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Venceremos Brigade

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Duration: 1969 - present (Africa solidarity work known in 1988)
Location: New York, New York, United States


In 1969, a coalition of young people formed the Venceremos (We Shall Overcome) Brigade, as a means of showing solidarity with the Cuban Revolution by working side by side with Cuban workers and challenging U.S. policies towards Cuba, including the economic blockade and our government's ban on travel to the island. The first Brigades participated in sugar harvests and subsequent Brigades have done agricultural and construction work in many parts of the island. In 1988 the 19 th Brigade used the slogan "No More Contras Anywhere". In 1988 men and women from Ethiopia, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa (members of the African National Congress, ANC), Namibia (member of the Southwest Africa People's Organization, SWAPO), Nicaragua, and Palestine were attending schools in Cuba.  (Source: Venceremos Brigade website accessed August 4, 2014; The Trip to Cuba: The 19th Venceremos Brigade by Yuri Kochiyama accessed August 4, 2014; and Venceremos Brigade T-shirt on this website.