socialist Project in Progress"
Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC)
23 January 2015 to 25 January 2015
Vancouver, BC
Details and Registration

       Success in Changing US Cuba Policy!
          All Cuban Five Heroes are Home!

Statement from US Women & Cuba Collaboration:
US Women & Cuba Collaboration joins all our friends and allies in the Cuba solidarity movement in celebration and thanks to President Barack Obama for making the most important policy changes towards Cuba in over 50 years! We are particularly happy for the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labanino (the remaining three of the Cuban Five) who were unjustly imprisoned for 16 years in US prisons. The freedom of the Cuban Five has been central to the US Cuba solidarity movement's agenda, and together with the international campaign waged by governments, institutions, media outlets and thousands of people worldwide (including 10 Nobel laureates and even Pope Francis) we ultimately won their release.

In acknowledging that the US cold war policy of isolation towards Cuba has not accomplished US goals, President Obama has called for re-engagement with Cuba and the establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries including the opening of official embassies in Havana and the US. (See the White House's "Charting a New Course on Cuba" here and the White House Fact Sheet here.) The changes that Obama announced in his momentous speech lie within his Executive authority and they include the expansion of travel for US peoples and Cubans, increasing the amount of money Cuban Americans can send to their families, and easing banking and commerce restrictions to facilitate greater trade between our two countries. Furthermore, Obama has requested US Secretary of State John Kerry to examine the criteria used to place Cuba on the list of terrorist countries, hopefully paving the way for Cuba's removal from the list. (Call the White House at 202.456.1111 or email President Obama and say THANK YOU.)

Barack Obama began his presidency with reopening travel for Cuban Americans and allowing this community to send remittances to their families (after the two Bush administrations made and maintained these things as unlawful). Therefore, we applaud Obama's use of his Executive powers to do what nine other US presidents failed to do, which is to begin dismantling the 54-year old US blockade and to join the rest of the world in accepting Cuba into the world of nations. This comes at a crucial time especially as the US prepares for the upcoming Seventh Summit of the Americas scheduled for April in Panama.

Like so many others, US Women & Cuba Collaboration has worked very hard to see this day. Working from multicultural women's perspectives, we have educated US citizens, forged relationships with Cuban citizens, led petition and mail campaigns to President Obama, and worked with groups who lobby Congress for reform. But the work is not finished and we need your ongoing support. For all of us who have worked ceaselessly to see this day of change in Cuba policy, we realize that we have much left to do, especially in light of the Republican control of both the House and Senate beginning next year.

We call on Congress to act now to lift the blockade and work with the President to establish political and economic relations based on mutual respect and Cuba's right to self-determination. (Email your Senators and Members of Congress to let them know you support normalization of relations with Cuba and repeal of the Helms-Burton and Torricelli legislation against Cuba.)

And we call on you, our base, to continue supporting the work we do. For those of you who have already responded to our Annual End-of-Year Appeal, we are grateful! And if you haven't yet responded, you can donate now, before December 31, and your donation of any size to the Collaboration will be matched by a generous donor. Checks should be written to CAR/Hermanas and mailed to Cindy Domingo, Co-Chair US Women & Cuba Collaboration, 6508 27th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

Another world is possible in solidarity with you and all the people and groups who have worked for these new bridge-building policies between the US and Cuba.


U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration Delegation
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:15pm
University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305

The U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration's 2014 Delegation traveled to Cuba this year to explore political, social, and economic developments. Delegation members will report on what they learned and how the visit to Cuba impacted their understanding of the Cuban people, their culture, and their way of life. Learn about our work with lesbian leadership in Cuba and our upcoming activities as well as current perspectives on the U.S. embargo against Cuba and potential strategies for addressing the impacts of U.S. policies. Sponsor: University of Washington School of Social Work. Co-sponsors: UW School of Social Work Community Centered Integrative Practice, UW Women's Center, UW Comparative History of Ideas Department.
Read Individual Delegate Reflections Here
Read Delegation Agenda Highlights Here
Delegation Overview and Photos

Actress Laura de la Uz Visits Towson University

The renowned actress Laura de la Uz of Havana, Cuba, will visit Towson University during the third week of November 2014. She will speak with university classes, participate in a community forum, and screen her most recent film, La pelicula de Ana, directed by the late Daniel D’az Torres. This screening is promoted by the Cuban Institute of Film Arts and Industries (ICAIC) as part of its 55th anniversary, and the visit is supported by Towson University and the ICAIC, and co-sponsored by the US Women and Cuba Collaboration. For more information, see:
Laura de la Uz Bio

Cuba Expands Women's Reproductive Rights

Mariela Castro Points to Progress on LGBTQ Rights in Cuba

Cuban Women's Electoral Victories

The Empowerment of Cuban Women

Poll Shows the Changing Dynamics of Cuban American Miami

Gloria Rolando Tours the US Fall 2014
Filmmaker Gloria Rolando's Fall 2014 Tour will visit US cities from coast to coast. For more information about hosting and other issues, see

ARTWOMAN: 1st International Festival of Women Artists
Havana, Cuba, December 12-14, 2014

Artwoman is a multidisciplinary festival whose main objective is to demonstrate and empower various forms of art and feminine discourse from perspectives that are feminist, Afro and non-normative. For more information about participation and submitting proposals, see
Call for Participants Flyer

The US Women and Cuba Collaboration protests in the strongest terms the misinformed and unjust IRS proposal to revoke the 501c3 tax exempt status of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. We hold the work of IFCO in highest regard as a model for our own related work to build bridges with the people of Cuba.
The Collaboration stands in solidarity with IFCO and urges all members of our Collaboration to add their voices of support to IFCO.
Background and Overview of 4 Actions You Can Take
Sign IFCO Petition at
Contact Elected Officials: US Senators and US Representatives
Write to the IRS
Talking Points
Collaboration Statement of Support

Reports from Seattle Women who Participated in the
Collaboration's September 2014 Research Delegation

Delegates researched "Impacts of Social and Economic Reforms on Women and Families in Cuba," while travelling to Havana, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Cienfuegos. A special focus of this group was discussions with lesbian groups in Havana and Santa Clara on the struggles against homophobia in the US and Cuba.
Read Individual Delegate Reflections Here
Read Delegation Agenda Highlights Here
Delegation Overview and Photos

EL CINE CUBANO! Monthly Film Series Continues with Guantanamera
El Cine Cubano! Film Series features a free showing of Guantanamera, Sunday, October 26, 3-5 p.m. in the large community room at the Bozeman Public Library. Guantanamera, a satiric and hilarious road movie, was the final work from internationally admired Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea (Strawberry and Chocolate and The 12 Chairs).
Event Details

Benefit to Raise Funds for Antonio Guerrero Art Exhibit

EL CINE CUBANO! Monthly Film Series Continues with Tuning with the Enemy: Send a Piana to Havana
El Cine Cubano! Film Series kicks-off the school year with a free showing of Tuning with the Enemy: Send a Piana to Havana, Sunday, September 28, 3 - 5 p.m. in the large community room at the Bozeman Public Library. Tuning with the Enemy is a captivating, humorous and moving film about the ÒSend A Piana to HavanaÓ Campaign initiated by Berkeley, California, piano tuner Ben Treuhaft to help address the shortage of pianos in the island nation.
Event Details

Seattle Women Leave August 31 for Collaboration Research Delegation
US Women and Cuba Collaboration is sending an invited delegation of Seattle women to Cuba from August 31-September 8, led by Collaboration leaders Cindy Domingo and Moon Vazquez. They will be researching "Impacts of Social and Economic Reforms on Women and Families in Cuba," and travelling to Havana, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Cienfuegos. A special focus of this group will be discussions with lesbian groups in Havana and Santa Clara on the struggles against homophobia in the US and Cuba. Watch for upcoming reports from this delegation.

IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment 25
3 Seattle Events

Saturday, June 28, 2014 (time to be determined)
Material aid packing party
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. South (Beacon Hill), Seattle
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Canadian border crossing: We will welcome the Canadian Caravanistas at the border and have a picnic and rally, then load their donations on the school bus we'll ride from Seattle to the border and back. This is an all-day event. Call for details in early July if you want to join us.
Peace Arch Park, Blaine
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 6-8pm
Caravan Send-off with food, music and presentations
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. South (Beacon Hill), Seattle
For more information, contact Judy Zeh at (206) 523-1720
Friendshipment Caravan Seattle flyer
IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan Website information


Join the US Women and Cuba Collaboration
at the National Organization for Women Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico ~ JUNE 26 - 28, 2014
Collaboration leaders Zenaida Mendez and Jan Strout as well as other supporters will be participating in the 2014 NOW Conference to bring issues and accomplishments of Cuban women and our other sisters in the Americas to this important forum. US Women and Cuba Collaboration organizing will include a Workshop on Global Feminisms, screening of Gloria Rolando's 1912: Breaking the Silence, networking/strengthening ties between women of the Americas who will be attending, and proposing a Resolution for NOW to join Hillary Clinton and the rest of the world to call for the end of the US government embargo of Cuba.
Details about Events
NOW Conference Agenda

June 18-July 3
Coming to 7 US Cities

Sponsored by World March of Women and Grassroots Global Justice and featuring Guatemalan feminist leader Sandra Morán.
Tour Details

June 23-27
Geneva, Switzerland

Sponsored by World March of Women. Join the US Women and Cuba Collaboration in signing the joint statement for an international legally binding instrument to stop corporate infringements on human rights. Get Involved

"Five Days for the Five" Has Many Successes
The June rally in Washington DC for the Cuban 5 was organized by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 with the intention of broadening awareness at a time when more people are calling for a change in U.S. policy. Read here about achievements that took place during the 5 days that reflect a qualitative change in the work to end the injustice that has gone on far too long.

