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  • The Cuba Caravan: Defying the U.S. Trade Embargo (1993)

    The Cuba Caravan: Defying the U.S. Trade Embargo (1993)

    Last week, the U.S. and Cuba formally resumed diplomatic relations after 54 years of animosity. This step is likely to lead to the end of the trade embargo and travel ban that have been in place for half a century. In this 1993 video, a group of activists from Chicago organize a “Cuba Caravan” to take supplies to Cuba in direct violation of the U.S. trade embargo, at a risk of ten year prison sentences. This footage was shot for … Continue reading

  • Fidel Returns To Harlem

    A shaky video recording of Fidel Castro giving a speech at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem section of New York City on October 22, 1995. The main focus of Castro’s speech seems to dispel myths, and change opinions about his regime. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Bowie Kuhn in NYC #4]

    [Once a Star raw: Bowie Kuhn in NYC #4]

    This tape features the continuation of an interview with former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (1926-2007), shot for the 1986 television special “Once A Star.” Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #1]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #1]

    CUBA CARAVAN: Organized protest against the blockade of Cuba by the U.S. Volunteers drive trucks from cities in U.S. to Mexico border then to port for boat to Cuba. Interviews with ERIC HAHN, HARALD HAHN, REYNALDO ACOSTA, Caravan Organizer REVEREND LUCIUS WALKER, GISELA and GILDA LOPEZ, JOHN VOTAVA, performances by RAMONE MARINO and JOSE DAVID. Caravan volunteers in Roscoe Village disassemble bicycles, and package up aid to go to Cuba. Then to St. Pious Church in Pilsen for the Caravan send off, dinner, performances, Loading up the trucks. Anecdote by ERIC HAHN about meeting FIDEL CASTRO. Mostly in Spanish. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #2]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #2]

    CUBA CARAVAN (con’t). A group of Chicago natives put together a number of supplies to smuggle past the embargo to the Cuban people. There is a brief anecdote by one of the leaders about meeting Fidel Castro. Continue reading