From November 3-17 a high level delegation from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) will travel to New York, Washington DC and the San Francisco Bay Area to build bridges of solidarity between the people of Cuba and the United States. The delegation includes Kenia Serrano Puig, President of ICAP and Leima Martinez, from the North America Division of ICAP.
ICAP is a social organization founded on December 30, 1960 for the purpose of promoting and explaining to the peoples of the world the relations of solidarity that sparked the Cuban Revolution. ICAP is the vehicle to reach around the globe to people who are in solidarity with Cuba. ICAP is that interface that strengthens the network of solidarity, while representing the Cuban people, and delivering a strong message that solidarity not only benefits Cuba but the peoples of the world who are aspiring to promote the idea that a better world is possible for all.
First event: John Jay College
This was filmed in the Classroom of Father Luis Barrios Ph.D at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on November 4, 2015 by Donnie Mossberg
-Dr. Barrios is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and a professor of Latina/o psychology; Latin American studies; ethnic studies; qualitative research and methodology; and cultural criminology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Professor, Department of Latin American & Latina/o Studies-John Jay College of Criminal Justice and member of Ph.D. faculties in social/personality psychology, Graduate Center-City University of New York. Since 1988, Dr. Barrios is a columnist of El Diario La Prensa in New York City, one of the oldest Spanish newspapers in the United States. He is a board member of IFCO/Pastors for Peace
He is the co-editor with Louis Kontos and David C. Brotherton of Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspective (2003-Columbia University); co-author with David C. Brotherton of Almighty Latin King & Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang (2004-Columbia University); and co-editor with Dr. Mauro Cerbino of Otras naciones: Jóvenes, transnacionalismo y exclusión. Quito: Ecuador: Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. Dr. Barrios is also the author of Josconiando: Dimensiones Sociales y políticas de la espiritualidad (2000-Editorial Aguiar), Pitirreando: De la desesperanza a la esperanza (2004-Editorial Edil) and Coquiando: Meditaciones subversivas para un mundo mejor (2008-Editorial Búho).
-Ms. Kenia Serrano has represented Cuba throughout the world for more than 20 years. She has represented Cuba in international forums throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Between 1998 and 2000 she worked in the Ministry of Education, Health, and Sport. She was a Cuban representative (2003-2007) to the widely respect Inter-Parliamentary Union which focused on democracy, women, and human rights. Along with former President Fidel Castro she attended the World Conference Against Racism in Durban South Africa (2011) and worked on the Plan of Action.
Kenia was promoted to the Department of international Relations of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and coordinated the area of North Africa until March 2009 when she was appointed President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship of the People. Ms. Serrano is the first woman to be President of ICAP.
Ms. Serrano is uniquely gifted to engage the community on a variety of topics important to both Cuba and the United States. She can speak with clarity on Cuban history, the legacy of Cuban and US relations, the Cuban economy, the re-establishment of US/Cuba diplomatic relations, and Cuban internationalism. Her work around issues of gender, the embargo, and the challenges facing Cuba today will provide an exciting forum. She is an outstanding speaker.
Second Event: Theresa AKA the Historic Hotel Theresa
This was filmed on November 4, 2015 by Donnie Mossberg in the building of the Historic Teresa Hotel. The Teresa Hotel received Fidel Castro when no other hotel in New York did. It is where Malcolm and Fidel met in 1960. The Teresa Hotel was also the home of the Muslim Mosque, inc and the Organization of African-American unity, both founded by our revolutionary shining prince, Malcolm X.
Third Event: Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
Organized by the Ad-Hoc committee to Welcome ICAP to the US. The event was hosted by Gail Walker of IFCO, Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization, and Malcolm Sacks of the Venceremos Brigade. Event at The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. This was filmed on November 4, 2015 by Joe Friendly.