International Support for the Cause February 27, 2009February 27, 2009 All photos by Bill Hackwell except where credited otherwise Committees around the world take actions to rally support for the Cuban Five cause, including efforts to make the US population aware of the case. September 2008 - Italian supporters of the Cuban 5 protest outside of the coliseum in Rome calling for their release on the 10th anniversary of their incarceration. Photographer unknown. Poster created by French committee in support of the Cuban 5 using a painting of a bird by Antonio Guerrero Billboard calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 on the Trans Canadian Highway outside of Vancouver. Photographer unknown SF, 3-18-2005 - Banner calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 in march against the occupation of Iraq on the 2nd anniversary of the invasion. During 2006 large demonstrations for immigrant rights swept across the U.S. Here protest in Los Angeles that included support for the freedom of the Cuban 5 Sept. 12, 2008, NYC- Five Stars and a Song, a concert for the Cuban Five on the 10th anniversary of their incarceration in held in Hostos College. The concert is threatened and picketed by right wing Cuban Americans. Banner used in demonstrations calling for the rights of family visits for the Cuban Five. Two of the wives, Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva have not been allowed to visit their husband for over 10 years. Cartoon in support of the Cuban 5 by well known Cuban cartoonist Rene de la Nuez SF - street meeting in the Mission District calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 2008 - painting on the side of Pastors for Peace bus on its way to Cuba photo: Melanie Langlois 2007- popular video on the case of the Cuban Five released Atlanta 2007- free the five supporters prepare banner for participation in social forum SF October 2007 - Free the five banner in anti war rally Washington DC -September 23 2006- March on the White House calls for the freedom of the Cuban 5 and for the extradition of Posada Carriles April 2002- First signs start to appear at anti war demos calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 and to and end to U.S. threats against Cuba 2004 San Francisco - Writer Alice Walker reads from the book 'Love and Hope' ; a compilation of letters from the families of the Cuban 5 NYC 2003- demonstration calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 April 2002 - literature table for the freedom of the Cuban 5 August 7, 2008 SF - Unveiling of a large billboard in downtown San Francisco calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 February 2008 - Billboard on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles calling for the freedom of the Cuban 5 International Women's Day 2008 - postcard campaign to Sec. State Condelezza Rice is launched calling for visitation rights for Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva to visit their husbands in prison. The post card is translated from English into Spanish, Arabic, Italian, German,and French. Tens of thousands innundate the U.S. State Department July 2003 - Pastors for Peace bus is prepared for crossing the border on its way to Cuba in defiance of the U.S. blockade Havana, Oct. 8, 2008 - Opening of the art exhibit Bridge of Solidarity. This exhibit includes 37 paintings by Antonio Guerrero of people in the solidarity movement in the struggle to free the Cuban 5. Guerrero took the images from photographs by US photographer Bill Hackwell. It is a mixture of people who are well known in this movement and those more anonymous who have protested for justice for the Cuban 5. In all they represent the growing movement of people around the world who support the call for their freedom. The exhibit took over a year to pull together hampered by 4 months that Guerrero was in lockdown in his cell in Florence Federal Penitentiary Colorado. After its showing in Havana the exhibit has traveled to Holguin, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Las Tunas, Camaguey and soon it will open in Santa Clara. photo:Ricardo/UJC Havana, Oct. 8, 2008 - Opening of the art exhibit Bridge of Solidarity. Pictured here is Ricardo Alarcon president of the Cuban National Assembly and the Mirta Rodriguez mother of Antonio Guerrero. This exhibit features 37 paintings by Antonio Guerrero of people in the solidarity movement in the struggle to free the Cuban 5. Guerrero took the images from photographs by US photographer Bill Hackwell which are also on display. photo:Ricardo/ujc Havana, Oct. 8, 2008- Opening of the art exhibit Bridge of Solidarity. This exhibit includes 37 paintings by Antonio Guerrero of people in the solidarity movement in the struggle to free the Cuban 5. Guerrero took the images from photographs by North American photographer Bill Hackwell. Thousands of these postcards are now being mailed from around the world to Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and elected U.S. officials demanding that the Cuban Five be freed.