The Situation in Venezuela: Myths vs Facts
Setting the Record Straight
Venezuela Beyond the Protests: The Revolution is Here to Stay

Key Educator for Collaboration Tours in Cuba Visits US for First Time

It is a great pleasure for us to announce the arrival in the US of Tatiana Patricia Rodriguez Vergara, ESL Professor at the Center for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Havana, Cuba. She will be in the US May 20th to June 30th for a six week tour which begins in Chicago where she is making a presentation at LASA 2014, the Latin American Studies Association Conference. Her tour includes speaking engagements and events with colleagues across the US in Chicago IL, Seattle WA, Los Angeles CA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC and New York, NY.
Tentative Tour Details and Contact Information

"From Cuba with Love: Faces and Places"
Lissa Barber Photography Exhibit

Join us to celebrate photographer Lissa Barber at the Bozeman Public Library in her exhibit that shares her Cuban travels with the public and joins her passions for photography and for Cuba. Sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library Foundation.
Opening Reception
Friday, May 9, 6-7:30pm
Bozeman Public Library Atrium Gallery, Bozeman MT
Through June 30th

See details here

"Five Days for the Five" set for Washington, DC
Sponsored by the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five and endorsed by numerous groups including the National Network on Cuba, the National Lawyers Guild, the ANSWER Coalition, the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, the Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, and the NY July 26 Coalition.
Washington, DC, June 4-11, 2014.
See details here.
More information here.

Announcing a new book by Dra. Norma Vasallo,
Director of Gender Studies, University of Havana

Libro de academica cubana pugna por "contracultura feminista"

Norma Vasallo book announcement

2014 Latin American Studies Association Conference

Community and Conference Presentations
by US Women & Cuba Collaboration Members from Cuba and the US

See all details here

After Visa Delays, Noted Women Studies Scholar Arrives in US

Visa delays by the US Interests Section forced cancellation of many tour cities, but we are delighted to announce that Dr. Norma Vasallo is now in the US and will be featured at events in Baltimore MD, Washington DC, New York NY and Chicago IL.
Dr. Vasallo is Professor of Social Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Havana, and Chair of the Women's Studies Department. She has been a central figure in the integration of multicultural gender studies perspectives in the curriculum at the University of Havana.
Sponsored by the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, her tour was originally scheduled from April 20 through May 27. Cancelled tour cities include Bozeman MT, Seattle WA, Portland OR, and Indianapolis IN.
U.S. Tour Details and Contact Information

APRIL 24 announcement: We deeply regret the need to suspend all planned tour events with University of Havana Professor Norma Vasallo. Vasallo had an interview on March 13 at the US Interests Section office about her travel visa request for this tour; she was told her visa was approved but she has not yet received final clearance and return of her passport. We have been in contact with US government officials in Havana, and with our senators and legislators for support, but at this time the US Interests Section office tells us they do not know when remaining administrative processes will be complete to allow for the return of Professor Vasallo's passport to travel. We are hopeful but not confident that she will arrive for some part of her nine-city speaking tour scheduled through May 27, ending in Chicago at the Latin America Studies Association (LASA) Conference. Unfortunately the rigid and unpredictable US regulation of travel between the US and Cuba too often prevents the free exchange of ideas between our two countries. Please write to President Obama and contact your US Senators and Congressmembers here asking for an end to these oppressive travel restrictions on Cubans and on US citizens wishing to travel freely to Cuba.

Norma Vasallo Barrueta, PhD, Professor of Social Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Havana, and Chair of the Women's Studies Department will tour the U.S. during mid-April through May, sponsored by the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.
She will be speaking at campus and community events in Bozeman MT, Seattle WA, Portland OR, Indianapolis IN, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, New York NY, Philadelphia PA, and Chicago IL.
Dr. Vasallo has been a central figure in the integration of multicultural gender studies perspectives into the curriculum at the University of Havana.
U.S. Tour Details and Contact Information
Montana State University Public Lecture CANCELLED MSU Feature Story
Seattle University Public Events CANCELLED
Seattle Public Events CANCELLED

El Cine Cubano Film Series: From Maids to Companeras and Lucia
Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by US Women & Cuba Collaboration and Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba.
Bozeman MT Public Library Large Community Room
Sunday, April 6, 3-5pm.
See details here.

World Montana Community Summit: Citizen Diplomacy
Collaboration co-chair Jan Strout talks about the International Women's Conference in Cuba and exchanges between US and Cuban universities.
Holiday Inn, Bozeman MT
Friday, April 4, 2pm
See details here.

Justice Book Talk: Author Stephen Kimber talks about his book,
What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five

Free and open to the public
Stephen Kimber West Coast book tour is presented by Vancouver, BC, Free the Five Committee; see flyer for co-sponsors.
Seattle University, Casey Atrium
Friday, March 7, 12:30-2pm
Event Flyer

Center for Democracy in the Americas has released a short, two-part video documentary by independent investigative journalist Tracey Eaton whose film sheds light on the origins, failures, and future of the United States' policy toward Cuba's government.
"Diplomacy Derailed" and "Failure Compounded"

February is the 52nd Anniversary of the Cruel and Useless US Embargo on Cuba
End the Embargo

Letter on Cuba Delivered to POTUS
Signed by over 55 NGOs including the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, LAWG coordinated a letter to President Obama asking him to use his executive authority to do more to normalize relations with Cuba. The letter was delivered via Rep. Barbara Lee's office on November 8th to the President and Secretary Kerry. See accompanying letter from Rep. Barbara Lee.

El Cine Cubano Film Series presents
Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All Woman Orchestra

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by US Women & Cuba Collaboration and Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba.
Bozeman MT Public Library Large Community Room
Sunday, February 23, 3-5pm
Details here

Justice Film: Saul Landau's Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?
Free and open to the public
Co-sponsors: US Women & Cuba Collaboration, SU Center for the Study of Justice in Society
Seattle University, Bannon Auditorium, Room 102
Friday, February 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Event Flyer

El Cine Cubano Film Series presents Salud! Details here.
Bozeman MT Public Library Large Community Room
Sunday, January 26, 3-5pm

"Who is Assata Shakur, and why is she on the FBI list of top terrorists?" by Nellie Wong

Historian Jane Franklin, Collaboration Board Member, Asks President Obama to Free the Five


The Collaboration concluded 2013 with two successful delegations and seven presentations at the "Women in the 21st Century" International Women's Conference in Havana. See details about these and all of our 2013 Accomplishments.

2013 Women's Research Delegation to Cuba
& International Women's Conference in Havana!

Women Advancing Gender Equality,
Racial Justice and Sustainable Development

November 22-December 1, 2013

El Cine Cubano Film Series presents Bueno Vista Social Club Bozeman MT Public Library Large Community Room
October 20, 3-5pm

"Women of the World Unite to End Violence Against Women and Girls!" Montana State University Sack Lunch Seminar, SUB 168
October 30, Noon-1pm

El Cine Cubano Film Series | Bozeman, Montana
Sundays, September 22 and October 20 from 3-5pm

July 1-7

Norma Guillard, Cuban Social Psychologist and former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, is coming to Chicago with the US Women and Cuba Collaboration and The Literacy Project for community events and to participate in the National Organization for Women Conference, July 5 - 7.

Monday, July 1, 7pm
Screening of Maestra
Featured Speaker: Norma Guillard
Location: Loyola University, Corboy Law Center
25 E Pearson, Room 421
Near Chicago & State Red Line L stop

Introductory remarks by Jan Strout, U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration Project and Stan Smith, Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5. Sponsored by Loyola University Department of Sociology, U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, The Literacy Project, and Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5. Please see further details of this program below, under July 5 NOW Conference events, "Feminist Flicks."

Tuesday, July 2, 6-7:30pm
Education, Gender and Independence
A Talk With Norma Guillard and Jan Strout
Free Admission
Consulate General of Venezuela in Chicago
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1925, Civic Opera Building
Event Flyer

Hilton Chicago-Downtown
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL

Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7

Stronger Together, United for Equality

Check the NOW Conference Website for updates on programs and events. Conference registration required for following events.

NOW Conference Website
Register for the Conference

Friday, July 5, 2-3pm

Women of the World Unite to End Violence Against
Women & Girls!

Workshop Presentation with Jan Strout, National NOW Board, US Women and Cuba Collaboration; Zenaida Mendez, President, New York State NOW and National Dominican Women’s Caucus; Mona Lisa Wallace, National NOW Board; Jerilyn Stapleton, National NOW Board; and Stephanie Ortoleva, Women Enabled (participating via Handout)
Workshop Details

Friday, July 5, 9PM
Feminist Flicks @ 2013 NOW Conference!
Maestra/Teacher (30 minutes, directed by Catherine Murphy, Cuba/US), 2011
Maestra is a powerful documentary about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which raised literacy in Cuba to 95%.  The film celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60's, 70's and 80's. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time they experienced independence and realized their power. Maestra will be introduced by Norma Guillard of Cuba, one of the original teachers from the Campaign featured in the film who was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the Literacy Campaign.

