An emotional highlight of the evening came when Gerardo called not knowing the event was still in process. Gerardo was able to briefly greet the audience and thank them for their support in the struggle to free the Cuban 5. Those in attendance spontaneously broke into a heartfelt rendition of Happy Birthday. As coincidence would have it, at that moment in walked renowned American composer and musician, Jackson Browne. Mr. Browne took the phone and greeted Gerardo and encouraged him to keep strong.
Information abouth the exhibit at SPARC was announced in the popular webpage ¡SiCuba! SoCal, where all cultural events related to in Southern California are announced. One of the other events listed is the remarkable exhibit of photographs entitled "A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now", currently at the Getty Museum.
The announcement of the event also appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News . The Argonaut newspaper published an article about the activity including information about the case of the Cuban 5. The Argonaut covers commutities on the west side of Los Angeles and has a distribution of 90,000.
During the week that preceded the opening of the exhibit, several programs in English and Spanish on Pacifica radio station KPFK included updates of the case of the Cuban 5 in their programming and information about the opening of "Humor from my Pen". These programs included Sojourner Truth , hosted by Margaret Prescod, where actor Ed Asner and members of the International Committee were invited to participate. Asner is a co-chair of the campaign, Actors and Aritists United fro the Freedom of the Cuban 5. Other programs that covered the Five were The Lawyers Guild hosted by Jim Lafferty, Pocho Hour of Power, a program hosted by Lalo Alcaraz and Perspectiva de las Americas hosted by Raymundo Reynoso.
Also on Saturday, June 4th, host Tanya Torres of the Spanish program Cantos sin Fronteras, which reaches all the way to Gerardo's cell, read hundreds of messages that had arrived from all over the world for the occasion of Gerardo's birthday. There were many more messages than could be read in the course of the show.
The exhibit "Humor from my Pen" was organized by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and co-sponsored by Aris Anagnos, Joe Perez and the actors Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris and James Cromwell.
Endorsers of the event included SPARC, ¡Si Cuba! SoCal, Venice Art Council, KPFK, Canal Club, James Beach, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Danny's Venice, and the SEIU West
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