Sunday, February 28, 2016

More information about the 'Yes, I Can' Adult Literacy Campaign in Australia:

In anticipation of the upcoming event on Thursday 31 March 2016 (see below post), here are some interesting links to give a bit of background for the Cuban 'Yes, I Can' Adult Literacy Campaign in Australia:

  • The Literacy for Life Foundation is the organisation behind the running of the campaign in Australia. You can visit their website at: http://www.lflf.org.au/





Public meeting Thursday 31 March 2016:


Increasing 
Aboriginal
Adult Literacy


The Cuban ‘Yes, I Can!’ Literacy Campaign in Australia

Why has a Cuba-inspired campaign achieved such outstanding success where government schooling and adult courses have largely failed?

Hear about the campaign from these Aboriginal and Cuban speakers:

Jack Beetson is an Ngemba man, an Aboriginal leader and head of the Literacy for Life Foundation.

José Chala Leblanch is a Cuban educator from the Cuban Institute of Pedagogy for Latin America and the Caribbean and is advisor to the ‘Yes, I Can!’ Aboriginal Adult Literacy Campaign.

Yexenia Calzado is from the Asia & Oceania department of ICAP, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples.

Mary Waites is a Ngemba woman and is the Campaign Coordinator in Brewarrina.


Up to 60% of Aboriginal adults living in rural and remote areas have functional illiteracy in English. The ‘Yes, I Can!’ (!Yo, Sí Puedo!) Aboriginal Adult Literacy Campaign, organised by the Literacy for Life Foundation, began in Wilcannia in 2012 with Cuban advisor, José Chala. Already, after the first pilots of the campaign, more than 100 Aboriginal adults from the Murdi Paaki region in western NSW have graduated.

The campaign draws on the successful mass literacy campaign in Cuba in 1961 as part of the popular social revolution there from 1959. The ‘Yes, I Can’ campaign has been used in 29 countries to help 8 million people develop basic literacy skills.


5.30pm Thurs 31 March
Lecture Theatre 104, New Law School
Eastern Ave, Sydney University

For more information please email sydneyacfs@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CELEBRATE freedom for the Cuban Five and WELCOME the new Cuban Ambassador 

Monday, February 2, 2015

ACFS MONTHLY MEETING THURSDAY FEB 5

Dear ACFS members and supporters,
  • The Cuban Five are free!
  • US-Cuba talks on restoring diplomatic relations are under way
  • Obama says he'll urge Congress to end the 'embargo'
  • We have a new Cuban ambassador in Canberra
  • Sydney will host the ACFS National Consultation on June 6-7
  • Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) president Kenia Serrano will attend the Consultation  
  • Southern Cross Brigade participants have returned to Australia 
  • Chela and Matthew are back from Cuba and elsewhere
Welcome back! Our first monthly meeting for 2015 year will be: 
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THIS THURSDAY February 5
6.30 - 8.30pm
NSW Teachers Federation Building
Level 1, 33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
4 mins walk from Central Station
(I need to confirm this venue - please check email/Facebook)
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The proposed agenda is: 

1) President's report (focus on ACFS National Consultation)
2) 2014 Brigade highlights and impressions
2) Cuba visit slideshow by Chela and Matthew

Hope to see you there.

In solidarity,

Marce Cameron
President ACFS (Sydney)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dear ACFS members and supporters,
ALL FIVE OF THE CUBAN FIVE ARE NOW BACK IN CUBA, REUNITED AT LAST WITH THEIR LOVED ONES!!
The Cuban streets have erupted in celebration. The US and Cuba will resume normal diplomatic relations and it looks like the beginning of the end of the US blockade. This is a BIG VICTORY for the Cuban Revolution and for the global solidarity movement. The US empire will now try to destroy the Cuban Revolution by other, less confrontational means: Obama said as much in his speech. The Cuban Revolution and our solidarity now enter a new phase with new challenges. For now, the blockade remains largely intact.
You can watch Obama's and Raul Castro's announcements here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q_Oxq9k-jg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyw1iKif9Zs
All friends of Cuba are invited to celebratory drinks and toasts
WHEN: this Saturday, December 20 from 7pm
WHERE: Bank Hotel beer garden, 324 King Street Newtown (very close to Newtown train station)
Long live socialist Cuba!
End the US blockade now!
Hope to see you on Saturday night,
Marce Cameron
President, Sydney ACFS

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dear ACFS members and supporters,
please note these upcoming events.

In solidarity,
Marce Cameron
President, ACFS (Sydney)

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CUBAN FIVE SOLIDARITY SPEAK-OUT
International Month of Solidarity with the Cuban Five
Saturday September 13
12 noon Town Hall, Sydney
Organised by the ACFS (Sydney)
Contact Maria Hilario on 0431 275 434

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ACFS FILM SCREENING
"The Trial: The Untold Story of the Cuban Five"
Thursday September 25
7pm (Venue to be confirmed)
Contact Maria Voukelatos 0432 710 123

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ACFS MONTHLY MEETING
Thursday October 2
6.30 - 8.30pm
NSW Teachers Federation, Level 1
33 Mary Street Surry Hills
Contact Marce Cameron 0413 158 480

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VENEZUELA: THE REVOLUTION CONTINUES
Solidarity Conference
Monday October 6
9am-6pm Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street Sydney
Organised by the Venezuelan Embassy and solidarity groups
Supported by the ACFS (Sydney)
Contact Ana Cecelia Mendez (02) 6290 2967

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