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Vancouver Prepares for the 2016 Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba!
By Alison Bodine
On Saturday March 19th a piece of the spirit of Cuba came to Vancouver with an event promoting the 24th Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade. The evening, co-organized by Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver (FCAB – Vancouver) invited people in the Lower Mainland to come and hear about the annual work brigade, which is a project of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC).
Through music, photos and stories from past 'Brigadistas' participants got a great idea of what the Che Brigade is all about - travel, volunteering as well as a great opportunity to learn about Cuban society and the dynamics of the Cuban revolution. Musical performances at the event included the folk musician and peace activist Thomas P Radcliffe and the soulful duo Sangre Morena. After hearing people's favorite experiences and memories from the Brigade, nearly every hand in the room went up when the MC of the event, coordinator of VCSC Tamara Hansen, asked “Who wants to go to Cuba?!”
Although some people in the audience registered that night, the best part is that it is still not too late to join this unique trip! For two full weeks in Cuba, from April 28th – May 11th, 2016 the volunteer work brigade combines volunteer work with cultural, social, economic and political encounters visiting different cities across the island. As well, the Brigade will participate in Havana’s powerful May Day parade. For more information about joining this year, contact the BC Coordinators, Tamara Hansen at (778) 882-5223 or Thomas Davies at (778) 889-7664 and visit the website: http://www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/brigade
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