[Ppnews] SF Labor Council Passes Resolution in Support of the Cuban Five

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Wed Oct 28 14:36:54 EDT 2009


International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban

San Francisco Labor Council Passes a Resolution in Support of the Cuban Five

On Monday October 26th, 2009, the San Francisco Labor Council (SFLC) 
passed a resolution in support of the Cuban Five and their rights for 
family visitation. The Cuban Five are five men who came to the United 
States to monitor anti Cuban terrorist groups in Miami to protect the 
lives of not just Cubans but U.S. citizens as well.  They are facing 
lengthy sentences and have been incarcerated for over 11 years. As 
this case gains international support there has been a significant 
increase in the number of resolutions by unions and city councils and 
the support of personalities in the U.S.  This particular resolution 
was brought up to the Executive Board of the SFLC by the American 
Federation of Teachers local 2121, that passed a similar resolution 
on August 25th and amongst other things stated that they will ask the 
SFLC for endorsement.

The San Francisco Labor Council is the local body of the American 
Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 
(AFL-CIO) and serves as headquarters to the Labor Community in San 
Francisco. The SFLC represents more than 100,000 union members and 
their families who belong to over 150 affiliate unions.  The AFL-CIO 
is the largest federation of unions in the United States and Canada.

The SFLC Resolution, calls for President Obama and Secretary of State 
Hillary Clinton to consider the violation of International Covenant 
and due process for a fair trial associated with the conviction and 
imprisonment of the Cuban Five. The resolution also calls for 
diplomatic improvement in the relationship between the United States 
and Cuba. Additionally it calls for the pardon and release of the 
Cuban Five to their homeland. It also demands that the US government 
to immediately grants visas to Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez to 
visit their husbands in prison. And finally the SFLC calls on 
President Richard Trumpka of the AFL-CIO to send a letter to 
President Obama expressing support for the content of the resolution.

Copies of this important resolution will be sent to President Obama, 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, 
California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, the Speaker 
of the House Nancy Pelosi and other Bay Area Congressional members, 
including State Senate members Mark Leno and Leland Yee, California 
State Assembly members Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma, and all the members 
of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.




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