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      Cuba's Example Inspires Solidarity in Vancouver

      By Janine Solanki

      On February 28, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba -VCSC organized an info night about the 27th Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba! This trip is a unique way to experience Cuba firsthand, alongside brigadistas from across Canada and beyond. The two-week program encompasses volunteer work, cultural activities, visiting health and educational institutions, historical sites, as well as workshops, dance classes and more! The event started out with videos about Cuba and past Che Guevara Brigades, which was an exciting view of what travelling to Cuba is like! Janine Solanki, who is the national coordinator of the Che Guevara Brigade, then shared a slideshow from previous brigades, gave details on the 2020 trip and answered questions. To bring the event to a close, Coast Salish elder and activist Kelly White shared her own connection to Cuba before bringing everyone together with drumming and song. Since the event, the Che Guevara Brigade has now been rescheduled to November 15 – 30, 2020. More details are at www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/brigade

      The following week, on March 6, VCSC held a celebration of International Women's Day and the revolutionary women of Cuba, Venezuela, and the world! The evening started out with Indigenous elders Kelly White and Vivian Sandy who shared a welcoming drumming and song. Tamara Hansen, the coordinator of VCSC, then spoke about the history of International Women's Day and the leading role that women in Cuba and Venezuela are taking today.

      Find out about upcoming Cuba solidarity events, including online webinars, at www.vancubasolidarity.com or follow on Facebook @vancubasolidarity or Twitter and Instagram @VanCuba_VCSC

      Follow Janine on Twitter: @janinesolanki

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