DSA International Committee members in Los Angeles have set this Cuba Forum to discuss current political conditions in Cuba to provide general context on this year’s national Cuban Solidarity efforts.
Please prepare for the Forum by reading the two brief DSA statements and if able, viewing any or all of the YouTube videos, “The War on Cuba.” Whatever preparation you can do will be helpful, but not required. Looking forward to having this first Internationalist presentation and discussion with you all.
Statement on Cuba
Jennifer Cárcamo (she/her/hers) is a PhD Candidate in History at UCLA. She is a social historian with a focus on Latin America, particularly socialist movements and communist parties in Central America, and recently spent 7 months in Cuba, during the pandemic, conducting archival research on early 20th century international solidarity efforts between Central America and Cuba.
Adonay Castillo (he/him/his), MD, is a recent graduate of the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba. He lived in Cuba for 7 years and experienced first-hand the impact of US foreign policy on the island, particularly it’s effect on the Cuban medical system, including the pandemic, and the ways Cuba has and continues to demonstrate international solidarity with the Global South.
Bob Schwartz is the Executive Director of Global Health Partners, and a member of DSA. He has led the Cuba Medical Project that has brought surgical teams and life saving medicines to Cuba for three decades, most recently organizing 6 million syringes for COVID vaccinations and PPE.