On this delegation you will meet Cubans from all walks of life. We will visit and study Cuba’s urban and rural educational programs from primary to university levels including professional schools such as the Latin American School of Medicine and the National School of Arts.
Included are meetings with professionals, families, elected officials, the neighborhood doctor, neighborhood organizing committees, and visits to artists’ collectives, museums, and historical sites. Also included is a two-day visit to Matanzas province and the Zapata peninsula. A popular visit is to the Alemar Cooperative, an urban organic garden/farm.
CUBA: EDUCATION, ART AND NATURE
The U.S. Can't Blockade Hope: Universal Healthcare, Housing and Social Services
Upon return from your Solidarity Collective delegation you will be more deeply informed, motivated, and inspired. There is no replacement for meeting directly with communities, witnessing both the political and environmental landscape in which they organize, and listening to their stories of resistance- ones you nor the people you report back to, are likely to forget. If you are ready to jump into activism and advocacy in your community, we’ll be there to support you.
Solidarity Collective designs our Popular Education and Advocacy Program to provide you with skills and on-the-ground experiences that you can leverage in your ongoing work for justice, dignity and collective well-being. Since 1983, we've connected more than 20,000 delegates with a grassroots analysis and with the urban and rural communities that lead struggles across the Americas!
The Solidarity Collective builds transnational grassroots solidarity to resist U.S. government and corporate policies that contribute to violence, poverty and oppression in the Americas.
Our delegations take U.S.-based activists through an immersive and collectively transformative process with our local partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our delegations use a popular education pedagogy and focus on the struggle and principled leadership of Indigenous, African-descendant and Campesino land defenders, community organizers, and peacebuilders.
Every delegation is a unique and unforgettable experience. Each delegation has an itinerary with scheduled activities, meetings, training, and visits that are specific to the thematic framing and the group's participants. All delegations center the work, testimonies, and requests from local grassroots organisations that are committed to justice.
Cuba: Investing in Humanity, Towards a World Without Military Bases, Policing, or War
April 22-May1st, 2022
Afrofuturisms: Cuba, Surviving the Pandemic & Beyond
This delegation will focus on Cuba’s humanist model and its far-reaching impacts across all sectors of society. We will examine how Cubans have challenged colonialism, capitalism, and imperialism within its revolutionary history.
February 1st, 2022
Across the stolen territories of the USA, there is a resounding call for abolition: for the end to the prison industrial system, policing, and the war and sanctions machine. What lessons can we learn from the Cuban people, now 62 years into building a new world, despite US aggression? What lessons can we learn about investing in humanity, healthcare, education, housing, parks, art, and an ethics and practices of solidarity? And what role can we play to end the Blockade?
HEALING OUR LAND, HEALING OURSELVES
Truth-telling As Resistance:
Movement Journalists, Media-makers, and Organizers
April 8-17, 2022
February 1st, 2022
Essential workers, frontline workers, nurses, social workers, educators, first-responders--those who support healing and hold trauma--will exchange with Cuban organizers, leaders, and nature lovers to share strategies for healing, community organizing, environmental justice and nurturing.
Journalists, documentarians, and organizers will travel to Cuba to cut through state-sanctioned lies and meet with storytellers and protagonists of the Cuban Revolution. We will learn about the triumphs, hardships, political contradictions, and limitations of the Cuban political project through the lens of media making. By walking alongside journalists dedicated to the fight for self-determination and truth, we will collectively look at the role of journalism in building stronger movements before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn the successes of the Cuban model including its renowned universal healthcare system, free public education from daycare through university, virtually no homelessness, and the right to sports, music, arts, and culture. Learning directly from the Cuban people, the delegation will focus on the contributions of Cuba's African Descendants in all these areas.
From the U.S. South to Cuba we will travel to learn how this Caribbean island nation has built a new society based on a life with dignity. Cuba has fought against the imposition of a brutal Spanish colonial plantation economy and a racial capitalist U.S. neo-colony. Following the triumph of the Revolution, the people have spent over six decades building a socialist society. Today, in Cuba healthcare, education, food, housing, culture, unions, sports, and protagonism are all rights shared by the majority. Meet with the people who continue this transformational process, despite the U.S. Blockade and military occupation of Guantanamo Bay. Learn about historic Black and Indigenous resistance, agroecology, and cooperative organizing.
January 1st, 2022
Agroecology and Cooperation:
How Cuba Transformed a Plantation
Economy into a Socialist One?
March 25-April 3, 2022
Learn how Cubans have survived multiple apocalyptic moments and built a new society. One with universal healthcare, education, housing, food distribution, and with leadership of, reference to, and solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and global anti-colonial struggles. The delegation will meet with people’s historians who accompany the fight for collective memory and self-determination, meet with Cubans who chart a new destiny, and visit memorials to intervention and to revolutionaries.