Maestra Website
Like Maestra on FaceBook!
2-minute Maestra Trailer
Maestra Interview at Traverse City Film Festival

Saturday, July 6, 3:45pm, NW 3/4

Keynote Plenary with Norma Guillard
Cuban Social Psychologist and Collaboration Member


The US Women and Cuba Collaboration endorses the work of The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five as they ask us all to join them May 30 to June 5 for 5 days of dialogue and actions in Washington, DC. 

Add your voice along with Angela Davis, legendary activist, scholar and author; Father Miguel D’Escoto, former Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, President of the 63 General Assembly of UN 2008-2009; Ignacio Ramonet, journalist, writer and Professor based in France, editor-in-Chief of Le Monde Diplomatique 1991-2008; Dolores Huerta, co founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW); Fernando Morais, writer, journalist and former parliamentary of Brazil, author of a great number of books, including the best seller “Olga” and “The last soldiers of the cold war”; Danny Glover, activist and actor; Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States; María Leon, former Minister of Women Affairs, Member of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Saul Landau, filmmaker and author; Martin Garbus, American lawyer member of the legal team of the Cuban Five; Wayne Smith, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba, and many more.

In recent weeks, the interest of a change in U.S. policy towards Cuba has been appearing in the most important media in the United States. One of the pivotal points in this widening discussion is to find a solution to the case of the Cuban 5, prisoners held in the United States for 15 years.

Dates and details here.

"Assata Shakur is Not a Terrorist"
Mychal Denzel Smith

The Nation
May 7, 2013

Assata Shakur is Not a Terrorist

Additional Reading

Open Letter from Assata

"Hands Off Assata" Teach-In June 2-9

WILPF'S Final Report from UN CSW 57
2013 U.N. Commission on the Status of Women


World March of Women Newsletter
March 2013

2013 marks the 15th anniversary of our first International Meeting, when we defined our first platform of demands and forms for common actions. It is also the final year of the Brazilian National Coordinating Body hosting the International Secretariat of the World March of Women. We will be taking advantage of this moment to assess what we have built together, the challenges facing the feminism of today and the trends arising for the future.

March 2013 Newsletter
Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly – Tunisia

"March of the Pencils"
Jane Franklin

February 20, 2013

Jane Franklin, Collaboration National Advisory Board Member, reviews Catherine Murphey's film Maestra, which is about women's role in the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign.
Maestra Review

"After Decades, Cuba Eases Travel Rules to Maintain Ties"
New York Times

January 13, 2013

Cuban citizens can travel freely now.
Cubans Travel Freely

Why U.S. needs to ratify women's rights treaty

The United States remains the only industrialized democracy not to have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, a watershed international agreement that protects women and girls from unfair treatment and abuse.

US Needs to Ratify

New Push for CEDAW

La Noche Cubana:
An Evening of Cuban Travel and Culture!
Bozeman Public Library Community

Tuesday, June 4 from 7-9pm

Join Gallatin Valley residents to hear, see and be mesmerized by tales of adventure from recent travels to Cuba as well as upcoming opportunities to see Cuba for yourself. Travelers to Cuba explored eco-tourism, music, arts and photography, citizen diplomacy, literacy, health care, women's human rights and prospects for learning and cultural exchanges.

Story tellers include Lissa Barber, Susan Nichols Roughton, Adele Pittendrigh, Jan Strout, Ann Tappan and Doug Wales along with Cuban jazz music and photographic images.

This program is free and the public is welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Bozeman Library Foundation, Pastors for Peace and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.

For more information:

Join the Collaboration at the 2013 UN CSW in NY!

The UN Commission on the Status of Women Meets in New York March 3-14

March 5: Collaboration/WILPF Presentation
NGO CSW Parallel Event

Presented by Members of WILPF's
Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee and the
U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration

Drew Room, The Church Center, 777 UN Plaza
Tuesday, March 5, 12:30pm

"Literacy is a Women's Right:
Cuba's Commitment to Women and the World"

Join us on March 5 for a lively discussion of the work that women in Cuba have done historically, and are doing now, to maintain a basic principal of the Cuban Revolution that all people have the right to literacy. Women's roles in the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 are the topic of the film Maestra which will be previewed by US film maker, Catherine Murphy, and discussed by Cuban women and Collaboration members.

Presented by Members of WILPF's Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee and the U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration.

Cuban panel members at this time include Collaboration Organizing Committee Member Caridad Morales Nussa, University of Maryland-College Park; Maritzel Gonzalez, Foreign Relations Representative of the Cuban Federation of Women (FMC), North America Region; and Patricia Pego, First Secretary of the Washington D.C. Cuban Interests Section (pending travel permission from the US State Department).

March 10: Fundraiser for U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration
Hosted by Zenaida Mendez, President, New York State NOW

Join the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration's Jan Strout, co-chair, and NYS National Organization for Women (NOW) President Zenaida Mendez, for an exchange about our work to build a U.S. women's movement in sisterhood and solidarity with Cuba.

Mujeres y Mojitos- Houseparty to Build Bridges with Women in Cuba and the U.S.

WHEN: Sunday, March 10th, 2013

TIME: 2:30-4:30pm

WHERE: 790 11th Avenue corner 54th Street Apt. 26A, Manhattan, 10019

We'll talk and share photos about our work this week with the UN Commission on the Status of Women, about the upcoming International Women's Conference in Havana, about the 2013 US Women and Cuba Collaboration Women's Research Delegation to Cuba in November, and about our Campaigns and your interests.

RSVP at 212-315-2580 or Zenaida Mendez

March 12: Program and Film Premiere

Tuesday, March 12
5:30pm Reception
6-8 PM Program and Film Premiere
Center for Cuban Studies, 231 W. 29 St. #401, New York

"Feminists Organizing in Cuba and the US to Advance Women's Human Rights and End all Forms of Violence"

Cuba's long history of struggle to advance women's (and all peoples) basic human rights will kick-off with the U. S. film premiere of Principles of the Heart (Cuba, 2012, 30 min, dir: Delia Cruz) about the Frente Civico de Mujeres-Jose Marti. This was an independent women's collective that supported the July 26th movement. They organized demonstrations, conducted educational campaign, delivered messages, visited prisoners, visited relatives of prisoners, collected bodies of those Cubans who were assassinated to return them to their relatives, and transported materials. It is one example of how women supported the revolution.

This film was recently shown in every movie theater in Cuba and on Cuban TV. Since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, Cuban women are achieving significant participation in the workplace, education, science, and in leadership roles as well as the grassroots levels supported by the Cuba's rights to health care, education, Constitutional equality and reproductive health.

Invited Cuban women who are participating in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will share the latest campaigns in Cuba to address gender equality and sexual rights as ways to prevent and end violence. Finally, speakers from the U.S. will speak about organizing to have the U.S. government ratify The Women's Treaty/CEDAW (Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women) and about how we organize across borders.


Jean Weisman, independent film producer (From Maids to Companeras), will introduce Principles of the Heart

Representatives invited from the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) and other Cuban women who may be in the U.S.

Zenaida Mendez, President, NOW-New York State, co-founder and past President, National Dominican Women's Caucus

Jan Strout, Co-chair, US Women and Cuba Collaboration; Board member, National Organization for Women; and Member, Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee of WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

Co-sponsors: Center for Cuban Studies, U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, National Organization for Women (NOW), National Dominican Women's Caucus, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Free and the public is invited!
RSVP very much encouraged to Jean Weisman

Allied Event Sponsored by the July 26 Coalition:
Reception and Program to
Welcome the Visiting Delegation
of the Federation of Cuban Women

Friday, March 8, 2013
Martin Luther King Labor Center
310 West 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan)
Reception: 6:00 PM - Program Begins 7:00 PM

Preview of MAESTRA Tour 2013

The documentary film Maestra, about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, will tour the US in February and March 2013 accompanied by Catherine Murphy, Director/Producer, and Professor Norma Guillard from Cuba, one of the original teachers from the campaign featured in the film. Guillard was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the literacy campaign and, as she expresses in the film, "It is the most important thing I have done in the history of my life." [NB: Due to a visa delay, Professor Guillard was unable to participate in this tour.]

In 1961, two years after the revolution, Cuba recruited 100,000 youth to go to the countryside to teach peasants how to read and write. Within one year, these teachers, the majority of them young women and teenage girls, taught 707,000 Cubans to read and write, eradicating illiteracy, according to UNESCO standards, in one of the most successful literacy campaigns ever in the world. Cuba's model of achieving literacy is currently being adopted in over 50 nations.

Maestra celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60's, 70's and 80's. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time these women experienced independence and realized their power.

Projected Tour Dates:
  • Mid-Feb: Knoxville
  • Feb 20-21: Vanderbilt University
  • Feb 22-23: Tuskegee
  • Feb 24-25: Western Kentucky University
  • Feb 26-28: Highlander Center, Tennessee
  • March 1: U Texas, Arlington
  • March 1-10: Miami International Film Festival
  • March 4-15: UN Conference on the Status of Women, NY


Our 2012 Appeal to YOU!

