The Freedom Archives is excited to co-sponsor A Hip Hop & Calypso Cultural Event on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:30 pm at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ 5301 North Capitol Street, NE Washington DC. This event’s focus is to promote awareness, build solidarity and generate support for Eddie Conway and the Cuban Five, all whom have been incarcerated for their political beliefs, affiliations and activities.
Eddie Conway, like so many other victims of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO), is a former leader of the Baltimore Black Panther Party and was targeted for his political and social activism and work in the community. He is serving a life sentence and has been imprisoned for over 40 years.
The Cuban 5 are Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, Ramón Labañino, Rene González, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando Gonzalez. Their mission was to infiltrate and monitor the activities of terrorist groups based in Miami responsible for the death of close to 3,500 Cuban citizens. Four of them are currently serving long prison sentences in the United States. One of them Rene Gonzalez recently returned to Cuba after serving his entire sentence.
This event features music from Head Roc, regarded as the “mayor” of DC’s Hip Hop scene for the past ten years and the Mighty Gabby, a Cultural Ambassador for the Island of Barbados, who performs folk, ringbang and calypso music. There will also be remarks by Rev. Graylan Hagler.
Suggested Donation $5-20 – no one turned away for lack of funds
This event is organized by the Partnership for Social Justice, Freedom Archives, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and Institute for Policy Studies