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 3:21 pm the FCF formed a chain of silence, and
left white roses under the tree planted in to honor 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
- On Friday, September 24, 1999 FCF issues a
call for tolerance and an end to the politicization of the arts in the
pages of the Miami New Times and the FIU student newspaper, the Beacon.
- On October 27, 1999 FCF members visit New College in Sarasota and
deliver a presentation on the Free Cuba Foundation, the human rights
situation in Cuba, and the ongoing struggle of the democratic opposition.
- Free Cuba Foundation supports Corriente Martiana's campaign to
traditional 3 Kings Holiday.
- On November 11, 1999 following a nationwide crackdown on the
democratic opposition in Cuba FCF condemns
the actions of the regime demanding the liberation of all political
prisoners, and the ending of the ideological apartheid in Cuba's
- On December 10, 1999 the FREE CUBA Foundation co-sponsors a human
rights conference at Florida International University. FCF gives a
presentation on the Joachim
Lovschall case and its progress.
- Free Cuba Foundation notes the passing of Tony Bryant, former black panther and
anti-Castro activist, who in the last few years rejected violence in favor
- On December 29, 1999 at 9am FCF held a mini-symposium on Cuba for
university students. Guest lecturers included Frank Calzon, Janisett
Rivero, and Sebastian Arcos Cazabon.
- FCF celebrates the bravery and courage of Vietnamese pilot Ly Tong who
flew over Havana distributing 50,000 pamphlets in an act of solidarity
with the Cuban people.
- On January 17 FCF demands that the Cuban government free
independent journalist Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona and return the
toys State Security
confiscated so they can be distributed to poor Cuban children as planned
in the Millenium's Three
Wise Men Project which was first conceived in Cuba in 1992.
- FCF's campaign to expose the hypocrisy of the Cuban government in
the Arroyo case is aired in the Miami New Times under the heading:Cuba's Own Toy Story
- On January 28 FCF commemorates the birth of Jose Marti by organizing a
symposium on race matters in Cuba with the Association of People of African
Ancestry and Culture. Omar Lopez Montenegro issues the keynote speech.
- On February 20 FCF observed the anniversary of the signing of the
Democracy Accord with at Florida International University in a conference
organized by FCF, Agenda Cuba and the Directorio Revolucionario
- In the early morning hours of February 24, 2000 students from American
University, Catholic University, and Georgetown University signed the
Washington Consortium Declaration
announcing the formation of the Free Cuba Foundation - Washington
- On February 24 at 3:21 pm the FCF formed two chains of silence, one at
FIU's main fountain and another in Washington DC in front of the
Department of Justice. Afterwards FCF (FIU) members left white roses under
the tree planted in memory of the 4 young men who died four years earlier
trying to save the lives of others. FCF (DC) delivered a formal
communication to Attorney General Reno demanding justice. Meanwhile
members of FCF(DC) marched in a picket line for the next few hours
demanding justice. Armando, Carlos, Mario y Pablo Viven!
- On March 1 members of the Free Cuba Foundation - Washington Consortium
gather signatures at American University for petitions demanding the
immediate release of journalist Victor Rolando Arroyo, and Doctor Oscar
Elias Biscet. With signatures in hand they raise the issue of human
rights, and these particular cases at a symposium in American University
in which a representative of the Cuban Interests Section is present.
- On March 13 members of the Free Cuba Foundation from Florida
International University and the Washington Consortium met to discuss the
significance of this date in Cuban history, and the need to pursue a
strategy based in the principles of non-violence.
- March 16-18, 2000 Members of the Free Cuba Foundation distributed
human rights literature relating to Cuba, and copies of La Patria es de
Todos in the XXII International
Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Members also
confronted Cuban 'academics' in question and answer periods challenging
the Cuban government's positions.
