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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Film Of Cuban Healthcare For ALL! On ZOOM

Film Showing Of Cuba Ensuring That Healthcare Is A Human Right To All

Communist Party of Canada - UofT Club presents...
¡Salud! (2006)
Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 7:00PM EDT
Screening via Zoom
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¡Salud! explores the story of some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals currently serving in 68 countries, from the Americas to Africa, as well as the nearly 30,000 international medical students studying in Cuba. An inspiring examination of Cuba's tireless devotion to ensuring that healthcare is a human right, this documentary allows viewers to take a closer look at how, in the face of sanctions, Cuba continues to defy the pervasive commodification of global health.
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Endorsed by the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto

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Lift The US Blockade Of Cuba Now - Virtual Picket

Sept 17: Lift the US Blockade on Cuba Now!
Virtual Picket
Join us for a virtual picket on September 17th against the illegal US blockade on Cuba.

or just watch

Thursday, 17 September, 2020

7pm Eastern time

For more info and 
To register

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Screening Of New Doc €Silvio Rodriguez: Mi Primera Tarea” With A Host Of Song Tributes To Silvio

HotHouseGlobal presents the online debut screening of

New doc “Silvio Rodriguez: Mi primera tarea”

with a host of song tributes to Silvio


While this event is being presented for FREE and without a paywall barrier , A DONATION in any amount ( suggested the price of entry to a show) is encouraged. This will help us continue to do this kind of work.

The program will broadcast LIVE on HotHouseGlobal’s online streaming platform and presented free of charge.

The event will take place on Sunday September 20

5pm Pacific | 7pm Central |8pm Eastern

The Program will be exclusively broadcast via the channel and simulcast on

• HotHouseGlobal on You Tube

• Facebook

And on the HotHouse web site (to register)

HotHouseGlobal, with event producers Bill Martinez and Catherine Murphy present the online debut screening of Catherine Murphy’s short film “Silvio Rodriguez: Mi primera tarea”. Following the film a host of legendary “nueva trova” artists will pay tribute to “Silvio” by performing a selection of his songs. The event will be exclusively streamed via the internet to viewers worldwide via the HotHouseGlobal channel on


Silvio Rodríguez known throughout Latin America simply as “Silvio” is a Cuban musician, and leader of the nueva trova/nueva cancion (new song) movement that arose in the 1970’s.

He is widely considered Cuba's most revered folk singer and arguably one of Latin America's greatest singer-songwriters. Known for his intellectual, highly eloquent and symbolic lyrics, his songs are iconic elements of Latin American left-leaning intellectual culture. Many of his songs have become classics in Latin American music, songs such as "Ojalá", "Playa Girón", "Unicornio", "Sueño con Serpientes", "Vamos a andar," and "La maza". Among his other well-known songs are political anthems like "Fusil contra fusil" and "Canción del Elegido", and poetic melodies like "A donde van" and "Noche sin fin y mar". He has released over 20 albums.


The event “Silvio & el poder de a la palabra” will feature performances by a dozen notable artists who have come together in this exclusive and special tribute to “sing for Silvio”. The artists appearing are: Lila Downs, Quetzal, Duo Made y Feña, Roly Berrio, Francisco Herrera, Rebel Diaz, Katia Cardenal, and Kelvis Ochoa

The finale of the broadcast will be a screening of the video “Vamos Y Andar”, a Silvio classic sung by multiple Cuban greats.

This unprecedented gathering of musicians influenced by and paying homage to “Silvio” marks this special event to be of consequence world- wide.

Co-presenters around the world will also create Watch parties on Facebook to expand the reach and audience for this legendary event. The archival version will be available on HotHouseGlobal’s You Tube channel after the live stream two-day event is concluded. The program will be presented for free without pay walls and all labor related to the program has been donated.



