Una gran pérdida. Coincimos en muchos encuentros junto a Fidel que guardo celosamente en mi corazón. ¡Hasta siempre amigo!
| We are saddened to report that a great friend of Cuba and of all the peoples of the world struggling against imperialism, Ramsey Clark, has died at the age of 93.|
Cuba was of enormous importance to Ramsey and he traveled to the island many times. He lauded Cuba’s social accomplishments, and gave his active support to the Pastors for Peace “Friendshipment Caravan” as it crossed into Mexico on its way to Cuba in 1993. He called for six-year-old Elián González’s immediate return home. He said of the Cuban Five’s wrongful imprisonment in the United States that if he were attorney general he would have thrown out their charges. For his years of support for Cuba and his opposition to the U.S. genocidal blockade, he was awarded the Solidarity Medal in 2012, accompanied by the Cuban Five’s mothers (pictured above). Ramsey was not only a friend to Cuba, but to all those in the crosshairs of imperialism. Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela, tweeted today, “In the name of the Venezuelan people, I express my sorrow for the sad departure of Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General. Ferocious defender of just causes and revolutionary struggles of our peoples.”
Ramsey participated in many actions in the United States in support of the Cuban Five, and condemning the U.S. harboring of terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles. Below is a brief clip of him speaking in El Paso in 2011, where the U.S. was half-heartedly trying Posada, who had entered the U.S. illegally. But Ramsey Clark’s life as an activist encompassed many more struggles for justice, both in this country where he fought for Civil Rights and for Native Americans, and abroad, where his opposition to the U.S. imperialism from Iraq to Palestine to Yugoslavia and more saw him traveling the world to bring his voice, and often material support as well. A full account of Ramsey Clark’s work, written by Gloria La Riva, who worked closely with him for decades, can be read here. Read it to be inspired by a man who dedicated the greater part of his life to the struggle for justice.
¡Ramsey Clark, présente! Dennis Banks, Fidel Castro, Alice Walker, Ramsey Clark, Havana, April 1993. Photo Credit — Gloria La Riva Save the date for the next San Francisco Caravan for Cuba!Sunday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. at 1875 Martin St.