Monge, President of the Free
Foundation speaks on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Free Cuba Foundation in Action
- Free Cuba Foundation(FCF) Protests against both the Mexican and
Brazilian government's deportation of Cuban refugees.
- Targeted Cuban government's price gouging policies dealing with humanitarian aid.
- Released study that quantified the Cuban government's price gouging
policies dealing with humanitarian aid.
- Free Cuba Foundation opens 1st chapter at Florida International University.
- FCF Assists support group for Concilio Cubano in setting up Press Center
- FCF Begins Campaigns For the Liberation of Cuban Political Prisoners
- FCF Founds Thomas P. Ray Lecture Series
- FCF Holds Candlelight vigils at UM and FIU after the tragedies of
- FCF Denounces planned shutdown of Miami
International Airport and participates in the flotilla to honor pilots who
perished on Feb. 24
- FCF holds a conference at FIU to honor the memory of the students who
fought and perished on March 13, 1957 in their struggle for democracy
- FCF calls for greater vigilance in the
defense of civil liberties.
- FCF holds a series of seminars on Cuban history.
- Adolpho Rivero Carro provided a detailed lecture on the origins and
development of the Cuban Communist Party.
- FCF hosts a 30 piece Salsa band as part of the Hispanic Heritage
- Luis Aguilar Leon provided an overview of Cuban History on October 31,
- FCF holds a lecture honoring the life of Antonio Maceo on December 7, 1996 the
100th anniversary of his death in battle.
- FCF commemorates the birth of Jose Marti on January 28 with the
honoring of Cuban political prisoners,
who like Jose Marti suffered imprisonment for remaining firm in their
- FCF Announces the formation of the
Committee to Defend the Life and Liberty of Armando Alonso Romero.
- On February 24, 1997 at 3:20 pm the FCF led the call for a prayer
chain to honor the memory of the 4 young men who died one year earlier
trying to save the lives of others. Armando, Carlos, Mario y Pablo Viven!
- FCF participates in the planting of
a tree at Florida International
University to honor the memory of the 4 martyrs of Feb. 24, 1996. Jose
Basulto and members of the family participated along with the University
- FCF hosts a conference at FIU titled: 13 de Marzo -
Reflections from Youth for the Liberation of Cuba- 40 Years of Struggle: A
- On March 23, 1997 FCF participates in the Amnesty International Human
Rights Fair at FIU.
- On April 18, 1997 FCF ended its activities for the Spring Semester by
asking the question: "Why Does Nobody Listen?"
- On July 30, 1997 FCF joins a coalition of young Cuban organizations in
declaring our solidarity with democratic
youth in Cuba.
- On August 30, 1997 FCF joins a coalition of young Cubans in a journey of light and hope
carrying a torch, made in Cuba by dissidents, from Key West to Miami.
- On September 23, 1997 Xavier Utset, FCF and HRAC, holds a press conference to announce Russian
support for Armando Alonso Romero.
- On October 4, 1997 the Cuban
Intergenerational Encounter is held at Florida International University. FCF is one of several groups
that organized the event.
- FCF supports
Gloria Estefan's defense of free speech.
- On October 30, 1997 the FREE CUBA Foundation honors independent
journalists in the pages of the Miami New Times.
- On November 24, 1997 the FREE CUBA Foundation remembers Jorge Mas
- On December 10, 1997 the FREE CUBA Foundation co-sponsors a
human rights conference at Florida International University.
- On December 23, 1997 the FREE CUBA Foundation remembers the passing of
a great exemplar of Cuban patriotism: Sebastian Arcos Bergnes.
- On January 17, 1998 members of the FREE CUBA Foundation travel to
Rome to denounce human rights abuses in Cuba
at a conference hosted by Cuba Libera.
- During the Pope's visit to Cuba Omar Clemente, Susana Mendiola,
Viviana Mendiola, Xavier Utset, and John Suarez hold a solidarity fast
for the members of the Pro-Human Rights Party in Cuba who have been
fasting for over 100 days protesting arbitrary imprisonment and harrasment.
- From January 28, 1998 through January 30,1998 the FREE CUBA Foundation
holds a three day conference titled: Gandhi,
King, and Marti: Brothers in Thought exploring the commonalities of
- On February 20, 1998 the Free Cuba Foundation signed the Democracy Accord with over 70 organizations
inside and outside of Cuba at Florida
- On February 24, 1998 at 3:20 pm the FCF formed a chain of silence, and
left white roses under the tree planted in their memory to honor the
the 4 young men who died two years earlier trying to save the
lives of others. Armando, Carlos, Mario y Pablo Viven!
- On March 13, 1998 the one year anniversary of the signing of the FIU
Declaration the FREE CUBA Foundation announces that it will collect
student signatures to demonstrate the FIU student body's support. One of
the first signers is Carlos Becerra, President of the Student Government
Association at FIU representing over 20,000 students.
- On March 23, 1998 ¡yara! goes online
- On March 25, 1998 at 6:30pm the FREE CUBA Foundation co-hosted a
debate titled "Is it Time to Reconsider U.S. Policy Towards Cuba?"
- On April 27, 1998 the winning essay from
the Gandhi, King, and Marti: Brothers in Thought Essay Contest is
published in EL Nuevo Herald.
- On June 4, 1998 the Free Cuba Foundation and Students for a
issued a joint
statement to honor the students who sacrificed their
lives for freedom and democracy in Tiananmen Square.
