Weekend of solidarity with Cuba from Vancouver.

This weekend, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade Vancouver (FCAB), together with Fire this Time Movement for Social Justice joined friends of our island for a successful weekend of solidarity in this Canadian city.

On Saturday, July 30, they set up a booth at the Vancouver Dyke Festival and March, where they displayed items in support of our people and then participated in the Dyke March where they waved Cuban flags.

During the festival, they exchanged with hundreds of people about the new Cuban Family Code and the ongoing campaign to end the more than 60 years of cruel U.S. blockade on Cuba.

In the afternoon, VCSC and FCAB organizers invited those present at the festival to join in the monthly Vancouver Bridges of Love Caravan to end the U.S. blockade, with many spectators waving, raising their fists or honking their car horns in support as the caravan made its way through the city of Vancouver.

On Sunday, July 31, organizers gathered for the Vancouver Pride Parade, where an estimated 500,000 people gathered for the parade and festival at Sunset Beach, a celebration held annually for the 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Intersex, Asexual,+) community.

As the parade made its way through the streets of Vancouver, hundreds of thousands of people witnessed the strong message against the unjust U.S. blockade against Cuba, as many chanted "Viva Cuba!" along with the VCSC and FCAB contingent.

Throughout Sunday, VCSC and FCAB had a stand at the Pride Festival, which was visited by hundreds of people to learn more about the Cuban reality. Several of the attendees signed the petition against the blockade on Cuba, bought books and discussed the new Cuban Family Code.

VCSC has been an official community partner of the Vancouver Pride Society for over 10 years. This means that while VCSC promotes Vancouver Pride events, Vancouver Pride opens a space for them to participate as a volunteer community organization and provides an opportunity to bring the reality of Cuba to new people. In addition, many of the participants in these events have traveled to Cuba so it serves as a space to share good memories of their stay in our island.

For over 10 years VCSC has participated in Vancouver Pride to bring the themes of solidarity with Cuba to the hundreds of thousands of people who participate each year.

After another successful year of celebrations, the friends of Cuba expressed their eagerness to return again for future parades.



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