SATURDAY June 3rd Session 4: 5:20pm - 7:10pm
Panel Cuba-U.S. Relations: Beyond the Headlines What are the real issues from the U.S. perspective? The mainstream media headlines often provide a relatively rosy picture. For example, the impression is given that the blockade has been substantially eased given that there are so many flights from the U.S. to Cuba, and the number of visitors to the island is vastly increasing. The media and some Cuba "experts" even talk about "normalization" of relations between the two countries as if it has already been accomplished, or is on the horizon. But what is the reality? How will Trump deal with the powerful anti-blockade forces in the U.S.? From the Cuban perspective, there is a variety of responses since the opening of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, and the Obama visit to the Cuban capital last year. However, we never hear about the Cuban resistance to U.S. encroachments under the guise of "normalization." What do Cuban revolutionaries write to defend Cuba's independence and socialist culture while fully supporting the long-term goal of normalization? Come and hear about this resistance that we never hear about. This is your chance! Resistance: What Can We Learn from the Cubans?
Reading List:, Book: Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond (Fernwood Publishing stand at the Left Forum exhibition), Further items to be posted soon..
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Green Party
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Ursula Rozum. In 2012 she ran for Congress in NY's 24th district. She won 8% of the vote, a national high for a Green candidate that year. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Ursula Rozum is a Syracuse native who graduated from Bishop Ludden High School. She has a BA in Political Science and Latin American Literature from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She speaks English, Polish, Spanish and French and can fix a flat bike tire in under 5 minutes. Since moving back to Syracuse in 2008, she has been active with the Syracuse Peace Council. From 2009 to 2010, worked at Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Syracuse through the AmeriCorps VISTA national community service program. During the 2010-2011 school year, she worked with Say Yes to Education at Dr. King Elementary School. In 2008, she was part of a large Get Out the Vote effort that helped win Central New York for Dan Maffei and Barack Obama. In 2010 and 2011, she worked on Green party campaigns for Governor and Common Council. Ursula is a member the Colombia Support Network and has travelled repeatedly to Colombia to learn about the affects of US policy there and to work in solidarity with the Colombian peace movement. In March 2012, she travelled to El Salvador to work as an elections observer with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) She has been involved locally with the movement for immigrant and workers rights and for banning hydraulic fracturing in New York state. She has recently visited Cuba.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Author/Journalist Fernwood Publising
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Author of three books on Cuba- Democracy in Cuba and the 1997-98 Elections (1999) Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion (2013) Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond Articles appearing in web sites in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Caribbean and Latin America, such as CounterPunch and Global Research. Arnold August holds a master’s degree in political science from McGill University, Montreal (1970). From the mid-1970s to 1994, he worked as a researcher, and political and trade union activist. The Montreal-based author, journalist and lecturer wrote Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections (Editorial José Martí, Havana, 1999). In 2013, his next book, Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion, was co-published in English by Zed Books (U.K.) and Fernwood Publishing (Canada), and distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press. The countries under consideration are Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba, on the one hand, and the U.S., on the other, with the common thread of participatory democracy. It was reviewed in the following: International Journal of Cuban Studies (U.K.), European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Netherlands), Monthly Review’s MR Online (U.S.), Green Left Weekly (Australia), CubaDebate (Cuba), Radio Habana Cuba (Cuba), CounterPunch (U.S.). Praise for the book came from academics and activists in Canada, Cuba, the U.K. and the U.S. In 2014, the Spanish version was published in Cuba by Ciencias Sociales. A Korean version was released in 2015 by a progressive South Korean publisher. His third book on Cuba, published by Fernwood Publishing, is entitled Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond (April 2017). It is being published as a Cuban Spanish-language version in February 2018. His work on Cuba is based on his extensive stays and research on the island since 1997. Since 1999, based on his books published in English, he has given conferences and lectures at universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA, based in the U.S.), the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), the Cuba Research Forum at the University of Nottingham (U.K.) and the Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity based in Caracas. In 2013, he received the Félix Elmuza Award for outstanding journalism from the Association of Cuban Journalists. Between 2008 and April 2017, as part of the opposition to ongoing media disinformation on current affairs, he wrote more than 70 articles on Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras and the new regional integration movement. These articles were published on many websites around the world in both English and Spanish as well as some in French. During this time, he was interviewed on dozens of radio and television programs in the U.S., Canada and Venezuela.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Barrios (Ph.D.)
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
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 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).
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Early (Ph.D)
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Cultural Heritage Policy Smithsonial Institute, Consultant Cultural Democracy and Statecraft Heritage Policy, Institute of Polcy Studies, The Rael News Network and more.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
James Early is Director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Since 1984, Mr. Early has served in various positions at the Smithsonian Institution, including Assistant Provost for Educational and Cultural Programs, Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Service, and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service. Prior to his work with the Smithsonian, Mr. Early was a humanist administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., a producer, writer, and host of "Ten Minutes Left," a weekly radio segment of cultural, educational and political interviews and commentary at WHUR FM radio at Howard University, and a research associate for programs and documentation. As a long-time advocate and supporter of cultural diversity and equity issues in the nation’s public cultural and educational institutions, Mr. Early began these pursuits at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, in 1969, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. In 1971, Early entered the Graduate Studies program at Howard University on a Ford Foundation Fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History and a minor in African and Afro-American History. Over the course of a 25-year professional career, Mr. Early has consistently recognized the integrity of historically evolved values and cultures of African-American, Latino, Native-American, and Asian-Pacific American communities. He has taught high school Spanish, worked with the incarcerated, taught at the college level, lectured in the U.S. and internationally, and written extensively on the politics of culture.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Manolo Enrique
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
De Los Santos
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Manola Enrique was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His family moved to the South Bronx, New York when he was five years old. He first visited Cuba in 2006 with the organization, Pastors for Peace. Pastors for Peace is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO.) IFCO’s mission is to support the disenfranchised to fight human and civil rights injustices and to end US aggressive policies towards Cuba. The organization seeks to promote peace between the peoples of the US and Cuba. Manolo’s focus at the Matanzas Evangelical Seminary (Cuba) is the study of liberation theology. He is a staff member of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). He works in the Pastors for Peace program, coordinating solidarity, community organizing and political education projects in Haiti, Cuba and Central America. In the last decade he has co-led numerous delegations & caravans to Cuba in civil disobedience of the US blockade. Manolo currently lives in Cuba where he is studying Theology & Philosophy at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas. This year’s Caravan is educating about the important role US citizens can play in lifting the US blockade against Cuba.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Author/Journalist Fernwood Publishing.