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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels across country in my mobile billboard truck as I attempt to engage in dialogue with people in hopes to wake us up and inspire action to change our country and communities and selves. And it is froth with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society and life we want

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Regreso a Cuba!

Today I'm returning to Cuba. This will be a much different trip than the one I took in May last year. I'm going as a chaperon of my grandson's school! So I'm going with my daughter, my grandchild, and his second and third grade students - with their moms and some more grandmothers - and a few of their teachers.

Plus we're going to Habana, and we will be on several tours designed for tourists. Still I'm looking forward to it with great excitement and anticipation, prepared as I am to be part of a city of 2.2 million people that is 281 square miles big.

Also, Cuba is where Europeans murdered every single Indigenous person existing on the island, then forced so many Africans into slavery, the island's population was 45% Black during the height of slavery.

And also just remember, neither sugarcane nor tobacco is endemic to Cuba but is an invasive species coerced upon the island by Europeans as they took over the island and exploited the rich soil and Black people to make them wealthy beyond imagination.

One of the changes Castro put in motion after the fall of the Soviet Union was to turn sugarcane and tobacco fields for export into veggie and fruit fields for feeding the Cuban people: yet another reason he was/is so hated by capitalists!

I will keep these facts in my consciousness as I explore Habana and Cuba again!

On the plane to Cuba!!!!

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