Share our Work

December 10 is Human Rights Day

On December 10, women around the world will be taking 24 hours of feminist action in support of women and against women's oppresion in all its forms. This is Seattle's event in collaboration with actions all over the world sponsored by the World March of Women.
Find an event or MAKE an event in your location!

Living Along the
              Fence Line

World March of Women
Feminist Action

10 Dec 2012: 24 Hours of Feminist Action
Get involved. Check back for action details.

Vision Statement

Hurricane Relief for Santiago

Please contribute:

Make Donations to MEDICC and Global Links

MEDICC and Global Links Send
Hurricane Relief to Santiago, Cuba

October 29, 2012

Global Links and Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), are waging a joint humanitarian campaign to send hurricane relief to Santiago, Cuba, the country's second largest city, devastated by Hurricane Sandy on October 25th.

Trucks and trains haul food, 4,000 tons of cement and some 84,000 sheets of roofing eastward to Santiago. The province—including Cuba's second largest city of the same name and the country's highest mountain range—was the hardest hit. Today, over one million people there struggle to pick up their homes and lives amidst the ruins.

MEDICC and Global Links, with the aid of the Pan American Health Organization, are sending medical supplies and equipment, chlorine tablets, hospital furnishings and critical medical books for the medical school to Santiago and other provinces directly hit by the storm.

You can help the people of Santiago recover; your donations giving them the extra courage it takes to face such a disaster. Go to MEDICC to make your online donation.

Nancy Morejón on U.S. Tour

The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is proud to be a co-sponsor for the Washington DC/Baltimore visit of renowned Cuban poet and author Nancy Morejón during her upcoming 2012 US tour. Other sponsors include James Early, Director of the Cultural Heritage Policy, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian; Patricia Pego, First Secretary of the Cuban Interests Section, Washington DC; Dr Sonia Rivera-Valdez, Professor, York College; the Latin America Round Table (LART); Dr Cristina Nunez; Coppin State University; and the Baltimore-Matanzas Association.

From Sapphire, writing for Bomb, an arts magazine written by artists: "Nancy Morejón is the most internationally successful and widely translated Cuban woman poet of the post-revolutionary period. Morejón was the first African Cuban student to take a degree in faculty of arts at Havana University [and] was the first black woman poet in Cuban history to be given the opportunity to publish widely and to acquire a professional status as a writer, critic, and translator. Deeply influenced by the black liberation movement, freedom fighters, and intellectuals like Angela Davis in the United States, and in Cuba by the example of her literary mentor, Nicolás Guillén, Morejón was one of the first Cuban women to celebrate blackness in poetry. But like Guillén she has refused to separate black politics from the wider revolutionary process. In her view there is not a distinct African Cuban identity but a Cuban identity-which cannot be understood without taking into consideration the black cultures of the Americas. And thus, while Morejón focuses on the experiences of black Cubans (particularly women) in her poetry, and while she is keen to inscribe Cuban culture within a pan-Caribbean framework, she is always careful to do so within the parameters of Cuban revolutionary thought." Bomb Issue 78

Nancy Morejón flyer

Cuban Visitor Daisy Rojas in Seattle

Daisy Rojas offers rare insight into the daily lives of Cubans under the American embargo. She will discuss her experience as an organizer at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center, a popular education nonprofit in Havana. She will highlight gender issues, relations between church & state in Cuba, and the status of reforms under Raul Castro. This interactive presentation will include pictures and the chance to ask Daisy direct questions about what it means to live and work in Cuba in the 21st century. Sponsored by Witness for Peace.

She will be speaking at Seattle University on Thursday, Oct 18: see event details in flyer, below.

On Monday, Oct 22, she will speak at a Community Event at Martin Luther King County Labor Temple, Hall 8, 7-9pm; this venue is located at 2800 1st Ave, Seattle WA. Details in event flyer, below.

Daisy Rojas at Seattle University

Daisy Rojas at MLK Labor Temple

Northwest Tour Schedule

"Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century"
Jane Franklin

September 27, 2012, ZNet

On 9/11 the entire world seemed in sympathy with the United States. But the U.S. response was unilateral and imperial. On September 20, in a televised address before a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror.” He simply announced war, without asking Congress, seated before him, to declare war as required by the U.S. Constitution. He called it “our” war because it already belonged to all U.S. citizens, like it or not: “Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda,” he said, “but it does not end there.”
Cuba and the US in the 21st Century

2012 Women’s Research Delegation
“Women Advancing Economic Justice
and Human Rights"
September 1-12, 2012
This delegation traveled to Cuba September 1-12 to explore the history of the Cuban revolution and its impact on the status of women and girls.  Delegates met and talked with Cuban women policy makers about present day economic and social reforms occurring in Cuba in light of the global economic crisis and about the role of women and the Federation of Cuban Women in advancing the Cuban women's rights agenda.

Cost: This was a 12-day delegation for up to 25 women, at a cost of $2200, which includes the following:
  • Cuban visa
  • Round trip air fare, Miami to Havana
  • Double room accommodations (single rooms are available for an additional fee of $200)
  • One to three meals per day (see itinerary for details about which meals are included, which are on your own)
  • Full program with professional guides and translators
  • Transportation in Cuba (with group)
  • Cuban health insurance as required by law
        Not included:
  • Tips for guides and drivers, and 11 meals, mostly lunches. We recommend that you bring the equivalent of $500 (in Canadian funds or Euros) to cover these expenses and other personal incidental costs.
  • Travel from your home city to Miami is not included and we ask you to wait to make your Miami travel reservations until we have confirmation of our exact Miami-Cuba flight schedule (in July).  We will get this information to you as soon as possible.
Per US government guidelines for general license travel to Cuba, our delegation will be arranged by Marazul Charters, a Travel Service Provider (TSP) licensed by the US Treasury Department.  This tour is designed for women who are “full-time professionals conducting research in their fields” and we work with Marazul to provide advice for most women to successfully apply in this category (Category 3) of the general license. Our delegation will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences.  US Women & Cuba Collaboration leaders have been leading successful women's delegations to Cuba and other nations in Latin America for over 15 years. 
Program Itinerary:
We expect the following to be our final program, but please note that program details are subject to change in order to take advantage of the best opportunities that become available to us.
Saturday 1st   Arrive in Havana and transfer to hotel.  Orientation meeting and walking tour of old Havana. Lunch and Dinner in groups on your own.
Sunday 2nd    Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit to the Revolution Museum or Jose Martí Memorial and visit to Callejón de Hammel.  Lunch on your own.  Meetings with Communications and Economics specialists at the hotel.  Dinner on your own.
Monday 3rd    Breakfast at the hotel.  Meeting with  Meeting with Desk Officer from ICAP.  Meeting with FMC representatives.  Meeting with CENESEX expert at Casa de Amistad.  Lunch at Casa de la Amistad with guests from FMC and ICAP.  Visit to Nguyen Van Troi school.  Dinner on your own.
Tuesday 4th  Breakfast at the hotel.  Check out and leave the hotel.  Meeting with CTC members.  Leave for Santa Clara in morning.  Arrive at ICAP Guest House in Santa Clara for lunch and accommodations.  Afternoon visit and exchange with women at a house for family and women orientation.  Dinner at ICAP Guest House.

Wednesday 5th  Breakfast at ICAP guest house.  Lunch on your own.  Afternoon visits to Che Memorial and Mejunje Project (LGBTQ Center).  Dinner at ICAP Guest House with Santa Clara guests.

Thursday 6th  Breakfast at ICAP guest house.  Morning visit to women's cooperative business.  Departure for Camaguey and stop on the way for lunch. Check In and dinner included at the hotel.
Friday 7th  Breakfast at the hotel and checkout to depart for Granma Province.  Lunch on your own in Bayamo.  Check into hotel in Santo Domingo or Balcon de la Sierra depending on confirmation.  Dinner included at the hotel.

Saturday 8th  EARLY breakfast at the hotel.  Take mountain transportation up to Alto del Naranjo to climb to La Comandancia la Plata.  Lunch at Santo Domingo upon afternoon return.  Free afternoon and dinner included at the hotel.
Sunday 9th   Breakfast at the hotel.  Check out and depart for Santiago de Cuba.  Lunch upon arrival on your own.  Afternoon City Tour including visit to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and tomb of Mariana Grajales and other relevant patriots´ monuments, with expert guide.  Afternoon visit to Carnival Museum with folkloric presentation (tentative).  Dinner included at the hotel.
Monday 10th   Breakfast at the hotel.  Morning visit to Vilma Espin House.  Lunch on your own.  Afternoon visit to a factory or centre (work site).  Evening visit to a CDR.
Tuesday 11th  Breakfast at the hotel.  Flight back to Havana.  Visit to ELAM (tentative).  Lunch on your own and check in at the hotel.  Farewell dinner with 3 guests from FMC.
Wednesday 12th  Breakfast at the hotel.  Goodbyes and transfer to airport for return to Miami.

In addition to events noted, our final itinerary is likely to include some informal social/cultural events, meetings as a group to discuss the Collaboration's work with Cuban women (and your potential involvement), and meetings with other Cuban women who are friends of the Collaboration (details to be finalized).  Our delegation will foster opportunities for individual and delegation work back in the US, particularly to impact US policy toward Cuba with a goal of creating travel freedom, establishing women’s projects across borders, and developing just and peaceful relations.

