New England

Witness for Peace New England is a politically independent network of individuals, organizations, and faith groups concerned about the impacts of U.S. and corporate policy on the people of the Americas. Motivated by current and historical realities, we are committed to transforming the world through nonviolent and organized activism. As a grass-roots movement, WFP New England seeks to raise awareness of and give testimony to violations of human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean and to advocate for change in U.S. economic and social policies to better support these basic rights.

Regional Organizer


Lee has been part of WFP New England since 2018

upcoming events

speaker Tour: 

An Economy Under Siege: Building Socialism and Solidarity with Cuba Today

Cuban economist Dr. Jourdy James Heredia, sub-director of the Global Economy Research Center (CIEM) in Havana.

Dr. James will be touring the East Coast (MA, RI, CT, NH, VT, NY, NJ and DC) from September 30-October 23, 2019. The events listed below have been confirmed, although our tour schedule is being finalized and there is still room in the schedule if you are interested in hosting an event, organizer exchange, interview, or workshop with Dr. James. Contact Lee Schlenker at to schedule an event or for more information.


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 also of two books (The Euro Zone Crisis: Economic Foundations and Lessons for Latin America; and Food Security in 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.

On this national tour, Dr. Jourdy James Heredia will speak 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.


Tuesday October 1, 2PM
University of Rhode Island, Memorial Union, Atrium 2
45 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI

Tuesday October 1, 7PM
Peace Dale Congregational Church
261 Columbia Rd, Peace Dale, RI

Wednesday October 2, 4:15PM
Clark University, Jefferson Hall 218
950 Main St, Worcester, MA

Wednesday October 2, 7PM
19 Carter Community Center
19 Carter St, Berlin, MA

Thursday October 3, 10AM
Worcester State University, Student Center Blue Lounge
486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA

Thursday October 3, 3:30 PM
Pardee Center at Boston University, First Floor Conference Room
121 Bay St Rd, Boston, MA

Friday October 4, 9AM
Connecticut College, Bill Hall 403
270 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT

Saturday October 5, 4PM
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan, MA

Monday October 7, 4PM
Brown University
Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room
111 Thayer St, Providence, RI

Tuesday October 8, 2:30PM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building 66, Room 106
25 Ames St, Cambridge, MA

Wednesday October 9, 12:30PM
UMASS Boston, Campus Center 3-3540
100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA

Thursday October 10, 11:30 PM
Babson College, Babson Commons Room 101
231 Forest St, Babson Park, MA

Friday October 11, 2PM
UMASS Amherst, Economics Department
Crotty Hall, 412 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

Friday October 11, 7PM
Windham World Affairs Council
Centre Congregational Church Parlor
193 Main St, Brattleboro, VT

Saturday October 12, 7PM
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
Friends Meeting House
43 Center Ct #202, Northampton, MA

Tuesday October 15, 6PM
New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm St, New Haven, CT

Wednesday October 16, 9:30AM
Columbia High School
17 Elm St, Maplewood, NJ

Wednesday October 16, 6PM
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective
New York City Fundraiser
Contact for more details

Thursday October 17, 11AM
SUNY Old Westbury
Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center
Old Westbury, Long Island, NY

Thursday October 17, 6:30PM
The People's Forum
320 W 37th St, New York, NY

Friday October 18, TBD
Reception at the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC
Part of the National Network on Cuba's Annual Meeting
2630 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Saturday October 19, TBD
African-American Civil War Museum
Part of the National Network on Cuba's Annual Meeting
1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC

Monday October 21, 9 AM
National Days of Action Against the Blockade
US Capitol, First St SE, Washington DC

Tuesday October 22, 6 PM
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective
Building Beyond Borders: Transnational Movements for Justice in Latin America
Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave NW #600, Washington, DC

Wednesday October 23, 6 PM
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective
One Year Anniversary Fundraiser and Benefit Concert
St Stephen Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St NW, Washington DC 20010

WFP Solidarity Collective

P.O. Box 17262

Minneapolis, MN  55417-9998

(for donations, make checks payable to WFP Midwest)

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