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Freedom for Hamlet Lavastida, Detente, and Cease to the Repression: An address to the Cuban Presidency
We, the signatories below, artists, intellectuals, and scholars of diverse nationalities and political inclinations, respectfully address you and the authorities of the Cuban State, to express our concern over the detention of artist Hamlet Lavastida, and the accusations to which he has been subjected upon his arrival on the island of Cuba, after completing a residency in Germany. In addition to being a well-known contemporary artist around the world, we are deeply concerned about the possibility that Hamlet Lavastida’s prosecution and harassment are part of an unnecessary escalation in the tensions that exist to date between the government over which you preside and the island's artistic and intellectual circuits. Our familiarity with the history of the relations between Cuban critical and intellectual production and the post-revolutionary state makes us fear that, as in the late 1960s, the refusal to give space to difference and criticism will lead to a clash that will hurt Cuba's cultural life and the reputation of your government in the world's public consciousness. We are convinced that taking steps towards a fruitful dialogue between authorities and protest, which is currently a significant component in Cuban artists, would have very beneficial results for stability, the opening of social possibilities in the country, and the establishment of a political climate favorable to the widening of the dialogue between society and government in Cuba. Releasing and respecting the human rights of Hamlet Lavastida would be a sign of goodwill and detente both crucial in the current process in Cuba. Sincerely, Francis Alÿs de Smedt, artist, Mexico Ferran Barenblit, independent curator, Spain José Bedia, artist, Cuba-United States Gustavo Buntinx, historian and critic, Peru. Amanda de la Garza, director of MUAC, UNAM, Mexico. Marcelo Expósito, artist and cultural critic, former secretary of Congress and former deputy in the Spanish Parliament, Spain. Coco Fusco, Professor of Art, The Cooper Union, United States. Nestor García Canclini, Distinguished Professor-Researcher, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico Andrea Giunta, writer, professor and curator, Universidad de Buenos Aires / CONICET, Argentina Miguel A. López, writer and art curator, Peru. Cuauhtémoc Medinat, art critic, historian and curator, chief curator, University Museum of Contemporary Art, UNAM, Mexico City. Ana Longoni, curator and historian. CONICET researcher and professor at UBA, Argentina. Teresa Margolles, artist, Mexico-Spain. Ivo Mesquita, historian and curator, Brazil Gerardo Mosquera, critic and independent curator, Cuba-Spain Taiyana Pimentel, curator, director of MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico Mari Carmen Ramírez, director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, USA Valentin Roma, curator and writer, director of La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain Rafael Rojas, historian, Colegio de México, México Doris Salcedo, artist, Colombia. Manuel Segade, director of CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Spain. Translated to English from Spanish; the original text in Spanish.
Alligator Head Foundation
The corals are in trouble. Up to 40% of the world's reefs might already be gone, leaving a devastating effect on marine biodiversity. To help them, we need to think differently: by promoting creative, responsible, and respectful engagement with the ocean - especially if that means helping some coral find housing on the way! The artist Claudia Comte has partnered up with Alligator Head Foundation (a Jamaican-based project focusing on science, art, and community) as part of her artist residency with TBA21–Academy, installing three sculptures on the Jamaican seabed. The sculptures function both as a hospitable planting surface for young corals and an attraction for divers, encouraged to engage with the natural habitat in a non-invasive and imaginative way. The Alligator Head Foundation needs your support to extend this into Jamaica's very first underwater sculpture park. Your contribution will support sculpture production and installation and the nursing and planting of the corals.
APIB (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil)
Indigenous peoples have been fighting for more than 500 years for the right to live. APIB (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil) is part of this history of resistance. It is the widest grouping of indigenous peoples in Brazil: a network of organizations with representation in all regions of the country. APIB is united by the strength of its ancestors to protect the lives of peoples and territories under attack. Know about and be part of this fight! Strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples! We are all APIB and APIB is all of us! APIB was created by the indigenous movement at Camp Terra Livre (ATL) in 2005. ATL is a national mobilization, held every year since 2004, in order to increase awareness about the situation of indigenous rights. APIB was created from the bottom up. It was born with the purpose of strengthening the unity of Brazilian indigenous peoples, and the communication between different indigenous regions and organizations, in addition to mobilizing indigenous peoples against threats and aggression against their rights.
