December 1998

Casa de las Americas Closes Its Doors

December 13 Event to Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the "Hands Off Russia" Committees postponed until January 24, 1999 at Brecht Forum

The movement to end the blockade against Cuba and the Left Movement in general has lost a friend and a meeting place with the sudden closing of Casa de las Americas on W. 14th Street in Manhattan.

Opened in 1962 at the beginning of the "Hands Off Cuba" Movement, Casa quickly became a Center for progressive organizations ranging from opposition to U.S. Imperialism in the Congo and Viet Nam to demanding equal justice for racial and immigrant minorities in the United States.

Cuban political refugees who escaped from the murderous dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and supporters of the July 26 Movement led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara were among those who originally set up Casa as an oasis of "Free Cuba" in the United States. Like so many other organizations that represent the peoples movement, Casa fell victim to the greedy capitalist landlords who wanted Casa out so they could increase their rents tenfold.

USFSP is hopeful that friends and supporters of Peoples Cuba will be able to relocate as soon as possible to another site. In the meantime USFSP had to find other accommodations for the event which was to be held December 13 at the Casa to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the "Hands Off Russia" Committees. The event will be take place on January 24, 1999 at the Brecht Forum.
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International Council for
Friendship & Solidarity
with Soviet People

The birth of the Soviet Union marked the first time that the working class on this planet was able to take power for a prolonged period of time. The most significant aspect of the birth of the Soviet Union was that it served as a beacon of hope to the workers and oppressed peoples throughout the world and was in reality a model for all of mankind to follow. Socialism was no longer just a theory studied by idealists in ivory towers, hoping to make the world better. Now socialism was a living, growing political, socio-economic system followed by millions in one country and a model followed closely by millions of others throughout the world.

Since the present temporary setback of the successful socialist experiment in the Soviet Union, working people there have felt the full onslaught of capitalism. Imperialism has temporarily gained its objectives.

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the "Hands Off Russia" Committees movement that sprang into life at the time (1918-1920) in support of the heroic working class of Russia and their Bolshevik Party led by V.I. Lenin. Time has now come to re-assess the past and examine where we stand today in this era of rampant, brutal and mindless pillaging of our world economy by monopoly capitalism's Transnational Corporations and the present capitalist class and rulers of the former Soviet Union.

Across the former Soviet Union people are dying of hunger, epidemics and wars, but corporate America is rejoicing. Globally, US Imperialism, the Pentagon and CIA feel free to menace Cuba, north Korea, Yugoslavia and any other country on the map that shows signs of rebelling against the diktat of the USA.

It is a known fact that the most effective weapon that Capitalism-Imperialism uses is the concept of divide and rule. That is why the temporary collapse of the USSR has led to an upsurge in the revival of pogroms and ethnic genocide.

The former Soviet Union was the first state to create legislation against racism, anti-Semitism and national oppression and to institute equality among people of all nationalities.

Since 1917 world Imperialism has spent trillions of our tax dollars to undermine and overthrow Socialism in the USSR, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Yeltsin is solely supported by the IMF, World Bank and other agencies, in spite of the massacre of Soviet patriots in October of 1993.

We all know that the unity of patriotic forces and the unity of Communist forces in the former Soviet Union at this time is unfortunately not yet solidified and Yeltsin and his Western backers, plus internal enemies, are doing everything possible to undermine, split, water down, form and reform these parties and movements.

The unity of the working class and its allies to struggle against the present regime is the only answer for the resurrection of the Soviet Union and Socialism.

We must stand in solidarity with the struggle to restore socialism and to defend the right of Soviet people to determine their own destiny, free from overt and covert U.S. Intervention heading Western Imperialism through its agencies, one being NATO.

When the peoples of the world needed help in fighting Imperialism, the Soviet Union was always there. Now in their struggle to restore the USSR as a socialist state, it is imperative upon us to help them.

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