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Hurricane Irma Appeal

On Mon, 11 Sep 2017 at 17:52, Cuba Solidarity Campaign <campaigns@cuba-solidarity.org.uk> wrote: Cuba Solidarity Campaign Special Cuba Update – 11 September 2017 Hurricane Irma Appeal – updates and donations   Hurricane Irma Appeal The Cuba Solidarity Campaign extends its sympathy and solidarity to all those affected by Hurricane Irma which devastated many Caribbean islands this week. Cuban authorities are still assessing the full extent of the damage, but it is believed to be far worse than originally anticipated, with significant damage to infrastructure, tourist resorts and agriculture. Those wishing to donate to hurricane relief work can do so via the Cuba Solidarity Campaign Hurricane Irma Appeal – details below. The category 5 hurricane, the strongest on record for the last 100 years, tore along Cuba’s eastern and northern coast between 8-10 September. Winds of around 250km/h (156mph) and waves between 5-8 metres high have caused major damage to coastal communities, tourist resorts, agriculture and industry, taking out power and communication lines. Severe flooding in Havana and other towns has penetrated further inland than usual. In Havana the sea breached the malecon sea wall several blocks back into the city. Residents have been warned that waters may remain high for several days along hundreds of kilometres of coastline. Irma comes less than a year after Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, devastated Cuba’s eastern provinces in October 2016, and many...

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Cuba denounces international plot to silence Venezuelan people

uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cuba-venezuela-idUKKBN1AH2WK #World News August 1, 2017 / 4:28 AM Cuba denounces international plot to silence Venezuelan people Reuters Staff HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba praised on Monday the election in Venezuela of a new legislative superbody and denounced what it called an international plot to suppress the will of the Venezuelan people in the wake of U.S. sanctions on its key ally. “Cuba denounces the initiation of a well-orchestrated international operation, directed in Washington … to silence the voice of the Venezuelan people,” the government said in a statement published by state-run media. The U.S. government slapped sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier on Monday in response to Sunday’s election, which it called a “sham”. Governments from Spain to Canada to Argentina and Peru joined Washington in denouncing the vote, which was boycotted by the opposition and widely seen as an affront to democracy. “We know well these interventionist practises,” the Cuban government said. The United States imposed a devastating economic embargo on the Caribbean island after its 1959 revolution that Havana says has cost it more than $100 billion (75.72 billion pounds). “They think that they will manage to achieve the submission of the people to a puppet opposition that they financed,” it said. Cuba said only the Venezuelan people could decide how to overcome their problems and reiterated its solidarity with them and their government. Venezuela and...

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Bectu trade union – ‘Creatives back call for Picturehouse living wage boycott’

www.bectu.org.uk/news/2692 Creatives back call for Picturehouse living wage boycott Creatives back call for Picturehouse living wage boycott Members at the Duke of York’s in Brighton received massive support when they staged their first strike. 23 March 2017 Low paid workers fighting for the Living Wage at Picturehouse cinemas have received a great boost to their campaign. Their call for a boycott of the Picturehouse circuit, owned by Cineworld, has won the backing of leading creatives at home and abroad. US actor and activist, Susan Sarandon and actor and theatre director Sir Mark Rylance, are just two stellar names on a list of influential, respected and much loved creators calling on Cineworld to pay their staff the Living Wage. Last Saturday (18 March 2017) BECTU members at the Duke of York’s in Brighton staged their first ever strike in support of the campaign. Staff at five venues – the Brixton Ritzy, and Picturehouses in Hackney, Central London, Crouch End and Brighton – are now party to a campaign of industrial action, determined to rouse Cineworld management from their stupor, as the strikes continue and the company’s own customers post on social media pledging not to renew their memberships until there is agreement to pay the Living Wage. List of leading supporters The growing number of creatives backing the call for a boycott include: Elizabeth Berrington Jo Brand Marc Cousins Richard...

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Brighton Cuba Solidarity Campaign statement about showing Cuban film

Brighton Cuba Solidarity Campaign will not be supporting or promoting the Cuban film ‘Last Days in Havana’ due to be shown at the Duke of Yorks Cinema Brighton on September 10th. As you may be aware, BECTU, the union representing workers at the Picture Houses and Cineworld chains has called for a boycott of these cinemas in support of workers who have been striking for the living wage. Please find attached BECTU’s statement on this...

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