- FCF forms a new committee and creates an interactive site:The Call to Demand Justice for the Victims
of the "13 de Marzo" Massacre
- On July 13, 1998 FCF organized a
"Silent Call for Justice" for the victims of the "13 de Marzo"
Massacre. Members of the Free Cuba Foundation and the FIU community
formed a silent chain around the main fountain and remembered the victims
of that brutal crime.
- FCF collaborates with Amnesty International , Students for a Free
Tibet, and SOC to present a Human Rights Film Series throughout the Fall
- FCF collaborates with the Directorio Revolucionario Democratico Cubano
to hold a number of events in Barcelona, Spain in the first week of
- On September 1, 1998 the Free Cuba Foundation formed Committee in Support of Justice
for Joachim Løvschall a Danish tourist shot to death by Cuban
- On October 1, 1998 FCF signs a document
denouncing the exploitation of Cuban
- On October 10, 1998 , the 130th anniversary of the "Grito de Yara" the
Free Cuba Foundation, along with 11 other organizations published a half
page ad in Diario de las Americas honoring and remembering all the
patriots who have fallen confronting tyranny, and reaffirmed our
obligation and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the internal
oppostion who today struggle to reconquer for all a free Cuba.
- On October 11, 1998 members of FCF finally meet with ex-political
prisoner Armando Alonso Romero whose release FCF had campaigned for over a
year and a half in numerous countries and continents.
- On October 22, 1998 the Free Cuba Foundation, Association of People
of African Ancestry and Culture, and WUFI - Radio station co-hosted a
concert by Algo Nuevo, a band that plays traditional Cuban 'Son'
and has opened for acts
such as Jon Secada and Nil Lara.
- On December 10, 1998 the Free Cuba Foundation co-hosts a Human
Rights Conference at Florida International University on the 50th
Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- On December 22, 1998 one year after the death of Sebastian Arcos
Bergnes the Free Cuba Foundation issues a silent call for justice putting into
historical context the human rights situation in Cuba, calling on all
people of good will to remember the victims of the regime, and to do what
they can to see that justice is done.
- On January 1, 1999 on the 40th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution
FCF reflects on whether the struggle against dictatorship in Cuba is a lost
- On January 28, 1999 FCF commemorates the birth of Jose Marti
by organizing a lecture by ex-political prisoner, plantada, and
Author Ana Lazara Rodriguez at Florida International University.
- On February 20, 1999 the Free Cuba Foundation observed the signing of
the Democracy Accord with over 70 organizations inside and outside of Cuba
one year earlier at Florida
International University in a conference organized by FCF, Alianza de
Jovenes Cubanos and the Directorio Revolucionario Democratico Cubano.
Zofia Romaszewska and Irene Lasota both members of the Polish Solidarity
workers movement were on hand to offer their support and insight. As was
Senator Jorge Galvan Moreno a member of Mexico's Partido Accion Nacional
(PAN) as well as other dignitaries.
- On February 24, 1999 at 3:21 pm the FCF joined
with the families of Armando, Carlos, Mario and Pablo and formed a seven
minute chain of silence coinciding with the span of time in which both
planes were shot down.
Afterwards family members left white roses under the tree planted in their
memory to honor the the 4 young men who died three years earlier trying to
save the lives of others. Armando, Carlos, Mario y Pablo Viven!
- On March 19, 1999 Christian Løvschall,father of murdered
tourist Joachim Løvschall, is invited to Miami by the Free Cuba
Foundation and holds a
press conference demanding justice for his son.
- On March 23, 1999 the Free Cuba Foundation announces its support for
the passage of a resolution by the City of Miami in support of freedom for
- On March 29, 1999 the Free Cuba Foundation co-sponsors an
International Human Rights Film Festival with Amnesty International-FIU,
Association of People
of African Ancestry and Culture , and Students for
a Free Tibet.
- On March 29, 1999 the Free Cuba Foundation hosted a candlelight vigil
at Florida International University to observe the second anniversary of
the gunning down of Joachim Løvschall
by Cuban State Security. Letters
from family and friends were read aloud and a moment of silence observed.
- On March 30, 1999 FCF is accused of "formenting the overthrow of the
Cuban government" in a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald.
- On April 8, 1999 the Association of People
of African Ancestry and Culture honors the Free Cuba Foundation for
its work with APAAC.
- On April 16, 1999 FCF officers attend the speech given by His
Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and deliver two letters. One from a
Cuban dissident, and the other from the
Free Cuba Foundation.
- On May 3, 1999 the Miami Herald publishes FCF's response to a letter
to the editor criticizing it proclaiming, "Foundation's
goal: Ensure respect for human rights."
- On June 4, 1999 the Free Cuba Foundation
statement to honor the students who sacrificed their
lives for freedom and democracy in Tiananmen Square ten years ago.
- On June 7, 1999 FCF gathered signatures from FIU students who
support the 40 day fast taking place in
Cuba at Tamarindo 34.
- On July 13, 1999 the Free Cuba Foundation organized a 24 hour fast on the 5th anniversary of the
July 13, 1994 tugboat massacre in which 41 men, women, and children were
massacred. Psalms 104, and 103 were read simultanteously with Tamarindo 34
at 6am and at 6pm. At 12 noon FIU students joined hands in a circle and
engaged in a 5 minute moment of silence to remember the 5 years that have
passed without justice being done, or even the victims remains being
returned to their families.
- August 1999 FCF sets up magazine stands at FIU to distribute issues of
Friday, September 3, 1999