World March of Women Newsletter
Aug 31, 2012

See stories about:
~ Young feminists from 12 countries meet in a camp in Romania
~ Africa: Actions target extractive industry and violence against women
~ Herstoric fights in Asia-Oceania: For women’s reproductive rights and for nuke-free societies
~ Americas: In the streets to fight mining corporations and pro-coup attitudes
~ Guatemala organizes WMW 3rd Americas Regional Meeting
~ Europe: Progress in preparing for the campaign against austerity measures
~ Galician women marching for the right to open, free abortions
~ Middle East-Arab World: Tunisians on the alert in defense of their rights; WMW coordination continues in the Arab World
~ Alliances and mobilisation: WSF Free Palestine | Focus on solidarity strategies

August Newsletter


FMC Powerpoint

FMC Greetings to NOW


It is with great sadness that we learned that our hermana and companera Olga Vives has passed away. She fought tirelessly during a long struggle with cancer, just as she did for women’s rights.

In addition to her many contributions and accomplishments with the National Organization for Women, Olga brought all of her identities as a Cuban American, lesbian, immigrant and feminist to the table. She understood and supported the work of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration in many ways that fostered strong ties between NOW and the Collaboration. Because of her leadership in advancing global feminist strategies and issues within NOW and beyond, Olga co-lead, and NOW co-sponsored, our 2006 International Women's Day Delegation to Venezuela. She spoke eloquently at the IWD Rally prior to millions of people marching for peace and women's human rights down the main highway of Caracus. She also facilitated numerous workshop opportunities with the Collaboration and NOW at venues - large and small - including the National Women's Studies Association, numerous NOW conferences and also to local Seattle house parties to support our organizing.

Her visionary leadership for NOW as a co-founder of the National Coalition of Immigrant Women (with the National Latina Roundtable and NAPWAF) was especially inspiring to bring multicultural feminist perspectives to address racism in immigration policy as was her leadership in opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan within NOW. And she initiated the National Women of Color and Allies Summit in 2005 that resulted in regional conferences across the country including keynoting the NW Regional Conference in 2007.

Olga was active in NOW in the Great Lakes region, served on the National Board and then as National’s Vice President for Action and then as VP Executive. She was a prime force behind the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, developed the NOW anti-Wal-Mart campaign, made NOW a welcoming place for women and girls with disabilities and was a passionate advocate for global women’s rights as she established the NOW Global Feminist Committee. She traveled with Eve Ensler and a few other prominent women to the Middle East for a women’s dialog between Israeli and Palestinian women for peace.

Olga's tireless energy will always be evident as part of her legacies in work and play and we salute her courage in life and in facing her death.

Viva Olga! Olga Presente!

The US Women and Cuba Collaboration
April 6, 2012

NOW Tribute

Remove Cuba From US List of State Sponsored Terrorists

Cuba has been wrongly designated on the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list since 1982. How can they get off the list? The U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism is a register of countries designated by the State Department who have purportedly provided assistance for acts of international terrorism. Cuba has been designated on this list since 1982. Currently there are only three other countries on this list: Iran, Syria and Sudan.

Cuba Does Not Belong on the US List of Sponsors of Terrorism

July 2012

Cuba is a model of success with AIDS, but the US travel embargo prevents their full participation at this year's International AIDS Conference, hosted in Washington, DC.

Cuba AIDS 2012

WILPF’s 1325 Consultation Report to Congress

On June 6th, 2012, WILPF presented its 1325 Consultation Report to the Congressional Round Table on the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

WILPF 1325

Cuba Central News Blast

Special Edition: Cuba in 2012

World March of Women Newsletter
Feb 2012

Women struggling against the commodification
of life and of the environment!

Men and women the world over are resisting the idea of considering nature as resource in the service of corporate profit, as unlimited good, or as more expensive one as it becomes exhausted by improper use. Women, in particular, are very active in these struggles. Their experience of being rendered invisible and devalued in the work they do caring for others is very similar to the invisibility and devaluation of nature. The time and energy that women spend in care-taking, cooking, providing affection and listening, are not visible and are elastic. In most families, women are the first up in the morning and the last to go to bed at night.

Read More

In Bozeman, Montana
Montana State University
February 8, noon to 1pm
Sack Lunch Seminar
Advancing Women’s Rights: Views from Cuba
SUB 168

Want to see Cuba up close and personal? Ever wonder why the majority of scientists, doctors, teachers and technicians are women on this small island? Or why gender equality, education, and health care are priorities for Cuba? Join Adele Pittendrigh, Seminar Director and former Associate Dean of CLS (MSU) and Jan Strout, Adjunct Faculty and co-chair of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, as they share tales of adventures and lessons from Cuba. With an illustrated presentation, see Cuba’s natural beauty and hear stories of their experiences participating in the 2011 International Women’s Conference at the University of Havana and traveling across the island as part of the US Women and Cuba Research Delegation.

In Havana
Coloquio International
Mujeres, circuitos de colaboración y asociacionismo en la cultura y la historia de la América Latina y el Caribe
La Habana, 20 al 24 de febrero de 2012

In Seattle
World Wide Books and Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tuesday, March 13th, 7 pm
Cuba with Seattle Times Travel Writer Carol Pucci

The U.S. government has made it easier for Americans to legally travel to Cuba under new "people-to-people" provisions which authorize educational and cultural tours by licensed travel providers. Go behind the scenes with Seattle Times travel writer Carol Pucci and her husband, Tom Auciello, who just returned from a 10-day trip with Global Exchange, a San Francisco international human rights organization, followed by five days of travel on their own.

(Postponed to September)

Final Details
Application and Payment Deadline: February 9, 2012
2012 Delegation Application
Delegation Dates: March 9-21, 2012

"Global Economic Crisis: Women Working Together to Advance Economic Justice and Human Rights"

Join women from the U.S. to explore the history of the Cuban revolution and its impact on the status of women and girls. The delegation will follow the footsteps of the Revolution, flying into Santiago de Cuba to hike the Sierra Maestras where the Revolution was launched (alternative activities for non-hikers), then proceeding by bus cross country to Santa Clara, and ending with several days in Havana. Program for the tour will include engaging discussions with various organizations and peoples about the present day economic and social reforms occurring in Cuba in light of the global economic crisis, and about the role of women and the Federation of Cuban Women in advancing the Cuban women's rights agenda. This delegation is organized by Marazul Tours, a US licensed travel provider, in consultation with U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration.


The dates of the delegation are March 9-21 (March 9 departure from Miami-Santiago, March 21 departure from Havana-Miami). The cost of the delegation will be $2,200 for double rooms and $2,400 for single rooms. (Not included in this price is the airline ticket cost from your home city to Miami, Florida, our site of departure for Cuba).

Members of this delegation will be traveling under the general license for professional research. Therefore, all members of the delegation will have to be certified and accepted by Marazul as "full-time professionals conducting research in their fields." Submit your application ASAP so that Marazul can begin the qualification process to assure you may travel under this license. There are many channels for qualification under this license, so please ask questions if you want more information.

Following is a proposed itinerary for the cross country trip via bus beginning in Santiago and ending in Havana. We are still working on filling out the itinerary with Marazul.

Since we will be spending a lot of time of the bus, we will have the opportunity to see various films (on the bus) and have informal and in-depth discussions on our thoughts, reflections and questions. Our Cuban guide will help to facilitate this.

Lastly, information about the Santa Clara symposium: We are excited to be working with two professors from the University of Santa Clara that we met during our work at the University of Havana's Women's Conference last spring and the Federation of Cuban Women and Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

There are three parts to this symposium:

  1. Panel on the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign with a showing of the documentary, Maestra, and a panel including the director/producer, Catherine Murphy, and 1961 participant in the campaign, Norma Guillard. The panel will discuss education as a human right for women and girls and the contributions of Cuba to eradicating world wide illiteracy.
  2. Panel on the international struggles of women in advancing a women's rights agenda. Proposed panelists will talk about the roles of women in Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, U.S. and possibly other countries.
  3. In the evening, the symposium will move to "Mejunje," a cultural center in the center of Santa Clara that embraces diversity and acceptance of all peoples, to hold a panel and discussion with Norma Guillard and Mejunje's director on the Struggle Against Homophobia in Cuba.

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Art by Antonio Guererro of the Cuba 5
Jan 3 to Feb 10

On January 12, the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central Community College, in collaboration with the AFT-Seattle, Local 1789, AFL-CIO, will host a reception for their showing of Antonio Guerrero's art from 5 to 8pm. This exhibit by a member of the Cuba 5 runs from January 3 to February 10. Please see the link following for more details.

Antonio Guerrero Seattle Art Event


WILPF Delivers Civil Society Recommendations
on National Security

The Recommendations

December 2011: Last week, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) submitted the full report of the civil society consultations on Women, Peace and Security to the U.S. Department of State. The report contains 64 recommendations for the U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) for compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. Sixty-four concrete recommendations, but no surprises. When it comes to matters of war and peace, U.S. women haven’t changed their minds.

Rene is Free but
Must Stay in US
October 2011

His safety and well-being are compromised by requirement to stay in Miami.

Wife's Fears

Open Letter

Top 10 Wins for Women's Movements
International Women's Day, March 8, 2011

Global Fund for Women

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, the Global Fund for Women (GFW) looks back over the past year and celebrates some of the extraordinary victories won by women's movements around the world. From progressive new national and international legislation to mass mobilizations for peace, we celebrate the hard work of our grantee partners. These 10 victories remind us that despite enormous odds, women are paving the way to a more just and equal world.

