Cubans to address national conference


Melbourne will host a national conference on Cuba on May 9-10. Convened by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the situation in Cuba today and what Australians can do to help Cuba to maintain its sovereignty in the face of increasing US aggression.

The conference will open with a presentation titled "The Cuban economy: can it survive?", by Agustin Lopez, national secretary of the Communication Workers Union of Cuba, and a National Council member of the Central Organisation of Cuban Trade Unions (CTC).

This will be followed by sessions on various aspects of Cuban society including the situation of women, education and literacy, the environment and culture.

Arturo Cobo, also a member of the National Council of the CTC, will address the conference on the democracy and human rights in Cuba, and Raul Macias, director of the Asia department of the Cuban Institute for Friendship Among People (ICAP) will speak about the situation confronting Cuba in the "New World Order".

The second day of the conference will focus on the activities of the Australian Cuba Solidarity Campaign for the rest of 1992 after a report by the president of ICAP, Sergio Corrieri, on developments in the international movement in solidarity with Cuba.

In the lead-up to the conference, Raul Macias and the CTC representatives will be making visits to most state capitals as well as Newcastle, Wollongong and Darwin and speaking at public meetings, May Day celebrations and other events. Corrieri will visit Sydney and Melbourne.

For further information about the national conference or tours, contact your nearest Cuba Solidarity Campaign committee or write to PO Box 12535, A'Beckett St, Melbourne 3000.

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