Originally from Chile, Fernando "Feña" Torres is a musician, composer, poet, and journalist. He masters several Latin American folk string and wind musical instruments. He started to perform publicly at the zenith of what was later known as the Chilean New Song Movement. After being expelled from Chile by the military dictatorship in 1977, Mr. Torres came to the US as a political refugee. He was a founding member of one of the first South American music ensembles in the Bay Area, Grupo Raiz. Torres has composed music for theater and film and collaborated with many Bay Area and international musicians such as Pete Seeger and Holly Near.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Madeleine Zayas is a Latin American singer/interpreter and songwriter based in Oakland. She is the lead singer and artistic muse of the bands with whom she has been performing throughout the Bay Area since 2012. Her singing career began as a duo with Brandon Vance and as co-founder of Buena Trova Social Club. Dancing was her first love, which she began at an early age. She became a choreographer at age 10 and a professional dancer at age 15. She has performed in theaters and television in Puerto Rico, California and Nevada since 1985. She believes in art and cultural activism as a positive force of communication and a tool for social change.


Craig Thomas started playing guitar in the 60s. He's played folk songs in archetypical 60s smoke-filled coffee houses and 70s West Coast scenes. In the 80s and 90s he joined in debates on both sides of the question, "Is jazz a folkloric musical form?". In the 90s he started learning to play music from latitudes to the south, from the Caribbean to South America, including folkloric music, popular music, and latin jazz. A life long respect for songs of struggle has connected him with Madelina y los Carpinteros, with whom he plays string bass and Puerto Rican cuatro.


The band was founded by Quetzal Flores, with the intention of pushing the boundaries of Chicano music and is currently one of Los Angeles' most important and successful groups. They play a mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock music, supercharged by the dynamic vocals of lead singer and composer Martha Gonzalez. Their commitment to using art as a tool for social change is informed and inspired by global grassroots movements. They have also been instrumental in developing Fandango Sin Fronteras, a dialog between Chicanos and Chicanas from California and Jarocho and Jarocha (musicians from Veracruz, Mexico).


Theologian, Cultural Worker, Singer-Songwriter, Francisco Herrera has produced 7 albums (includes 2 children's music in Spanish), writes scores for film and theater, working with producers like the late great Saul Landau. He has shared the stage with the Jon Fromer, Pete Seeger, Emma's Revolution at mass actions as School of America's Watch (up to 22,000 people), and the Battle for Seattle, with over 250,000 people shutting down the WTO in 1999 and massive demonstrations across the country


Katia Cardenal is a Nicaraguan singer, songwriter, and part of the nueva trova movement. Katia and her brother Salvador Cardenal formed Duo Guardabarranco, known for the songs "Guerrero del amor", "Guardabosques", "Casa Abierta". and "Colibri". Voice: Katia Cardenal, Guitar: Nina Cardenal


Rebel Diaz is a political hip hop duo out of the Bronx, New York and Chicago, IL consisting of the Chilean brothers Rodrigo Venegas (known as RodStarz) and Gonzalo Venegas (known as G1). Rebel Diaz uses their music as an organizing tool and to spread knowledge about injustice


Kelvis Ochoa is a Cuban author-composer-singer. He is famous worldwide for having co-composed the original soundtrack from the movie Habana Blues, which won several prizes including the “Premio de la Musica” for the best movie soundtrack”. He is also part of the Cuban band Habana Abierta. Kelvis also started a solo career, and later with Descemer Bueno, another Cuban musician, who also produced his work, they co-wrote the album “Amor y Música”, released in 2009 on Cuba’s EGREM label. In 2013/14 Swiss film maker, Beat Borter made a documentary: "Yo sé de un lugar - Música y vida de Kelvis Ochoa" (I Know of a Place - Kelvis Ochoa living his music).


Lila Downs is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. She performs her own compositions and the works of others in multiple genres, as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha. Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attended University of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City.


Born into a poor but educated, cultured family, and during a period of intense intellectual activity in Cuba´s third city, Santa Clara, Berrío´s first love was acting. He was expected to study theatre was turned down and then chose music and, during the hardest years of the Special Period (1991–94, with the fall of the Soviet Union), he worked intensively on his own songs and began to develop what was to become a singular voice in the world of Cuban Trova. In Santa Clara, that he found a cultural home in Ramón Silverio´s famous community arts centre, El Mejunje. During this period, he co–founded the very successful and prize–winning trio En Série. Together they performed all over the island, recorded an album (Unicornio label), and toured in Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia and Spain. Finally, in 2003, after 12 inspired years together, two of the group left for Europe and Berrío, staying, decided to go solo.