1) Domestic Workers to Win Workers' Rights
2) Women and Girls Get a Strong Voice at the UN
3) First Successful Use of CEDAW in Rape Case in Phillipines
4) Human Rights Court Rules Against Ireland's Ban on Abortion
5) Mass March for Women and Peace in Congo
6) Nationality Laws Sweep Middle East
7) Nigerian Women Defeat Nudity Bill
8) Argentina Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, First for Latin America
9) Maternal Deaths Drop by 34 Percent
10) Revolution by and for the People: Tunisia, Egypt and Beyond

Details and Photos


"Advancing Women's Human Rights,
Racial Justice and Social Welfare"

May 14-25, 2011

Join Us in Cuba!
Delegation 2011 Invitation and Overview

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Women in the 21st Century Havana Conference Details
Cuba Travel Advice


The U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration is pleased to announce our 2011 Women's Research Delegation to Cuba, set for May 14-25, 2011. We are program consultants to this tour which is being organized by Marazul Charters, Inc. The delegation's itinerary will include participation in the VII International Conference, "Women in the 21st Century," at the University of Havana, May 16-20 (information link below). Delegation members are encouraged to submit conference proposals [these were due March 30 but check for possibilities of late submissions] for panels, round table discussions and individual presentations (although this is not required for participation in the delegation).

This will be a 12-day delegation for up to 25 women, and will cost about $2,300, plus roundtrip airfare to Miami. Per US government guidelines for travel to Cuba, our delegation will be arranged by Marazul Charters, a Travel Service Provider (TSP) licensed by the US Treasury Department. This tour is designed for women who are "full-time professionals conducting research in their fields" such as community organizers, educators, social and health care workers, artists and musicians, public policy makers and advocates. Our delegation will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences.

While in Cuba, the delegation program will be coordinated by Cuba's international solidarity organization, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), and by the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), an organization that represents 85% of Cuban women and girls 14 years and older.

Cindy Domingo and Jan Strout, co-founders of the US Women & Cuba Collaboration, have been leading successful women's delegations to Cuba and other nations in Latin America for over 15 years.

Besides the international women's conference, plans include visits to Havana, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba provinces to explore the enormous gains in the status of Cuban women as a result of the Cuban revolution. Site visits tentatively include health clinics, schools, art and music schools, schools of social workers, Latin America School of Medicine, museums, community gardens, cooperative farms and cultural performances.

For further details, email 2011 Delegation

VII International Conference
Women in the 21st Century

University of Havana, Cuba
May 16th to 20th, 2011

Dra. Norma Vasallo, the Chair of Women Studies of the University of Havana, is pleased to announce the 2011 VII International Scientific Workshop "Women in the 21st Century," co-sponsored by the Federation of Cuban Women. Its objectives are to provide a space for scientific and theoretical reflection on gender and the most important issues concerning women and feminist theory; to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange of experiences about these themes among experts of different fields; to disseminate research findings and experiential knowledge about these topics, as well as to promote their continuity and exchange; and to encourage an exchange of working experiences among women about contemporary feminist and women movements.

Conference Details

Maestra Tour Concludes its US Premiere Run!

We want to thank the local sponsors who
helped make this tour a great success!

In Washington DC:
Cuban Interests Section, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Busboys and Poets, Women of Color United, Global Exchange, CODEPink, National Organization for Women

In Jackson, Mississippi:
Jackson State University and Conference of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

In Montana:
At Montana State University: MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, KGLT-FM and co-sponsored with MSU's Office of the President, College of Letters and Science, Native American Studies Department, Program in Women's & Gender Studies, Modern Languages Department/The Latino & Latin American Studies Program, Department of Education, Office of International Programs, Women's Center, Diversity Awareness Office, Affirmative Action/Human Resources Office; Women's Faculty Caucus
Bozeman Community: Bozeman High School, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Bozeman Business and Professional Women, Thrive/Girls for a Change, Hopa Mountain; Gallatin Valley Human Rights Commission, Gallatin Community Radio, Tias y Tios

In Seattle:
At Seattle University: Academic Salons Program, Center for Global Justice–School of Law, Center for Service and Community Engagement, Children's Literacy Project, DCSJ–Diversity,Citizenship and Social Justice Track; Department of English, Global African Studies Program, International Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, NAWCHE at SU, Seattle University Youth Initiative, Women Studies Program
Seattle Community: Bailey Gatzert Elementary School; Washington Wellness Center at Washington Middle School, Local 6–SEIU Offices, LELO, AFSC-NW Regional, American Federation of Teachers, Comite de Solidaridad & Justicia en Chile, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Community to Community, Seattle NOW, WA State Labor Education & Research Center, Highpoint West Seattle Neighborhood House at High Point Center, Neighborhood House YUM Program, US Social Forum–NW, University of Washington Women's Center, Seattle Public Library

In the Bay Area:
La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley
Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco

DC Women's Leadership
              Lunch Celebrates Maestra

DC Women's Leadership Lunch Celebrates Maestra



Norma Guillard y hermana

Norma Guillard and her sister at time of 1961 Literacy Campaign

US Women & Cuba Collaboration is proud to announce a March/April 2011 Women's History Month US Film and Speaking Tour with Cuban gender justice activist Norma Guillard and US documentary filmmaker Catherine Murphy, who will be presenting and talking about the role of women in the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, including screening Murphy's film, Maestra, which features Norma Guillard talking about her coming of age in the Literacy Campaign as a young woman of 15 who left home to work in the countryside as a literacy teacher, una maestra. The history of Cuba in the early years of the Cuban Revolution will be part of the discussion by the speakers, as will discussion of the reality of Cuban women's lives in Cuba today.

This national Film and Speaking Tour is being co-sponsored by U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, The Literacy Project and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and is being made possible, in part, through a grant from the Christopher R. Reynolds Foundation and Marazul Charters. Taking place during the 50th anniversary year of the Cuban Literacy Campaign, the tour focuses on the role of the 1961 Campaign as a historical turning point for the independence and leadership of women in Cuba as well as the issues of literacy as a critical global human right.

Events will be held in Washington, D.C.; Jackson, Mississippi; Bozeman, Montana; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco and Berkeley, California.

Maestra (teacher) Tour Itinerary

One of the stops of the tour will be to premiere the film at the 6th Annual Conference of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi at the end of March. The Mississippi conference will allow for a historical exchange of experiences of the literacy campaigns in the South and in Cuba.

Press Release

Norma Guillard and Catherine Murphy Biographies

Tour Co-Sponsors

About Maestra

Maestra Film Trailer

Scholar's Tour Successfully Concludes!

Many thanks to the following sponsors for their gracious support of Dra. Norma Vasallo's tour: Baltimore–Matanzas Sister City Association and Maryland–Cuba Friendship Coalition; University of Maryland in Baltimore County; Goucher University; First Unitarian Church of Baltimore; Indiana University and its Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), CUBAmistad and Rachael's Café in Bloomington, Indiana; Hola Bloomington Radio; Edinboro University; West Virginia University; Towson University.
Mil gracias a todos!

March/April, 2011

Dra. Norma Vasallo's
              Speaking Tour Visits UMBC

Dra. Norma Vasallo Speaking Tour Visits UMBC

Professor Norma Vasallo, Chair of Women's Studies at the University of Havana, has been granted a U.S. visa after a long delay and will come to the U.S. in March/April, 2011 for a 4-5 city tour including Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., Bloomington, Indiana, and Edinboro, PA. She will be visiting and lecturing at several universities: Goucher University, University of Maryland—BC, Indiana University, Edinboro University, West Virginia University and Towson University. For more details about the locations and topics of Dra. Vasallo's lectures, please refer to her Tour Calendar.

Norma Vasallo

Dra. Vasallo is a leading Cuban scholar and educator in the fields of social psychology and global feminisms, and a prolific author. With the co-sponsorship of the Federation of Cuban Women, Dr. Vasallo is the convener the biennial International Conference, "Women in the 21st Century," which this year will take place May 16-20, 2011 at the University of Havana. Through plenary talks, panels and workshops, conference participants will engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange experiences around the themes of gender, feminisms and women's studies. U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration's next delegation will attend this conference.

Dra. Vasallo's original national tour scheduled for October-November last year was cancelled due to the delay of the U.S. visa. It is our hope that we will be able to reschedule a full national tour in the fall of 2012 when Dra. Vasallo will attend the Latin America Studies Association Conference scheduled in San Francisco, CA.

Bloomington Community Visit

"Los Estudios de la Mujer, Mujeres y Genero en Cuba," Norma Vasallo Barrueta

Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ)
5th Annual
Strengthening Local Economies, Everywhere! Dinner

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Montlake
2100 Boyer Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112

This year's keynote address will be given by Aba Ifeoma, an organizer with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. The SLEE! Dinner raise close to half of CAGJ's annual budget, and it provides more than 400 activists, farmers, food workers, and allied organizations with networking opportunities over a meal created with local, sustainable and Fair Trade ingredients. Help make this the most successful SLEE! Dinner to date by attending, and see flyer below for sponsorship information.