- On April 18 FCF members and friends hold a protest adjacent to the
Cuban Mission in New York City. The protest highlighted the case of Nestor
Rodriguez Lobaina a student dissident leader, in prison for attempting to initiate university reform and academic freedom. The
participants carried posters that read: Castro Jails Students-
Restore Academic Freedom- Free Political Prisoners- Call the Cuban
Mission and demand freedom for Nestor Lobaina.
- On April 22 after becoming aware of the terrible event that had
occurred in the early morning hours in Miami various FCF members in
from FIU in New York at the time participated in a spontaneous
protest. A march ensued from the Cuban Mission to the UN to the United
Nations Headquarters several hundred people from the region participated.
- On Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30pm over a thousand Cubans peacefully
marched together from Ocean Drive to the border of the Holocaust Memorial
in remembrance of the 936 Jewish, men, women, and children sent back to
Nazi Germany in 1939 after being denied asylum by both Cuba and the United
States. We prayed to God, and asked for his forgiveness at committing
such a horrific act. The march was organized by members of the Free Cuba
- On May 17 at 7pm FCF held a workshop on Cuba for
university students and members of the community. Guest lecturers included
Orlando Gutierrez, Ana Carbonell, Kelly Chancy, Sebastian
Arcos Cazabon, and John Suarez. The event was moderated by FCF president
- On Sunday, May 21 the Free Cuba Foundation along with the Alliance of
Young Cubans, and the Directorio Revolucionario Democratico Cubano
organized a Freedom walk for political
- On June 2 the Free Cuba Foundation showed a short film following it a
vigil was held by the FCF in remembrance of the students massacred
in Tiananmen Square 11 years ago. Fliers were distributed
throughout Miami with the headline Remember June 4th!
- On July 13 the sixth anniversary of the "13 de Marzo" massacre the
Free Cuba Foundation formed a circle of silence at our main fountain
to remember the victims of the massacre and the six years that have
passed without justice.
- FCF joined with more than a dozen exile organizations to form the July
13th Ad hoc Committee which was headquartered out of 7175 SW 8
ST. Suite. 217.
- At 6pm on July 13 200 of us marched from the Coconut Grove Convention
Center to our Our Lady of Charity (La Ermita de la Caridad carrying a black coffin with "13 de
Marzo" in white letters on the side. Forty-one of the participants
carried each a photo of one of the victims. Arriving at the church children greeted us with white balloons
later released into the air.
- On July 23rd FCF joined Impeach Reno Now in hosting a Freedom
Rally in Miami along with New Generation Cuba, Judicial Watch, and
others demanding that the rule of law and Constitutional principles be
respected and followed not trashed as they had been by Reno on April
- On August 15th FCF holds a press conference in which awards of shame
winners are announced. The awards receive wide coverage in the local
- On August 16 FCF coordinator's letter to the editor Awards for a 'shameful chapter of American
history' is published in the Washington Times
- On September 29 FCF joined together with the Haitian Grass Roots
Organization in the goal of "allowing all refugees and immigrants who
reach our shores or are intercepted at sea the right to petition the US
Court system for asylum, regardless of what country they are from."
- On October 22 at 7pm Helen Castro, President of FCF-FIU organized the
showing of the Adios Patria documentary.
- On November 15 the FCF held a conference at George Washington
University The Cuban Opposition and Human
- Free Cuba Foundation was one of the
sponsors of the 12th Annual Conservative Leadership Conference which
was held in Alexandria, Virginia. We distributed literature, and presented
documentation on the internal opposition and the human rights situation in
the island. The conference took place on November 16, 17, and 18.
- On November 18 Evelyn Yllada organized the first FCF dance, Una Noche
de Salsa y Aché at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Coral Gables.
- On December 10 at a Human Rights Conference at the Radisson FCF
presented a summary of the human rights situation in China, Tibet, and
Vietnam and called on Cuban exiles to work with the respective exile
communities of above listed countries who are suffering under similar
systems of government.
- On December 23, 2000 at 2pm FCF held a mini-symposium on Cuba for
university students. Guest lecturers included Ricardo Bofill and Frank
Saturday, December 23, 2000