Venceremos Brigade ties to Radicals in America and Cuba

This is an excerpt from a 1982 CBC documentary on the KGB activities in North America. This portion concerns the ties between the Weathermen and the DGI (Cuban Intelligence) – By the way take special note of what is said at 1:14, 1:23, and 9:06


Remember S.T.O.R.M.?  Van Jones’ group?

Now-defunct San Francisco Bay-Area Marxist-Maoist collective
Had close ties to the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade and the Revolutionary Communist Party
Advocated social “change on a revolutionary scale”
Was commited to revolutionary Marxist politics
Blamed American foreign policy for the 9/11 attacks

Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM) was a San Francisco Bay-Area Marxist-Maoist collective whose origins dated back to Roots Against War (RAW), “a group of young people of color who came together to fight against the Gulf War in the early 1990s.” Several of RAW’s leaders were veterans of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, the youth wing of the Revolutionary Communist Party. Filling its ranks mostly with nonwhites, RAW engaged in “confrontational” and “militant” forms of “direct action” that often saw its members “defying police commands” or “plunging through police lines and barricades.”

In 1999 STORM formed a Culture & Propaganda Work Group (CPWG) “to nurture new revolutionary art and artists”; “to produce street-level agitation and propaganda”; “to bring cultural workers into political action”; and “to build networks among revolutionary cultural workers.” In the summer of 1999, CPWG members participated in a “Venceremos Brigade” that traveled to Fidel Castros Cuba “to see and support one of the world’s few surviving socialist states.” Those members “came back with a heightened understanding of both socialism and capitalism and a stronger commitment to red politics.”


Carl Davidson is an American Marxist who serves as a national steering committee member of United for Peace and Justice, an organization chaired by the pro-Castro socialist Leslie Cagan. Davidson also co-chairs the group Chicagoans Against War & Injustice, which has formed alliances with such organizations as the League of Women Voters, Rainbow/PUSH, Citizen Action, People for the American Way, the Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Aiming ultimately to transform the United States into a socialist nation, Davidson advocates the mobilization of “new grassroots majorities required for progressive, systemic change.”

As a college student in the 1960s, Davidson was a national secretary of Students of a Democratic Society and a national leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Davidson and Tom Hayden take credit for having launched in 1969 the “Venceremos Brigades,” which covertly transported hundreds of young Americans to Cuba to help harvest sugar cane and interact with Havana’s communistrevolutionary leadership. (The Brigades were organized by Fidel Castro’s Cuban intelligence agency, which trained “brigadistas” in guerrilla warfare techniques, including the use of arms and explosives.)


So there ARE connections to Progressives/Marxists/Maoists/Communists to the Venceremos Brigade.


Giving you a cautious note here prior to this video.

This is an unconfirmed source.

WHY would Cuba make an audio message about the Venceremos Brigade, praise Bill Ayers and Obama, and admit the connections of Cuban brigadistas to Cuba?

This video was done from an audio message.

Bill Ayers: “A Distinguished Agent” of Cuba?

Official Communication from the Venceremos Brigade

Notation under video:

I got this in my email a few days ago, sounded catchy so I put some pictures to it. The sound is entirely in Spanish, so I’ve come up with a translation, but I didn’t want to cover up the actual words used.


Esteemed members of the Venceremos Brigade/

I am proud to be standing here in front of you to report that the mission of the distinguished agent, William Ayers, has culminated in incalculable success. For the first time in the history of the Cuban Revolution, the vanguard of all independent and revolutionary movements around the world, we have been able to infiltrate the government of the United States with an agent of international socialism. Yes, comrades, I refer to our brother in arms,who we met through Ayers that glorious day in our training camp, Barack Obama./

Now, with the guaranteed victory of Obama in the polls, the revolution in Cuba, the revolution in Venezuela,in Bolivia, in Iran, and around the Earth, will have the US as an ally, with all of its political, economic, and military power. In the first month of the Obama presidency, the Comandant predicts that the US will pay reparations to Cuba for their criminal embargo over the many cruel decades./

