In May 2014, international human rights organization, Global Exchange presented three Human Rights Awards and the annual dinner.
The People's Choice Award: The Cuban Five, Cuban intelligence agents arrested in the United States while infiltrating anti-Castro organizations openly plotting attacks against the Cuban people. Their trial, conviction, and subsequent treatment is best understood as a microcosm of U.S.-Cuba relations – and has been widely criticized. They were selected to receive the People's Choice Award through the annual online competition. This Award is the first they have received in the United States.
International Human Rights Award: María Estela Barco Huerta is a prominent anti-GMO activist who has played a leading role in organizing Agro-Ecology Learning Exchanges in Chiapas, Mexico. Ms. Barco works diligently to safeguard the way of life and livelihoods of indigenous people, as well as create a working alternative to industrial agriculture. DESMI is a strong partner of IDEX - International Development Exchange - based in San Francisco and an ally of Global Exchange.
Domestic Human Rights Award: The Award was presented by Walter Turner, of Global Exchange and accepted by Charlie Cobb, Freedom Schools visionary and Phillip Agnew from the Dream Defenders. Bernice Johnston Reagon, founder of Freedom Singers and cultural historian, was unable to attend but sent these words, which can be read here: globalexchange.org/blogs/peopletopeople/2014/05/13/remarks-by-bernice-johnson-reagon-on-the-occasion-of-receiving-the-domestic-human-rights-award/. Both Charlie and Phillip channeled the power of history in honoring the struggle for civil rights and demanded that while we commemorate this history, we must recognize that there is still work to be done.
More about the Human Rights Awards is here: humanrightsaward.org/
To see the Cuban Five acceptance speech, click here: vimeo.com/95190109
To see María's speech, click here: vimeo.com/95203072
To see Charlie's speech, click here: vimeo.com/95206927
To see Phillip's speech, click here: vimeo.com/95214256
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