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US Brigades' Role in Solidarity with Cuba Highlighted



Seattle, Oct 23.- American doctor, Howard Ehrman, a Chicago Cuba Coalition member, has highlighted in the North American city of Seattle the important solidarity role of the brigades traveling to the island.

The activist, who participated in the annual conference of the National Network of Solidarity with Cuba concluded yesterday, told Prensa Latina that one of his ideas stated at the meeting was to expand the paradigm on how they work in the communities of this country.

For Ehrman, the necessity that those who often do not have the opportunity to visit the neighboring country can do so through brigades such as the May Day solidarity brigade, which was organized this year from Chicago and managed to bring 54 people to the Caribbean island.

Most of them had never been there, said the friend of the Caribbean nation, who stressed that between that group and those attending the 'On the Road of Che' international brigade, carried out from October 2 to 15, included about 131 Americans who traveled to the island through that route.

They were hardworking, colored people, including two members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and even 10-years-old children, so we believe very important to make solidarity with people who do not know much about Cuba, the activist said.

According to Ehrman, they are already meeting people to go again in May next year, coinciding with the celebration of the International Workers' Day, and bring together others to be included in the other stays scheduled for 2018.

We should also talk to workers, trade unionists, groups opposed to President Donald Trump's injustices against immigrants, to discuss why it may be in their interest to be in solidarity with the Cuban people and the Revolution, he said.

According to the Chicago Cuba Coalition member, he believes that this is an effective action to promote the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington to the Caribbean territory more than 55 years ago.

In case of the May Day brigade, this was the first time that a U.S. group was part of that international contingent.

Tours of museums, talks on Cuba's economic challenges, dialogues with communities, visits to hospitals and meetings with leaders of mass organizations, were among the activities carried out. (Prensa Latina)