Community Sponsor Information

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Women and the Cuban Revolution
Presenters: Patricia Catoria and Jan Strout

Sponsored by: Bozeman Business and Professional Women
Comfort Inn on N 7th Avenue, Bozeman, MT
Noon to 1pm
January 26, 2011

Report-back from the US Women's Delegation exploring "Women's Human Rights, Racial Justice and Social Welfare" with tales of adventure and so much more! Join Patricia Catoria, Chair of MSU Program in Women's and Gender Studies, and Jan Strout, MSU adjunct professor and co-chair of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, as they share their experiences as part of a national delegation of 21 woman who traveled to Cuba last March. Photos and stories from their meetings with the Federation of Cuban Women, women leaders from labor unions, health care professionals, educators, artists, filmmakers and writers in Havana and Santa Clara provinces will be among the highlights.


World March of Women

World March of Women Declaration:
Deportation of activists acting against the G20 summit in South Korea

On the 8th November, the Korea Women's Alliance (KWA) and Korean Women's Association United (KWAU), national reference groups of the World March of Women, organized the Gender Justice Action against the G20 Seoul Summit in order to debate the gender blindness of the G20's agenda, and feminist alternatives to the current global financial architecture. The WMW organized a representative delegation with activists from Pakistan, the Phlippines and Japan.

Full Story

Honoring the Memory of Mothers and Women like Carmen
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
1 Nov 2010

November 2nd will mark the one year anniversary since the death of Carmen Nordelo, mother of Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban 5 political prisoners being held in the US for fighting against terrorism.

Full Story

U.S. Action Plan Announced on SCR 1325

On October 26, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made history when she told the world that the U.S. will join 20 other nations in creating a U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plan on women, peace and security. What's more, she plans on adopting U.N. indicators to track the progress of the plan's implementation.

National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Join WILPF in thanking Hillary Clinton

Amnesty International Report on the Cuban 5
October 10, 2010


A Visit to Cuba's Libraries
Sept/Oct 2010
Public Libraries/PLA Online

The National Library director oversees all of the four hundred public libraries in Cuba. There are public libraries in each province including a large library in each municipality. In addition, each community has a small library. This includes branches in remote areas. Each public library provides service for people with disabilities. We visited the Municipal Library in Old Havana on a Saturday afternoon and all of the rooms were filled with students and their parents working on assignments.

Full Story

Protagonists for Change:
Women Against Violence in Latin America

National Radio Project
October 5, 2010

Violence against women pervades every culture. Sources say one of every three women is abused at some point in their lives. In Latin America, sexism and impunity contribute to violence against women. But the region is also home to powerful female voices, and effective movements for the advancement of women.


New Book, New Website

Violence against women has increased throughout Mexico and in other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Chile and Peru. Law enforcement officials have often failed or refused to undertake investigations and prosecutions, creating a climate of impunity for perpetrators and denying victims/survivors of violence and their families access to truth and justice.

[Stop] Terrorizing Women

Body, Economy, Movement:
The Global Women’s Movement at the Beijing+15 Review

A Report on the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the
Center for Women’s Global Leadership

August 2010
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Symposium Report Beijing+15

Symposium Video

Dolores Huerta Honored by Cuban Five

Actor Danny Glover, while visiting the literature table [at Dolores Huerta's Birthday Party Concert], was asked to present a plaque that the Cuban Five had sent to Dolores Huerta for her birthday, which he readily accepted. Moments later, while being interviewed by KPFK, he was visibly moved as he described his recent visit with Gerardo Hernandez in Victorville Penitentiary.

During the concert, Glover was invited to say a few words in honor of Dolores. He described all the different struggles that she had embraced through the years, including the farm workers, anti-war, immigrant rights, and women's rights. There was an enthusiastic round of applause when Glover mentioned Dolores' support for the Cuban Five.

Cuban Five Send Birthday Plaque to Dolores Huerta

Cuba declared "best place to be a mother"
Sunday, May 9, 2010
By: Priscilla Lounds

Afghanistan is last on list; United States is number 28.

Being a mother brings joy as well as challenges. The international charity Save the Children has released its Eleventh Annual Mothers Index of the World’s Best and Worst Places to be a Mother, just in time for Mother’s Day. The index is based on various indicators of women’s and children’s health and well-being, including access to education, jobs and health care for women and children.

Read article

Globalizing Rights, Hope and Struggle: The World March of Women
16 April 2010
By Kathambi Kinoti

An interview with Wilhelmina Trout of the World March of Women,
a movement formed to put an end to social, political and economic injustice against women.

World March of Women

The Cuban Art Space of the
Center for Cuban Studies Presents
Cuban Women Artists

Oct 21-Nov 24, 2010

opening reception
October 20, 6-8 pm
with rocio garcia and ana flores

231 West 29th Street, 4th floor, New York City




A Research Trip to Havana and Villa Clara Province, Cuba
October 23-31, 2010
With the assistance of the Association of Cuban Educators

Please join us in Cuba for an intensive week of research on the Cuban educational system, policies, and practices at all levels, from day care to university and postgraduate education! Four days in Cuba's capital, Havana, will be complemented by four days in Santa Clara Province.

Details and Application information

Memoria, Musica, y Liberacion
Saturday, October 23 · 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Olympia, Washington

A multi-media event celebrating the release of three creative projects:

This is an opportunity to experience the works and to "meet and greet" the artists. Books, CD's and DVD's will be available for sale throughout the event. Along with performances, showings and readings from our three featured artists, the day long event will also include performances by Pasajeros Playback Theatre and an opening musical set from the local Latin band, Los Calaveras.



Our Forgotten Sisters:
Women with Disabilities in Situations of Conflict

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 1:15 - 2:45 PM
UN Conference Room E, New York



Draft Itinerary for
of the University of Havana
October 2010 U.S. Speaking Tour

Cuban scholar Norma Vasallo Barrueta is Chair of Women Studies and Professor of Psychology at the University of Havana, and she is co-founder and convener of the biennial University of Havana International Women's Studies conference, "Women in the 21st Century."

Professor Vasallo Barrueta lectures internationally about topics that include the status of Cuban women and Women's Studies in Cuba. Her U.S. speaking tour will support and strengthen the Campaign on the Realities of Cuban Women's Lives, part of the educational and organizing work of the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration. Professor Vasallo's U.S. lectures will address the information blockade in the U.S. about the lives of Cuban women, and in particular provide examples of Cuban women's rights and Cuban racial and economic justice as models to build more progressive social justice movements in the U.S. During this speaking tour, information will also be provided to audiences about right-to-travel legislation, global feminist opportunities, and other activities from sponsors' campaigns, as well as to promote Professor Vasallo's "Women in the 21st Century" Conference in Havana in May 2011. The Collaboration is exploring the possibility that our 2011 US Women's Research Delegation will coincide with this conference.

Some of the topics Dra. Vasallo will speak about include:

  1. Status of Women in Cuba--accomplishments and challenges, including addressing the issue of sex work or prostitution and impacts of the US blockade on women and families
  2. Current issues in Women's Studies and progress in Cuba to integrate a multicultural gender lens into the curriculum of the University of Havana.
  3. Themes to compare and contrast Cuban/US women's issues:

The U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration is working with several co-sponsors to bring Dra. Vasello to the U.S. following her participation at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference in Toronto. At this point co-sponsors include: National Organization for Women (NOW), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Latin America Working Group (LAWG), U.S. Social Forum - NW, California State University - San Marcos and San Diego, Seattle University, University of Washington, University of Massachusetts - Boston, Northeastern University, Lesley University, Wellesley College, and more sponsors in formation.

Tentative itinerary:

October 20, 2010

Dear Friends,

With great disappointment, we write to tell you that we have been forced to cancel the US speaking tour of Cuban scholar Dra. Norma Vasallo of the University of Havana because the US State Department has not issued a visa to Dra. Vasallo for travel to the United States. Consequently, she and her prospective US audiences are being prohibited from participation in the exchange of ideas at events planned on college campuses and communities in Washington, DC, Boston, Baltimore, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Miami. We find this situation regrettable and infuriating. We believe it is an abridgement of academic freedom, and a direct result of the travel ban imposed by the United States that affects both Cuban and US citizens, as well as the US embargo on Cuba which is a failed policy that promotes injustice, restricts American liberties and hurts Cuban families.

We are grateful to all our co-sponsors who supported with their funding and their time our efforts to realize this tour. They include Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), National Organization for Women (NOW), First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Howard County (Maryland) Friends of Latin America, Towson University, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore - Matanzas Sister City Association, University of Massachusetts - Boston, Northeastern University, Lesley University, Wellesley College, California State University - San Marcos, University of San Diego, Legacy of Equality, Leadership, and Organizing (LELO), Seattle University, University of Washington, Florida International University, and University of South Florida.

There had been much hope in the fall Congressional season in HR 4645, a bill that would end travel restrictions on all Americans to Cuba, but in late September this House vote was postponed until after the current Congressional recess. We encourage you to refer to Latin America Working Group's Cuba Campaign Action Center for background and up-to-date information on the travel ban, and to become involved in this struggle for the liberty of US citizens to travel to exchange ideas with Cuban citizens, and to hear from Cuban visitors in the US.

