Union women call for freedom of Cuban 5


RENO, Nev. - The Cuban 5 should be released and returned to their families, declared a resolution passed unanimously by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) at its national convention in November. CLUW is the AFL-CIO's constituency group representing women trade unionists.

Citing its longstanding role as an advocate for human rights, peace, solidarity and friendly relations with working women around the world, CLUW also urged its members to contact Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the U.S. State Department to grant a visa to Adriana Perez, wife of Cuban 5 prisoner Gerardo Hernandez, in order that she may visit with her husband.

The five Cubans referred to in the resolution were arrested in 1998 and convicted following a controversial trial for monitoring Miami-based groups planning terrorist actions in Cuba.

"We Americans would certainly have appreciated it if, before it happened, someone had uncovered and prevented the horrid terrorist plot of 9/11, " said CLUW delegate Diane Mohney, speaking in favor of the resolution. "That's what the Cuban 5 were doing for their country," not spying, she added. Mohney, a retired Philadelphia school nurse, was one of 400 delegates at the gathering here in Reno, Nev.

The resolution was submitted by the Chicago chapter of the coalition. It cited a compelling video by one of the organization's founders, United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta. In the video, Huerta dramatically calls for freedom for the five in order "to show the world that the U.S. is a country of compassion, honesty and fairness."

Full text of the CLUW resolution:



Since being founded in 1974, CLUW has been a voice for women in the labor movement, standing for unification of families. One way we work towards this is through political action, such as communicating with our representatives in government.

CLUW has also stood for human rights, peace, solidarity and friendly relations with working women around the world.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, denial of the right of a spouse to visit their incarcerated husband or wife is a violation of human rights. But Adriana Perez, whose husband has been incarcerated for 15 years in the U.S. Penitentiary in Victorville, California, has been denied the right to visit her husband, Gerardo Hernandez, for that entire time.

The case of Mr. Hernandez and 4 other Cubans (known as the Cuban 5) has received very little attention in the U.S. press. However, it is widely known around the world because the activities for which they were convicted posed no threat to the American people (they were monitoring the activities of anti-Cuba terrorist groups based in Miami which had planned and carried out deadly bombings of Cuba);

One of CLUW's founding vice presidents, Dolores Huerta, has called on Americans to work for the release of the Cuban 5 "to show the world that the U.S. is a country of compassion, honesty and fairness."

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We request Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) members contact Secretary of State John Kerry to urge the U.S. State Department to grant a visa to Adriana Perez in order that she may visit with her husband, Gerardo Hernandez.

CLUW members join with our founding member Dolores Huerta, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and eight Nobel Prize winners in calling for the Cuban 5 to be released and returned to their families.

CLUW members urge fellow constituency groups to add to this humanitarian call.

Submitted by Katie Jordan, Workers' United, President, Chicago Chapter, CLUW

Passed unanimously

Note: This is one of scores of resolutions and statements from U.S. and other unions, labor organizations and labor activists who have spoken out in support of the Cuban 5.

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  • Peace, love and power to C L U W, Cuba, its women and world progress.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 01/13/2014 11:12am (2 years ago)

  • The epidemic of bloody crimes; extortion, murder, prostitution, sex trafficting, unemployment, racism- and the bloodless crimes of systematic lies about the labor unions and movements, the communists and socialists, the known truth of stool pigeons and snitches of the horrific right wing, Democrats and notorious Republicans, associates of the depraved ultra-right and their jealousy and hatred of the whole community of Latino nations in Central and South America, are a cancer to humanity.
    So serious is this disease, it threatens hemispheric and world peace and progress, and they know it.
    There is sufficient evidence that these world class criminals, like Luis Posada Carriles, ineffable "gusanos", coupled with the notorious C I A, would rather see the world and all life on it destroyed rather than concede peace and progress to the world's peoples.
    "Intellectuals" like Cornell West and others do not, while so critical of Cuba, seem to see the clear, oblivious, sordid, right wing connections between criminal, racist, anti-labor, and anti-communists and crimes against humanity.
    Commentators and "intellectuals" like these, force the question of their integrity, interests and motives.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 01/13/2014 11:08am (2 years ago)

  • The Cuban government should not even think of releasing Alan Gross, the US government contractor convicted of illegally distributing prohibited satellite communications equipment to Cuban dissidents, until the Cuban Five are released.

    Posted by Gary Mitchell, 12/19/2013 9:12am (2 years ago)

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