27th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
Film screening & discussion with Walter Turner & Phil Hutchings
On the 27th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the CPE, SoleSpace, and SF State’s Race & Resistance Studies program invite you for a discussion and film exploring the history and current nature of Cuba’s internationalist solidarity with Africa. On March 23rd 1988, the People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA)—with the support of 1,500 Cuban solders and reinforcements— dealt a major blow to South African troops at the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, forcing the army of apartheid South Africa to withdraw from Angola after 13 years of intervention in that country’s civil war. Nelson Mandela described the victory as “the turning point for the liberation of Africa from the scourge of apartheid.” Cuba’s solidarity with Africa has not ended. Last year, Cuba provided the largest medical team of any single foreign nation to fight against the Ebola epidemic in Africa.
We will explore Cuba’s ongoing relationship to Africa and its impacts on internationalist thought and practice through a panel discussion with Walter Turner and Phil Hutchings and a screening of the second portion of Cuba, an African Odyssey, a documentary film on Cuba’s role in Angola.
Walter Turner is a longtime activist in struggle and solidarity with Africa-based struggles for social and economic justice. He is the host of “Africa Today” on KPFA 89.3 fm. (President of the Board at Global Exchange)
Phil Hutchings is a veteran community organizer and educator, early member of the Venceremos Brigade, and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
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