At the very young age of 6, Rochy created a Cuban children's program called Escenario Escolar Afterwards, she continued singing in various amateur projects in the Cuban educational system (the pioneers, the FEEM and throughout her University studies). After graduating as an Architect, she participated in an AHS Festival, where she was selected by committee to win a national award. Today Rochy Ameneiro leads Todos Contracorriente a musical project aimed at strengthening the culture of peace, and framed in the national campaign to fight against gender violence.


Born Susana Esther Baca de la Colina in Chorrillos, Lima Province, Peru, her music is a mixture of traditional and contemporary influences. Her backing band features...

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Hear Front Line Cuban Doctors Speak (& Danny Glover)

WEBINAR- Cuban Doctors Speak


Hear from Cuban Health Professionals Working on the front lines of the Pandemic in Barbados, Belize and Jamaica.
Join us to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Henry Reeve Brigade!

Saturday, September 26, 2020            5pm PT      8pm  EST

Henry Reeve was a 19-year-old American who left his home in Brooklyn, New York to join the Cuban struggle for liberation against the Spanish in the late 1800s. The Brigade named after him was inaugurated by the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on September 19, 2005 after the US rejected an offer to send 1,500 Cuban doctors  [ed.note: who were really needed plus tons of medicine/equipment ] to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Instead, the Henry Reeve Brigade was redeployed to other countries in need, notably to help after a massive earthquake in Pakistan in October of that same year.

Since its founding, the brave women and men of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade have given emergency medical assistance to more than 3.5 million people in over 50 countries. To honor their compassion and commitment, we will hear directly from Cuban doctors working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Indian historian and journalist Vijay Prashad will be conversing with panelists about their experiences

  • José Armando Arronte Villamarín, Specialist in General Integral Medicine, National Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Jamaica.
  • Daymarelis Ortega Rodriguez, Chief of Brigade ?Henry Reeve ? in Barbados and former Chief of Cuban Medical Brigade in Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Nurse Yandy Pérez Perez, member of the Henry Reeve Brigade in Barbados, previously was part of a Cuban Medical Mission in Viet-Nam 2017- 2019
  • Jany Cabrera, Specialist in General Integral Medicine, member of the Henry Reeve Brigade in Belize

Also actor and activist Danny Glover, with his long experience of working for peace and justice in Latin America and the Caribbean will share his thoughts about why he supports the Nobel Peace Prize for Cuba’s Henry Reeve Brigade.


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In friendship,

Alicia Jrapko and Medea Benjamin  (USA)
Co-Chairs of the Cuba Nobel Prize Committee

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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Virtual Cultural Night Celebration

The Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade presents:

>> Virtual Cuban Cultural Night! <<

* Music * Dance * Poetry * Speakers *


Sunday September 27
4pm PT / 5pm MT / 6pm CT / 7pm ET


Enjoy an event celebrating Cuba's rich culture! Program will feature:
> HAROLD RANCANO – Internationally recognized Latin dance couple Harold Rancano and Regan Hirose will share their breathtaking talent on stage, and a LIVE dance lesson to get everyone out of their seats!
> TRIO BEMBE - Having chased their passion from the snowy Canadian prairies to Cuba, Peru, and Chile, this trio is overflowing with rhythmic energy! Trio Bembe plays infectious Latin music from around the world!
> POETRY READINGS of Cuba's greatest poets – National hero José Martí and Cuba's national poet Nicolás Guillén
> YAMIL MARTÍNEZ MARRERO – Canada Desk of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) 
> MARCIA B. KRAWLL - Educator, Clinical Social Worker and Human Rights activist with family roots in the Jewish community and Nuxalk First Nation. Marcia's important work has included developing adult literacy programs in New Zealand and Canada in collaboration with Cuban institutions. ... and more!  
This event will also be an opportunity to find out how you can travel to Cuba on the 27th Che Guevara Brigade, April 28 to May 11, 2021!

Find out more about the 2021 Che Guevara Brigade to Cuba!
Visit for more information or to register, or contact Che Brigade coordinator at or 778-881-6156

Organized by the Che Guevara Brigade Committee of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC).
The Che Guevara Brigade is a project of the Canadian Network on Cuba, a network of Cuba solidarity organizations across Canada promoting friendship and solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban people.

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