Archive for March 24th, 2011

UNA IRREPARABLE PERDIDA

March 24, 2011

Queridos amigos:

Ayer en la noche fallecio nuestro abogado y querido amigo Leonard Weinglass. La noticia me llego esta man~ana a traves de varios mensajes de amigos y mis familiares.

Es una de esas ocasiones en que no hay palabras para expresar el profundo dolor que se siente por la perdida de un ser tan entran~able, compan~ero de lucha.

Nada podia hacer que nos prepararamos para este momento. Tal como el propio Len me ensen~o muchas veces, siempre mi pensamiento fue de una esperanza, una esperanza en que venceria tan repentina enfermedad.

 

Hoy he evocado muchos momentos compartidos con el.

Uno de ellos, aquel dia de mi resentencia en la Corte de Miami, donde Weinglass esperaba que todo fuera una cuestion de tramite y que yo lograra la menor sentencia posible, por la cual habia trabajado sin descanso. Todos conocemos al final que sucedio. Pero hubo un momento muy critico, cuando la Jueza increpo a la fiscal sobre las cosas que ella habia argumentado para predirme 8 an~os antes la sentencia de vida que se me impuso en el 2001. Yo que estaba al lado de Len pude ver su reaccion de molestia y asombro, y me miro exclamandome: Que es esto? Y yo le dije: No se preocupe, digale todo lo que quiera, yo confio plenamente en Usted. Y Len encontro las palabras precisas, porque en su corazon solo se albergaba la fuerza de la justicia y la pureza de la verdad.

 

Estamos en medio de lo que se considera es nuestro ultimo recurso legal, el habeas corpus. Con una voluntad de acero Len escribio en estos duros dias en cama un memorandun que fortalece nuestros irrebatibles argumentos. Es dificil pensar que ya no estara fisicamente entre nosotros, pero Len nos estara acompan~ando por siempre. Su trabajo y su ejemplo serviran en todo momento de guia y estimulo para todos los abogados que nos seguiran defendiendo dignamente y para todos los amigos que conforman la indetenible solidaridad que nos llevara de regreso a casa.

 

Pensar en Weinglass me conduce a Marti.

“La muerte no es verdad cuando se ha cumplido bien la obra de la vida…”

“Hasta muertos, dan ciertos hombres luz de aurora”.

 

Cinco abrazos.

!Venceremos!

Tony

FCI Florence

24 de marzo de 2011

 

IN MEMORY OF LEONARD WEINGLASS BY GERARDO HERNANDEZ

March 24, 2011

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South Journal–Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in US jails since 1998, wrote some of his impressions about outstanding US lawyer Leonard Weinglass, who passed away March 23 inNew York. Weinglass was active as part of the defense team of the Cuban Five. We bring you the English version of this article as published on the website of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five:

In memory of Leonard Weinglass

Not that long ago Len came to visit me and we worked for several hours preparing

for the next step of my appeal. I noticed at the time that he was tired. I was

worried with his advanced age that he was driving alone after a long trip from New

York. The weather was bad and the roads from the airport up to Victorville wind

through the mountains surrounding the high desert. I mentioned my concern to him

but he did not pay it any attention. That was the way he was, nothing stopped him.

When we would meet the same thing would always happen. At some point in our conversation,

while listening to him talk, my mind would separate from his words and I would focus

on the person. I would realize that here is this great man, the tremendous lawyer,

the legendary fighter for justice, right here in front of me. I told him that I

had seen images of him in documentaries on TV dedicating himself to important legal

cases that he had participated in from a very young age. With pride I would tell

people watching, “that is the lawyer of the Five”. It did not matter how much I

read or heard about Len I knew through his humility and modesty that there was

a lot I still had to discover about this man who had dedicated his life to his profession.

Len always insisted that our case, like the others that he had dedicated lots of

his time to, was essentially a political one. He cautioned us from the start that

this struggle would be long and difficult. His experience with the “system” had

taught him that. For our part, beyond the professional relationship we had, we

always thought of him as one compañero in the battle for justice.

Len leaves us at an important moment, but he leaves us prepared to carry on the

path. On more than one occasion he expressed his admiration and respect for the

other lawyers on our legal team, and I think that he has left confident that our

case is in good hands.

Like other people, who during these years have accompanied us in our struggle to

make justice prevail, he will not be with us to see the inevitable triumph. We

are confident that day will arrive and to Len, and to all the others, we will pay

them a well deserved tribute in our homeland.

On behalf of the Cuban Five, and our families, and from the millions of Cubans,

and brothers and sisters from all over the world who trusted and admired him, we

send our most sincere condolences to Len’s family and friends.

Leonard Weinglass, Presente!

Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo

USP Victorville, California

March 23, 2011

Also available in: Spanish

More information at: US Committee to Free the Cuban Five

Watch a short video to listen to Leonard speak ?v=NCoT4Vdca1A?v=NCoT4Vdca1A,

In Memory of Leonard Weinglass

March 24, 2011

 

 
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International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5  

 

In Memory of Leonard Weinglass 

  
Len y Gerardo

 

 

 

In memory of Leonard Weinglass.

Not that long ago Len came to visit me and we worked for several hours preparing for the next step of my appeal. I noticed at the time that he was tired. I was worried with his advanced age that he was driving alone after a long trip from New York. The weather was bad and the roads from the airport up to Victorville wind through the mountains surrounding the high desert.  I mentioned my concern to him but he did not pay it any attention. That was the way he was, nothing stopped him. 

When we would meet the same thing would always happen. At some point in our conversation, while listening to him talk, my mind would separate from his words and I would focus on the person. I would realize that here is this great man, the tremendous lawyer, the legendary fighter for justice, right here in front of me. I told him that I had seen images of him in documentaries on TV dedicating himself to important legal cases that he had participated in from a very young age. With pride I would tell people watching, “that is the lawyer of the Five”. It did not matter how much I read or heard about Len I knew through his humility and modesty that there was a lot I still had to discover about this man who had dedicated his life to his profession.

Len always insisted that our case, like the others that he had dedicated lots of his time to, was essentially a political one. He cautioned us from the start that this struggle would be long and difficult.  His experience with the “system” had taught him that. For our part, beyond the professional relationship we had, we always thought of him as one compañero in the battle for justice.  

Len leaves us at an important moment, but he leaves us prepared to carry on the path. On more than one occasion he expressed his admiration and respect for the other lawyers on our legal team, and I think that he has left confident that our case is in good hands. 

Like other people, who during these years have accompanied us in our struggle to make justice prevail, he will not be with us to see the inevitable triumph. We are confident that day will arrive and to Len, and to all the others, we will pay them a well deserved tribute in our homeland. 

On behalf of the Cuban Five, and our families, and from the millions of Cubans, and brothers and sisters from all over the world who trusted and admired him, we send our most sincere condolences to Len’s family and friends.

 

Leonard Weinglass, Presente!

 

 

Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo

USP Victorville, California

March 23, 2011

 

  

 

 

 Alarcon y LenTony y Len

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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