I don’t know what you are up to today, but if you’d like to have lunch with us at New America, I’ve asked for one of the nation’s leading iconic civil rights figures, Leonard Weinglass, to talk to us about his experiences and perspective representing the “Cuban Five” — five Cuban nationals who were caught and indicted for spying on American private groups that were allegedly involved in planning terrorist attacks on Cuba.
I’ve been interested in this case because of the seeming imbalance between very harsh penalties imposed on these individuals — and the absence of accountability for Luis Posada Carilles, a known Cuban-American militant who allegedly helped blow up a civilian aircraft in the 1970s.
Weinglass is a fascinating personality and internationally famed civil rights attorney — and the contours of this case are interesting and relevant to the future of US-Cuba relations.
If you are free today and can join us between 12:15 and 1:45 pm at 1630 Connecticut Ave. (7th floor), please let me know. We’ll have sandwiches.
— Steve Clemons