Meanwhile, please note these two upcoming opportunities for exchange of ideas and travel to Cuba:

  • The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is proud to announce a March 2011 US Film and Speaking Tour with US filmmaker Catherine Murphy and Cuban activist Norma Guillard, who will be presenting and talking about Maestra, Murphy's film about the role of women in the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, a role which Norma Guillard lived out as a young woman literacy worker. Please refer back to this website for ongoing updates.
  • Dra. Norma Vasallo of the University of Havana, with co-sponsorship by the Federation of Cuban Women, presents the VII International Conference,"Women in the 21st Century" May 16th to 20th, 2011, in Havana, Cuba. We encourage you to consider attending this conference. The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is planning a US women's research delegation to coincide with the conference dates.
  • Please check back to this website for updates as plans develop.

    Also, please contact us to sign up for our action and events alerts, and if it is also possible for you to support our work financially, no matter how large or small the amount, please consider making a tax deductible donation on this website.

    Thank you once again for your interest in supporting the exchange of ideas between the US and Cuba!

    In the spirit of friendship and solidarity,
    Caridad, Cindy, Jan, Kamilah, Sheryl, and Victoria
    US Women and Cuba Collaboration
    Speaker Tour Organizing Committee

    Women’s Revolutions in the Global South
    Montana State University Women's Center Sack Lunch Seminars
    Noon to 1pm, Sept 29, SUB 235

    Jessa Thiel and Jan Strout (Co-Chair, US Women and Cuba Collaboration) from Sisters Across Borders will discuss intriguing women’s movements and women’s revolutions in a number of different countries in the Global South including Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico. They will focus on various strategies for peace and social justice, while recognizing that global gender issues that plague the Global South affect women worldwide. There is strength in solidarity, and we have integral lessons to learn from our sisters in the South.

    to Celebrate

    SEATTLE NOW and Friends--
    US Women and Cuba Collaboration,
    Equal Rights Washington, ALLYSHIP, UFCW 21 and more--

    to Celebrate and Acknowledge
    WOMENS’ EQUALITY DAY @ The Museum of History and Industry

    Light Snacks and Refreshments
    FREE TOUR of current exhibit "Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices"

    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Date: THURSDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2010
    Address: MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry), Seattle
    More Details

    Free the Cuban Five!
    July 13, 2010
    Wayne S. Smith
    The Nation

    The time is ripe to correct this injustice, now that Cuba has begun to release its own political prisoners, argues Wayne S. Smith, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, longtime Cuba expert, and former chief of the US Interests Section in Havana (1979-82).

    Read story

    NOW National Conference
    July 2 - 4, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Boston Park Plaza Hotel

    SISTERS ACROSS BORDERS Demand to Ratify Women!
    Friday, July 2nd
    4:45 - 6:00 PM

    Ratify Women! is the NOW Campaign designed to make a final successful push for US government ratification of a "clean" global Women's Treaty, otherwise known as CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. The goals of our workshop are to educate participants about the use of United Nations international human rights treaties to advance women's rights in the US, to discuss how international women's movements and specific countries are using the United Nations as well as feminist transnational grassroots gatherings to increase women's political participation and our human rights, and to build sisterhood among women worldwide.

    Women from nations where CEDAW has been ratified will share strategies to advance the status of women including National Plans of Action based on the UN Beijing Platform for Action, national and local women's budgets, creation of Ministries for Women & Gender Equality, and specific advances such as paid maternity/paternity leave, reduction of infant/maternal mortality rates, sexual and reproductive rights, and violence-prevention policies. We will share the new NOW Ratify Women! Campaign kit produced by the NOW Global Feminist Strategies Committee. Finally, we will also discuss possibilities of organizing specific US-based women's solidarity projects growing out of networks established at the US Social Forum (June), the US Women & Cuba Collaboration women's delegation to Cuba (March), and from NGO's working in Mexico, Venezuela and more.

    NOW 2010 Workshop

    NOW 2010 Website

    Vancouver International Che Guevara Conference
    Saturday & Sunday
    June 26 & 27, 2010
    Vancouver BC, Canada

    Simple Free Registration Special $20 Registration with Chance to Win Prize Conference Schedule Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba

    June 22-26
    Detroit, Michigan

    06–28–2010 – DETROIT
    Second U.S. Social Forum Closes in Detroit and Opens New Chapter in US Movements for Justice, Equality, and Sustainability

    The United States Social Forum (USSF) ended with an inspirational national assembly and closing ceremony. The Forum's National Planning Committee (NPC) declared the forum a great success with attendance of more than 15,000 people from Detroit, from rural and urban areas across the nation, and from countries across the world including South Africa, Palestine, Honduras and Nepal.

    Report from US Women & Cuba Collaboration at USSF 2010

    US Women & Cuba Collaboration Events at USSF 2010 Flyer

    "Global Women Panel"
    Panel chaired by Jan Strout, co-chair of the US Women & Cuba Collaboration at the 2010 US Social Forum. MP3 produced by WINGS: Women's Int'l News Gathering Service. Program #13-10, length 28:49. (Click on arrow to begin.)

    USSF Postforum Report

    US Social Forum Website


    Join the US Women & Cuba Collaboration and other progressive movement forces from all over the country when we meet this summer in Detroit at US Social Forum II to continue articulating visions and plans for "Another World" that is possible and necessary in the US.

    The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is sponsoring and hosting two workshops this year at the USSF, and we warmly encourage your participation. Both workshops will be convenient to attend in centrally-located Cobo Hall.

    Why Women? Why Cuba? Building a Women's Movement for Cuba
    Thursday, June 24
    10am-12noon at Cobo Hall 02-43

    Our workshop on Why Women? Why Cuba? will discuss the history and accomplishments of the Cuban women's movement under the leadership of the Federation of Cuban Women and in the context of the Cuban revolution. We will also discuss the role that Cuba has played internationally in advancing human rights, especially in the realm of healthcare and literacy.

    Panelists include Rita Olga of Cuba, representing the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Carolina Sanchez of the Cuban Chapter in Defense of Humanity of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, and Catherine Murphy, director of "Maestro," a film about the 1961 one-year national campaign that eradicated illiteracy in Cuba. A short trailer of "Maestro" will be shown. Jan Strout and Cindy Domingo, of the US Women & Cuba Collaboration will discuss strategies, campaigns and work that participants can take with them to build a women's movement and network of supporters to change US policy towards the Cuban people and to lift the 51-year old US blockade against Cuba. Panelists for this workshop are from Cuba and/or have traveled extensively throughout Cuba.

    This workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, along with collaborating organizations: the Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee of WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), and the LELO (Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing) Worker to Worker Project.

    Sisters Across Borders | Advancing US Women's Rights through
    Global Feminisms
    Friday, June 25
    1-3pm at Cobo Hall 02-42

    The goals of our workshop are to educate and organize about the use of United Nations international human rights treaties to advance women's rights, racial and economic justice in the US and to build solidarity among women worldwide. Specifically we will focus on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)/Women's Treaty and UN Security Resolution 1325 which promotes a gender analysis in conflict areas, peacekeeping and post-conflict situation. We will also utilize the UN Beijing Platform for Women and the UN CERD/Racial Justice treaty as organizing resources.

    We also will share and build the organizing of specific U.S.-based women's solidarity projects on US campuses, in local communities and with Cuba and Venezuela as ways to increase U.S. women's political and policy understanding as well as our contributions to transform U.S. foreign policy to one of peaceful and just relations. Panelists have direct experience with organizing and educating diverse women in the US and globally across race, class, age and sexualities on these international human rights strategies for the past twenty years and have organized women's delegations to work in solidarity with women in Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.

    Panelists include Jan Strout (NOW's Ratify Women! Campaign and US Women & Cuba Collaboration), Cindy Domingo (US Women & Cuba Collaboration), Erica Swanson (Leadership Council on Civil Rights), Laura Roskos (WILPF), Rita Olga Martinez (ICAP—Cuba), Jayariyú Farias Montiel (indigenous health organizer and media activist—Venezuela), Filmmaker Catherine Murphy screening a trailer from "Maestra" about Cuba's 1961 Literacy Campaign, Filmmaker Debbie Carlsen screening clips of "Queers Against the WTO."

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    The Elected Delegate and the Dissident in Cuba’s Municipal Elections Cuba’s Municipal Elections: Analysis
    May 22, 2010
    Arnold August
    Global Research

    Canadian scholar and activist Arnold August analyzes aspects of the media war against Cuba, including the selective choice of what is reported on and what is not, using the example of recent coverage of the municipal election of Dr. Daysi Victores. He says that the goal of the "current media campaign against Cuba lead by the right-wing in Europe and the USA is to use the 'dissidents'" to discredit Cuba and its political system. And he argues: "All this is geared to serve as a pretext for further foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Cuba."

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    La delegada electa y el disidente en las elecciones municipales en Cuba


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    An afternoon of CUBAN MOVIES & MOJITOS!!
    Featuring the film SALUD!

    Sunday, March 7th
    3PM – 6 PM

    To benefit Cuban Doctors supporting Haiti
    and Health Care throughout the Global South

    Hosted by Susan Nichols Roughton and Jan Strout
    at the home of Susan and Bob Roughton
    200 Tower Road, Belgrade, MT

    Space is limited; please RSVP to or 406/388.1919


    US Women & Cuba Collaboration: March 2010 Research Delegation to Cuba

    "Women's Human Rights, Racial Justice and Social Welfare"
    Organized by Marazul Charters, Inc.

    2010 Research
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