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    1994 Loading a truck to send on Pastors for Peace Friendshipment 3

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    2010 Canadian-American-Cuban solidarity at Blaine, WA.

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    2010 Friendshipment 21 Send-off in Seattle

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    2013 Blaine Peace Park welcome to Friendshipment 24

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From March 2nd to 6th, 2016, Seattle had its first visit by a Cuban diplomat since the WTO Ministerial meeting in 1999.

Miguel Fraga

 

Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the newly re-established Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., spoke at nine different events during his four-day visit. The focus of many of his presentations was US-Cuba relations taking in the last 55 years of conflict, the beginnings of normalization in the last 15 months, and what more needs to be done to achieve truly normal relations between our two countries - emphasizing the need to end the US blockade of Cuba, the travel ban on US citizens, and to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba.

An important aim of the visit was to establish horizontal, people-to-people and organization-to-organization links. Secretary Fraga visited four colleges: Seattle University, University of Washington, Seattle Central College and Pinchot University. At every college event, students wanted to know how their college can interchange with colleges in Cuba. Secretary Fraga also met with business people, lawyers involved with international law, and an African American Baptist congregation, all of whom were interested in building connections with Cuba.

Miguel met with elected officials from King County council, the Washington State legislature, and with Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott. Also noteworthy throughout the visit was the presence of Cuban Americans - anxious to make contact with Miguel and to explore how they can forge improved relationships with their mother country.

Highlights of the visit included the 200 staff and students who came to hear Miguel speak at Seattle Central College, the 100 people who came to the day conference at Seattle University on a sunny Saturday, and the 120 who attended an emotional celebration at El Centro de la Raza as part of the opening of the photographic exhibit documenting the return of the Cuban 5 to Cuba.

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Miguel Fraga

 

Miguel Fraga

 

Miguel Fraga

 

 

The Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee invites you to attend:
Imagining New Paths for U.S. Cuba Relations
A full day conference to discuss how we in Washington State can forge new links with Cuba.

Keynote presentation by
MIGUEL FRAGA
First Secretary of the new Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.

Saturday March 5
10am-4pm
Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall, C-6
Corner of 12th Ave and Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122

No charge for entrance / donations gratefully accepted.

Sponsors:
Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, National Lawyers
Guild, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, LELO, and the following Seattle
University departments- Latin American Studies, Global African Studies, School of Law Center
for Global Justice, Women and Gender Studies, and Center for the Study of Justice in Society.

Download a PDF poster for the conference.

For more information, contact:
John Waller, Secretary Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee
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Imagining New Paths for U.S. Cuba Relations

Imagining New Paths for U.S. Cuba Relations

 

The Seattle/Cuba Friendship committee welcomes you to the Seattle opening of:
"The Cuban 5 Return: An Entire Country Celebrates". This award-winning photo exhibit documents the homecoming of five Cuban anti-terrorists, unjustly held 16 years in US prisons and finally released in 2014.

Friday March 4th
6:30-9:30pm
El Centro de la Raza
3rd floor
2524 16th Avenue S (Beacon Hill)
Seattle, WA 98144

For more information, contact:
John Waller, Secretary Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee
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Cuban 5 Return opening program