Community leaders fought back and immediately restored the Dos Alas Mural in East Harlem, N.Y., after it was vandalized by right-wing, anti-Cuba elements on Aug. 14. The mural honors the historic bond between Puerto Rico and Cuba, depicting anti-colonial and anti-imperialist heroes Don Pedro Albizu Campos and Che Guevara.
Show your support by signing an online petition: ‘The mural belongs to El Barrio!’ https://www.change.org/p/el-barrio-defend-the-dos-alas-mural
Activists are using rallies at the mural, along with online and in-person petitioning, to mobilize the community against the counter-revolutionary Cuban art dealer who is seeking to have the mural removed.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, New York City’s part of the nationwide monthly “End the Blockade of Cuba” car/bike caravan will culminate in a 3 p.m. rally at ‘Dos Alas’ mural, located at 201 E. 105th St. (between Second and Third Avenues). The caravan will gather at 1:30 p.m. at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 163 W. 125th St.
Everyone is welcome with or without a car/bike! For more information contact CubaSi at 917-887-88710. Ten other cities will have events on Aug. 29.
The mural’s name comes from a poem by Puerto Rican independence poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió: “Cuba y Puerto Rico son / de un pájaro las dos alas, / reciben flores o balas / sobre el mismo corazón.” Translation: “Cuba and Puerto Rico are / two wings of the same bird, / they receive flowers and bullets in the same heart.”
Long live the sovereignty of the Cuban and Puerto Rican people!
Thank you to Yhamir Chabur from the Venceremos Brigade for photos and petition.
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