CUBAN 5 ART SHOW: “I WILL DIE THE WAY I LIVED”

Special Opening Reception and Program,

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2-4 PM.

 Place: Coffee and Crepes, 4545 Cesar

Chavez Avenue
* Celebrating the scheduled release 
from
prison a few days earlier of
Fernando Gon-
zalez, one of the Cuban
Five.
* Featuring 15 watercolor paintings by

Antonio Guerrero who learned to paint 
and
draw from fellow inmates.
“After finishing painting number 15, 
I made
the decision to stop in this
number, because
it coincides with the
number of years that
soon will mark
our captivity,” wrote Guerr-
ero in his
introductory note to the exhibit.
* Coffee and Crepes, 4545 Cesar Chavez 
Ave-
nue, East Los Angeles (just east of 
the 710)
* Exhibit runs March 2 – March 30, Tues
day-
Thursday 10 am – 4 pm, Friday & 
Saturday 12
pm – 8 pm
* Sponsors: Coffee and Crepes; Carlos
Ugalde,
Professor Emeritus Glendale
Community College
and Photographer; 
Films4Cuban5; Oscar Albuer-
nie, artist;
Ed Turner, shop steward International
Association of Machinists Local
1932;
Peter Schey, President, Center for
Human
Rights and Constitutional Law;
Socialist Work-
ers Party; Raimundo
Reynoso, Journalist, (AMATE), Alter
native Media and Trade Editions;

Lawrence Reyes, Puerto Rican Alliance
* For More Information: Visit Facebook
page
of Coffee and Crepes by Vicki Phone:
(323) 263-
4544 or (323) 661-1980
* Learn more about the Cuban Five
:
www.thecuban5.org

* The Cuban Five are Cuban patriots who were
monitoring the activities of anti-
Cuban exi-
les in Miami. These groups had 
already carried
out deadly attacks 
against Cuba and were plan-
ning more.
The FBI arrested the Five on Sept.
12,
1998.
In a trial in Miami marked by what a 
federal
appeals panel called “a perfect 
storm” of pre-
judice, the Five were convicted and given
sentences that ranged
 from 15 years to two
life terms. Learn 
about this injustice and what
you can do 
to help.

SMC HOLDS 25TH ANNUAL YOUTH CONFERENCE SAT.

The Santa Monica College Latino Center will
hold its 25th Annual Latina/o Youth Confer-
ence on Saturday, March 1 in the Theatre Main
Stage on the SMC main campus.

This year’s theme is “The History, You, and
the Future.” Civil rights activist and Unit-
ed Farm Workers cofounder Dolores Huerta, and motivational speaker Roy Juarez Jr.,renowned
as an advocate for homeless youth and educa-
tion, will be keynote speakers.

The daylong conference will focus on encour-
aging and motivating young Latinos and Lat-
inas to pursue higher education and “build
strong foundations for future achievements.”
Open to high school seniors, as well as Santa
Monica College students, the conference will
feature interactive workshops, peer panel dis-
cussions, and a college and career expo.

Representatives from several colleges and uni-
versities – including UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and
SMC –as well as Latinos and Latinas in a wide
variety of professions will take part in the
career expo.

The conference, which has attracted more than
500 attendees each year, was founded by Guada-
lupe Castro, Gloria Curiel, María León-Vazquez,
and Rita Morales.

Santa Monica College is located at 1900 Pico
Blvd., Santa Monica.

For additional information: www.smc.edu/latinayouthconference or (310) 434-8520.

JAIL EXPANSION IN L.A. COUNTY: HOW TO STOP IT

To Sanctuary of Change Members:
On Sunday, March 2nd, Mary Sutton, of Crit-
ical Resistance and CURB (Californians Un-
ited for a Responsible Budget) will speak
about the history of prison and jail expan-
sion in California, and describe the con-
crete steps we can take to help prevent
more jail expansion in Los Angeles County.

Also joining us will be Patrisse Cullors-
Brignac, executive director at Dignity and
Power Now/End Sheriff Violence in L.A.
Jails Coalition, who will explain a propo-
sal for a People’s Civilian Review Board.

This event will take place at The Church
in Ocean Park. We will begin with a pot-
luck lunch at 12 noon. The presentations
will begin at 1.

