For Immediate Release

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Highlands High School, Lecture Hall 

4700 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

December 6th, 2019 5pm to 7pm 

During the summer of 2019, a delegation from New Mexico traveled to the socialist country of Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade (VB) 50th Anniversary Contingent; marked to be one of the biggest contingents of the VB since it’s establishment in 1969. The VB is an anti-imperialist education exchange program to build international solidarity with Cuba. The VB challenges to the right to travel freely, ending the US blockade of Cuba and ending the illegal US military occupation of Guantánamo Bay. The VB is hosted by the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People (ICAP) who organize the weekly programs. They have worked hard to create opportunities for brigadistas to interact with leaders of Cuba’s federations, committees and assemblies, such as the Federation of Cuban Women, the Union of Communist Youth, Municipal, Regional and National assemblies, and others (VB4Cuba 2019). Ways in which those who join the brigade can build not just solidarity but gain comrades of the Cuban Revolution. 

Members of the Southwest Organizing Project, Pueblo Action Alliance, and the All African People’s Revolutionary Party formed the New Mexico contingent of the 50th anniversary. The New Mexico VB delegation was unique in that we had representatives of the African, Chicano/x, and Indigenous communities who all focus their work on economic, environmental and social justice, as well as the liberation of African and Indigenous peoples. Much like the Indigenous, Chicano/x and African populations on Turtle Island, US imperialism has continued to infringe on our rights, displace our people from our communities, and continue capitalism in an attempt to globalize the earth’s natural resources. 

Join us for a report back on Friday, December 6th from 5-7PM at the Highland High School lecture hall which was moderated by the Red Nation’s co-founder and American Studies professor, Nick Estes (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe). Dinner will be served and childcare will be provided. The lecture hall is a fully ADA accessible space. This event will be held in Highland High School’s new free-standing lecture hall. The lecture hall is wheel-chair accessible with ramps available to get inside the building and also into the hall itself. If you need additional accommodations for accessibility, please send us an email at aaprpnewmexico@gmail.com or julia.f.bernal@gmail.com. Please see our VB FB event page for live stream and other details.

Directions to Highland High School’s Lecture Hall: If you are headed west on Zuni turn right onto Jefferson and park on the street. If you’re headed east on Zuni  turn left on Adams, right on Coal and then right on Jefferson. You can walk to the lecture hall from Jefferson. There’ll be signage. 

Sponsored by All African People’s Revolutionary Party – New Mexico, Pueblo Action Alliance, and SouthWest Organizing Project

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