Inaash is an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. With over 450,000 Palestinian refugees currently living across 12 camps in Lebanon, Inaash has provided opportunities for thousands of women to earn income and provide financial support for their families. Conditions for the communities living in refugee camps in Lebanon are notoriously difficult. Employment opportunities are limited and the level of unemployment is extremely high for men. At the same time, traditionally it is not usual for their women to seek employment outside their immediate surroundings. Living on aid and handouts is neither sufficient for needs nor conducive to psychological wellbeing. It was these social problems that led Huguette Bechara El Khoury (daughter of Lebanon’s first President) to establish Inaash as a way of creating employment and providing an income for refugee women confined to the camps. The one transferable skill the women brought with them to Lebanon was traditional embroidery. Embroidery is the living heritage of Palestine, transferred from mother to daughter through the ages. Inaash’s vision is to conserve it, promote its beauty and keep it relevant in today’s world on behalf of those who produce it. Throughout the last five decades Inaash has worked to both preserve this culture and harness it as a means of livelihood for its practitioners in some five camps located across Lebanon. Since its inception, over 2,000 women have benefited from the production of Inaash products, both in monetary terms and through a sense of community and continuity. Successive generations have passed on the skill from mother to daughter. As a Palestinian immigrant and as an artist whose practice is dedicated to the revival and preservation of historical crafts from the region, Dana Awartani wholeheartedly supports the work of Inaash and its sensitivity to the ongoing political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Lebanon. Donations will support the local refugee communities who are most severely affected by these difficult times.
MODATIMA (Movement for the Defence of Water, Protection of the Earth and Respect for the Environment)
MODATIMA (Movement for the Defence of Water, Protection of the Earth and Respect for the Environment) is an anti-patriarchal organization founded in 2010 in the province of Petorca in the central Chilean region of Valparaíso. Its goal is to defend the rights of farm labourers, workers and inhabitants of the area who have been affected since the 1990s by the theft and hoarding of water by large-scale agricultural corporations in collusion with politicians. It demands "justice in rivers” against the theft of water and the abuse by the powerful who are currently protected by constitutional warranties and by a legal system that maintains Chile’s water resources in private hands. Throughout these years the main goal of MODATIMA’s fight has been to denounce abuses and raise awareness about the fight for water in the province of Petorca and Chile as a whole. Since taking part at the Alternative World Water Forum held in Brasilia in March 2018, we are also members of Red Vida, a network of organizations from all over America that fights for the recovery of waters and the defence of territories. Mujeres Modatima is the section in charge of organizing and coordinating the female members of the movement in each of the territories where we have a presence. Its work focuses on fostering the construction of a set of principles for their struggle, which foregrounds the gaze of women and their way of understanding socio-environmental conflicts, the recovery of water for territories, the plundering of common goods and the impact all this has on the everyday lives of communities, as well as underscoring the importance of wellbeing.
Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi Paryavaran Shiksha Sansthan (USNPSS)
USNPSS’s founders are deeply respected members of the Kumaoni community, and they truly ask radical questions about labour equality, environmental justice, and gender norms. Our forthcoming body of work is located in the Himalayas and we felt it necessary and important to illuminate the issues that concern it. It is our hope that while the work itself cannot always change things directly, its messages can help channel positive energies towards this magical and endangered place.
world.350.org | Stand with Filipino Environmental Defenders against the Terror Law!
Since 2016, when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came into power, more than 150 environmental defenders have been killed with impunity. This makes the Philippines one of the deadliest countries for activists opposing illegal logging, destructive mining, or corrupt agribusiness. The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 further imperils their safety as it grants even more surveillance and detention powers to government forces, by tagging defenders as terrorists. Sign this petition to demand the repeal of the Terror Law.