On April 24, Cullors-Brignac will also
discuss the upcoming Sheriff election,
hosted by the League of Women Voters,
that will be held at the Church in Ocean
Park.

I hope to see many of you at these events.

Bob Gordh
Chair, Mass Incarceration Subcommittee,
The Committee for Racial Justice.

Currently, a greater percentage of Ameri-
cans is in prison than in any other na-
tion in the world. According to recent
counts, 743 of every 100,000 Americans
are incarcerated, despite the fact that
the national crime rate has dropped in
recent years. In addition to the injus-
tice of this wholesale imprisonment,
it also costs billions of dollars that
would be better spent on education, re-
furbished neighborhoods, and a variety
of useful social programs.

Finally, please note The Committee for
Racial Justice (CRJ), in conjunction
with African American Parent, Student,
Staff Support Group (AAPSSSG), Virginia
Ave. Park, and Church in Ocean Park will
host a panel presentation and community
discussion on “How Media Shapes Racial
Images” at 6 pm (potluck supper at 6 and
program starting at 6:30pm), on Sunday,
March 9th, at Virginia Avenue Park, Thel-
ma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Avenue,
Santa Monica (served by Big Blue Bus
lines #7 and #11). This workshop was
postponed last month due to scheduling
problems.

THEATER BY THE BLIND STAGES ORIGINAL PLAY

SIT, an original play inspired by the true
story of Theatre by the Blind actress Sheila
Walker who also stars, follows Tamara, a
young blind girl, as she journeys through
a world she cannot see, but choses bravely
to explore.

Tamara has to maneuver around her overprot-
ective father who knows nothing about rais-
ing a blind daughter. As she attempts to
find her footing, she must decide which out-
stretched arms to lean on. Her well-meaning
teacher and her strong-willed sister both
want to help, but is it the help she needs?
Can she break away, and if she does, what
will she discover about herself and the world
outside her window?

SIT was written and directed by Lindsay Ny-
man. It stars Sean Sean Gorecki, Leela Kaze-
rouni, Luz Madrigal, Virginia Romero, Robert
Smith, Torri Taite and Sheila Walker.

It is presented by CRE Outreach and Theatre
by the Blind, the country’s only theater
troupe composed entirely of blind actors

WHEN: Performances: Feb. 28 – March 2. Feb.
28, and March 1,8 pm. March 2. 7 pm.

WHERE: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street
Promenade, Santa Monica. Tickets: (310) 902-
8220 or www.creoutreach.org

Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cre-
outreach.
Follow us on Twitter @creoutreach

TICKETS: General Admission: $15. PARKING:
Information about public parking structu-
res at http://www.downtownsm.com/parking

TAKE BACK OUR CITY DAY: SATURDAY

Citywide Petition Signing Parties
to Stop Gridlock and Overdevelopment

Saturday, Feb. 22

Petition-signing parties will be held
throughout Santa Monica this Saturday
for those who support a Referendum on
the Hines Development. This development
will add approximately 7,000 new daily
car trips to Santa Monica if it is not
stopped!

Here are places where you can go this
Saturday to sign the petition:

LOCATION, ADDRESS, HOURS
Coldwell Banker 1608 Montana, 9am – 5pm
Kelly Handley Hair, 1621 Montana, 10 to 4
Kushner Residence, 409 19th St, 10 to 4
Adamm’s Glass, 1426 4th Street, 10 to 4
Cafe Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park, 12 – 2 pm
Verges Residence, 434 Euclid Ave, 8am –
11 am
Farrah’s Florist, 2006 Wilshire Bl, 9 am
to 7 pm
Surf Liquor, Ocean Park & Main, 10am – 4pm
L&K Market, Main St & Pacific, 10 to 4
Rose Garden, Palisades Park (Ocean bluff),
12 noon – 3:30pm
Nugent Residence, 2401 Washington Ave, 2
– 6 pm
Blue Daisy Café, 2303 Wilshire Blvd, 10am
– 3pm
Casa Martin, 1654 Ocean Ave, 11am – 4 pm
Unurban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd, 2pm – 4pm

For information on the Hines project and
the Referendum go to www.Residocracy.org.

Additional places you can sign are listed
in the following story.