Moncada Day Celebration TODAY!
Sunday, July 26
3390 School Ave
Jim Sinclair, President BC Federation of Labour
Frank Kennedy, Secretary Treasurer ILWU Retirees
Ray Viaud, Canada Cuba Friendship Assoc.
No Shit Shirleys
Food & Cash Bar
Celebrating 50 Years of Cuba Revolution!
This July 26, the Young Communist League of Canada - la Ligue de la
jeunesse communiste du Canada, sends its greetings and stands in
solidarity with the people of Cuba. This "Moncada Day" has special
meaning for Cubans and friends of Cuba everywhere, as it is the 50th
anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution. The movement that
grew into the triumphant Revolution was born on the 26th of July, 1953
when Fidel and Raul Castro and around 160 other brave revolutionaries
attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. This was the first
armed resistance to the corrupt and brutal, US-backed, Batista regime,
carried out by the "Movimiento 26 Julio".
The YCL-LJC Canada wishes to send a special greeting to the Youth of
Cuba and to the Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas. We acknowledge the
vanguard role the youth play in the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban
people's struggle for socialism and against imperialism. This was no
different 56 years ago when the attack on the Moncada barracks was
carried out. The revolutionaries that participated were
overwhelmingly young farmers, workers and students and in unity with
the working-class. The average age was 26, the same age as their
leader Fidel Castro. Today we salute the example set by those brave
The Moncada attack was not an immediate victory for the Movimiento 26
Julio, but it was the first battle in a long people's struggle against
the strangle-hold of imperialism. After Fidel was arrested and
imprisoned, he published his famous defence speech entitled "History
will Absolve Me". With 50 years of history written about the heroic
Cuban Revolution, Castro and his Moncada comrades have been absolved
one-thousand times over. By continuing to maintain friendly relations
with Cuba, Canada affirms its sovereignty in foreign policy (which in
all other areas is authored by Washington -- like Palestine, Colombia
or Canada’s imperialist war in Afghanistan).
The bravery and heroism of their people continues, symbolized by the
Cuba Five – five men unjustly imprisoned in US jails for fighting
CIA-backed terrorism on their Island. We salute the Five, reaffirm our
demand to free them, and cheer-on Cuba's achievements in education,
health care and international solidarity which have shown the world
that socialism is both possible and necessary to end war,
environmental destruction and economic injustice.
The Young Communist League of Canada joins the friends of Cuba from
around the world in saying:
"VIVA LA REVOLUCION CUBANA Y EL MOVIMIENTO DEL 26!"
July 26, 2009
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