Dear friends of the Cuban Five:
Everyone remembers the song sung by Tony Orlando in 1973, "Tie a Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree," about a prisoner coming home who wants to know if his love still wants him after years in prison. It is a moving song that was the number 1 hit of the year 1973 in the United States and very popular internationally.
Now the song has been revived by Cuban musical artists for the Cuban Five heroes,
in a beautiful and touching video, to accompany a campaign for Sept. 12, which is the 15th anniversary of the U.S.'s unjust imprisonment of the Five. (Click on image of Silvio Rodríguez to watch it!)
René González of the Cuban Five who is now free in Cuba, spoke on Cuban TV to urge all Cubans and supporters to display Yellow Ribbons.
He said that for September 12, "... as the island of Cuba wakes up, let yellow ribbons appear in the trees, in balconies, on your person, on your pets, however you choose. Let those yellow ribbons fill the country so that any foreign visitor or correspondent cannot ignore it and they can tell the world that the Cuban people are waiting for four of their sons, imprisoned in the United States."
To all supporters of the Cuban Five, as you carry out your solidarity actions for the Five, wherever you are, display your yellow ribbons, and spread the word of the Cuban Video. Let that catchy tune become a theme song of the Five!
Read René González's message (Spanish only)
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five