A series of speaking engagements at six universities, two high schools, a meeting of the International Association of Machinists and a citywide meeting of nearly 100 wraps up the Los Angeles tour of Afro-Cuban journalist, Liz Oliva Fernandez. She was interviewed by 3 radio programs and the LA Federation  of Labor.        [300 union locals representing 800,000 workers, and just passed a resolution demanding Washington remove Cuba from it’s list of alleged terrorist nations], provided advance publicity.
500 participated in these meetings with 450 attending a Cuba event for the first time.
Belly of the Beast raised several thousand dollars in funds from honoraria and merchandise.
The LA Hands-off Cuba Committee, central tour organizer, sold $400 worth of books on Cuba, buttons and collected scores of names of those interested in going to Cuba and participating in solidarity activities.
Her whirlwind US tour is transforming local Cuba committees, engaging large numbers of youth, thus reflecting tremendous potential.
The LAHOC Is once again organizing a special “Labor and Youth Activists” tour to Cuba April 23-May 3, sponsored by the Cuban Trade union Central [CTC] and the International Committee of Friendship with the People [ICAP].
Please contact us if you are interested in joining  LA area solidarity activities and traveling to Cuba.
Mark Friedman

By Mark Friedman

Mark Friedman is a veteran trade union activist of the International Association of Machinists and the California Teachers Association unions. As a former marine science teacher in an inner-city LA high school he developed a program to hook inner-city Black and Latinx youth in science through unique Marine biology courses and club.