Please share this campaign to raise money to support the trip of anarchist comrades from Cuba to Europe in June:
Now that the border is opening after many years a time for change is coming, full of possibilities and danger for Cuban society and perhaps for all of us. We want to make our voices, our social views and proposals for self-managed co-operativism heard. We ask for your help to cover the expenses for our network of collectives and social initiatives in Cuba.
We are the Observatorio Crítico Cubano. Our projects include years of work for non-violence, the struggle against racism, LGBT rights, the recovery of our Indigenous and Black original heritage, Ecology, the development of Open Source computer culture, communities for mutual aid in mental health, support for childhood education by means of non-competitive and non-adult-centered child play, cultural research, promoting self-managed socialism, and the crafting of proposals for building Cuba’s future from an anarchist perspective.
We work towards a world where the public space is the birthright of all the people, not just a few powerful minorities. A world where those decisions, which affects the people, are not discussed and arrived at out of sight of the majority. In this world the highest praise is reserved for those initiatives where neighbors gather spontaneously to give their communities the best they have to offer, via the arts, ecological activism, the remembrance of historical and cultural traditions, the promotion of popular education. A world where the workers are the true owners of the means of production. Contrary to today’s prevailing logic, profits, manipulation and the rule of the mightiest are not prioritized; instead we advance dialog and the search for consensus on the important issues of social life. In this world we are building all consciences are respected, and in ecumenical fashion the representatives of the different manifestations of spirituality participate as equals.
What we are attempting:
In July this year we are organizing a tour of several European countries (France, Spain and maybe a couple more still to be decided) in order to take part in various international forums we have been invited to, where we will be able to show Cuba’s social and cultural reality, for the first time in many years, straight out of the hearts of the people of the Island and outside the official discourse of the Cuban government or international interests which seek to silence the people’s daily struggle for a better and more just world for ourselves and for humanity. For that we need your help.
What we need:
- Visas, custom duties and air fare to France for two members of our collective: 3000 EUR.
- Transportation for four people by land to three or four countries: 1000 EUR.
- Room and board expenses for those four people in those countries for the 20 days the tour will last: 1000 EUR.
Why we ask:
We receive no financing from any government, official institution, or NGO. We don’t want it either, in order to safeguard our total independence and not be subordinate to any external agenda. Occasionally we get small donations from collectives and people close to our principles, unconditionally and with no strings attached. Our activity doesn’t generate profits of any kind rather it is the opposite.
It is also well known that with the Cuban median salary ($20 per month) it is impossible to cover the large expenses a trip like this incurs.
What we will give in return:
- We don’t have material things to give in exchange, just our gratitude and good vibes.
- For those who wish to make their names public, we’ll have a list of appreciated donors in our website with the names of those people who helped make our effort real.
- Also, if you will allow us, we will include your email addresses in our distribution list, so that you will receive the newsletters our collectives publish.
- We will give you a recap of our trip, as well as a thorough report regarding the way donations have been spent.
Salud y Anarquia!