Peace/Anti-Militarism

The Resistance Center works against the systems of hegemony and power that create a culture of violence. By partnering with local organizations, sharing our resources, and organizing throughout Western Massachusetts, we hope to create our vision of a global peace through small actions.

Building Solidarity with Cuba – Ending the Blockade

Join us for an evening to celebrate our solidarity with Cuba. There will be live music, food, and a conversation with Dr. Jourdy James Heredia–a visiting Cuban economist. Learn about the current challenges Cuba is facing as the Trump administration tightens the blockade and reverses President Obama’s policy of normalizing relations with Cuba.

The United Nations General Assembly has repeatedly condemned the US blockade as contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and international law. Most recently the UN General Assembly voted 189 to 2 in favor of lifting the blockade of Cuba. The international community has denounced the US embargo/blockade because it violates international law and on moral grounds as well.

Dr. Jourdy will speak specifically about the current economic situation in Cuba; historical and contemporary impacts of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States on Cuba; advances Cuba has made in food security, understood in a comparative and contextualized lens; and ongoing challenges in the construction of Cuban socialism given perennially hostile external circumstances.

Program

6:30 – 7:15 Getting together with live music and food

7:15 – 7:30 Introduction by the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice and the Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialist of America

7:30 – 9:00 A presentation and a conversation with Dr. Jourdy Heredia

The event will be held in the Northampton Friends Meeting House on Saturday, October 12, 6:30 PM and it is free and open to the public.

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Dr Jourdy James Heredia

Jourdy Victoria James Heredia received her PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana and her PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She is the subdirector and lead researcher of the Global Economy Research Center in Havana, Cuba and Associate Professor at the University of Havana. She is a member of the editorial group of Cuba’s World Economic Issues Journal and of the Foreign Policy Experts group organized by Cuba’s Higher Institute for Foreign Relations. She has won the Annual Prize of the Cuban Academy of Sciences on two occasions (1999 and 2000) and the EU-LAC Foundation Prize in 2015. She has over 30 years of experience researching issues of European integration. She is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals and of two books (The Euro Zone Crisis: Economic Foundations and Lessons for Latin America; and Food Security in the the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean: The Cases of Cuba and Spain). She has lectured in universities throughout the world, including in Spain, Jamaica, Canada, Germany, China and Kenya. Dr. Jourdy James Heredia’s national tour is organized by Witness for Peace New England.