Guest Jim Altenberg Posted March 7, 2016 Report Share Posted March 7, 2016 TITLE: "It's the Poor Who Face the Savagery of the US 'Justice' System: The Cuban Five talk of their lives within the US working class AUTHORS: Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, René González, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino PUBLICATION DATE: February 15, 2016 PUBLISHER: Pathfinder Press (New York) ISBN: 978-1-60488-085-4 (English); 978-1-60488-086-1 (Spanish) PRICE: $15.00 Five Cuban revolutionaries—Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, and René González—framed by the US government on trumped-up “conspiracy” charges in 1998, spent up to sixteen years as part of the US working class serving time in prison. Known internationally as the Cuban Five, the last three of the five were released and returned to Cuba in December 2014 as part of Washington’s moves toward establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. Each of the five reached out to their fellow prisoners with respect, solidarity, and through the example of their own day to day conduct. They won respect and solidarity in return. In interviews conducted in August and December 2015, they talk with understanding, objectivity, and humor about US capitalist society and its “justice” system. They explain what prepared them to act as they did, that it was Cuba’s socialist revolution, its class character and its values that shaped who they are. They talk about the future of the Cuban Revolution. They also draw comparisons with the Cuban prison system, giving specific examples of how “in Cuba, a prison is another human being, “ unlike in the United States “where the prison population is the enemy.” “It’s the Poor Who Face the Savagery of the US ‘Justice’ System” will be of great interest to the growing number of people across the United States who are in one way or another affected by widespread incarceration, police brutality, and deteriorating conditions of life experienced by millions. The book is also available in Spanish. Please consider reviewing this book on the QBR web site. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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