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About the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five

The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five was formed in late June 2001, within weeks of the unjust conviction of the Five in a trial held in Miami.

It was the first organization created in defense of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.

For more than 11 years we have worked tirelessly to create public awareness of the anti-terrorist mission of the Cuban Five, and to create support for the demand that the United States government should free the Cuban Five and let them return to Cuba. We have also been active in the legal area, spearheading investigations into aspects of the case which have formed an integral part of legal appeals made by lawyers for the Five.

Among the highlights of our work:

  • More than 100 public forums and events about the Five in the United States and worldwide.

  • Consistent and regular media work, including tele-press conferences and media events at the National Press Club in Washington DC, to inform the press of important political and legal developments in the Five’s case. We provide an important resource for the media, as well as facilitating presentations by the Defense team for the Five.

  • Collected more than 100,000 signatures in support of the Cuban Five. We have coordinated this signature-gathering effort with dozens of groups around the world and helped to make the movement to free the Five a worldwide effort.

  • Published three full-page advertisementsThe New York Times (2004), The Nation magazine (2007) and The Washington Post (2012). Each ad required raising tens of thousands of dollars, which was only possible through the noble and generous efforts of dedicated organizations and individuals in the United States and around the world.

  • Erected large billboards in San Francisco and Los Angeles to raise the presence of the Five, also with the invaluable aid of people from around the world.

  • Organized the first national march in Washington D.C. for the Cuban Five on Sept. 23, 2006, as well as numerous protest actions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and many cities in between, to demand immediate freedom for the Five.

  • Committee members have spoken at dozens of antiwar, Occupy, prisoner solidarity, and similar events over the years, raising awareness of the case of the Five among broad layers of activists and demonstrators.

  • Our legal research has been instrumental in exposing the U.S. government’s illegal and secret payments to prominent Miami reporters during the Cuban Five trial. At the same time that the reporters secretly worked for the U.S. propaganda stations, Radio and TV Marti, they also published or broadcast extremely prejudicial and inflammatory stories about the Five on Miami media. The hostile atmosphere created by the media hysteria made it impossible for the Five to have a fair trial. The Five’s Habeas Corpus appeals are largely based on this egregious violation of their right to due process. Click here to read our analysis.

  • The website of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, FreeTheFive.org, is the most comprehensive resource for people around the world to learn about the Cuban Five and about the latest developments in their case. It is the best resource on the web for videos, audio interviews, and legal documents related to the case. More recently, we have expanded our online reach with Facebook and Twitter to provide instantaneous, real-time updates.

  • Promoting and organizing exhibitions of Antonio Guerrero’s traveling art exhibit From My Altitude (Desde mi Altura). Click here to see how you can sponsor an exhibition.

  • Youth organizing. Each summer student interns volunteer with our San Francisco office and in other cities to help build the freedom campaign of the Five. You will learn organizing and speaking skills, while contributing to an important cause! Contact us at 415-821-6545 if you are interested!

  • Continue to expose the U.S.-based terrorism against which the Five were acting, including raising the demand for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, wanted in Venezuela for 73 counts of murder for masterminding the bombing of Cubana Flight 455.


Here's a recent video made by the Committee about our activities:

Many more videos of Committee actions over the years can be found on our YouTube page.

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