RATB - Cuba brigade - 17 Apr 2019

At our meeting yesterday at the National Centre for Sex Education we discussed the advancement of LGBT rights in Cuba and the debate around same sex marriage in the constitutional update.

Today we met with representatives from the Cuban Institute for Friendship of the peoples to learn about Cuban internationalism and solidarity with oppressed people around the world.

We also spoke to officials from the Women's Federation and learned of their work in defending and advancing the rights of women and girls in Cuban society.

Finally we met journalists from the Cuban news outlet Cubadebate to discuss press freedom and the ways we can counter the anti-Cuba and anti-Venezuela narratives pushed by the bourgeois media in Britain and the US.

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Visit to Cubadebate office

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Cuban National Center for Sex Education

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Federation of Cuban Women

RATB - Cuba brigade - 16 Apr 2019

Today the brigade visited the Centre for Molecular Immunology where we learned about the significant advances in the development of vaccines, and the ways the blockade against Cuba has affected the ability of Cuban researchers to collaborate scientifically with other countries.

We held a meeting with the president of the Cuban Association of Economists and Accountants, Ramón Labañino Salazar (who was also one of the Cuban 5 political prisoners) to discuss the updates to Cuba's economic model.

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The Center of Molecular Immunology (Centro de Inmunología Molecular) or CIM

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Meeting with Ramón Labañino Salazar one of the Cuban Five

RATB - Cuba brigade - 15 Apr 2019

Today the brigade visited an elderly care centre in Havana and exchanged knowledge about social care in Britain and Cuba, as well as talking to the elders about their experience of life before and after the Revolution.

At the Latin American School of Medicine, we spoke to Victor Diaz Feran, Specialist for International Relations about the role of medicine in Cuba's inspiring internationalism. We also interviewed students from Palestine who hope to train in medicine in order to support their own country.

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Elderly care centre in Havana

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Elderly care centre in Havana

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Latin American School of Medicine

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Latin American School of Medicine

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Latin American School of Medicine

RATB - Cuba brigade -13 Apr 2019

Today the brigadistas volunteered at La Granja Rosita UJC farm, planting animal feed, and learning about the methods of organic farming employed to improve self sufficiency in Cuban food production.

We held an exchange with Rafael González Muñoz, the president of the Hermanos Sais Association, the cultural and artistic vanguard of Cuba, discussing the role of art in the Revolution.

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The brigadistas volunteered at La Granja Rosita UJC farm

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The brigadistas volunteered at La Granja Rosita UJC farm

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The brigadistas volunteered at La Granja Rosita UJC farm

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Rafael González Muñoz, the president of the Hermanos Sais Association

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RATB - Cuba brigade 12 Apr 2019

Today the brigade visited the Cochito Azul nursery school where we exchanged knowledge with the staff about early years provision in Britain and Cuba, and gave a donation of toys and educational materials.

We volunteered at a construction site where homes damaged by the tornado in January are being rebuilt - more houses with more facilities will replace the damaged buildings.

In the evening we were invited to join CDR (Committee for the Defence of the Revolution) no. 1 for a street event where we spoke to locals about how the CDR supports the community and saw performances by the youth.

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Cochito Azul nursery

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Cochito Azul nursery

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We volunteered at a construction site where homes damaged by the tornado in January 2019

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We volunteered at a construction site where homes damaged by the tornado in January 2019

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In the evening we were invited to join CDR (Committee for the Defence of the Revolution)

RATB - Cuba brigade 11 Apr 2019

The brigade visited the Pioneers Palace, where we met young Cubans learning vocational skills such as cooking, electrical engineering and factory production.

We visited the William Soler Special School and learned about provision for children with deafness, blindness and multiple disabilities.

In the afternoon we visited the Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School and saw performances by children in 4th-6th grade. We gave a donation of musical instruments and supplies.

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Guillermo Tomas Bouffartigue Music School

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Pioneers Palace

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The 14th brigade to Cuba, celebrating 60 years of revolution, is underway!

Comrades from branches of the Revolutionary Communist Group are visiting organisations and projects in Cuba to learn about socialism and bring these lessons back to Britain.

Today the brigadistas visited a youth project called 'Constructing the future' based at a secondary school in Havana. We also held an exchange with members of the Federation of University Students, who told us about how they took part in the process of creating a new Constitution for Cuba. Young people are playing a key role in building a socialist society.

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Help us raise £20,000 for the 2019 solidarity brigade to Cuba

1 January 2019 marks 60 years of the Cuban revolution, 60 years of socialist construction, 60 years defying imperialism. The Cuban people have withstood invasion, sabotage, terrorism, biological warfare and a sustained economic blockade at the hands of the world's most powerful economic and military power, the United States. They have given unyielding support to other poor countries. They have built socialist Cuba, a beacon of hope for poor and oppressed people throughout the world. Cuba shows that there is an alternative to poverty, racism and war, an inspiration for working class struggles around the globe, showing that socialism is the only system that can provide for humanity.

In 2019, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban revolution, Rock Around the Blockade will send our 14th solidarity brigade to the island. Young activists from Britain will spend two weeks meeting Cubans from all walks of life, visiting schools, hospitals, factories, community centres, farms; learning about Cuban socialism and holding exchanges with Cuban youth about the reality of living under capitalism in Britain, as austerity bites and the war drive continues.

We will also take a donation of musical instruments and sports equipment, as a political action to break the continued illegal blockade of Cuba that has deprived the island nation of more than $933bn of development capital over almost six decades. The US blockade reaches its tentacles to try and strangle solidarity work in Britain and beyond, with US companies PayPal and Stripe blocking and confiscating funds from several solidarity groups, including seizing funds raised to send a piano to Cuba. Pushing back against this extra-territorial assault on solidarity, we are organising fundraising events up and down the country and ask you to support us as generously as you can.

Cuba is always grateful for the solidarity of our friends in the world who are many and who, like you, inspired by this example, are slowly breaking the blockade every single day. — Julio Pujol Torres, the Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Cuban Embassy to the UK, at the 2019 Cuba Brigade launch


just giving donateThe more we raise, the more material aid we can take with us! Over the years our brigades have coordinated with the Union of Young Communists in Cuba to assess the best forms of material aid to bring; this has included sports equipment, musical instruments, a sound system, ballet shoes, boxing gloves and more.

On our return we will host meetings, with brigadistas reporting back from their experiences, showing photos and film clips and taking the lessons we can learn from Cuban socialism to the streets of Britain. To host a meeting in your area, please contact us on 02078371688.