Ernesto Che Guevara was a true revolutionary who fought for humanity and a better world for us all. To commemorate his struggle and legacy, over 65 people attended an event held in Vancouver on Friday, October 9th to commemorate the 42nd year since the death of our hero Che.
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The night was introduced by Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) coordinator Tamara Hansen, who read a statement she had written about the importance of Che's ideas and its relevance to today's struggle for liberation and humanity. The night was filled with stories, live music, poetry and much more dedicated to Ernesto Che Guevara.
Throughout the night, participants listened to stories by many people, including Lance Read, a past participant in the Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba, as well as from Payvand Pejvack and Janine Solanki, both members of VCSC who told a story of their trip to the Che memorial in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Beautiful poetry was read by local poets and activists Alejandro Mujica and Shakeel Lochan, who both shared original poems about Che and the struggle for emancipation and socialism.
Live musical performances were made by Joaquin Ernesto and Noah Fine, who sang songs of love and struggle dedicated to Che.
The night was wrapped up with the Cuban documentary “Che Guevara Where You’d Never Imagine Him.” The documentary follows the life of Che from his birth to his travels on motorcycle through Latin America. The film covers Che's life during the Cuban revolution, from his time as a leader of the Cuban Revolution and as an internationalist in Africa, to his death in combat in Bolivia against imperialist domination and tyranny.
The event was a great success, with many people sharing their stories and art dedicated to Che and many more coming to learn about Che Guevara, one of the greatest fighters for freedom and justice who set an example for all who are interested in a world without exploitation and oppression, in a world driven by love for one another and collective good for all.