Huber Matos-The struggle continues, long live a free Cuba 3/13/2014

Huber Matos

Huber Matos

Huber Matos (26 November 1918 – 27 February 2014) was a Cuban dissident activist and writer. Previously, he had been a revolutionary who assisted Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other members of the 26th of July Movement (M-26-7) in successfully overthrowing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista as part of the Cuban Revolution. Matos had opposed Batista since the general’s effective coup in 1952, which he regarded as unconstitutional, but became increasingly critical of the movement’s shift towards Marxist principles, and closening ties with leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Convicted of “treason and sedition” by the new Castro regime, he would spend 20 years in prison (1959–1979) before being released in 1979.

Celebrating Life in Union, narrated by Andy Garcia is a one-hour documentary about a group of cuban former political prisoners who fought with Fidel Castro, and later after Huber Matos, the third high ranking officer of the Fidel Castro revolution resigned, these men fought against Fidel Castro and were jailed, abuse and tortured. 

Producer of Celebrating Life in Union, Gladys Bensimon shares the similarities of what occured in Cuba 1959 and the atrocieties the Venezuelan people are undergoing right now.



WARS AND STRIPES with STEVE PICHAN 11/6/2011


Steve Pichan

On Friday, January 28, 2010, thanks to Director Keith Famie, three of my songs from the “Wars and Stripes” CD were chosen for use in his documentary “Our Vietnan Generation”.  The premiere featured at the Fox Theatre in Detroit and honored Vietnam Veterans for their service.  Songs used for the feature; “We shall never forget” (theme song), “Mikie’s Minutes” (tribute to Sgt. Michael Ingram) and “Look Away” (a music video reflection of the treatment of our Vietnam Vets upon their return to the States).  I owe a debt of gratitude to Keith for including me in his extraordinary and important work! In October, 2010, Director Agustin Blazquez, chose “You don’t know Che” for his documentary, “Che; the other side of an icon” that premiered in Miami, Florida.  A music video was produced as well intended to expose the true Che Guevara, right hand man and executioner for Fidel Castro.  Past songs and CD’s are story based, American folk and rock genres and include “Ironman” (tribute to John LaPointe, an ironworker who volunteered his time to tear down the steel structures of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks) and “Leavin’ Detroit” (a reflection on tough times and lost jobs in the Detroit auto industry).

 

 

 

BARBARA RANGEL 1/7/2011

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In her own words: I am very proud of my grandfather Col. Cornelio Rojas, he is my hero, he is the person that I admire the most in the world. I say that he is because even though he is deceased, he lives in my heart. He was executed in front of a firing squad by orders of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro for simply being a high ranking officer for the previous government. His execution in 1959 was very famous because he was executed without a trial, he was taken prisoner the beginning of Jan. 1959 and executed Jan 8th. When in front of the firing squad, he was asked if he wished to be blind folded, but he refused, instead he asked if he could give the firing orders which were granted.

Links mentioned on the show

None of us are free

Che ..The other side of an Icon
songwriter / recording artist – Steve Pichan

Steve Pichan Part II 10/5/2010

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I began writing music and lyrics as a young boy. Over the years, I have focused my writing more on “story” styled songs as demonstrated in “You don’t know Che!” , “The day God Laughed”, “Leavin’ Detroit” and the first CD, “Am I Here Already”.  The topics are varied with each but often touch on cultural or political issues of the day. “Leavin’ Detroit”, also subtitled “a short musical tale of a displaced autoworker” was released in April 2009 and inspired by the multiple factory closings and job losses in the automotive industry. The 5 track EP chronicles the experiences of one fictitious character “Bob” as he loses his job, then his home and decides to pack up his family and head for North Carolina where they struggle to adjust to the new region. “Am I Here Already” begins with “The line” which was a plea to political candidates in 2008 to deliver the truth to the public. Citizens, accustomed to having to sort through spins and lies, are becoming increasing complacent and disheartened by the political process. Simple truth telling from politicians (a novel idea) would hopefully earn the trust of voters and improve public perception and interest. This song is currently available in full version at the music link. Other songs such as “Iron man” shines a light on the goodness of everyday Americans when faced with a tragedy such as 9/11. For every song, there is likely a story or hidden meaning. I hope there is one here that speaks to you.

World premiere of the documentary CHE: THE OTHER SIDE OF AN ICON

Produced & directed by Agustin Blazquez

Showings:

  • Miami-Dade College’s Tower Theater, on October 8 & 9 (6:45 pm) & 10 (4:30 pm), 2010. Sponsored in part by the Miami-Dade College
  • University of Miami’s Casa Bacardi on October 11, 2010 (6:30 pm)
  • Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris, France, sponsored by Zoe Valdes, Ricardo Vega & Lunaticas Productions on October 18, 2010 (9:00 pm).

STEVE PICHAN Part I 10/3/2010

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I began writing music and lyrics as a young boy. Over the years, I have focused my writing more on “story” styled songs as demonstrated in “You don’t know Che!” , “The day God Laughed”, “Leavin’ Detroit” and the first CD, “Am I Here Already”.  The topics are varied with each but often touch on cultural or political issues of the day. “Leavin’ Detroit”, also subtitled “a short musical tale of a displaced autoworker” was released in April 2009 and inspired by the multiple factory closings and job losses in the automotive industry. The 5 track EP chronicles the experiences of one fictitious character “Bob” as he loses his job, then his home and decides to pack up his family and head for North Carolina where they struggle to adjust to the new region. “Am I Here Already” begins with “The line” which was a plea to political candidates in 2008 to deliver the truth to the public. Citizens, accustomed to having to sort through spins and lies, are becoming increasing complacent and disheartened by the political process. Simple truth telling from politicians (a novel idea) would hopefully earn the trust of voters and improve public perception and interest. This song is currently available in full version at the music link. Other songs such as “Iron man” shines a light on the goodness of everyday Americans when faced with a tragedy such as 9/11. For every song, there is likely a story or hidden meaning. I hope there is one here that speaks to you.

World premiere of the documentary CHE: THE OTHER SIDE OF AN ICON

Produced & directed by Agustin Blazquez

Showings:

  • Miami-Dade College’s Tower Theater, on October 8 & 9 (6:45 pm) & 10 (4:30 pm), 2010. Sponsored in part by the Miami-Dade College
  • University of Miami’s Casa Bacardi on October 11, 2010 (6:30 pm)
  • Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris, France, sponsored by Zoe Valdes, Ricardo Vega & Lunaticas Productions on October 18, 2010 (9:00 pm).

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