The Comandant informs us that Obama will surrender to Cuba various nuclear arms in a form of self-defense. In case of a likely coup./

Comrades, we have destroyed Imperialism from the inside, now that it has become difficult to attack from outside. This clandestine campaign, begun 45 years ago, demonstrates that though the fight may be long, he who does not give up will emerge victorious./

We regret that it was the Chicago cell instead of the Miami cell that was able to ascend to the highest governmental position./

Meanwhile, we will continue to support the liberals with fanatical fervor./

Friends, this is the true change. The hope of a new day./

Comrades, yes we can! Long live the Revolution! Long live Fidel! Long live Obama! And long live Cuba!



By Humberto Fontova


Chavez might have taken a cue from the Cuban Maestro’s own visit in 1995 to New York (a city he twice tried to incinerate. See full documentation in Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant) for the U.N.’s 50th anniversary festivities. “The Toast of Manhattan!” crowed Time magazine about Castro’s reception by the General Assembly and later by Manhattan’s Beautiful People.

“The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan!” read a Newsweek story that week, referring to the social swirl that engulfed Castro. After Castro’s whooping, hollering, foot-stomping ovation in the General Assembly, he was fêted by New York’s best and brightest, hobnobbing with dozens of Manhattan’s glitterati, pundits and power brokers.

First, there was dinner at the Council on Foreign Relations. After holding court there for a rapt David Rockefeller, along with Robert McNamara, Dwayne Andreas and Random House’s Harold Evans, Castro flashed over to Mort Zuckerman’s Fifth Avenue pad, where a throng of Beltway glitterati, including a breathless Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings, Tina Brown, Bernard Shaw and Barbara Walters, all jostled for a brief tryst, cooing and gurgling to Castro’s every comment.

All clamored for autographs and photo ops. Diane Sawyer was so overcome in the mass killer’s presence that she rushed up, broke into that toothy smile of hers, wrapped her arms around Castro and smooched him warmly on the cheek.

“You people are the cream of the crop!” beamed the bearded Cuban man of the people to the smiling throng that surrounded him.

“Hear, hear!” chirped the delighted guests while tinkling their wine glasses in appreciation and glee.

And the mass murderer had barely scratched the surface of his fan club. According to the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council, on that visit Castro received 250 dinner invitations from Manhattan celebrities and power brokers.

Fidel’s reception at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 was no less rapturous. Afterward, he made his way to Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, where pastor Calvin Butts gushed: “It is in our tradition to welcome all who are visionaries, revolutionaries and who seek the liberation of all people. God Bless you, Fidel!”

“The mainly African American audience, which included New York Democratic representatives Charles Rangel and Nydia Velasquez, enthusiastically greeted the Communist leader with a ten minute standing ovation,” reported People’s Weekly World. “Chants of ‘VIVA FIDEL!’ resounded from the rafters.”

Harlem’s delirious ovation for the incarcerator of the century’s longest suffering black political prisoner rose to the level of an earthquake – to a hurricane. The very walls and rafters shook with shrieks of “FIDEL! VIVA FIDEL!!” Elombe Brathe, head of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition and chair for the meeting, asked the audience, “Who would you rather come to Harlem? Fidel or Giuliani?”

“FIDEL!” They erupted. “FIDEL! VIVA FIDEL!” Then, with Congresswoman Maxine Waters looking on in rapture, Charlie Rangel waddled up to the podium beside the Great One. Fidel – oomph! – finally caught his breath, beamed and returned the rotund senator’s mighty bear hug.

Chavez, scurrying from a hostile New York with Rangel’s carping ringing in his ears, can only read these stories and weep. For simply saying the U.N. “smelt of sulfur,” Chavez was censured by New Yorkers. After trying twice to make the entire city smell of charred flesh, his former mentor, Fidel Castro, got a reception to shame Simon and Garfunkel’s in Central Park.

September 26, 2006


America:  Is there any doubt where the Progressives’  ideology is focused?

“Had Enough” of the Progressives ideology/policies and agenda?





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